Monday, February 22, 2010

Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr)


I had an amazing visit to Chicago this past week. I was given a grand tour of the area trails. Beverly Lake, The Garden, Plainfield Bike Park, Palos, Saw Wa Kee. Geez looks like killer riding to me. Palos was much, much bigger than I had imagined. Special thanks to Jerry and Stan for the tours. I also really liked eating the Polish food with Stan and his mom at the Old Town Restaurant.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Bill Koch is no longer alone



Not since 1976 has the US had a medal in a nordic sport in the Olympics.However, Johnny Spillane has changed that! Silver in Nordic Combined! Hopefully a sign or more to come from Vancouver.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The "Purple Zone"


Here is to those that push themselves into the "Purple Zone". You know it if you have been there. Generally it comes served up with a heaping spoonful of pain, peppered with angst and glazed with adrenaline. As you age you run into fewer people who want to go there, although those that do are that much sicker.....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Marquette’s South trails might change



I went to an NTN meeting on Monday and learned that a city commission was about to present a report on what to do with the "Heartwood" land in central Marquette. If you are familiar with the area that is spot where the South Trails exist. The city purchased this area about 5 years ago for about 5 million dollars and now is thinking about how they can capitalize on that investment in these trying times. Originally slated for recreational use, development is now on the table. NTN however staying on top of this issue has been working hard to keep the mountain bike trails on the table and it would seem after sitting through the City commissioners meeting that the presenting committee had some interesting solutions on how both the trails could stay and development could occur.
I will keep you updated on how this all works out. Best case it will be a good example of how recreation and development can work together, worst case we lose a bunch of iconic UP riding.