Poster for Ride the Keweenaw 2016. (Poster courtesy Christopher Schmidt)
HOUGHTON -- Thanks to warm weather and dedicated volunteers, the local mountain bike trails are ready for the annual trail celebration and showcase that is Ride the Keweenaw May 27, 28, 29, 2016.
The weekend will start out in Greenland this Friday evening, May 27, with a mountain bike ride through the Adventure Mine, then continue on Saturday with guided group rides at Michigan Tech Trails, Churning Rapids and Swedetown Trails. Also hosted at the Michigan Tech Trails on Saturday are a basic mountain bike skills clinic and a jumping clinic.
A participant in the 2015 Ride the Keweenaw Enduro Race meets the challenge of Copper Harbor Trails. (Photo courtesy Christopher Schmidt)
On Sunday, the event moves north to Copper Harbor for the Lake Superior Gravity Series Enduro Race #1, a trail scavenger hunt, Taste of the Harbor fundraiser featuring four favorite local restaurants (including the Mariner North, Pines Resort, The Fitz, and Jamsen’s Bakery), music with the Dave Brotherton Band and Art Bike in the Harbor poster show.
May 26 UPDATE from Lori Hauswirth, Copper Harbor Trails Club executive director: "Taste of the Harbor tickets are still available for purchase at Down Wind Sports in Houghton and the Laughing Loon in Copper Harbor for $25. When they are gone, they are gone so get yours soon. On Sunday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. the Mariner North will be serving thai peanut chicken wrap (vegetarian option), The Fitz will have pulled pork sliders and slaw, Pines Resort will have two choices of soup, and Jamsen's Bakery will have a variety of sweets to top it off. Each ticket gets you a serving from each and beverages will be available.
"And if you don't have a mountain bike, you can rent one from Michigan Tech's Outdoor Adventure Program this weekend for half off."
And about the weather (chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms), Lori adds, "For those asking, the variable weather will only make the weekend more
memorable and since it's only a forecast, we will take it as it comes.
If there is lightning we will delay rides by 30 minutes but otherwise
get the rain gear ready for some potentially sloppy fun. Rides will be adjusted if necessary to avoid sensitive trails."
Art Bike at The Harbor poster show
Poster for the first annual Art Bike at The Harbor. (Poster courtesy Christopher Schmidt)
The Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) invites everyone to their our first annual Art Bike at The Harbor, beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Copper Harbor Community Building in the park during Ride the Keweenaw! This is a poster show featuring 11 regional artists and photographers. Each artist will depict his or her favorite trail of the Copper Harbor Trail System in a limited edition giclee print.
CHTC is selling only 40 prints of each poster, so come buy yours for $25 each. All proceeds will benefit the building of the Keweenaw Point Trail. Enjoy art, artists, beer, wine and snacks, Sunday night during Ride the Keweenaw!
Trails featured will be: Flow, Dancing Bear, Downtown, Red Trail, Overflow, On the Edge, Garden Brook, Keweenaw Point Trail, Flying Squirrel, Stairway to Heaven.
CHTC would like to thank participating artists Jaimie Bourgo, Jackie Johnson, Amy Oestreich, Taj Mihelich, Christopher Schmidt, Gary Barden, Steve Brimm, Chris Miller Photography, Aaron Howard of AMG Stategies, Chris Guibert.
The Art show will be going on simultaneously with Taste of the Harbor and music by the Dave Brotherton Band! Get your Taste of the Harbor tickets before they are gone.
Click here to Register for events. Click here for the Schedule.
Note for volunteers: Ride guides are still needed for Saturday's Ride the Keweenaw Events!!!
MTU Trails - 9a.m. - 11 a.m.: Have 3 -- NEED 5 more!
Churning Rapids: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Have 2 -- NEED 4 more!!
Swedetown: Ride guides needed here as well -- contact Gail Neufeld at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can help at Churning Rapids or Tech contact Dan Dalquist at 906-370-2206.