It's hard to believe that it's already been three years since we cut the ribbon and first opened the doors to the CyclovaXC retail store in downtown St. Croix Falls! A lot has changed since that first day, and things have grown in a way that neither Frank nor I could have imagined. For both of us, the best part of this job has been getting to meet all the great folks who run, ride and ski in our area. I know that I've had my perspective broadened by the people who have walked through our doors, and I'm very grateful for that.
I really think of our shop as the staging point for a bunch of awesome adventures. Whether it's a 100 mile bicycle ride, or a 6 hour trail run, or a 50 km ski in sub-freezing conditions, it's great to know a couple dozen people who will listen to your crazy proposal, smile, and say, "let's do it!" It's also great to know a couple dozen people who will light up your phone with encouragement if ever your ambition should sag. Emalea used to be fond of something her dad used to say, "Exercise is the best cure for what ails us." It's true and it's good to have an extended fitness family helping to keep you on course.
We've got a lot of great events lined up. I'm psyched about the Gandy Marathon coming on October 11th. We'll have about 300 people participating and who knows how many spectators. Come and do the 5k if not the half or full, the more the merrier! Also, it's time to start thinking Fat Bike as registration for the 2nd annual Solstice Chase is open!
None of what we do at Cyclova would be possible without the hard work of our staff. Thanks Frank, Chad, Duane, and Kristen! Also, thanks to everyone else who has covered our register throughout the years: Emalea, Mike, Greg, Tyler, and Rick. Finally, thanks to the local community for embracing us so fully. We love being in St. Croix Falls and we love getting out on bike rides with everyone who comes in!
Full steam ahead ladies and gentlemen! I feel very positively that things are only going to get bigger and better! Again, thank all of you for making our dreams come true! See you on the trails!