Summer’s arrival in Marquette means nearly 16 sun-soaked hours of daylight on Lake Superior’s southern shoreline. For us, that means 960 minutes a day to explore the over 100 miles of carefully crafted mountain bike trails packed with bar-dragging berms, stomach dropping rock rolls, and more features found only in Marquette County’s glacier-cut landscape. Need proof? Here’s four unique trails in two minutes. Now what will you do with the other 958?
Riders: Evan Simula, Neil Washburn, Nic Dobbs, Jeremiah Johnston, Phil Ott and Anders Tvedten.
Produced by Aaron Peterson/aaronpeterson.net
Song: Violent Young, by The Analog Affair via The Music Bed
Marquette County, on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is a designated Ride Center of the International Mountain Bike Association, one of only 27 in the world.
As of October 2014 the Noquemanon Trails Network of Marquette County has:
48 miles of cross-country mountain bike trails mapped and signed.
17 free ride mountain bike trails.
1 flow trail.
1 dual slalom course.
1 technical legacy trail.
80 wooden structures (system wide)
More berms and jumps than we can count.
NTN trails traverse 3 rivers, 5 creeks and take riders to 7 vistas.
In the nearby towns of Ishpeming and Negaunee the Range Area Mountain Bike Association is rapidly signing and mapping its sprawling 43-mile system of classic hand built mountain bike trails in the rugged hills where American iron mining was born: The Marquette Iron Range.
Five miles north of the city of Marquette an endless backwoods adventure of rowdy rock rolls and near alpine conditions challenge advanced riders along the spines of the ancient Huron Mountains at places like Harlow Lake, Sugarloaf Mountain, Bareback, McLovin and Top of the World. A community group works closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to maintain the rugged, natural character of these trails.
During the winter, trails groups and volunteers groom and maintain an every-expanding system of snow singletrack for fat bikes, or snow bikes, as we like to call them. These winter bike trail networks are some of the first, and best, in the world--luring industry heavyweights like Trek, Specialized and 45North to test and develop products for this booming segment of the bike industry.