Get Those Spokes Turning

Spring BikingTired of being cooped up? Need to shed a few pounds? Then get those spokes turning. Whether you're racing, or just enjoying the sport as a leisure enthusiast, Michigan offers distinctive terrain and magnificent scenery.

Michigan is a popular destination mountain bike racing. And, its now a year-round sport with races in every month attracting first-timers and world champions alike. Whether its camaraderie, racing competition, or simply the motivation to get or stay in great shape, every race participant has their reasons for taking the challenge.

The popular Michigan Mountain Bike Associations (MMBA) Championship Point Series is one of the premier race series in the U.S. The 2013 series will host races in several cities around the state. Racers best seven finishes count towards the final ranking. This popular race series offers a number of competitive categories based on age, gender and skill.

Whether you're racing, or just enjoying the sport as a leisure enthusiast, Michigan has six unique regions that offer distinctive terrain and magnificent scenery traversing endless inland lakes, through Michigan's Copper Country, pass historic logging camps. Seasonal rides bypass brilliant fields of trilliums in spring, rolling cornfields in summer, blankets of pristine fall foliage, and frozen picturesque forests and lakes in winter. Avid bikers can even tackle the extreme topography around the Upper Peninsula's ski flying hill.

Now that we've whet your appetite for the sport of mountain bike racing and leisure peddling, you'll need to gear-up with right equipment and clothing. Shorts, shirts, jerseys, tights, team clothing, vests, headbands, gloves, helmets, hydrapaks, and shoes are just some of the things you will need.

For a leisure family ride, many Michigan state parks have great biking trails and offer a number of fun family activities to fill an afternoon.

For more Michigan trip-planning biking resources, visit the organizations listed below: