Just a reminder, there are some great events coming up here in the West Michigan area, that you don’t want to miss!
Skirts in the Dirt is Sunday, August 28 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. While this is a women’s MTB race guys, be sure to jump in the “drag-race”. And don’t forget your skirt!
Trifecta – Is Sunday, September 11, at Townsend Park
This is always a great ride! We’ll be firing up the grills afterwards with some burgers and brats, included in admission. Feel free to bring a dish to pass as well. Founders Brewing will donating some of that, you know, wonderful beverages they make.
There will be plenty of room for team areas to set up so, bring the gang!
All proceeds go to help build and maintain the trails we love here in West MI!
MiSCA Dirt Dawg – Kids MTB race, September 18th at Cannonsburg Ski area
Based out of the east side of the state (just north of Detroit)The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association works to establish and maintain safe, quality scholastic cycling programs. They will be bringing their race series to West MI. This race is open to all kids.
IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day, October 1st at Cannonsburg Ski area
This will be a day to get our next generation of cyclists out in the trails. Hosted by the Grand Rapids Dirt Dawgs
…And finally, leave your Halloween (October 31st) open for a very cool event at the ski hill. This one you will not want to miss! More details to follow!
TRIFECTA TOUR 2016
A RIDE BENEFITING THE BUILDING AND MAINTAINING OF W.MICHIGAN SINGLE TRACK
PRESENTED BY: FOUNDERS BREWING CO.
THE WEST MICHIGAN MOUNTAIN BIKING ALLIANCE
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
Ride Starts at 9:30
The Trifecta Tour Ride will offer three individual routes to choose from to challenge riders of all skill levels.
All routes include a combination of paved bike paths, paved roads, dirt roads and singletrack trails.
Trifecta = 47 Miles (Approx.) Townsend Park, Cannonsburg Ski Hill, Merrell Trail, Luton, Cannon Twp Trail and back to Townsend Park
Double Dirt = 37 Miles (Approx.) Townsend Park, Cannonsburg Ski Hill, Luton,
Cannon Twp Trail and back to Townsend Park
Single Track = 20 Miles (Approx.) Townsend Park, Cannonsburg Ski Hill, Cannon Twp Trail and back to Townsend Park
Sign up here:
Skirts in the Dirt
Save the date for Michigan’s only mountain bike race open only to women!!
Join us on August 28, 2016 at Cannonsburg Ski Hill for the Skirts in the Dirt race and expo!
Please note that registration closes at 5PM on August 26 and there will be no day-of registration.
RACE does not have to be a four letter word. This is a race with categories for women of all athletic abilities with fun challenges along the way to keep things interesting (Surprise!). Come and find out how fun racing can be!
Registration through June 1 is $30. Beginning August 1, registration increases to $35, and beginning August 15, the price will increase to $40. Please note that registration closes at 5PM on August 26 and there will be no day-of registration.
Squirts in the Dirt — Kids Under 12 race for free — Bring the whole family!. Race begins at 2:30 p.m. 1-2 miles.
Never Ever! –For those ladies who said they’d never race. Never say never!!! You’ve been out riding and love being on the trail, but are still starting out. Let’s keep this fun! 3-4 Mile beginner course, Race begins at 1 p.m.
Weekend Warrior -- You love to ride and maybe even race from time to time. You have probably passed a guy in an Iceman Jersey and politely waved as you pedaled by. 6-8 Miles, race begins at 11:30 a.m.
All the Single Ladies — Deraileurs?! Who needs them?! Granny gear is just not in these ladies’ vocabulary. If you love the simple beauty of a single cog and a straight chain line, this category is for you :). 6-8 Miles, race begins shortly after 10 a.m.
Double Diva (Tandems only) — Two divas on one bike?! We just don’t know if we can handle this awesomeness! We salute those ladies brave enough to cede complete control of steering to a friend 🙂 Go tandems! 6-8 miles Plus challenges, race begins shortly after 10:00 am.
Fabulously Fat (Fat bikes only) -- For those riders who are always prepared for the weather Michigan can throw at them. Why loose the fat in August? Don't put that bike on a diet! Bikini season is almost over! 6-8 Miles, race begins shortly after 10 a.m..
Dirt Diva -- Chain lube is in your blood. Quite a few people have no idea what you look like without a bike helmet and dirt on your cheeks -- but you look like a total diva when covered with dirt. 12-16 Miles, race begins at 10 a.m. *The course has rolling to hilly terrain.
Note: The race will take place rain or shine. If severe weather occurs (thunderstorms/lightening) the race will be delayed until the conditions improve or the race is cancelled. Registration is non-refundable.
Some long awaited changes are finally happening at Yankee. The big news is that beginning on 15 August 16, we will begin alternating the direction of travel by day of the week. I know, shocker right? We’ve tried this out and we think it’s going to be a ton of fun and will add some challenges to an already challenging trail. It’s kinda like getting 13 miles of trail for free because everything looks so different going in the reverse direction.
The directions will be posted at all start and other remote entry locations of course but essentially, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will follow the Yellow arrows in the reverse direction to what we’ve always done. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday will follow the Red arrows in the normal direction.
To make this a bit easier to sign, we’ve cut in a new connector trail to the warmup loop. The entry to the warmup loop is adjacent to the exit of the loop just west of the pit toilet in the parking lot. The current entry to the warmup loop and the exit to the main loop up near Yankee Springs road will be closed so all the entry and exit traffic will be at the west end of the parking lot. This eliminates having to ride up/down the driveway to enter the trails.
Sorry for the long winded post but this is a lot of information to get out in time for ya’ll to get used to the idea. Will the roll-out be perfect? Probably not but we’ll do our best to make it clean and clear. Your feedback will be much appreciated and we really hope you enjoy some new challenges at Yankee.