The clock ticked off the final hours of a dwindling 2014, and all the while the snow piled up. Just in time.
2015 has gotten off to an unforgettable start. Almost on cue, the Winter Sports Singletrack and Riley's Loop got 3 inches over night and it never stopped all through our annual NYD Ride. Rolling at noon, we were met in the lodge at Timber Ridge by over 40 eager fat bikers ready embark on our annual adventure in the woods.
Unlike years past, the hard work of various groups and dozens of individuals meant that our trails, even with some snow, were clear, marked and obvious. The Trudge of 2013 and the Death March of 2014 are long gone; 2015 was almost all rideable thanks to a bit less snow and great organization in the months leading into the snow.
We took an ambling route to the singletrack parking lot, everyone together and chatting. A few folks headed back to the Lodge then, most eagerly looking to pick-up the rest of the Michigan State game. (Note: Folks on the full ride STILL somehow made it back to catch the 20 point, come-from-behind-last-seconds win) The rest of the group bravely turned into the 24 degree weather, with a stern, crispy wind on our backs, and explored the much ballyhooed Riley's Loop.
It was great, to be frank. The majority of the trail is 5-6 feet wide with some very cool climbs and challenging descents as the trail winds around toward the Rock. Aside from one particularly steep climb, it was all rideable, fun, and tackled at a steady pace that kept the group in touch and in high spirits.
The full ride included a half dozen riders leaving from Four Corners to the Rock and back again, this time on the Vasa 25km. Staggered with tires overlapping, fat bikers put in the first official 'groom' of 2015, knocking down 3 inches of snow at a leisurely pace. You can check out the ground covered here.
We are over the moon excited about the fat bike season, with the next big event being Sunday's Fat Chance! at Crystal Mountain.