The Knucklebuster Off-Road Duathlon

21 07 2010

This event is SATURDAY, but you can still register!!!  Click HERE for more details.

The Knucklebuster Off-Road Duathlon

Date: Saturday   –   7/24/10

Time: 8:00a.m. start time.  Registration will close at 7:40 a.m.

Location: Midland City Forest, 2840 E. Monroe Rd, Midland, Michigan  48642

Event: 2-mile trail run/ 8-mile mountain bike/ 3.1-mile trail run

Helmet is mandatory throughout entire bike portion.

Course description will be provided before start and is your responsibility to know.  It will be well-marked on race day.

Rust Shaker 2010

27 01 2010

We haven’t even reached the one year anniversary marking the creation of the MMCC mountain bike trail and there is already a race event scheduled. Mark your calendars for April 10th and then head over to the Mid Michigan Community College website for more information…

‘Walk Bike Midland’ Plan Up For Vote

22 01 2010

Show your support of the ‘Walk Bike Midland‘ plan that is up for vote by Midland’s City Council on Jan. 25th.   Email your council members and encourage their support.  If you can, please attend the council meeting 7pm @ city council chambers.

City Council Members include:

Tom Adams (ward 1):

Scott Gaynor (ward 3):

Maureen Donker (ward 2):

Bruce Johnson (ward 4):

Marty Wazbinski (ward 5):

More details can be found here…

Thanks to Curt Peterson and many others for their efforts!  Curt cites many benefits that the proposed plan will bring:

  • Lower crime rates.
  • Healthier citizens and workforce.
  • Bicycle Friendly Communities always on short lists of best places to
    live.  (6 in US News’ latest Top 10)
  • Higher property values – Housing adjacent to bicycling facilities sell faster and for 9% more (Brown County, WI)
  • Consumer’s Survey on Smart Choices for Home Buyers finding that trails
    ranked the second most important amenity out of a list of 18 choices
  • Safety improvements: e.g. 8X increase in bicycle use = no increase in
    bicycle accidents (Portland, OR)
  • Bicycling tourism, events, and retail = $1 B in Colorado (CO DOT)
  • Lower cost transportation for citizens

An interview with Gary Fisher…

24 11 2009

I listened to an audio interview of Gary Fisher today.  It is about an hour long and worth checking out.  He talks about his early years, racing road bikes, cyclocross and how he and his riding buds started to build “klunkerz” that became the first mountain bikes. Fisher was one of the first to take this sport to the next level. Now he serves as “the inspirer” within the Gary Fisher company. He reveals the direction that “his” company is trying to take biking, as we look into the future.

The interview takes place in a noisy coffee shop and has a lengthy musical intro, but once you get into it, I think that you will enjoy it too.  Click the link below to the MP3 file, or subscribe to the bikescape podcast in iTunes.

Interview with Gary Fisher – MP3 link

Also check out the bikescape blog:

I’d like to check out the movie Klunkerz sometime too.  Does anyone have it?

Kids Bike Race (Midland)

19 11 2009

This is a very last minute notice, but your son or daughter (age 11-14) is invited to compete in a bike race. Here are the details:

  • Northeast Middle School in Midland
  • Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 4 p.m.
  • Meet at Cinder track
  • The race is only 20 minutes long
  • FREE!
  • Ages, 11 to 14
  • Any type of bike, helmet required.
  • Parents must sign a waiver.
  • Participant ribbons given
  • Contact Steve Weckle (989) 600-5152

Blower Brigade Deployment…

10 11 2009

If you have ridden MMCC lately, you know that the trail is buried in leaves. Thankfully, many of the orange marker ribbons are still in place from the trail build last Spring.  Jim Crissman (DirtPo) has posted in the MMBA NE Chapter forum, that we clear the leaves for safe Fall/Winter riding.  If you have a gas blower or a rake and strong shoulders, reply to Jim’s post.  We need to declare a time and deploy the blower brigade.  Thanks for any of your help.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jim Crissman and Ken Eddy for checking this task off of our list. The MMCC Trail is ready to ride again.  Join up with the group ride at MMCC on Sunday Nov. 15th @ 10am, if you aren’t gunning for a deer.  No worries, the buckslayers are not allowed to hunt on MMCC property.

Winter Youth Spin Classes…

4 11 2009

The Tri-City Cyclists have organized a youth spin class that will meet at Smitty’s Iron Works gym in Midland.  The class begins January 2nd at 8:30am.  Kids will need to be able to fit a standard stationary bike.  Adults are welcome to join, however, the kids get first dibs on the bikes.  Adults can BYOBikes and trainers, if necessary.

If you want to begin the 2010 bike season in prime form, contact Steve Weckle at (989) 839-2024 or <> and get signed up!

…I forgot to mention that there is no charge for this class.