Temperatures may be chilly out but there’s no snow on the ground.That means the mountain biking season is still going strong.
In this week’s Get Outdoors Meteorologist Adam Lorch heads to Grand Marais to check out some of their trails.
A fundraiser in the form of a bike race hit the trails this past weekend near Grand Marais.
Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, SCA (Superior Cycling Association) Board Member, said “It’s a singletrack mountain bike race which is a little different then a lot of the other mountain bike races that happen along the North Shore. This one is only single track and it is definitely a challenge.”
The money goes to the Superior Cycling Association, which helps plan and build, as well as maintain the trails in Cook county.
“At the pin cushion Trail Center right now we have about 8 miles of single track. We’re looking to expand that although plans for that are still in the works.” said DeCoux
Single track trails are meant to be solely used by mountain bikers. They are about 18-24″ wide and can go for miles.
Molly O’Neil, also a SCA Board Member, said “A lot of volunteer hours go into trail maintenance and building out boardwalk sections where they’re needed for drainage. It’s a really great system.”
The geography in Grand Marais is perfect for mountain biking, plus there are some stunning views of the lake.
DeCoux says, “The Duluth trail system has a lot of rock and a lot of flow but up here you just get a little bit more of all of that.”
The SCA is also working on another big project.
“We’re currently building a traverse trail connecting Tofte and Lutsen mountain and that’s gonna be incredible and the trail right now is called jackpot because we feel like we hit the jackpot with the dirt and they conditions back there.” DeCoux said.