Archive for July, 2011
If you haven’t signed up for the 2011 Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic, it’s not too late. Riders have until August 12th to sign up. There will not be race day registration. Check out the Ore to Shore website for more information on the 48 mile Hard Rock, the 28 mile Soft Rock, the new 10 mile Shore Rock and the 4 mile Junior Rock.
New for this year is the 10 mile Shore Rock. The Shore Rock offers an entry-level distance for the rider looking to try mountain bike racing, or for kids wanting to expand beyond the Junior Rock. Starting at Lakeview Arena at 8am, the racers will travel towards Tourist Park, and along the last section of the Hard/Soft Rock. The course will circle around and finish back at Lakeview Arena. Trophies will be awarded to the top age group finishers.
The NTN Singletrack crew is selling raffle tickets for a Surly Pugsley. The winner will be drawn at the Ore to Shore awards on August 13, 2011.
Tickets are $10 each and available at Lakeshore Bike, other area bike shops, NTN office at Lakeview Arena or by contacting the NTN Singletrack Facebook page. Stop in, take a look at the Pugsley at Lakeshore Bike, and buy tickets to support our trails!! The winner must arrange local pick up.
Submitted by Jennifer Frein
I enjoy taking the Lakeshore bike path to Presque Isle Park and continuing the ride on the paved road around the island. The great views on the island beckon riders to stop and take in this beautiful wooded park on Lake Superior.
I recommend this ride to anyone that is looking for a not so challenging, leisurely scenic bike ride. Visitors to the area could park vehicles in the lot at Matson Lower Harbor Park (Located near Lakeshore Blvd. and Washington St. in downtown Marquette.)
The parking lot is acessible from the parking lot. Head north on the path to reach Presque Isle Park. The round trip length is approximately 8 miles.
Submitted by Blaine Olson
Thanks for all the awesome trails in the Marquette area! And it’s all in our own back yard. This is from the lookout area on the “green” trail.
By Jeni Jewell
In college, I was traveling home with a friend, when his engine seized and the car died. We found ourselves stranded on the freeway because he’d never changed the oil in his car. Never! A rod had gone through his engine and the car never saw another mile on the road.
Maybe you or someone you know has a similar story. And it’s quite possibly on another people mover – your mountain bike.
Submitted by Samuel Kilpela, Front Royal, VA
Marquette is quickly becoming the mountain biking destination of the midwest. With the variety of trails it has to offer, it caters to all disciplines. The cycling culture is thriving and new trails are being developed continuously.
By Jeni Jewell
It’s been a week of firsts for me. In addition to riding singletrack for the first time, I made the switch to clipless pedals on my road bike; something I’ve dreaded for two summers.
Halfway into my rides my right foot is usually numb. When I asked the guys at my bike shop how I could remedy the problem, they said clipless pedals would help. I was hoping to finish one more summer on my platforms before switching over, but maybe this was the push I needed to do it.
We pleased to announce the first winner of our summer giveaway from letsbikemqt.com. This month’s sweet bike swag, a basic tune-up from The Quick Stop Bike Shop, located at 1100 Third Street in Marquette, goes to Dono Wilkie! Congratulations! Dono submitted a humorous photo of himself biking in Marquette. Check it out on our photo page.
We still have more to giveaway this summer, including an Osprey Hydration System, a Specialized Bike Pump, a custom bike fit and a brand new Trek bike. All you have to do is submit your bike photo, trail review, video or road route. To read more about our contest, click here.
We’d also like to say a big thank-you to June’s sponsor: The Quick Stop Bike Shop.You guys rock! Check back to letsbikemqt.com soon for a story on a stellar service the shop offers.