As fall begins to set in, one can solely begin to get enthusiastic about mountain bike season. There’s simply one thing about that crisp clear air, the leaves turning colours and all the thrill of getting within the woods with family and friends. It’s by far my favourite time of yr. Sadly, this yr will probably be a bit of completely different in contrast to nothing I’ve ever skilled. Since I used to be born, I’ve all the time been aside of a significant mountain bike race in some facet. This pandemic has actually turned our lives the wrong way up. I personally don’t really feel it’s all been for the more serious. It has made us decelerate a bit and reassess what is actually essential in life. As a neighborhood we have to create new methods to advance our love for mountain biking and trails with out having the ability taking part in a few of this yr’s largest canceled races.
Palmer Woods is a undertaking you might make a while to analysis. It’s a new path that’s going up in Leelanau County. This path consists of technical single monitor, open areas, hills and a picturesque pond. Bike Leelanau has joined forces to turn into a chapter of the Northern Mountain Bike Affiliation to assist make this path and others potential in our superb space.
Personally this path system has simply come on my radar. An expensive buddy of my household handed away in Could from mind most cancers. His identify was Dennis Coburn. He was an avid rider, and he particularly beloved being within the woods. His spouse Debra and him beloved happening multi-day journeys together with on lots of the islands in northern Michigan. To many, Dennis was recognized locally as a tremendous customized log house builder. Nevertheless, to our household, we knew him extra as a devoted volunteer that helped construct and preserve mountain bike trails for enjoyable and races. It was a real ardour of his, a ardour that has assist influence our biking neighborhood for the higher. As a tribute to Dennis, members of Bike Leelanau and buddies who knew how particular Dennis was needed to do one thing in reminiscence of him and his work. They determined since Palmer Woods was an up-and- coming path system that this is able to be one of the simplest ways to honor him. Essentially the most difficult hill on the path is now named the Coburn Problem. Dennis’ battle with most cancers — as laborious because it was — by no means appeared to cease him from attempting tougher.
This fall, I ask you to assist out our trails. We could by no means get an opportunity like this the place there will not be races each weekend and crowds on the trailhead. Take your race charges, resort charges and different bills you have got saved and donate them to your favourite path. The Northern Michigan Bicycle Affiliation can also be taking donations to additional the Palmer Woods path. Their aim is to lift $30,000. They’re one-third of the best way there. That is such a tremendous neighborhood with one of the best volunteers, let’s make this a yr one we received’t ever overlook. Let’s make this a yr that can make the years to come back on higher trails much more enjoyable!