Tag Archives: Cycling

Grand Rapids-Area’s Winter Adventure Race is the largest in the U.S.

By Howard Meyerson More than 400 hearty winter adventurers will test their mettle and wits this weekend when they gather in the woods outside of Grand Rapids to compete in the 5th annual Michigan Adventure Race Winter Edition – the … Continue reading

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Michigan’s winter paradise: groomed ski trails and fat bike destinations

By Howard Meyerson While southern Michigan snowfalls haven’t amounted to much so far, winter is a long way from over. If you’re inclined to get out on cross‑country skis, consider heading north where the snow is deeper. It should be a … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids Golf Course Becomes Winter Bike Destination

By Howard Meyerson The middle of winter may be a treacherous time for cyclists, but you wouldn’t know it to visit Indian Trails Golf Course. That’s where fat-tire bike enthusiasts gather on Wednesdays to ride its snowy, three-mile groomed trail. The 88-year-old … Continue reading

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Mountain biking fourteeners creates a rift in the outdoor community 

Increasingly the question surfaces: Where should mountain bikes be allowed? How about mountain trails, particularly the popular Colorado fourteeners, known for their elevation? Joe Lindsey’s feature in Bicycling Magazine sheds some light on the complexity of the question. What complexity? Read … Continue reading

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Bill Field: Visionary Founder of Michigan’s First Paved Rail-Trail

Note: Bill Field was a remarkable man. I had the good fortune to work with him many years ago when I was still a cub journalist. This is the story of  his challenge to save an abandoned rail corridor so … Continue reading

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Major work this summer coming for Hart-Montague and White Pine Trails

By Howard Meyerson Two popular west Michigan rail-trails are scheduled for major work this summer. The 22.6-mile William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail will be widened and repaved while two unfinished sections of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, just over … Continue reading

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Groomed fat bike winter trails growing more numerous in Michigan

  By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When fat-tire bikes first made an appearance in Michigan a few years ago, many dedicated riders considered them a fad — a puffed-up version of a mountain bike with big, soft tires … Continue reading

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Best Places To See Fall Colors Around Grand Rapids

Autumn color is always a spectacle in Kent County. The countryside – with its hills and valleys – becomes a living canvas splashed with color. It’s a great time to get out on area roads, rivers and trails and enjoy … Continue reading

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West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance: 60 Miles of Local Trails, From Riders For Riders

Grand Rapids is known for a lot of things: good beer, a spectacular downtown arts festival and great fishing on area rivers, among other things. But, what isn’t known is that West Michigan mountain bikers are turning the region into … Continue reading

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Pure Michigan: On the way to becoming a trails state

By Howard Meyerson Michigan has had a number of nicknames: The Water Wonderland, The Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State, The Mitten State; and now it appears we may get another: The Pure Michigan Trails State. A five-bill package introduced … Continue reading

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