NORTE! Rides With Iceman

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Our weekly mountain bike shred, VASA DOMINGOS, is going to be WAY more awesome this Sunday. Señor Brown, Mr. Iceman himself, will join us for a practice ride on the Slush Cup course. After an awesome Iceman last year, we’re stoked to crush it again. All ages and abilities are welcome. Even if you’re not signed up to race, we hope you’ll come and ride with us anyway.

WHEN? Sunday, October 5.

WHERE? Meet at the main lodge at Timber Ridge at 11:45. Rolling at 12.

HOW LONG? We will follow the Slush Cup course on the VASA 10k loop. Roughly 13km (8 miles) in all.

ARE THERE HILLS? Yep. Several. They build character.

HOW ABOUT SAND? Si. A lot. Nothing to worry about though.

WILL THERE BE SNACKS? Only if you bring them. This is a BYO-snack event so don’t forget your eats as we’ll be having a little post-ride picnic.

Maybe Iceman will even show off his famous bike handling skills on the terrain park? You better come to find out.

As always, por favor, remember to Bike Happy/Bike Más and we’ll see you this Sunday!

NORTE! Walks To School

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“Walking is a reflection of how we feel about the environment in which we live.” — Architect Christopher Hume

In celebration of National Walk To School Day, NORTE! Youth Cycling will be leaving the bikes at home on Wednesday, October 8th and walking to school. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE bikes but sometimes we enjoy a walk too. Walking is a nice change of pace. It’s also a great way to get to know your town and an awesome way to start your day, too.

Walking to school is known to improve academic performance.

Walking to school gives children good life experience.

Walking to school gets children outdoors.

Walking to school provides daily exercise for children.

So set those alarms a little earlier next Wednesday, eat a solid breakfast, invite a friend or 6, strap your backpack on and join us as NORTE! Walks To School. Make sure to take some photos and post HERE or on Instagram/Twitter with #WalkTVC #WalkMás.

For those kids too young to walk on their own, NORTE! aims to help organize several “walking school buses” throughout Traverse City. We hope to connect many neighborhoods to many neighborhood schools (Eastern, Central Grade, Glenn Loomis, Willow Hill, Traverse Heights…we’re looking at you!) to make it easy, safe and FUN for the kids. If you are an awesome mom/dad who’d like to lead a bus from your ‘hood, email us at norteyouthcycling@gmail.com to get involved.

The Central Grade Coastal Classic

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The Central Grade Coastal Classic (CC) is a NORTE! Youth Cycling Bike Train that connects south Central Neighborhood to Central Grade Elementary. The CC departs from rendez-vous Station 1 at 12th & Oak at 7:30 and heads to rendez-vous Station 2 at 11th & Oak. Riders of The CC will then bike north down Wadsworth to 7th to school. About a 2km ride.

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The CC will arrive back at rendez-vous Station 2 at 4:15 and at rendez-vous Station 1 at 3:20.

A NORTE! volunteer will lead The CC both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to the rendez-vous Stations on time as well as picking them up there after school.

Our trains prides themselves on being punctual. We can’t be late for school therefore The CC will not wait for anyone.

Bike To School Fridays rules apply:

Helmets required.
Safe riding mandatory.
Smiles and High Fives encouraged.

Please email us if you’re planning on riding The Coastal Classic.

FLASH! TC RIDES On 8th Street

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It’s going to be WAY too nice not to ride bikes tonight plus we really miss ya’ll so join us for a FLASH! community bicycle ride to celebrate the new bike lanes on 8th Street.

WHEN? Tonight! Meet at F&M Park at 5:45. Rolling at 6. Come a little early and learn some bike repair skills at our El Barrio Bike Fix from 4-6.

WHERE? We’ll roll down the newly re-striped, re-envisioned, re-awesomed 8th Street to Lake to 7th to the regular TC RIDES route finishing at The Little Fleet for Food Truck eats and bevs.

WHY? Riding bikes together is FUN! Like Miss. Jill says, “The more we get together, the happier we’ll be”.

Hasta Pronto!

**UPDATE FROM THE RIDE**

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46 awesome people, aged 7 to 70 (including Miss. Jill!), rode bikes together and had a lovely time. With the slower traffic and wide bike lanes, we enjoyed an easy-peasy, stress-free TC RIDES on our neighborhood 8th street.

Success.

Thank you, Traverse City.

Bike To Camp :: A NORTE! Adventure to the TC State Park

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Let’s celebrate the end of summer with a Bike To Camp adventure to the TC State Park.

WHEN? This Saturday! September 13 and 14th. Meet at F&M Park at 1:30. Start riding east on the TART at 2:00. Leave the car at home and use our Big Boy (or Girl!) Trailers to haul your gear. We will explore the park, swim, eat s’mores, play, and of course, ride bikes. Sunday morning we will decamp, eat lunch, swim at the beach and return to F&M Park by 3:00. For those who want to attend VASA DOMINGOS, the N!YC Team Bus will arrive at 11:15 to shuttle you and your bike to Timber Ridge.

WHERE? We’ve booked the group site at the Traverse City State Park. Parents are encouraged but not absolutely necessary. Can’t make the bike ride but want to camp? Meet us out there anytime after 3:00. We will be at the youth group campsite in the middle rear of the campground along the TART Trail. Motor vehicles are welcome to tow your kids and bikes along, but require the daily fee or a Michigan State Parks Passport on your vehicle registration. Tell the ranger at the entrance you are with our group and she will guide you to our site and the parking area.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The cost of the site is taken care of, and we will also have hot dogs, s’mores, coffee and pancakes for everyone too. Donations to NORTE! will be accepted to help defer costs.

WHAT TO BRING? Your bike, silly. All the camping stuff to make you cozy on a cool night too (warm sleeping bags, pads, tents, warm clothes etc). Also, eating plates, drinking cups and utensils, perhaps a bathing suit/towel, and whatever else you want to eat or drink (no alcohol or tobacco please). Our trailers are BIG! so we’ll have room. There is electricity at the site so we will bring an electric skillet to make life easier. There is also running water, showers and modern bathrooms at the campground but please bring everything you would need to comfortably camp in the woods! We will observe a decent lights out hour at night too.