The Coffee Ride: Hope Springs Eternal

546022_10200549689157289_1827047850_n-1 March is finally here, and with it comes a heat wave bringing temperatures into the...20s. Hopefully. 

It's been a brutal winter, but on the bright side, it's been almost perfect fat biking conditions from November well into March. With the amount of snow on the trails and roads, fat bikes are going to be the top option for at least the rest of the month. Luckily, there's still a lot going on.

Our Friday Night Lights Ride will come to an end on Friday, March 7. We're celebrating with a rather large blowout at Timber Ridge, with the ride at 6.30 and a big potluck afterwards. The ride will include one lap of the course for Saturday's Fat Camp!, and then a circuit of the 10km loop. Everyone is going to stay together, laugh, have a ball, and head back for a nice relaxing evening with pals. We've have dozens of riders over the past few weeks, and we really appreciate everyone who has made it out.

March 8 is Fat Camp! itself, and it's the finale of the Northern Michigan Fat Bikes Series. There's all to play for in the Series, with almost half the field still in the hunt to take the win and get their names on the NMFBS trophy. The race starts at 2pm, primetime for big spectators along the two mile course. It should be the most-spectated fat bike race in history, with over 1,000 people expected to be on hand for Timber Ridge's Suds'n'Snow Microbrew Festival.  They'll be enjoying the offerings of over 12 Michigan breweries, so the support should be vocal and copious.

The World's Biggest Roof Raising is almost complete as well. One of those classic three-day-jobs-that-turned-into-six-weeks, the shop now has that timeless industrial look to it that we've always wanted. The shop now can hold all the bikes we've ever dreamed of. If you're wondering where they all are, look up; we have 60 hooks for road bikes, cyclocross bikes and mountain bikes to perch.

We're also gearing up for the Barry-Roubaix on March 22. Right now, the weather has made it very tough to put in big miles, though, like last year, we expect fat bikers to be a bit ahead of the curve. The shop will use Barry-Roubaix to kick off our Summer of Gravel; each Saturday morning, we'll plan on a 25 mile gravel ride that leaves from the shop. We'll make some tweaks to the route to keep it fun, challenges and fresh. That ride will start the week after Barry-Roubaix, so get out that cross bike. Lube that chain. Find some fun out there with us.