No doubt you’ve heard that every race and event we normally look forward to in the spring has been canceled or postponed, but there’s a big one we really need you to circle on your calendar.
All credit to races like Barry-Roubaix for leading the way in finding a new spot on the calendar after being forced to abandon March, April, and now May dates. That willingness to make things work and accommodate the needs of racers, organizers, venues, and other events takes a lot more time and effort than some people may appreciate.
Last week, the Yankee Springs Time Trial joined the ranks of races shifting dates. Instead of April 15th, the 31st edition of this race will move to Saturday, September 26. It’s a big move for an event that has served as kick-off for singletrack racing and mountain bike races for three decades. Instead of starting the Michigan Mountain Biking Association’s Championship Points Series, it will serve as the grand finale.
While it is a long way off, it’s a vital event for WMMBA and our biggest fundraiser of the year. So many of our efforts are made possible by the overwhelming support the Yankee Springs Time Trial sees from racers here in West Michigan and from across the Mitten. Thanks to race sponsors like Short’s Brewing, Velocity, and more, we’re able to bring in enough money to sustain maintenance, improvements, and expansions on a dozen trails in the region.
From everyone on the board, we hope you’ll take a moment to get committed to helping be a part of a healthy, active, and inclusive community and sign up to race on September 26. Whether it is your first race, your first time at Yankee Springs, or even if you’ve enjoyed the race for many years, we rely on our community to come together for occasions just like this.