Archive for April, 2011
The snow is gone. In a few short weeks this section of the Marquette City Bike Path will be filled in with green leaves and warm breezes.
Two riders enjoying a cruise along the Marquette City Bike Path, with a view of Lake Superior on the left and LaBonte Park on the right. Note: LaBonte Park offers a relaxing waterfall in the summer months, and a drinking fountain to rehydrate you on your trip.
Chris Lynch jumping a barrier at River Park in Marquette during a 2010 UPCROSS race. (Photo by Matt Palomaki, SISU Cycles)
UPCROSS series, 2010 at Al Quaal Recreational Area in Ishpeming. (Photo by Matt Palomaki, SISU Cycles)
To reach their goal of 100 miles of singletrack at the South Trails in Marquette by 2020, the Noquemanon Trail Network is asking for volunteers to help build; and financial contributions for materials and equipment.
With 30 miles of singletrack already at the South Trails, the NTN hopes to add several miles this summer, with the help of volunteers. They’re also asking people to consider making an investment in the trail system, with donor names to be posted at the trail head, at silver, gold and platinum levels.
By Jeni Jewell
From the whimsical paint job that reminds me of tropical landscapes on the Big Island of Hawaii, to the new water bottle holder that keeps the bike’s sleek, effortless image….I can’t believe I’m saying this…but I’m falling in love with my bike.
I never understood riders who scoured over the manufacturer’s catalog each year, picking out their favorite bikes, tires, stems, and gear, in the same way I might swoon over a vintage Mustang.
It’s been a tradition for 35 years, and now the Big Bay Relay, a running race, will benefit single-track trail building, in and around Marquette. Proceeds from the annual running race will go toward trail building and maintenance in the Noquemanon Trail Network.
The race, set for Saturday, May 14th is expected to draw more than 50, five person teams this year. The winners of each division will recieve gift certificates from Johnson’s Sports, in Marquette, toward the purchase of a new pair of running shoes. Second and third place teams will receive prizes from Jimmy Johns in Marquette.
Superior Bike Fest 2011 brings new cash prizes, an change to the criterium course and a free concert slated for Friday night that’s sure to draw spectators to downtown Marquette.
With both Superior Bike Fest and Northern Michigan University’s alumni weekend scheduled for June 24, 25 and 26, race organizers expect the number of spectators to swell this year, especially for the Friday night Criterium races.
Looking to find a used bike or parts for the upcoming season? The Superiorland Cross Country Ski Club is hosting a “Bike/Kayak Swap and Sale” at the Marquette National Guard Armory, 1820 Lincoln Avenue, on May 1st.
Today I was like a kid on Christmas morning, ripping off the wrapping then jumping up and down. Why? I bought my first road bike. Then I took advantage of the sunny afternoon, taking it for a ride. It felt great to put my feet on the pedals and pulse forward with the wind. Gripping the handlebars I was taken back to last summer, when I fell in love with riding, on these same roads and paths, in and around Marquette.