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Wild Side of the Noque Snow Bike Race

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SUNDAY SNOW BIKE EVENT

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Featuring a 20k Snow bike race on trail only available to snowbikes during the Wildside events.  Race course starts and finishes at the Forestville Trailhead.  HELMETS REQUIRED.

Day of registration will be available at the Forestville trailhead however it is not recommended (cash payment only).  Race packets contain many extras including bib, sponsor goodies, and coupons. All snowbikers will need to sign a waiver at packet pick up.  Packet pick up will be at the Dome during the Friday night Expo or email registration@noquemanon.com for a Sunday morning bag pick up at the start line. 

Fee schedule for the 20K Snow Bike

$35 by August 31, 2016

$40 by December 31, 2016

$45 by January 1, 2017 to Race Day

 

RACE START 10:00 am  Mass Start at the Forestville Trail head

The 2017 Wild Side of the Noquemanon Fat Bike Race will start and finish at the NTN Forestville trailhead. Racers will ride a loop from Forestville through a selection of the NTN North Trails singletrack and back to Forestville, followed by a loop around a selection of the Forestville area ski trails, ending with a pleasant descent to the finish stadium at Forestville. The course will consist of roughly 30% singletrack, 70% cross country ski trails, and will come to just under 21K.

Additionally: Start at 1030 feet elevation. Descend to 690 feet to enjoy a section of the best singletrack in town, then settle in for a long but mellow climb to 1190 feet. Enjoy a section of singletrack unique to this event followed by a relaxed ski trail descent to the stadium finish at 1030 feet.

12:30 pm (or whenever racers finish) Awards with custom cowbells will be held at the finish line.
Overall male and overall female awards
Age group males and females (overall by male and female age group)
Age groups:
25 & under male/25 & under female
26-39 male/26-39 female
40-59 male/40-59 female
60 & over male/60 & over female

Aid Station for the 20k race will be at Forestville.
Due to ski race prep no snow bikes are allowed on the course except for scheduled races.

 

Fat Tire Bike Guidelines

 What is a Snow Bike or Fat Bike?

  • A bike specially designed with tires that are 3.8-4.5 inches wide to float on snow or soft sand.  Rims start at 65 mm wide and tires than run on 10 psi or less
  • To ride on the NTN trails front and rear tires need to be at a 3.5 width or more
  • No mountain bikes will be allowed on trails. They create deep ruts in the groomed surface.
  • Ride only when temperatures are cold enough to sustain the groomed trail
  • Riders need to be aware of the depth of their tire grooves.
  • If the groove is half inch or more, air pressure should be reduced or consider riding another day
  • Bike helmets are encouraged
  • Lights are recommended during the evening hours
  • Ride courteously so as not to interfere with the movement of other trail users
  • When approaching another trail user  from behind, call “Trail” and “On your right (or left)”
  •  If being passed, move to one side

Snow bikes may ride on the groomed trails as follows:

  • South Marquette Snow Bike Route (SBR) hot pink signed trails
  • Noquemanon from Forestville down to Tourist Park
  • Noquemanon from Forestville up to Plum Creek trailhead on Wednesdays after 5 pm and Sundays after 3 pm only.
  • Fit Strip

Currently, NTN is unable to completely separate snow bikes, skiers, snowshoes, dogs, and skijor trail users therefore we ask you to respectfully share portions of the trails. Please honor the trail use designations as our signage indicates.

By following these guidelines and trail etiquette, we’ll keep users safe and smiling while enjoying the trails. Thanks!

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Cold Rolled: Marquette Michigan’s Snow Bike Route, is a quirky action documentary from Clear & Cold Cinema, Salsa Cycles and TravelMarquetteMichigan.com that explores the history and progression of winter cycling culture in this small Lake Superior harbor town.

Marquette, Michigan’s Noquemanon Trails Network has nearly perfected equipment and techniques used to launch its Snow Bike Route, a 15-mile winter singletrack developed for fat tire bikes.

The fast narrow trail features flowy terrain, steep descents and large bermed turns. It’s believed to be the first trail of its kind–but more importantly, it’s pretty fun.

Click here to view the full length edit on Vimeo.

The Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails.  For more information on the NTN visit www.noquetrails.org.

 

 

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