Ben at the Woolly Race!

Here's a picture of Ben tearing it up at the Woolly race on Sunday!  Check out those fall colors!  This is like the perfect setting for the awesome CyclovaXC team jersey!  Nice work Ben!

If anyone else has photos or wants to give me a quick recap of the Woolly Mt. Bike race, please send them to bj@cyclovaxc.com.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Woolly Race, Tour de Taste and Atomic Skintec Classical Skis

CyclovaXC with Martin Koukal in Peru

Hey Folks,

I hope you're having a wonderful fall!  Rollerski season is upon as as well as cyclocross and whatever your passion, I hope your training and racing is going well.

If you're looking for something to do, there are a whole bunch of races this weekend.  On Sunday there is the tremendous Woolly Mt. Bike Race in St. Croix Falls on the awesome St. Croix single track trails.  For more information click here (you can register online until 8 PM today--Thursday).  They're expecting a LOT Of participants, so if you don't want to race but want to participate, why not volunteer?  It's a blast spectating and being a corner marshal, and it's a great way to gain some brownie points with the Woolly club (who are all awesome people you should know).  Here's some more information about volunteering.  If you're looking to meet new people to ride with in St. Croix Falls, this is a great opportunity!

Saturday also has a race, the Deer Fly Chase in Bloomer (I put this one second because it's not in St. Croix Falls...which should be the priority, but take note the Deer Fly Chase happens first).  I'm on baby watch (we're 38 weeks pregnant and not comfortable getting too far from our doctor), so I won't be able to attend these events, but if you come to the Deer Fly Chase, call me up and we'll have lunch.

Also, put October 7th on your calendar because that is the day of the Tour de Taste!  Can you believe the CyclovaXC retail store has already been open for a year?  I can't!  When our anniversary rolls around on October 1st, you can expect some sentimental email from me where I recount how awesome it has been to train and race with all of the new people this crazy enterprise has allowed Frank and I to meet (but I'll spare you that for today).  Let me just say that it's been very rewarding to see and hear how each and every one of you approaches your preferential silent sport.  We're so glad to be a part of it!  Here's the awesome Tour de Taste flyer.
The Tour de Taste should provide a nice coda to the bicycle ski season, and we're already getting winter on the brain at the shop.  We're NOW ACCEPTING SKIS FOR STONEGRINDING (check out our pricing).  You can drop your skis off whenever, and although the first batch won't go through until sometime in October, we're pretty sure we'll have them ready for you before the snow falls.

Speaking of skis, we just received a shipment of the new Atomic Skintec waxless classical ski.  These things are awesome!  Instead of a noisy bunch of ridges on the base (that make your skis sound like a growling bear), they have a kind of Astro Turf base that works in all conditions:
The ski comes with two kick wax pockets that can be easily exchanged with a small tool (included).  This is a HIGH PERFORMANCE racing ski that allows you to get out and perform without having to get a Ph. D. in kick waxing.  This is a great ski for those St. Croix mountain bikers who have expressed a curiosity about skiing (guys like Keith, Mark, Stu and Lone Wolf come to mind...oh and THE MOUNTAIN too, these skis are for you).  I'm suggesting this ski instead of an entry level touring ski because knowing all your personalities, I KNOW you're all going to become addicted to skiing very soon and this ski is a MUST POSSESS for your quiver!

A lot of veteran skiers are always skeptical about the idea of a racing waxless classical ski.  But trust me, these skis are the real deal.  They're the skis that Martin Koukal used to win the Finlandia-hiihto last year (it's the other Worldloppet race that's on the same day as the Birkie).  Check out this awesome interview with Koukal about his win (you can clearly hear him mention that he raced on "waxless" skis):

Update:  Whoops, I think I misinterpreted this statement, upon further research I think Martin used the Atomic Worldcup classical ski but just didn't put any wax on it--still I stand by the Skintec recommendation because doing marathon length classical races without any kind of kick is NUTS!

Martin's an awesome guy, I had the opportunity to hike the Inca trail with him in 2011, check out the above photo in which I draped him with CyclovaXC logos (by the way, that's a vest, not a sleeveless jersey for those of you who are against the concept of a sleeveless jersey):

That's it for now!  Best wishes to the Woolly club, I know your race will be a tremendous success!

As for the rest of you...see you out on the trails!

Last Call for Woolly Mt. Bike Race Volunteers


Hey Folks,
The Woolly Mt. Bike race in St. Croix Falls, WI is Sunday, Sept. 30 which is right around the corner (for online registration/info, click here).  This has been a great event for many years and is sure to be a lot of fun!  You can never have too many volunteers, so if you're not racing, but you want to be part of the action, why not lend a hand?  Here's some information I recently received from Mark Fisk.  If you're interested in helping out, give it a read and then contact him at the email provided below!
Thanks guys!

Greetings!

2012 Croix Valley Woolly is fast approaching and we are in need of many volunteers to help make this event a success. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of positions, many of which can be done in pairs.  You can volunteer for a full day, half day, or even just a couple of hours and still have plenty of time to cheer on your favorite racer, compete in one or more of the races, and enjoy Woolly 2012 as a whole. 

Position Descriptions and Hours Needed
  • Registration - Sunday 8am - 12pm 
  • Cross-country Course Marshals – Sat. 8:45am-3:00pm Direct and assist riders and spectators, monitor crossings and report accidents.
  • Finish Chute/Timing –  Sun 9am-3:00pm. Slow riders down, keep them in line, pull back tags, call out or record numbers.
  • Awards – 10am-3pm Make sure that medals and awards are prepared prior to each ceremony and hand out or announce awards.
  • Feed zone - Hand out water/energy drink on course or in finish area post races.
  • Clean-up/Tear down – Sun. 3:00 ‘till it’s all packed up (approx. 6pm)
Most positions include a volunteer t-shirt.  Positions will be done in shifts, so it is not necessary to commit to the full time listed for each. Just specify what hours you will be available to work.

Email your name, phone #, email address, hours desired to work, position desired, t-shirt size to markbfisk at gmail dot com

Effective volunteers will be assertive and proactive, but always courteous and helpful. 
Thank you!


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).

2012 Classic Mammoth Gravel 70 Mile Ride

Photo Credit to Jereme Raukman
Over 200 hearty and enthusiastic cyclists came to Cyclova XC in St. Croix Falls on April 21 this Spring for the Mammoth Gravel Classic - a 70 and 35 mile multi-surface bicycle ride.  The 35 mile ride provided a taste of what Gravel cycling is all about, while the 70 mile ride provided a veritable gravel buffet (and then some).

For months we've been hearing from folks that they want to come back and do it again - and enjoy a full weekend of cycling, eating, drinking, story telling, and the outdoors in the amazing St. Croix River Valley.  We have decided to deliver on this request!

So, mark your calendars everyone - the "Classic Mammoth Gravel 70" (and 35 mile Tour de Taste) is coming on Sunday, October 7, 2012.  This event is also a celebration of Cyclova XC's 1 year anniversary - in tandem with the Tour de Taste. 

Plan on making a cycling weekend of it in St. Croix Falls - with the Baker Orchard Cyclo-Cross Race on Saturday and the Classic Mammoth Gravel event on Sunday!

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 and Yang!

Specifics:

Registration:  Beginning at 8AM on Sunday, October 7, 2012, registration will be at Cyclova XC Bike Shop in downtown St. Croix Falls, WI.  While there is no entry fee for this event, there will be a mandatory $5 (cash only) Gandy Dancer Trail Use permit, that all riders will be required to purchase.  Along with this, all riders must fill out the event waiver.  As a perk, everyone who signs a waiver, will receive a wrist band entitling them to a free Octoberfest Pint Glass at The Wineries & Grille, as well as food and drink specials at a variety of wineries, bars, and cafes in town! 

Bicycle Recommendation and Warning:  This 70 mile course is NOT SOMETHING TO TAKE LIGHTLY.  This is a difficult challenging ride for advanced cyclists - fit riders who are experienced navigators and who can handle themselves in gravel and soft sand.  Riders who are self sufficient in an unsupported ride.  We recommend riding a Cyclo-Cross bike with wide (700 x ~40) tires or a mountain bike with wide tires due to deep sand pits.

Roll Out:  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.

From Luck, the course will turn westward, through beautiful rolling countryside - on intermittent gravel and pavement. The course will pass through the small town of Cushing, with the Holiday Station Store being an opportunity to purchase food or drink.  

More Information coming soon!





2012 Cyclova XC Tour de Taste 35 Mile Ride




On October 1, 2011, the Cyclova XC bike and ski shop opened our doors - and celebrated with the first annual Tour de Taste.  The Tour de Taste is a celebration of cycling, fall colors, and the finest culinary delights in the St. Croix River Valley.

In 2012 Cyclova XC is celebrating our 1 year anniversary by hosting the 2nd annual Tour de Taste (and the Classic Mammoth Gravel for the more hearty).


Specifics:

Registration:  Beginning at 8AM on Sunday, October 7, 2012, registration will be at Cyclova XC Bike Shop in downtown St. Croix Falls, WI.  While there is no entry fee for this event, there will be a mandatory $5 (cash only) Gandy Dancer Trail Use permit, that all riders will be required to purchase.  Along with this, all riders must fill out the event waiver.  As a perk, everyone who signs a waiver, will receive a wrist band entitling them to a free Octoberfest Pint Glass at The Wineries and Grille, as well as food and drink specials at a variety of wineries, bars, and cafes in town! 

Bicycle Recommendation and Warning:  The Cyclova XC Tour de Taste course is suitable for any bicycle - ranging from a road bike with skinny tires to a mountain bike.  The crushed limestone surface which the majority of the course provides wonderful riding for any level of rider.  This 35 mile course is very flat, with a gradual climb for the first few miles of the course, and then a gradual descent toward the end.  Recreational riders will love this course!

Roll Out:  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.  

Once done with the roll out, the Tour de Taste course will follow a few miles of beautiful paved bike trails.
Northward:  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.  

Cafe Wren and Turn Around Point:  All riders are welcome to stop for a refreshing break at beautiful Cafe Wren and purchase any refreshing drinks or food that they like.  From Cafe Wren, the Tour de Taste (short ride) will turn around and head back to St. Croix Falls on the Gandy Dancer Trail, while the Classic Mammoth Gravel will head west toward the Sand Barrons.

Once off of the pavement, Tour de Taste riders will enjoy the beautiful crushed limestone surface of the Gandy Dancer State Bike trail!
All Downhill to St. Croix Falls:  Cafe Wren is the high point (literally and figuratively) of the Tour de Taste Course, and riders will enjoy a gentle downhill roll back toward St. Croix Falls, with a fun descent back into the St. Croix River Valley over the final few miles.

Octoberfest:  All cyclists will be given a wrist band at registration, which will entitle you to food and drink specials at a variety of wineries, bars, and coffee shops in St. Croix Falls.  We encourage you to spend some quality time enjoying the pleasures of the valley with us after the ride!

Keith of the Woolly Comments on Chequamegon

I asked Keith to give me a write-up on the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and he came through with flying colors.  I mentioned yesterday how he and Carson came in 36th and 40th (which is awesome).  Below is the rest of the story (by the way, check out the CyclovaXC rider toeing the front line at the far right of the above image, nice!).

The weather was PERFECT for racing. It was sunny and 60-70 during the race.

The point of me riding with Carson was to "work" for him. He did the Short n Fat last year; started at the ABSOLUTE back of the pack and ended up 115th (or so). So we hatched our plan to have Dad pull him for the majority of the race, but we also agreed that with 1 mile left to go, that all bets are off, and each man for himself. It turned out that the only time I actually "pulled" him was about the first 2 miles or so. Carson sat on my wheel as I constantly yelled" ON YER LEFT!!" and we passed hundreds of riders to put us in probably the top 75 or so. After that we just sort of rode together, and continued to pass people. Everyone we passed stayed behind us, and Carson was riding REALLY well. He was a natural in those rolling Birkie sections, powering into the bottom of the descents and carrying all that speed over the top of the next climb.

We had just finished chasing down one more rider when we turned onto the last gravel road section of the course. At that point I just put my head down and poured every last bit I had into those pedals. I looked back about a minute later and was surprised not to see him with me. I crossed the finish line less than a minute before he did. I am savoring this little "victory" over him while it lasts. He is fast, and he just keeps getting faster!

This was Carson's second Cheq. He is only 16, so he'll be in the Short and Fat a coupla more years. Fortunately for me, my youngest will turn 12 that same year that Carson can move up to the 40, so I expect to be riding the short race for a number of years to come.

I know that The Birkie is in my future. I am looking forward to getting into XC skiing with the help of you guys there at Cyclova. It seems a shame to live so close to so many kilometers of trails and not explore them!

The Woolly trails absolutely contributed to my overall fitness in getting ready for Cheq. A couple of hot laps of those trails gives you the full range of riding styles with everything from punchy climbs to some wide open drag strips for getting tempo work. 

I LOVE our trails!

We camped at The KOA in Hayward. It really is the perfect spot if you have your kids with you. Those boys of mine played HARD all day and well into the night. The customer service is excellent, and the wives took advantage of the short bike ride to The Turk's Inn for a couple of martinis.

Overall, it was one of the best Chequammy weekends I can remember in my almost 20 years of attending.

Jeff and Keith report on the Fat Tire

Here's Jeff with his Trek X-Caliber, which is a pretty solid ride for the Fat Tire.  The guy looks like he knows what he's doing right?  Can you believe that the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival was Jeff's FIRST EVER MT. BIKE RACE!!!  That's extreme man!  Although, all you have to do is pull on that sweet CyclovaXC jersey and you instantly have street cred!

I got a chance to chat with Jeff on Sunday after the race.  I was in the middle of over-inflating a tire because the tire slipped out of the rim as I was pumping it up and Jeff wrestled me to the floor because I was in the zone and I was denying that there was a problem.

"Stop it you maniac the whole thing's gonna blow!" Jeff screamed.

These are the types of slips you can have late in the day when you're exhausted.  Luckily there are no drill presses at the shop or I'd have accidentally put a hole through my brain long ago.

When I told Jeff that the fat tire course is the same as the Birkie course, his eyes lit up.  "You guys are maniacs, those hills are ridiculous!"

Yes they are...thus the awesomeness!

Anyway, I also got a report from Keith of the Woolly who said (via email), "Carson and I did the Short and Fat together. was able to hold him off at the end coming in 36th, while he came in 40th. We are pretty stoked about it!"

Congratulations on the top 40 finishes guys!  St. Croix Falls is replete with elite athletes!  I sent Keith some follow up questions so we'll see if I can pump some more information out of him.  In the mean time, here's another photo from Jeff:  Keep the photos coming guys (bj@cyclovaxc.com).

Stuart at the Fat Tire

Here's a picture of Stuart on his great ride up there at the Fat Tire last weekend.  This is a pretty rockin' pic actually, I like the sunbeams and rainbow through the trees!  I've also received permission from Jeff to pull some of his Fat Tire photos off Facebook, so I'll be posting those shortly.  Please folks, send your photos and your stories to bj@cyclovaxc.com!

Congratulations Chequamegon Fat Tire Finishers (send me your photos)!

Sorry, this photo is not from the Chequamegon, it's from the Woolly ride which is coming up soon!
Hey Folks!

We just want to say congratulations to all those that completed the Chequamegon Fat Tire yesterday!  I've had some news trickling in but I don't have the full story yet!  Trust me, if I could get away and be at each and every one of these events with my camera, I'd do it.

Still, I know that many of you were there, and I'm sure you took some awesome photos, so please send them along to bj@cyclovaxc.com.  Lots of people are going to be psyched to see your images, and heck, isn't that what you bought an iphone for?  Also, shoot me an email with your personal race story if you're willing to share it.  Those of us who couldn't be there are dying to hear how it went.

A special congratulations to Stuart who managed to finish 86th!  Way to go, that's a huge achievement and the realization of a long held personal goal!

Again, great job everybody!  The Fat Tire is certainly one of the areas premier events and one of the reasons the fire burns in everybody's veins to get out there and ride!  Nice job!

Ski Like Landgraf Hat in British Columbia

If you happen to be in St. Croix Falls in the next couple of weeks, I highly recommend you stop by CyclovaXC and ask Duane about his recent trip to British Columbia.  So far, the best thing about having the retail store location is how it allows you to hear about all the extreme adventures everybody likes to go on.


Duane's trip involved a lot of canoeing, exploring, and pulling sea food out of the ocean for spectacular dining.  If he ever starts guiding trips like this...I'm in!



While he was there, he took the time to snap a couple shots of himself sporting the "Ski Like Landgraf!" hat.  Way to go Duane!

Brief Hiatus for Women's Fitness Group

Emalea is in the midst of a thousand crazy ventures and she's not going to be able to lead the women's fitness group for a couple weeks.  Not to worry folks!  She'll be back soon with her typical contagious, cheery attitude, so just keep your eyes on your emails.  If you want to get on Emalea's email list, just write to emalea@cyclovaxc.com!  

Woolly Mt. Bike Race of St. Croix Falls for Sept. 30th, 2012

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to the Woolly race which is coming up.  This is an absolutely FANTASTIC event (and right in the back yard of CyclovaXC), so we're psyched to promote it!  Mark sent me the following information to answer all your Woolly Mt. Bike Race questions:

The website has been updated with info for the race including links to the Minnesota MTN Bike Series website here.  Also - we could use as many local volunteers as we can get, volunteers get a free limited edition event t-shirt and it's rad!

Volunteers can email (markbfisk at gmail dot com) to sign up for either a morning shift or afternoon shift.

You can register online here until Thursday, Sept. 27th.  

Deer Fly Chase on Saturday, Sept, 29th 2012

Hey Folks!
The race director just sent me this flyer about the Deer Fly Chase.  I believe this was happening on the day CyclovaXC opened the doors on our retail location last year, so obviously we couldn't be there, although I seem to remember Chad Sova telling me stories about the event at our closing ceremonies that evening.

Proceeds go to CORBA and FRIENDS OF HICKORY RIDGE, so those are some worthy causes.  For more information, click here!

You can register online here!

Women's Fitness Group Activity, Thursday, Sept. 6th

Sofia Models the CyclovaXC running singlet
Ladies!
Important note we will not be leaving the shop until 7 pm tomorrow evening. We will head up to Lions Park and hike on a portion of the Ice Age Trail. Swimming could also be an option if the weather permits. Hope to see you all, Emalea

Sunday River Road Ride

It was a great weekend of riding at St. Croix falls.  We ended up doing the River Road loop to Wolf Creek both Saturday and Sunday.  The ride itself isn't all that challenging, but with the weekend heat, I found myself pretty tired this morning.

From the shop to Wolf creek and back is just about 25 miles, which is a pleasant distance.  It's just far enough to make you feel like you've done something, but not so far that you're tired for the rest of the day.

The only hiccup was that there's a bit of a bump at the bottom of the first hill. They're doing some road work and they've ground away two sections which leave about an inch and a half gap of asphalt.  I didn't know this was there on the Saturday ride, and hit it kind of hard.  On the Sunday ride, I was annoying about giving out about a hundred warnings about the existence of the bump.  Those are the old teacher instincts kicking in.  Even when people are paying attention, you've got to say something a hundred times before the information kicks in.

My only worry was that Jeff was on a time trial bike and I thought that bump might be a bit much if he were down in his aero bars.  The last thing you want is a preventable crash on a Sunday ride.

We saw quite a few roller skiers out there on River Road this weekend.  There's plenty of biking season left, but it is also time to start thinking of skiing.  Every day we get a few more shipments of nordic equipment and clothing in at the shop.  Come on down and check it out!  And don't forget that the Bjorn Daehlie stuff is still there for a limited time.

CyclovaXC Retail Store Location