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Our Story

Why Because Trails

Because Trails was founded by Lori Hauswirth, a long-time trail advocate, mountain biker, and outdoor enthusiast. Lori has been exploring trails and getting lost (intentionally) in the woods from her earliest years growing up in Marquette, Michigan. She purchased her first mountain bike in 1983 and has been riding trails ever since. A professional mountain bike instructor since 2012, founder of the Copper Harbor Ladies Weekend, and coach for Grit Clinics, Lori is regularly found leading clinics around the Midwest. The mountain bike has empowered her life and she strives to share that with others through skills instruction and advocating for more access to trails. Working with other professional coaches and guides, Because Trails caters each lesson and event to the needs of participants with the ultimate goal of providing a supportive, fun, and inspiring environment.

Lori has been the Executive Director of the Noquemanon Trails Network since 2018 after working six years in a combined role as Associate Region Director for the International Mountain Bicycle Association and Executive Director of the Copper Harbor Trails Club. This work has reinforced her belief in the power of trails to transform communities and improve quality of life.

Every Because Trails camp, clinic, or tour gives directly back to trails and trail organizations where events are hosted and encourages others to do the same. Because without trails, what would we do?

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What we offer


Because Trails Camps/Clinics are designed around structured skill progression and bringing people together to learn in a supportive environment. Our feature event is the annual Ladies MTB Camp held each June in Marquette, Michigan. Click the Register button above to sign up starting December 1. Watch here for more camps/clinics to be added!

Small Group and Individual Lessons

Because Trail coaches/instructors are available through reservation to help you individually achieve riding goals or as a group activity for friends or teammates. Please email us at info@becausetrails.com to schedule a lesson.

Trail Tours

If you are coming to the U.P. and want to ride the best trails, Because Trails can connect you with a local guide. Locals know all the secrets as well as how to connect trails to give you a perfect day. Please email us at info@becausetrails.com to schedule a trail tour.

Meet Our Coaches

Lori Hauswirth

Because Trails Founder

Lori is a passionate advocate for trails and gets to spend her days promoting and supporting the Noquemanon Trail Network in Marquette, Michigan as their Executive Director. A native "yooper", Lori's roots are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and can't remember a time that trails weren't part of everyday life. Lori covets rocky, technical rides, adventuring with her furry kids, Meeko, Ryder and Harlow, and can be found exploring mountain bike trails from Utah to Florida during the off-season with her partner Nick.

Lianna Miller

MTB Camp Coach

Lianna is a recovered cross country and endure racer (some days still recovering) who now enjoys helping riders gain the confidence and skills to ride the way they dream they could. She got started coaching back in 2006 with the USA Cycling Junior National Selection camps in Colorado Springs and now calls the promised land of Michigan’s UP home. She holds her PMBI Level 1 certification, coaching both ladies and coed camps. In her regular life she is an engineer and business owner, and in the off-season, you can find her volunteering with the Mont Ripley Ski Patrol or attempting to nordic ski.

Laurie Woodbury

MTB Camp Coach

Laurie is a life-long lover of sport and raced triathlons for years including 14 Ironman distance races. She eventually saw the light and switched from road to mountain biking, catching the multi-day stage racing bug in the process. She has 23 stage races under her belt in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Costa Rica, and Morocco. Laurie claims to have no speed but can go for days. She is BICP Level 1 certified and her goal is to help other riders achieve the sense of freedom and feeling of accomplishment that she has while on a mountain bike.

Deb Leaf

MTB Camp Coach

Deb started biking at 46 years old, and found her life passion after diving in head first. Living in a strong bike community made it easy to get immersed in the fellowship of the mountain bike community. Learning life lessons along the way, Deb knew she had to pay forward the gifts she has been given over the last eight years. Deb sites watching people conquer fears and building strong bonds with others as the biggest reward of being a mountain bike instructor. During the day, Deb is a small business owner and also has a vacation rental available in Ishpeming as a jumping off point for exploring the RAMBA Trails.

Melissa Werkman

MTB Camp Coach

A bike and outdoor lover since she could walk and is the happiest on the trail. Melissa is the former Executive Director of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association where she advocated for trail access, sustainable trail building and founded the MMBA Clinic Series. She is the co-founder of Moxie Wild - a women’s outdoor guiding company that encourages women to get outside, try something new and gain confidence through the experience, largely via bike adventures. Melissa really digs coaching – especially people new to the sport. A professional coach since 2017, like Lori, she can often be found coaching at mountain biking clinics around the region for GRIT Clinics and Ladies All Ride. Melissa holds her BICP Level 1 instructor certification.

Amanda Wais

MTB Camp Coach

Amanda lives and rides in Copper Harbor where the trails are epic and the air is fresh. She's been mountain biking for thirteen years and makes sure to conquer new skills each season. She is super passionate about helping people become able, confident and excited to ride because learning those skills has changed her life for the better. So has her four-year-old son. In her spare time, you’ll find her writing her blog: Downs by the Bay, authoring books, giving wildflower tours, staring at Lake Superior and living life to the fullest. Follow along with her at: www.copperharborvitality.com

Carleen Blaine

Event Mechanic

Carleen discovered a passion for cycling after taking a job as a bike mechanic while in college. She has been a bike mechanic for a total of thirteen years in Minneapolis, Seattle, and now Marquette. The fantastic trail network and close cycling community was a huge factor in her decision to move to the U.P. When she's not wrenching on bikes, you can find her in the woods mountain biking, fat biking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and XC skiing.


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