Dan has taken to calling this period between autumn mountain bike race season and snowy fat bike time the 'shoulder season'. It's a bit of a limbo for area riders, and after the massive build-up to Iceman, it's easy to think there isn't much going on.
But there is.
If you aren't done racing quite yet, there's plenty of action, especially if you are up for some cyclocross. The Michigan Cyclocross State Championship is Saturday, November 19 in Rockford. If you haven't been, you need to; it's half bike race, half party, with some of the fastest racers in the Midwest in action, and plenty of beginners as well. It's a whole day of fun, with events running from morning until mid afternoon.
There's a KissCross race is Holland, Michigan the following weekend, wrapping up the KissCross calendar for 2016. The last race is hosted by our pals from Velo City Cycles, and if you haven't been to Holland over the holidays before, well, it's like something out of a movie.
And yes, there's still another cyclocross event in Mount Pleasant on December 3, Frost Cross!
If you're ready to call it an off-season, it's the perfect time to ride somewhere new. Take a new road or trail, or see where that two-track goes that you've been too time-crunched to check out. Ride to a new town or some fresh singletrack.
Firearm season starts this week, so if you want to stay out of the woods (and really, you should), here's one of my favorite routes on Old Mission Peninsula, with a few sections of gravel thrown in.
When the weather gets rough, you can get an awful lot out of indoor riding, including a full slate of group rides on Zwift. From easy group rides to virtual races, you can use this calendar to hop in and get some warm, dry miles in whenever you feel like it.
Our Friday Night Lights rides will officially start on December 9, but watch our Facebook page for impromptu night rides every week as weather and availability allow.