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Cold Rolled Chapter 4: The Birth of the Marquette’s Snow Bike Route

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“Apparently beet juice doesn’t freeze. But it also doesn’t prevent someone from stealing it from the trail head.”

When you set out to create a singletrack network specifically for fatbikes, things don’t always go to plan. COLD ROLLED-Chapter from Clear & Cold Cinema follows the creation of the Snow Bike Route, or SBR in Marquette, Mi. First using a ground roller that was filled with beet juice to pack down the snow, the lead trailbuilders Mike Brunet and Matt Belic had to go back to the drawing board after it was stolen. The second groomer was custom built to groom a thread of fatbike-able singletrack through 3-4 feet of snow.

Credits after the break.

Cold Rolled-Chapter 4 of 5
MindSparks-Birth of the SBR

Cold Rolled is an action documentary from Clear & Cold Cinema, Salsa Cycles and TravelMarquetteMichigan.com that will explore the history and progression of winter cycling culture in the small Lake Superior harbor town of Marquette, Michigan.

Marquette’s Noquemanon Trails Network has nearly perfected equipment and techniques used to launch its Snow Bike Route (SBR), a 15-mile winter singletrack developed for fat tire bikes. The fast narrow trail features flowy terrain, steep descents and large bermed turns. It’s believed to be the first trail of its kind–but more importantly, it’s pretty fun.

Chapter Four is a humorous documentary segment featuring Noquemanon Trails Network lead trailbuilders Mike Brunet and Matt Belic that traces the thought process behind creating dedicated snow singletrack and the physical process of fabricating a special groomer to keep Marquette’s abundant snowfall ridable.

Watch Chapter 1: vimeo.com/80375092
Watch Chapter 2: vimeo.com/80402798
Watch Chapter 3: vimeo.com/80379079

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