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  • 26 Apr 2022 6:51 PM | Christopher Benson (Administrator)

    As you may know, TOMMBA collaborated with North Central Michigan College's Communication Design class to help design our first ever bike jersey. The idea was presented to the class for their final design project. After several weeks, three student designers each presented their visions of a TOMMBA bike jersey. We had to choose one designer to fulfill our quest of making this project a reality.

    Meet our star, NCMC student jersey designer, Natalie Gulyas! In addition to her studies at NCMC, Natalie also owns a small business: Manitou Bags, and is a part-time Pilates instructor.

    We asked Natalie a few questions about herself and the design project:

    TOMMBA: Please tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in graphic design.

    Natalie: I’ve always been involved in creative design. Although my background is in music performance and production, during the onset of social media popularity, before it has become what it is today I owned a small marketing business called SoSocial Media Marketing.

    During that time I worked on back-end development of websites, creating content for websites including copy, product and team photography and social media management. I had no formal graphic design training at that time and was always interested in becoming even more proficient in certain programs.

    In 2016 I moved from Chicago to Northern Michigan to photograph weddings with a company called the Weber Photographers and have lived here ever since.

    The same year I moved to Northern Michigan I formed my now small business, Manitou Design. I design and produce accessories, mostly custom leather bags. I sell them locally and online, you can also catch me at the Renegade Handmade fair in Chicago in May.

    Because I have designed every aspect of marketing material for my own business, with an exception of my logo which was designed in part by a friend, I decided in the fall of 2021 to take some classes at NCMC to further my knowledge of graphic arts and design. Design programs and culture are ever changing and formally learning these modalities has expanded my abilities, but also, working with everyone at NCMC has opened up my mind creatively. It has offered me unique opportunities like working with TOMMBA!

    T: What was the name of the NCMC design class?

    N: The class is Communication Design, taught by the ever fantastic professor Anne Morningstar. The purpose of the class is to examine how art is another form of communication and Anne does an exceptional job pairing creative projects while encouraging ideas of substance. This was the best project that we had all semester.

    T: What were your impressions of TOMMBA and/or inspirations for your design?

    N: We as a class had a helpful conversation with Spencer, who outlined both what TOMMBA was looking for in a jersey and what TOMMBA represents as an organization.

    Some questions that came up during our meeting were, what is your mission at TOMMBA? Who are your members and what does the future of the organization look like?

    This was a learning experience for me, I designed the jerseys with these questions in mind. And I asked friends who are avid Northern Michigan mountain bikers what they would like to wear. I considered color trends and ultimately knew I wanted to design something strong and memorable while being simplistic.

    My most important edit however, was when a friend told me that her seven year old daughter loves mountain biking in Harbor Springs. I wanted to incorporate an image of a woman looking over the avalanche mountain view for her young daughter because she inspired me with her love for mountain biking.

    T: Did you imagine your design would be chosen?

    N: Not even for a moment! I even created a really outlandish second jersey design because I didn’t imagine I would be chosen. My classmates are the most talented illustrators and I saw how vivid and beautiful their work was. I absolutely imagined TOMMBA riders wearing their designs.

    T: Have you mountain biked before or would you be interested in mountain biking now?

    N: Being from Chicago, I’ve been a road biker out of necessity, which I’ve carried with me to Northern Michigan. I have not yet tried mountain biking but I would love to.

    This collaboration with NCMC and Natalie was an amazing, fun experience. Natalie made the process so easy, despite a very busy school/work schedule. We are so excited to be able to celebrate our 10th anniversary by offering these amazing jerseys to you.

    If you would like to support Natalie, check out her website:
    https://www.manitoubags.com/
    and find her on Instagram: @manitoubags

    And be sure to order your custom, student-designed, TOMMBA bike jersey today to support more collaboration efforts like this and, of course, more great, local mountain bike trails!

    Remember, these jerseys are only available to pre-order for a limited time. We're taking jersey pre-orders only until May 15, 2022. Learn more at: https://www.tommba.org/news/12708360 - then

    ORDER TODAY!


  • 14 Apr 2022 12:00 PM | Christopher Benson (Administrator)

    Ordering is now Closed

    LIMITED EDITION ANNIVERSARY JERSEYS

    To commemorate our 10 year anniversary, TOMMBA has a new jersey for 2022! Custom designed by Natalie Guyles, a graphic design student from NCMC, this sweet new jersey will show your love for our trails wherever you ride. Printed by CustomWear.us, the jersey comes in both Sport and MTB styles, each in men's and women's sizes. All proceeds go right back into helping TOMMBA build and manage our awesome trail network!  Get your orders in by May 15th and they will be shipped directly to you!

     ORDER TODAY 

    There are two styles to choose from. Performance Tech T Shirts and a Sport Fit Cycling Jersey. Here are the key features of each jersey style:

    Cycling Jersey (left)

    • FIT: Sport Female / Male

    • Stitching: Durable double overlock

    • 3 Rear Pockets: Positioned for easy access while riding

    • + PLUS 1 Rear zippered security pocket for storing valuables

    • Italian inks ensure detailed, vibrant colorfast graphics that last without affecting the physical properties of the fabric. Will not wash-out, fade, or deteriorate.

    • Tailored Design with 2 different Midwest Weight Performance fabrics:
      Chest & Collar > Tech Fabric: Micro Channel Tight Weave: Wind Shearing, small moisture wicking straws.
      Back, Arms, & Side Panel > Tech Fabric: Mini Cooling Compartments: Large channel aero cooling straws for heat release

    • Hem > Silicone Injected Gel Gripper

    Performance Tech MTB Jersey (right)
    • Relaxed Fit

    • Soft, Lightweight, and breathable for quick moisture management, to keep the air flowing.

    • Italian inks ensure detailed, vibrant colorfast graphics that last without affecting the physical properties of the fabric. Will not wash-out, fade, or deteriorate.

    • Zippered rear reflective security Pocket

    • Antibacterial and wicking treatment (please read fabric care for optimum performance)

    • SPF UV sun protection factor

    • Tailored Design with 2 different Midwest Weight Performance fabrics:
      Chest & Collar > Tech Fabric: Micro Channel Tight Weave: Wind Shearing, small moisture wicking straws.
      Back, Arms, & Side Panel > Tech Fabric: Mini Cooling Compartments: Large channel aero cooling straws for heat release

    TOMMBA 2022 LE JERSEYS


    These jerseys will only be offered for pre-order and are only available for a limited time. We will not have them in-stock for regular sale after May 15th. We are taking pre-orders for these jerseys now through May 15th. Visit the TOMMBA Store to place your order today! Be sure to see the sizing charts and measurement recommendations. You will receive your order 35-45 days after it was placed or 30-45 days after the order window closes.

    Visit our Merchandise Page: https://www.tommba.org/page-18530 to

     ORDER TODAY 


  • 17 Mar 2022 6:30 PM | Christopher Benson (Administrator)

    Click on the link below to view the 1st Digital Print version of our quarterly TOMMBA Trail Talk Newsletter:

    20220317_TOMMBA Trail Talk Vol 1.pdf

    Hope you enjoy it and be sure to let us know what you would like to know.

    Email: info@tommba.org

  • 30 Dec 2021 12:30 PM | Christopher Benson (Administrator)

    Considering TOMMBA is 100% volunteer driven, 2021 proved to be a very productive year. Here is a look back at most of the accomplishments made. You and your support make all of this possible!


    • TOMMBA hosted its First All Women’s MTB Clinic. Definitely doing more of these in the future!



    • Harbor Springs Trails - met with property owners: DNR, Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs Public Schools, Little Traverse Conservancy to recognize and preserve this mostly unsanctioned trail system. TOMMBA’s goal is to make this an officially recognized trail system and to protect it for future riders. https://www.tommba.org/news/10391301

    • TOMMBA collaborated with Beards Brewery to develop a new brew. The brewmasters came up with Crank ‘N Chain Beer, a refreshing, ruby red grapefruit-infused kolsch perfect for post-ride refreshment. Released in early August, 10 barrels sold out in just a few weeks’ time all in support of new trails!




    • Brown’s Creek Pathway trail Improvements - In addition to the new kiosk and trailhead, TOMMBA trailbuilders also used the excavator to improve trail flow and drainage on many sections. Also, added additional signage to enhance the user experience.  


    • Pedal, Pig, & Pint Ride - A unique ride event co-sponsored by and to support Raven Hill and TOMMBA: https://tommba.org/news/10741054 - Look for it again in 2022!


    • Aspen Park Ride. Gaylord area mountain bikers helped organize a ride at the Aspen Park trails then met with TOMMBA board members to discuss future trail improvements in the area: https://tommba.org/news/11140292

    • North Country Trail Reroute - TOMMBA trail builders completed a reroute of a badly eroded section of the North Country Trail, Harbor Springs Chapter, section 2. Utilizing TOMMBA’s excavator, our volunteers built an approximately ¼ mile, mostly bench-cut, sustainable bypass.

    • NCMC Jersey Design - TOMMBA is working with North Central Michigan College’s students to design a TOMMBA Bike Jersey! Coming early 2022


    We are excited to bring you more great trails in 2022. Please consider supporting TOMMBA in our future endeavors:

    https://www.tommba.org/Donate

  • 10 Nov 2021 1:58 PM | Christopher Benson (Administrator)

    Harbor Springs Trails Update

    The trailhead known as the “Meadows” was closed by the property owners in late October, 2018 cutting off many mountain bikers from easily accessing the vast trail system in the Harbor Springs area. TOMMBA is working with the Michigan DNR and the other property owners (Harbor Springs Public Schools, Boyne Highlands, Little Traverse Conservancy) encompassing the Harbor Springs trails to protect and recognize this system.

    Local riders may have seen signs posted by the DNR regarding upcoming logging operations. Some sections will be clear-cut and some will be select-cut. These operations are planned to begin within the next few months to 2 years. Some of the clear-cut forest management is required in the Red Pine stands due to a fungus called Heterobasidion Root Disease (HRD) and attempts to eradicate and/or minimize the spread. This DNR forestry management has been on their schedule prior to being aware of the existing trails but they are making efforts to minimize trail damage.

    If you’re seeing a LOT of new flagging along some of the trails, TOMMBA volunteers have begun flagging the existing trail corridors in these stands in hopes of minimizing the logger’s impact. Flagging is completed on the trails along Big Foot Rd and we are working on the northern stands next, hoping to get it completed before hunting season begins.

    Here is a link to the MI DNR GIS website: https://midnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=43579d040c7d4860b125e405f531d465 - zoom in to the Harbor Springs area and you can see more information. While the DNR site doesn’t yet show the existing trails, here are a couple of images with the trails added showing where logging will take place. Specifically in the stands numbered: 31, 32, 42, 27, 29, 35, 36, 38, 39:

    HS South Trails

    Harbor Springs Trails - South sections near Warwick Rd

    HS North Trails

    Harbor Springs Trails - North sections

    Please know that TOMMBA continues to work to preserve and protect the trails in the Harbor Springs area ensuring we have great places and trails to ride!

  • 10 Nov 2021 11:55 AM | Christopher Benson (Administrator)


    Fall mountain biking in northern Michigan has its challenges. Leaf-covered trails, dwindling daylight, lake-effect rain/snow, daily temperature swings, just to name a few. So when the conditions align, you want to take advantage as much as possible...save for the last two weeks of November.

    If you’re new to Michigan or maybe just unfamiliar with another very popular sport: Firearm Deer Hunting Season runs from November 15-30th each year and draws hunters from around the state and those surrounding. Hunting is allowed on most MI state-owned lands, many conservancy properties, as well as some private lands. Most deer hunters only get these two-weeks each year to hunt.

    For these reasons we suggest being safe as well as respectful and asking that you take a break from riding in the woods during this season. If you feel you absolutely need to go for a ride, you can ride the Avalanche trails in Boyne City. The park is completely within city limits and hunting there is not permitted.

    If you do choose to ride during firearm hunting season (outside of Avalanche):

    • Please wear at least one large article of hunter’s orange clothing
    • Please make every effort to schedule your ride(s) between 10am and 2pm
    • Night rides should begin at least 30 minutes after official sunset
    • As a courtesy, please ride quietly and remember that normal conversation while pedaling sounds like shouting to a hunter enjoying his/her time in the woods.

    Thank you and have a safe November!

  • 4 Oct 2021 5:30 PM | Christopher Benson (Administrator)

    Join TOMMBA for a Trail Ride in Gaylord at the Aspen Park Trails, Wednesday, October 20th at 5:30 pm.


    After the ride we'll head to Snowbelt Brewing Co's Biergarten room (and if the weather's not great for the ride, we'll just meet at Snowbelt :)


    This will be an introduction to the trails (for those unfamiliar) and an opportunity to meet with the local crew and talk about Gaylord trails, growth, work, and volunteering!

    We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email our board member Lynn: lwolf@tommba.org


  • 13 Aug 2021 6:00 AM | Christopher Benson (Administrator)

    Please join us for the Trail Discovery and Ribbon Cutting for the new addition to the Boyne Forest Trail System, called Double Dog. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the new West Trailhead on Old Horton Bay Road.

    BFT West Parking Lot Sign

    The new Double Dog trail is part of the Boyne Forest Trail System, a network of sustainable multi-use trails being constructed by the Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association (TOMMBA) under agreements with the City of Boyne City, Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy, Evangeline Township, State of Michigan DNR and Boyne City Public Schools. TOMMBA and the City of Boyne City have been partners for over a decade in the development and maintenance of several multi-use trails at Avalanche Park in the City.

    “Creating new recreational assets for a region is a strong strategy for economic development and local pride, and this project is another example of how Boyne City continues to enhance the sense of place in its community and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Michele Wildman.

    At the Trail Discovery and Ribbon Cutting everyone will experience the evolution of a multi-use trail system, learn about the partners who make it happen, and why sustainable trail design is so important. For those who choose to ride the trails Saturday morning, we will have giveaways and random prizes at various points along the new trails.

    In 2019, the Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy (WLAC) completed a land acquisition project that contained 43 acres of land adjacent to the Boyne Forest Trail system. This acquisition was a critical connector that allowed for the existing Boyne Forest Trail system to be connected to this new Conservancy property and more land owned by the City of Boyne City. The WLAC partnership with TOMMBA expands trails and promotes recreational mountain biking around Walloon Lake.

    In 2020, $20,000 of County parks & recreation millage funds were allocated by Charlevoix County to The City of Boyne City and Evangeline Township for the construction of a parking lot and trailhead area along Old Horton Bay Road, just north of Boyne City. The State of Michigan approved the repurposing of a portion of the former City landfill site turning an undesirable use into a regional asset. TOMMBA is also contributing $15,000 towards the parking lot and trailhead.

    TOMMBA, established in 2012, has led the efforts to create more than 35 miles of new mountain bike trails in the region. In early 2021, TOMMBA completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to this first of three phases of new trails on the City-owned property and successfully raised over $100,000. More than $50,000 was raised through donations by individuals locally and around the state and each dollar of the $50,000 was matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) grant program called Public Spaces Community Places. These generous donations accelerated the timeframe for constructing the multi-use trails this year.

    In July of this year, a company named Flowtrack from Marquette, under contract with TOMMBA, completed the new 2.5-mile trail called Double Dog. This phase is part of the Boyne Forest Trail System, which consists of land owned by City of Boyne City, the Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy trails, the Boyne Public Schools and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. These trails create an extensive network of multi-use trails for users of varying abilities. Flowtrack is known for their sustainable approach to building trails throughout the Midwest.

    In the near future, two more phases will be added to this western section of the Boyne Forest Trail System. These will include more challenges and more features including a new concept called The Hub. More details to come soon as TOMMBA continues to build on this successful trail system. Together, with funding support and many hours of volunteer effort, TOMMBA’s partners will continue to create healthy opportunities to enjoy our area’s amazing outdoor attractions.

    Join Us on Saturday, August 21st for the Trail Discovery and Ribbon Cutting Event. If you are unable to attend and still want to help, Donate Today!

    If you have any questions or comments please contact Steve Schnell, 231-330-7070 or sschnell@tommba.org

  • 9 Jul 2021 7:00 PM | Deleted user

    TOMMBA is kicking off the opening of the new trail and new parking lot with a new ride. Join us for the inaugural TOMMBA Tailgate Tuesday Ride July 13 at 6:00 pm. Meet at the new parking lot on Old Horton Bay Rd here: https://goo.gl/maps/T4gyaVmbwpyJLqBx6

    tailgate tuesday rideFind out more info at the Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/N44uVLS0

  • 9 Jul 2021 6:30 PM | Deleted user

    TOMMBA and Raven Hill Discovery Center are collaborating to bring you the opportunity to Choose Your Wheels with the Pedal Pig & Pint Bike Tour event, Sunday, August 1st, 2021.

    Pedal Pig Pint

    Enjoy beautiful miles of wooded mountain bike trails or a scenic paved route around Lake Charlevoix, while supporting two exceptional non-profit organizations striving to enhance outdoor experiences in the area. Stiggs Brewing Company in Boyne City has generously offered to support this event with a Pig Roast, Pint and festive atmosphere for relaxing after the ride.

    All riders start at Veterans Memorial Park in Boyne City and finish with a celebratory lunch at Stiggs Brewing Company.

    Road cyclists can opt for a scenic, paved trail between Boyne City and Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, or the 42 mile tour along the north shore of Lake Charlevoix to the Lake Michigan shoreline trail. Then on to the Ironton Ferry and back to Boyne City along the south shore of Lake Charlevoix. 

    Trail riders can choose from a network of beginner to advanced riding trails at Boyne Forest Trails or the Avalanche Trails. Advanced mountain bike cyclists might challenge themselves by combining both trails and the distance between them. 

    “This is the only combined mountain and road bike event in the region,” explained TOMMBA spokesman Mike Labadie. “Whatever your choice of wheels, it will be a beautiful ride, and a great way to explore the area and support two great organizations.” 

    Register online at www.bikereg.com or at Veterans Memorial Park, 319 N. Lake St. in Boyne City, beginning at 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.  Registration includes an event bike shirt, lunch and a pint at Stiggs, a free admission pass to Raven Hill Discovery and acknowledgement for your support of these two amazing non-profit organizations. $50.00 for an individual, $100 for families (up to five related family members), and $25 for a child (under 15) accompanied by an adults. Wrist bands will be distributed at registration and are required for Lunch and a pint at Stiggs Brewing Company, 112 S. Park St., Boyne City. www.stiggsbrewingcompany.com

    Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association is dedicated to creating, enhancing, and preserving great trail experiences in Northern Michigan. All proceeds go to maintaining and building top quality trails for riders of all levels. Visit www.tommba.org to learn more about TOMMBA and explore the many TOMMBA built mountain biking trails you might like to explore.

    Raven Hill Discovery Center provides hands-on experiences through programs, exhibits, and facilities that connect science, history and the arts for all ages. Located on 175 acres in East Jordan, Raven Hill expands time from prehistory, to modern, to future and from our world to beyond the universe. Raven Hill challenges minds of all ages through experiences that expand the brain and link thoughtful ideas. Raven Hill is looking for your ideas connecting cycling to art, science, and history. If you have a historical fact, story, artistic effort, or scientific facts you would like to share about bicycling, please contact Cheri Leach at Raven Hill to share your idea (231)536-3369, or email info@ravenhill.org. Raven Hill is developing a bicycling display at the museum to align with this year’s Pedal, Pig, & Pint event!

    If you have additional questions concerning the ride, contact Holly Sasso (517) 231-3341 or Michael Labadie (616) 304-5758.

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