2012 Cyclova XC Tour de Taste & Classic Mammoth Gravel Rides - Sunday, October 7, 2012


When: October 7th, 2012 Registration at 8 AM, ride at 9 AM
Where: 125 N. Washingtion St. /  St. Croix Falls, WI
Who: CyclovaXC
How much: FREE (but you have to buy a trail pass for the Gandy if you don't have one...also, grab a couple bucks for coffee).  Also, all riders will be required to sign a waiver.
Distance: 35 mile out and back (you're welcome to ride a shorter distance.  70 mile adventure ride (course will be unmarked, you'll have a cue sheet).

Info:
October 1 marks the 1 year anniversary of the opening of the Cyclova XC bike, xc ski, and trail run shop in St. Croix Falls.  This is a really big deal - so we're going to throw a big party with a few hundred of our closest cycling friends and community members!

So, make a weekend of it in St. Croix Falls for the "Tour de Taste" and "Classic Mammoth Gravel" rides, on Sunday, October 7, 2012! 

The Cyclova XC master plan for Gravel Cycling in the St. Croix Valley is to bookend the cycling season with challenging Gravel Events - one in the Spring, and one in the Fall.  Mammoth Gravel Classic in the Spring - and Classic Mammoth Gravel in the Fall - Yin/Yang!

Cyclova XC Tour de Taste Details:  The 2012 Cyclova XC Tour de Taste will re-embrace the concept that we based last year's Tour on, but with a different (easier) course, and no entry fee (free, aside from the $5 WI State Trail Pass).  There will be food and drink available for sale at designated stops, featuring culinary delights from the region's top gourmet cafe's out on the course.  The course will be a 35 mile out and back ride from Cyclova XC in St. Croix Falls to Cafe Wren in Luck.  For the full scoop on the Tour de Taste Course - including maps, que sheets, and GPX files, CLICK HERE.

Cyclova XC Classic Mammoth Gravel Details: The 2012 Cyclova XC Classic Mammoth Gravel will be a celebration of the epic riding to be enjoyed in the St. Croix River Valley.  This is a free event (aside from the required $5 WI State Trail Pass).  This 70 mile course will feature a full range of riding surfaces ranging from pristine pavement to deep sand pits that only the toughest and most experienced gravel bicycle racers will dare ride through.  This event will start at the same time as the Tour de Taste riders, following the same course to the 17 mile mark at Cafe Wren (where the Tour de Taste will turn around).  This course will not be marked beyond the 17 mile mark (at Cafe Wren), so all riders are required to navigate on their own using whatever means they choose (such as cue sheets and a cycling computer, GPS unit, etc).  For the full scoop on the Classic Mammoth Gravel Course - including maps, que sheets, and GPX files, CLICK HERE.


Weekend Schedule of Events:
Saturday, October 6:
All Day:  USA Cycling Sanctioned Cyclo-Cross Racing at Baker Orchard - 5 miles from St. Croix Falls.  Join the excitement as a racer or spectating for one of the most exciting Cyclo-Cross races in the Midwest
Afternoon and Evening:  Numerous businesses in the region will feature "Octoberfest Cyclo Crawl" specials on a variety of food, drink, and merchandise.  Check back soon for the full listing of participating merchants!
Evening and Night:  Join a crowd of cyclists for a fun camp out at one of the fine campgrounds or other merchants listed below. 

Sunday, October 7:
8:00AM:  Cyclova XC bike shop in downtown St. Croix Falls opens.  Here, riders doing the 35 mile Tour de Taste or 70 mile Classic Mammoth Gravel rides will sign the event waiver, as well as purchase their $5 Gandy Dancer Trail day pass (or annual pass).  Route maps, que sheets, and information will be available for these unsupported rides. 
9:00AM:  Both rides (35 mile Tour de Taste and the 70 mile Classic Mammoth Gravel) will roll out together from the Scenic Overlook in downtown St. Croix Falls - 1/2 block north of Cyclova XC.  The group roll out will be led by a Police Squad car up to the Polk County Info Center - which is where the event course turns on to the Gandy Dancer State Bike Trail.  From the Polk County Info Center, riders will enjoy about 3 miles of paved bicycle trail, followed by about 14 miles of beautiful crushed limestone surface on the Gandy Dancer State Trail.  All riders are welcome to stop for a refreshing break at beautiful Cafe Wren, which is the point at which the 2 different rides will each go their own way.
Lunch/Dinner:  The Wineries and Grille, across the street from Cyclova XC has a Mammoth Gravel Glassic special for us that is certain to please (they always do) and fill the hungriest of cyclists!  This special includes a 1/2 lb local beef burger with choice of toppings, garlic/herby baby red potato salad, and a Finnegan's Irish Ale for $8 - each person to sign the event waiver will be given a coupon for this special offer!  There are also numerous other WineryIndianCoffee Shop, and other food options available within a stone's throw of Cyclova XC and the event finish.   
2:00PM:  Door prize drawing for a wide variety of fabulous swag for Classic Mammoth  participants.  Free swag at a free event!  You must be present to win!
2:30PM:  Presentation to be announced.

Camping and Accommodation Options:
  • Wisconsin Interstate Park:  Wisconsin Interstate Park's beautiful North Campground is literally within a 5 - 10 minute walk of downtown St. Croix Falls.  Just think - one of the globe's greatest rivers, nature, fine dining, world class entertainment, and a bicycle festival all wrapped up into one!  Beautiful sights on the ridge overlooking the river!
  • Minnesota Interstate Park:  Minnesota's Interstate Park is located just across the river, with the campground being a 10 minute bike ride or 5 minute drive from downtown St. Croix Falls.  Beautiful sites right on the river!
  • Wissahickon Bed and Breakfast:  Located right on the Mammoth Gravel Classic Course, about a 5 minute drive from downtown St. Croix Falls or a 15 minute bike ride away (up the big river valley hill from downtown).

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