April 3rd in Michigan, currently snowing. Potentially 12 inches of snow by the end of tomorrow. Sure seems exactly like spring here in Northern Michigan.
But, we're looking ahead and are oh so excited about our collaboration with The Leelanau Conservancy for an Earth Week bike event at 45 North Vineyard and Winery. Did you know that 45 North has a conservation easement with The Leelanau Conservancy that will restrict it from development and keep the land in farming? We think that's pretty cool.
The Earth Week bike party is from 1-4 on Saturday April 21st. We invite anyone interested in riding bikes, celebrating Earth Week, spending time outside, and/or being a part of a vibrant outdoor community to come join the fun. The ever wonderful Suttons Bay Bikes will be there with free demo bikes for you to check out, we'll be leading group rides on the hour, 45 North will have wine and small bites available for purchase and Tom Nelson, the ED of the Leelanau Conservancy has an exciting announcement for us.
We're looking forward to spending the day with you.
Let us know if you have any questions, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We're back from trail recon in Colorado, excited to be home, and so pumped about all the things in the works for biking in Leelanau County. We are continuously amazed by all the support Bike Leelanau receives. While Bike Leelanau is definitely about biking, it's really about community and bringing together a community of people who want to be outside in the County. We're so excited about how quickly the community has already come together. Come for the biking, stay for the community? Maybe that should be our tag line.
On to updates: We know that March is a crummy time of year in Michigan and are trying to help all of us make it through.
So much going on. We are really excited to release The Boardman Review's Bike Leelanau Video, check it out below. It was great fun to shoot with the Loud Brothers, and really wonderful to see how they understood our community focus and presented it in the video.
On a more technical note, we just added a trail report widget to our home page and Fat Bike Trails page. We are hoping that the widget helps you get the info you need about trail conditions in a fast, concise manner. Let us know your thoughts on it.
On the community side, we had a great board meeting with NMMBA, and as always, walked away excited to be working on trails and community with such smart, dedicated people.
Join us at Little Fleet at 4pm this Saturday as we celebrate the release of The Boardman Review's Winter Issue.
We are excited to announce that the release party will feature a short documentary on biking in Leelanau County and the work Bike Leelanau is doing to build a community around riding, outdoor recreation, and conservation.
Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/903239753191291/
Turns out Tuesday's aren't always our favorite. Tonight's Open Ride is canceled due to arctic temperatures keeping the trail from compacting while groomed.
Often times I think Michigan winter's primary goal is to teach us all to be flexible and present in the current moment. As such, I'll probably head back country skiing tonight and may follow it up with tacos at The Hop Lot Brewing Company for their Taco Tuesday.
We'll see you next Tuesday for the Fat Tuesday ride hosted by Suttons Bay Bikes. On Fat Tuesdays Suttons Bay Bikes provides free demo bikes for people to use. If you are interested in demo-ing a bike make sure to call ahead (231.421.6815) to reserve a bike as we often have a pretty big turnout.
Tuesday may just be our favorite day of the week.
Weekends are great and all, but there's something to be said about getting done with work, meeting friends and fellow outdoor lovers in the parking lot, and hitting the groomed trails. As it gets lighter we rely less and less on our lights and instead take advantage of the last bits of sunset light.
Post ride, we gather inside chatting as we enjoy delicious soup and cider.
More often than not, 8pm rolls around and the staff at 45 North Vineyard and Winery have to usher us out as people are so engrossed in their discussions they don't realize it's closing time.
*We skied the trail yesterday evening and it was great for skiing, but would have been a bit soft for fat biking. Groomers are out on the trail this morning packing things down.
*Bring your bike, skis, or snowshoes and meet us this afternoon at 6pm for our Tuesday night group ride.
To advocate for, build, and sustain easily accessible trails for all abilities. We strive to create an environment which brings together a community centered around a love for outdoor opportunities, creating sustainable experiences for generations to come.