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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

Coach Becky

MTB Camp Coach

Coach Becky is a Milwauke Native who wanted to be a "cool tough girl" and bought a mountain bike during college days. Through a lot of fear and frustration, she learned and eventually got good at, and found JOY in mountain biking. She believes that it's possible to learn and love riding without quite as many years of tears and frustration, so she went to Whistler to learn coaching from the pros at PMBI. She loves what she does! https://www.facebook.com/beckyteschMTBinstruction

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.


Grab a spot in one of our upcoming events!

June 2021

Ladies MTB Camp June 4-6, 2021 - Registration is FULL. Sign up for the Waitlist Below!

The 2021 Because Trails Ladies MTB Weekend is coming June 4-6. Join us on the shores of Lake Superior and the world-class trails of Marquette, Michigan for two+ days of skill building and on the trail learning with professional mountain bike instructors from across the region. All abilities are welcome with the event targeted to beginner to intermediate riders identifying as women who want to improve their riding in a supportive, fun environment. This is not a fitness camp, it is a skills camp focused on helping you become a better rider and comfortable on varied terrain. Marquette's NTN Trails will provide diverse ride options and the Because Trails MTB Camp and coaches will cater riding and skills progression to attendees.

Who Should Attend?

If you are new to mountain biking, have been riding for years but never had mountain bike instruction, are looking to further your skills from other clinics, or just want to meet new riding friends, this event is for you!


Friday evening we will get things started with casual group rides at 6:00pm followed by event check-in at 8pm. Saturday morning will be focused on establishing a foundation of basic skills followed by afternoon practice and sessioning on the trails. Sunday will be rider's choice with participants choosing their lessons including technical descending, cornering and more. See the preliminary schedule here. Final schedule will be emailed one-week prior to the event. While we continue to navigate Covid-19 safety, our schedule will remain tentative. 

Registration Fee

Cost for the camp will include pre-event education (via zoom and email); 2 days of on the bike instruction; bag lunch on Saturday; and a commemorative shirt is $245. Every Because Trails event makes a per participant donation to the local trail system in support of trails. The 2021 Ladies MTB Camp will be supporting the Noquemanon Trail Network. Please support and contribute to the trail organizations where you ride. #becausetrails  We are also working on a special Because Trails jersey that registrants can order separately. Watch your email for details.

Refunds: Camp registrants are welcome to fill their spot if they are unable to attend up until May 15th. Please contact Because Trails to make arrangements. 

80% refund until May 1. 50% refund until May 15. 

No refunds after May 15. 

Limited Spots

Participation is capped at 50 so we can provide a quality experience for all. Be sure to register as soon as possible as spots will fill fast. Once spots are full we will open a waiting list. 


See Travel Marquette for all things from lodging to family activities. Part of our weekend and a Saturday night social will be based out of Rippling River Resort who is offering Camp participants a 10% discount on lodging (please call their main line and ask for the Because Trails Camp discount). Plenty of diverse lodging options available across Marquette but don’t wait to reserve. Rustic camping ($15/night) is also available on a first-come, first-come basis at the Forestville Trailhead where we kick off the weekend.

Fundraiser for Start the Cycle

At Saturday night's social at Rippling River Resort we host a clothing/gear sale fundraiser for the Start the Cycle Program. (Fingers crossed we can have a social.) We ask camp participants to bring and donate any unused or underutilized cycling/fitness clothing and gear for the sale. You know, the stuff you just don't wear, doesn't quite fit, or just is not your style. Camp participants can then shop and find a great new to them item or two. We all have it so let's turn that stuff into funding for a great program that introduces at-risk youth to a life full of success through winter fat tire and summer and mountain biking.  Gear can be dropped off at Friday night check-in. 


Additional questions? Please send an email to info@becausetrails.com 

Ladies MTB Camp - Waitlist

Our June 4-6 MTB Camp roster is currently FULL! That happened quick. Sign up here for the waitlist that we will work down if/when spots become available. We will also use the list to let you know if we add another event to the schedule.

There is no charge to get on the waitlist. After you fill in your information, click "continue to payment" and you will be added to the list.  

Thanks for your interest in improving your riding skills with Because Trails.