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CAMBA by the Numbers

Video series helps tell the CAMBA story

 CABLE, Wis. (July 17, 2018) It may be hard to believe for those familiar with the CAMBA trails, but despite having been one of the first organizations to develop mountain bike trails in the upper Midwest and now with the longest, most diverse system of trails in the region, many people still do not know about the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association’s extensive system of off-road bike trails.

 “This has been an on-going frustration,” says CAMBA executive director, Ron Bergin. “We’ve worked very hard over the years to develop and promote our 250+ miles of singletrack and other mapped and marked off-road routes, but every so often we hear from someone who is just learning about the trails.”

If all goes well, however, CAMBA expects this to change thanks to the development of a series of videos that began circulating last winter. “The purpose of the video series,” says Bergin, “is to better tell our story and illustrate what the trails and the Chequamegon Area are all about.”

 CAMBA’s latest video, CAMBA by the Numbers, does just that. The video takes a quick look at not only the trails, but the many aspects of the local communities, environment, and lifestyle that together comprise the CAMBA experience.

 CAMBA by the Numbers enumerates such things as local forests, cycling experiences, local scenery, trails and trailheads, events, amenities, and special places along the trails.

 Previous CAMBA videos include CAMBA – The Movie, a trailer featuring some early footage from the project; Mt. Ashwabay Trails, a short piece highlighting CAMBA’s northern-most trails; and Big FAT Winter – a look at winter biking in the Chequamegon Area. All of these videos, as well as CAMBA by the Numbers, can be viewed at www.cambatrails.orgCAMBA by the Numbers is posted on the CAMBA home page and you can click through to the Video Series page to view the rest.

 The fifth and final video of the series will be released in August. Titled Big Woods – Endless Trails, it will feature some of the most scenic riding locations in the area, unique trail features and trails, and great trail riding shots.

Watch CAMBA by the Numbers right here!


Super Bowl Birkie!

If you haven’t seen this yet, The Birkie Bridge has made the trip to downtown Minneapolis for the 2018 Superbowl Festivities. Add to that nearly a kilometer of manmade snow and a Pisten Bully Groomer and you have the makings for a midwest-style winter party! Here, Birkie Director, Ben Popp, and John Munger with the Loppet Foundation give you the lowdown on ski and fat bike activities taking place around the bridge. And, don’t worry, the Mpls Friday melt did not affect Hayward; we have all of our snow, still.

The Birkie Bridge takes over downtown Minneapolis for Superbowl festivities.  Video: ABSF

It’s fitting that a part of the “Super Bowl of skiing” will be part of the “other” Super Bowl. We just ask one thing – PLEASE, PLEASE  bring it back to Hayward for the 2018 Birkie!

Birkie Fever, baby!  -Chris

Simplify Your Fluoros and Save Your Skis!

Toko Wax is known for their simple and practical approach toward waxing and ski prep. Here, Ian Harvey, Toko US Brand Manager, reviews a universal fluoro application technique for Toko Jetstream Bloc based on extensive, on-snow testing.

Toko’s Ian Harvey explains simple and reliable Jetstream Bloc fluoro application.

Most importantly, Ian uses a  fiber buffer (aka “Fiberlene”) to protect the skis from overheating. Continue reading Simplify Your Fluoros and Save Your Skis!

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