Chippewa Hills Pathway Mountain Bike Race
Saturday September 6th, 2014
Hosted by Thunder Bay Trails Association
In cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The race will take place at the Chippewa Hills Pathway.
Chippewa Hills Pathway is located in the Mackinaw State Forest approximately 18 miles southwest of the City of Alpena.
The course is moderately hilly interspersed with fast down hills. The course is dry, hard and fast. The course is a nine-mile loop that will be challenging for all skill levels. Beginner class will do 1 lap, sport class 2 laps, expert 3 laps.
Kids race 10 years and younger, 1 mile course, free entry, awards and prizes to all kid entrants.
The race will start and finish on private property at 13018 Bartz Rd., Hubbard Lake, MI.
9:00AM to 12:30 PM —- Registration all classes
1:00 PM —start for all classes, 5 minute intervals
3:30 PM — Awards and prize drawings all classes
3:00 PM — Kids Race
See attached brochure for further information.
CHIPPEWA HILLS PATHWAY AND SINGLE TRACK THREATENED
A recent mountain bike ride on the Chippewa Hills Pathway revealed that the surrounding forest has been marked for an extensive timber cut. Trees right up to the edge of pathway are marked with bright red paint designating them for elimination. The entire area surrounding the mountain bike single track will be cut.
Chippewa Hills Pathway is one of two pathways located on state forest land in Alpena County. Chippewa Hills is unique because of its elevation changes and rolling hardwood forest. The pathway is located within the confines of the Mackinac State Forest thus it comes under the management of the Forest Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources. TBTA has a considerable stake in the pathway. TBTA took over the maintenance of the pathway over 15 years ago after the Forest Resources Division cited lack of funding and manpower to maintain the pathway. TBTA has received no assistance from the DNR in preserving, protecting and maintaining the pathway. The pathway is used for hiking, biking, skiing, snow shoeing and equestrian recreation. Beginning in 1995, TBTA has lobbied the DNR and many others to expand the trail system to include the mountain bike single track. Those efforts have all been met with a resounding, “NO”, from DNR officials.
THE BLOWDOWN ON THE #11 GOING TOWARD #12 SINGLE TRACK HAS BEEN CLEARED BY THE TRAILMASTERS. ENJOY THE RIDE.
Experience a unique 5K course that encompasses a 60 year-old limestone quarry on the scenic shores of Lake Huron, all proceeds benefiting The Alpena Cancer Center.
We are excited to announce our first ever charity fundraising event. The “Quarry Run/Walk” is a 5K event with all proceeds benefiting the Cancer Center at Alpena Regional Medical Center. The Cancer Center is a partnership with the University of Michigan and provides comprehensive cancer care to the residents of northeast Michigan. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to benefit new equipment upgrades for ARMC. This unique event will take place on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Lafarge Presque Isle Quarry. Participants will compete on a course that encompasses the 60 year old mining operation and its serene landscape, which is located on the pristine shores of Lake Huron.
EARLY REGISTRATION RATES FOR THIS EVENT END AUGUST 1ST!
Registration starts at 8 a.m. on August 16th, 2014
9 a.m. 5K Quarry Run/Walk Starts
10:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony & Breakfast for Participants
12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. 60th Anniversary Celebration (Open to the Public)
Download the Event Brochure Here.
Please also consider donating online to the Alpena Cancer Center
There will be a 2nd meeting for the purposed Road Cycling Route Maps in the Alpena area.
Meeting will take place at the Cabin Creek Coffee Shop 5Pm on July 10,2014
Anyone is welcome we urge TBTA board members to attend.
WHEN: SATURDAY, JULY 5
WHERE: ROTARY ISLAND, THUNDER BAY RIVER, NEAR THE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
REGISTRATION: 9:00 to 10:00
STARTING TIME: 10:30
Entry Form Requests: email@example.com
When: Friday, July 4
Times: 8:30 1 Mile Run/Walk
9:00 5 K Run/Walk
REGISTRATION STARTS AT 7:00 am
Where: APLEX on Woodward Avenue
Entry Form Request: firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual 2014 Ales for Trails is almost here ! Thunder Bay Trails will be accepting donations, running a membership drive, viewing a U.P. Fatbiking documentary (20min), playing games, easter egg hunt. Along with prize giveaways, a dollar for each featured pint will be donated back to the club and there will be a special random prize draw if you ride your bicycle there. Come out and join us !
April 2, 2014
Jordan Travis – News Staff Writer The Alpena News
ALPENA – Thunder Bay Trails Association members and others heard about an idea to improve the Department of Natural Resources’ Alpena to Hillman trail Wednesday.
Emily Meyerson, a trails consultant with Top of Michigan Trails Council, talked about the plan and answered questions. The council, along with the DNR, originally had hoped to apply to the Natural Resources Trust Fund to pay for part of the project by Tuesday, but a few issues forced them to hold off for a year.
Thunder Bay Trails will host Emily Myerson at the April 2nd meeting. She will speak about the proposal to upgrade the Alpena to Hillman Rails to Trails spur.
Myerson is the trial’s coordinator for the Michigan Trails Council. She was instrumental in acquiring grant money to develop the Nest Trail which runs from Cheboygan to Alpena.
The April 2nd meeting will be held at 6pm in the Alpena Community College’s Center Building in Room 106. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.
Further information can be found here: http://t.co/aICaSxPXFq
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