It’s still mountain bike season out there!
Hitting Our Stride
As we wrap up our third week of practice and tip over the halfway point of the season, the weather is doing that northern Michigan thing, the leaves are putting on their show, and all that sand is finally starting to stick together enough to be fast again. It’s still a great time of year to be out on bikes, whether that’s railing a turn at Palmer, cutting across TC to get to the commons, or slowing down to appreciate the trees at Maplehurst. From everyone here at Norte, thank you for riding bikes with us this fall.
From the coaches’ reports that we are reading, it sounds like the teams are hitting their strides and gelling nicely. We’d like to heap appreciation on the sponsors who helped make this happen this season. Take a look at all the generous local businesses on the back of the Farm Team Tech T-shirts and Norte jerseys. They all chipped in to provide the riders with these cool duds so that parents could put that money towards replacing skidded-through rear tires instead. When it comes time to head out and support our own communities, please remember to support these great champions as well.
Thank You, Bike Shops
Here’s a special appreciation to all the local bike shops. They are doing their best to put our bikes back together and keep them rolling this fall. McLain’s recently donated even more youth bikes to the Grand Traverse Region bike libraries. It’s staggering how many bicycles have been passed on to very appreciative kids in this area, thanks to McLain’s.
Each one of those people, businesses, and organizations printed on our team apparel and listed on this impressive page has contributed ongoing financial support to keep our fees low, as well as awesome moral support to our youth participants and staff. This season is certainly different than others, but the immense community support and involvement in our youth mountain bike teams are just as heartwarming as ever. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in this big project.
This weekend offers another chance to travel downstate to participate in the MiSCA race series, which continues this month. Several of our Varsity racers earned a spot on the “virtual podium” last weekend. Great job down there, racers! Way to represent, and good luck again this weekend!
More locally, on Saturday we’re hosting the Take A Girl Mountain Biking Day at the Vasa Singletrack. This is a perfect opportunity to grab a friend and introduce her to some FUN!
This Sunday is another Vasa Domingos meet up at the Commons. Riders will meet in the grassy clearing across the street from Greenspire Middle School. All are welcome to come and check out this amazing trail network right in town. Next week, Domingos heads to Palmer Woods!
Keep Up the Great Work
Also, I want to thank the parents for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy. Please continue to send riders to practice with masks, reinforce the need to keep safe distances, and take the daily health screen. These actions help keep Norte staff and families safe, healthy, and happy while also helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus. As well, I hope all parents are as pleased with your young rider’s effort, energy, and progress as all of us coaches are. This hard work will pay off big time whether these youth are traveling to race this season or just getting out to blow off some steam after a hard day of 2020. It’s once again a great time to be on a bike with friends!
Here’s to an awesome October, friends.
Michigan’s Largest Youth Mountain Bike Team Stands on the Shoulders of Giants
As Michigan’s largest youth mountain bike team hits the trails this fall, we want to thank all those who have made the Grand Traverse region shine. This is an amazing place to ride bikes.
Gratitude to: Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, TART Trails, Leelanau Conservancy, Bike Leelanau, Glacial Hills Trails, Michigan DNR, and Grand Traverse Conservation District.
From Glacial Hills Trails to Palmer Woods Forest Reserve to the VASA to Maplehurst to Lost Lake Pathway to the Boardman River Trail and Commons, Team Orange is dedicated to connecting kids to the trails in their backyard.
43 head coaches backed by 38 assistant coaches at 6 practice locations across the region will instill a love of bikes and safe, healthy, active living to 270 kids from 36 area schools.
None of this would be possible without our many wonderful land and trail organizations.
We are standing on the shoulders of giants.
Norte’s Spring Programs: Canceled
According to the Governor’s Executive Order, we will cancel all after school programs for the spring. This is obviously a major disappointment for us on Team Orange, including our many awesome coaches and instructors, and the families of more than 200 kids who were signed up already.
We are still planning on a robust summer schedule, and dreaming up ways for you and your family to stay active and embrace the core mission of Norte during these uncertain times:
- Summer Bike Camps in Traverse City, Elk Rapids, and Suttons Bay should be extra amazing this year. We continue to open more spots, so take advantage of the waitlists.
- GO*REC and Norte are planning on a very cool, week-long overnight mountain bike camp for teenagers in June.
- Norte jerseys, shorts, and kit can still be purchased at cost at our online store and picked up while maintaining physical distance.
- Does your athlete still want to be a Varsity mountain bike racer, and earn the chance to wear the new jersey? As soon as the 25K trail clears, we will host virtual, solo time-trials on the Kolo SOL course using Strava.
- Do the kids need something to train for? Habitat for Humanity’s Racing for Home race is still planned for June 20. No charge for Norte riders with the codes below
Kids age 10 and under: 64EBE267
Kids age 11-14: 3C2D9C27
Kids age 15-18: 3CFDFE8A
Adults 30% off until May 1: R4H2020
- With schools closed, Norte will be lending out our fleet of balance bikes (might as well get those tiny bikes under some squirrely 2-5 year olds, right?).
The weather is turning towards spring, so let’s find our sunglasses and get outside while the getting’s good. Stay active, stay healthy, and keep your distance for now. Go find your happy space!
Norte Does Iceman: A 2019 Photo Gallery
Huge thanks to everyone who came out to cheer and support these tough kids at an epic Iceman. They raced their hearts out with grit and grace in some very challenging conditions and we couldn’t be more proud of them.
Want to get involved in the Grand Traverse Youth Mountain Bike Team?