The only day of the year that the Noquemanon Trail Network opens the nordic trails to bike tires is this Saturday, January 28th. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect if you will be racing the self-declared Snow Bike World Championships.
The 25km race begins on the Bagwaji/Adventure Loop, a challenging section of nordic trails that you could only experience under your tire during the race. The race is open to standard mountain bikes, also.
Then head into some quick descents before finishing in Marquette. The course drops several hundred feet in this second section.
The race finishes at the Superior Dome, or Yooper Dome, at Northern Michigan University. It was built to be the world’s largest wooden dome, though the 2010 Book of World Records listed it fifth.
The three-day festival will also feature nordic ski races, snowshoe races and a skijor category. More information can be found on the race website.
As of Friday, the race director’s snow report read: “I am happy to report to you that we were able to mitigate the slush on Deer Lake. Most of the lake crossing is very good, although there will be some icy sections. We have also managed to cut off half of the road section on North Basin Drive. There will be about 120 yards left that will be on thin snow cover (instead of 200+ yards normally). There is a 150 yard section in Granite Pointe that is going to be a little narrower than normal, due to a construction project. The rest of the trail on into the dome should be in excellent shape. We are supposed to have warm weather today, but temps starting to drop on Saturday morning throughout the day. We expect to get about an inch of new snow Saturday morning before the race with temperatures in the 20s for most of race day. Travel safe.”