Adventure and Tech Social Series- Winter/Spring 2015-16


It's time! We're anxiously awaiting snow's arrival here at Cyclova XC! Our fat bikes are ready to roll and our skis are begging for fresh groomed trails! With the sun settings earlier by the day, we are preparing some fun nights at Cyclova XC with the gang. Our Winter-Spring Adventure and Tech Social Series will be kicking off on November 5th and this year's line-up is stellar! We have something for every type of adventure lover. Attendees can expect to hear colossal adventure stories, view slide shows and videos on our big screen, learn about a tech topic from an industry expert, and connect with local people that share a passion for outdoor adventure! As always, these events are FREE and are open for anyone to attend!


6 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Paddling Alaska and Trip Planning:
Adventure: Duane Lee and Tom Anderson present "A Long Way to go For a Birthday Party: Paddling the Utukok."  This is a short film and slide show on their 2015 Alaska paddling adventure that covered 230 miles of the Utukok River, which rises in the Brooks Range and empties into the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean. These guys map their own route, dehydrate their food, and pack their gear to be dropped by bush plane in the true wild of North America! You won't want to miss this one!
Tech: Duane Lee, Cyclova's very own adventure-lover, discusses trip planning. Get tips from a seasoned traveler on mapping, food preparation, packing, and more. Have a trip you'd like to plan? Just ask Duane for his advice; odds are he's been there and he'll practically plan the trip for you!

6 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015 - Peru Expedition and Fat Bikes and Trail Grooming:
Adventure: Ben Jonjak, co-owner of Cyclova XC, presents on the Cyclova XC Peruvian Expeditions, from Mancora to Machu Picchu! Come and hear the agenda for the Peru guided tour which features all the major sites the the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A slideshow will showcase the 2015 trip and adventurous souls will be recruited to join the 2016 expedition!
Tech:  Frank Lundeen, co-owner of Cyclova XC, discusses the trends and technologies in the rapidly expanding fat bike industry. Learn about the history of fat biking, tech tips, and the winter gear that bites back at our harsh Midwest winters. Get the low-down on trail grooming techniques and machines, the volunteers behind our trails, and the benefits of riding on groomed snow versus back-country powder. They say "Fatter is Funner"- come find out why!

6 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015 - North Of Highway 8 and Ultra-light Camping:
Adventure: Dan Woll, author and seasoned adventurer, shares tales from his cabin on North Pipe Lake and his various athletic feats. Dan will be accompanied by his beloved and furry side-kick, "Bosko" the Bernese Mountain dog. Copies of his multiple books, including North of Highway 8, will be available for purchase that night- get your autographed copies and curl up this winter for some good laughs!
Tech: Frank Lundeen, co-owner of Cyclova XC, will discuss ultralight camping gear. Learn about the products that truly lighten your load, keep you comfortable and protect your gear in the elements. Travel light as a feather; maximize your space and energy on your next adventure.

Saturday, December 19, 2015 starting at 10 a.m.: Cyclova XC proudly presents the Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race, part of the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series. Get your fat bike tuned up for a wickedly fun race, or gather your cowbells for some spectacular spectating at Big Rock Creek Retreat in beautiful St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin! 

6 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 - Ultra Cold Endurance and Marathon Training What Not To Do:
Adventure: Jason Husveth, founder of Critical Connections Ecological Services Inc., presents on the Arrowhead 135, considered to be one of the world's toughest endurance challenges. Jason is a two-time finisher, having hiked and biked this brutally rugged and cold course, with plans to traverse it on skis this year. He'll detail his experiences; challenges of conditions, the logistics and gear, and what can go wrong- or right. See his bike, sled and harnesses and learn how he prepares his gear, hydration and nutritional fuel for the different modes of travel.
Tech: Eric T. Olson, Gandy Marathon Director and seasoned endurance athlete, will present on simple approaches to training for a marathon. Whether you're a newbie that is contemplating your first full marathon or a seasoned runner, Eric has key tips that will help you prepare for a marathon. Specifically, he will tell you what NOT to do! For those of you that don't know Eric, fear not, his light hearted and friendly manner will put you at ease. Eric has experience in all aspects of running: from coaching long-distance runners, to winning his age class in events, or at other times even taking up the caboose in an event. He always finishes with a smile on his face and fun tales to share from his journey. Most important, is to have a good time, set some goals for yourself, and accomplish them.

6 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2016 - In a New Light Photography and XC Ski Waxing Fundamentals:
Adventure: Northwest Passage- The youth from Northwest Passage present In a New Light photography exhibits from far and wide- see our beautiful National Scenic Riverway from underwater and travel to Costa Rica via their vivid photography. Hear how this program is impacting the lives of youth in your community and how you can support further development of nature-based programs to help at-risk youth.
Tech: Frank Lundeen, co-owner of Cyclova XC, will demonstrate xc ski waxing fundamentals. His simple approach will take the stress out of preparing your skis this winter and is sure to have you flying over fresh groomed snow with ease. Get a firsthand look at our stone-grinding machine, basic tools and waxes that tune and condition for maximum performance and lifetime of your skis.

6 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016- Birkie Tricks and 2016 Birkie Wax Recommendations:
Adventure:  Ben "Hugh" Jonjakman, co-owner of Cyclova XC and Birkie Warrior, will share his favorite nuggets of wisdom as a seasoned Birkie veteran. Ben will entertain the masses with his humor and is sure to spread Birkie Fever! Get the pro tips on preparing, navigating check-in, and avoiding snafus at the start line. Prepare for tales of traditions, conditions, mishaps and victories that will inspire you to sign up for your very own Birkie race!
Tech: Frank Lundeen, co-owner of Cyclova XC, will reveal the much anticipated 2016 Birkie race wax recommendations and demonstrate glide wax application methods that will improve your ski speed and race results. Learn how to maximize the time and money spent waxing your skis. There will be plenty of time for Q & A as well! Just in time to ski your best Birkie ever! Catch the FEVER!

6 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 - All Things Gravel:
Adventure: Joshua Stamper, founder of the Gravel Conspiracy, a three-day, nearly 300 mile, bike expedition which traverses the Laurential Divide through rugged and remote Northern Minnesota. He will present slides from past conspiracies and reveal some exciting new details and changes coming to the 2016 Gravel Conspiracy. Get inspired and harness your inner adventurer; you'll be compelled to join the crew for the next Conspiracy!
Tech: Frank Lundeen, co-owner of Cyclova XC and three-time Gravel Conspirator, discusses the rapidly growing gravel bike scene. He'll share gravel adventure tips, talk about frame geometry and technologies that set gravel bikes aside from the rest, and show you the simple and affordable gear that is sure to make your gravel cycling the most enjoyable experience! Catch the "Gravel Bug" and get out with the crew on our next expedition!

6 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Scenic Saint Croix and Bike Training with Power:
Adventure: John Schletty, local photographer and nature enthusiast, presents slides from his paddling and hiking adventures along the Saint Croix National Riverway. Come experience the wonders of the Northwoods flora, fauna, and landscapes through his photography.
Tech:  Our Tech Presention will be led by Jim Kelley, a local Ironman and Birkie veteran. Jim will present "What's a Watt? - Bike Training with Power". Topics will include: a comparison of training by heart rate versus power; the basic metrics used in training with power; a review of the various powermeters found in the marketplace; applications to road, gravel and mountain biking; and a question and answer session. Jim has 40 years of endurance sports experience, is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, and is Owner and Head Coach of PR-Endurance.

RESCHEDULED - 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Lake Superior Adventures and Bike Maintenance Basics:
Adventure:  This is a Great Lakes focused double header on the adventure side of things!
First, Amy Middleton (local business owner and silent sports enthusiast) will share tales of her epic 1000 mile kayak journey on Lakes Superior, Huron, and Michigan, followed by Frank Lundeen presenting his 1200 mile bike packing trip around Lake Superior - in 11 days of riding. 
Tech:  Due to popular demand, Frank Lundeen will present "bike maintenance basics".  This presentation will focus on tire inflation, drivetrain care, fixing a flat tire out on a ride, and other basic bicycle repairs.  Don't miss this chance to learn to care for your bicycle & learn to be self sufficient while out cycling! 


MORE SPRING EVENT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED... Stay tuned for Mammoth Gravel Classic details...

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