Monday, August 29, 2011

Biking 101 clinics, free

   Learn about biking along with type of bikes, equipment and some of the more popular trails at these free  clinics.
Learn About Bicycling and the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail During Two Labor Day Weekend Bicycling 101 Clinics Sept. 3, 10a.m.-1p.m.

   The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park will be the setting for two events the Department of Natural Resources has organized during Labor Day Weekend to highlight the state’s rail-trail system. Michigan has the most miles of rail-trails in the country.
   The DNR’s Recreation 101 program is offering two Biking 101 clinics taking place simultaneously from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at both the north and south ends of the trail. Representatives from the DNR are partnering with local biking experts and vendors to present tips on biking while showcasing the state’s longest rail-to-trail that runs along the former Grand Rapids and Indiana rail bed.
   Tips on cycling basics, safety and different type of biking along with a variety of bikes to try out will end with a five mile ride along the trail.
   Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes but loaner bikes will also be available. Directions to the Cadillac Trailhead are to take US-131 north to the M-115 exit and go northwest for one-half mile. Take North 41 Road one mile north to North 44 Road. Go west on North 44 Road approximately one-half mile.
   Recreation 101 is a year-round program that recruits top instructors and sports equipment vendors to provide free or inexpensive hands-on lessons. The goal is to provide the novice sportsman with enough skill and knowledge to begin a new activity. For details, visit

   The bicycling clinics are free. All levels of riders are welcome. An adult should accompany children under 10 years old. In event of rain, the program will be postponed or canceled. For more details, call the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center at 231-779-1321.

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