Wow what a nice flipping weekend! From mountain biking the south trails to stand up paddling Pictured Rocks THIS was the weekend to play! This week we are still honoring the sale prices on all 2015 bikes and closeout prices on all stand up boards. Those deals make Karl flippin’ happy!
Women’s Events Saturday, September 27, 2014 South Marquette Trail Head
Women’s 3F’s and Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic 10-11:30am
-3F’s (Fit, Form & Function) Learn how to pick out the best bike for your riding style and ability along with learning about Liv’s 2015 line up!
-Basic bike maintenance covers bike parts, how to perform a safety check, basic day to day maintenance, how to troubleshoot issues on the road and trail side, how to change a flat tire and remove/reinstall a rear wheel!
-Refreshments and fun swag will be provided!
Women’s Demo & No Drop Group Mountain Bike Ride 1-6pm
-Liv’s 2015 mountain and road bikes will be available to demo.
-Liv will be leading a No Drop Group Mountain Bike Ride 5-6pm, if you are interested in trying a Liv 2015 bike for this ride please sign up at Down Wind Sports and arrive early to be fitted on the bike.
-Please bring your helmet, shoes, credit card and ID to ride a bike.
The day we almost didn’t climb Sea of Vapors Jon Jugenheimer Friday September 19th 9pm Down Wind Sports Marquette
As Dave Rone drank his coffee, I drank my Red Bull as we drove the 30 minutes from the hotel in Dead Man’s Flats to the trail head in Banff. Sea of Vapours was on our minds as Dave saw a pic on Facebook the night before of Ian Welsted climbing it the day before that. This route was always in the back of my mind as a “someday…” and at the very top of Dave’s tic list now. The alarm went off at 4am, and Dave was already awake. To find out the rest of the story join Jon at Down Wind Sports for this entertaining account of his adventures in the Canadian Rockies.
Growing up in flat Southern Wisconsin, ice climbing was not a childhood sport option. It took a frigid winter trip to the Ice Pit in Green Bay when I was 18. I climbed 15 feet, got lowered off and was too pumped to untie my knot. This led me to fall in love with the sport at that moment. This was 12 years ago and I have been climbing ice ever since. I currently work as a sales rep for Black Diamond Equipment. When not working or climbing, I can be found…well…nowhere else because that’s all you will ever find me doing. From trips to Norway to climb ice, Alaska to climb mountains, and Thailand to climb limestone sport routes and all across the US is where I will be.
Interbike isn’t just a trade show – it’s an industry experience. It’s where manufacturers, retailers, media & more conduct the business of cycling. The show producse retail education events such as the IBD Summit, media events like Charged Up and The Women’s Story, and the world’s largest 2-day OutDoor Demo. Interbike is currently a five-day event with the first two days being the Interbike OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon outside of Boulder City Nevada. The OutDoor Demo is unique among the industry’s trade shows in that it provides an opportunity for retailers and members of the media to ride and demo the 2015 products that they will be seeing and talking about on the show floor the following season.
Our man Jeff is at Interbike looking for the sweetest gear to bring back for our customer to play with next season! Jeff sent a brief message back saying “the Echo from Borealis was amazing with the new Bluto fork and dropper post made for a great ride- should be a fantastic summer bike option for fat bikes. Other highlights were the new Reign Advanced 27.5 from Giant and the new 9:zero:7 Whiteout aluminum (boasting a new tapered steer, 150 front hub and Bluto capability. ) The 9:0:7 also includes a rigid fork for cold weather riding. Will send more info after I’m done “working”.
September 19-21, 2014
Calling all Midwest climbers! This fall the Great Lakes Section of the American Alpine Club and Down Wind Sports will host the third annual: CLIMB UP! This four day event is organized for our American Alpine Club Members and Midwest rock climbers to gather, climb, socialize and celebrate another year of adventure. Our event location will be at the Silver Mountain in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Activities will include slideshows, slacklining, sport and trad climbing, new route development, clinics, and shoe demos. Climb UP! is a celebration of climbing , and community and we encourage all climbers to bring their families and friends to enjoy the fantastic climbing the Upper Peninsula has to offer. Participants are encouraged to rustic camp at the climbing site and enjoy evenings around the bonfire. Tell your friends and mark it on your calendar!
What a great weekend! The Marquette Marathon was awesome to watch from our front door- very inspiring watching all of the runners giving it their best effort. We will be open Sunday from 11-3pm if you are looking for any toys for this holiday weekend. Monday we will be closed to go and play with our families!
The Marquette Marathon is here! An official Boston Marathon qualifier that has been organized by marathon runners, for marathon runners, this year marks the 5th year of this amazing event. The exciting news this year is the new course including a finish line pretty much in front of our store!
Full Marathon Start – Ishpeming
This course will quickly be come to known as one of the fastest Boston Qualifier Courses in the country! The start is in the heart of the small iron mining town, Ishpeming; which means “heaven” in Ojibwa. This town loves athletes! It is home to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and is proud to be the start of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon. From Start to Finish: Net Elevation Drop of 1037 feet.
Half Marathon Start – Negaunee
The Half starts at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in another of our mining towns, Negaunee. Admission to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum is free! Negaunee means “low ground” in Ojibwa but don’t be fooled….you will be going lower because this is a fast course, too! Negaunee hosts the start of the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic every summer. From Start to Finish: Net Elevation Drop of 735 feet.
Along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail
Both of our courses will join together on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. This trail is a multi-use, year round trail that connects communities and people to the region’s historic sites and human stories. With over 160 years of mining ore, it’s no wonder that Marquette County’s landscape is so exceptional! The trail is partially paved with asphalt along with crushed granite. The footing is great for running!
Into Marquette for the Final Miles
Racers will enjoy a steady decline in elevation as well as amazing scenery full with trees, lush vegetation and spectacular rock formations. Both races will bring you to the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette where the courses will separate until the finish. Full Marathoners will continue around Presque Isle where they will be privy to some of Marquette’s proudest views and Half Marathoners will make their way to the finish as they pass the world’s largest dome, the Superior Dome.
You will feel the energy as you fly down the final stretch on Third Street lined by friends and family, our wonderful community, shops, bars and restaurants.
Need any last minute items? We will be set up at the packet pick up area for energy food needs and special deals on some clothing. Good luck to all of the racers!
Check HERE to visit this marathon’s website!
Since money doesn’t grow on trees, ASNMU developed the Wildcat Wallet program to help you stretch your dollars a little farther, working with dozens of local businesses, Down wind Sports included, to secure discounts for NMU students! If you are a NMU student, faculty, or staff, you will get 15% off any purchase at Down Wind Sports, all day- every day!
*excludes bikes, boards and kayaks
Our Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance course is designed with the beginning cyclist in mind. Here you will learn the basics of maintaining your bicycle, from simple tire changes to tune-ups. This course will truly make you a self-sufficient cyclist, enabling you to perform most of the common procedures carried out on a day to day basis by bike shop mechanics. The information presented is applicable to all types of bicycles and it is also a great introductory class for anyone who would like a more thorough foundation on the art of maintaining their bike. FREE Saturday August 23rd Marquette Store 10-11am