2016 - 2017 Cyclova XC Adventure & Tech Social Series Schedule


Yes it's that time again! As the temperatures drop and we know the white stuff is beginning to make a grand entrance, here at Cyclova XC we are preparing some fun nights at the store. Come to the kick-off tonight as our Winter-Spring Adventure and Tech Social Series gets underway with featured speaker/author Dan Woll! 

Yes, this year's line-up is just as impressive as previous years! Our quest: something for every type of adventure lover! Whether you are new to outdoor adventures or long time enthusiast, you won't be disappointed in the stories, slide shows and videos (and yes, we even have a big screen!). And as in previous years, the tech follows the adventure. Learn about a tech topic from an industry expert (okay, mostly Frank), and connect with local people that share a passion for outdoor adventure!  These events are FREE and open to everyone.

6 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016 - An Evening with Dan Woll, author of newly released book, "Further" and Fat Bike Exploration with Frank Lundeen
Adventure: Dan Woll author and seasoned adventurer, will guide you deeper into the magical state of mind known as North of Highway 8 as he shares tales from his new book, Further.  Dan will entertain you with stories spanning everything from the Wilderman Triathlon to biking across the country. Autographed copies of Further and North of Highway 8, will be available for purchase that night.  You can also find Dan's inspirational and fun writings in Silent Sports and even occasionally in a CyclovaXC blog.
Tech: Frank Lundeen, co-owner of Cyclova XC, discusses the trends and technologies in the rapidly expanding fat bike industry - including how to dress for success while out on your fat bike - keeping you dry, comfortable, and warm (but no too warm).  Frank will lead this presentation dressed for a cold day of fat biking - and discuss the purpose of each layer.  After discussing how to dress for fat biking, Frank will lead a presentation on 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!

Saturday, December 17, 2017 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 in beautiful St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin!  This year the headquarters for the race and post race events is the Dalles House next to the Polk County Tourism Information Center on Hwy 35 just south of US Hwy 8.

6PM on Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Andy Liebner, author of Wild Shot and owner of US Ski Pole Company!
I'm very excited to announce Andy Liebner author of Wild Shot and owner of US Ski Pole Company has agreed to come and give a talk at Cyclova as part of our Adventure Tech & Social series on December 22nd. Andy is a former top level biathlete, and he will be discussing his novel Wild Shot which deals with his experiences as a professional skiier. This is an inspiring book that will be of interest to anyone who enjoys the sport of XC skiing or biathlon.

6 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - Biking to the Birkie and Winter Bike Camping (with skis!):
Adventure: Steve Clark, Cyclova XC employee, shows how he equips his bike to not only carry skis but all the gear needed for camping in sub zero weather. While it might not be the best way to get a PR for the Birkie (a century ride from his farm), he guarantees it's always an adventure, (and some times even fun). Steve will also share some of his favorite stories of winter bike and ski camping on the St. Croix river and his bike trips to the Mora Vasaloppet.
Tech: Steve Clark, learn how to set up your own bike for carrying skis as well as the secrets to winter bike camping and long distance bike travel under the most challenging conditions.

6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Paddling the Wild Rivers of Quetico Provincial Park
Adventure: Duane Lee, back by popular demand, will show two new videos and discuss his latest excursions.  Duane has paddled rivers and streams in the Nunavut, Yukon, and Northwest Territories as well as Alaska, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He is an experienced and excellent whitewater paddler who likes to find new routes and explore small rivers.  The first video will feature a three week  canoe trip of solitude and beauty thru Quetico Provincial Park. As Duane explains it, "here one feels the song of the paddle and wind whistling thru the tall white pines ... we escape the hectic 24/7 culture and immerse ourselves into the solitude and peace.  With packs on our backs, we hike the ancient portage trails and canoe the sparkling waterways, first traveled by the native American’s and later by the fur traders of the Northwest Company."  The second video has Duane canoeing the Bigstone – Fox – Hayes rivers in northern Manitoba.  The trip starts with an upstream paddle thru a river of grass to the over-height of land portage into the Bigstone River culminating in paddling the historic Hayes River to the old Hudson Bay post – York Factory on the shores of Hudson Bay.  Along the way Duane spots a cow and calf moose swimming in the rapids. There is also footage of exciting whitewater, sublime fishing, otters playing in the water, all wrapped up in an overwhelming sense of solitude "to put our lives back into perspective".  As Siguard Olson wrote in Listening Point, “The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfactions. When a man is part of his canoe, he is part of all that canoes have ever known."
Tech: This will be a no tech evening, relax and enjoy the show!


6 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Tuscobia Winter Ultra and XC ski waxing fundamentals
Adventure: Dallas Wynne will tell us how he managed to survive the 2017 Tuscobia Winter Ultra, riding his fat bike 160 miles (without overnight lodging!) in what was sure to have been a brutally cold winter environment.  After completing 80 miles in 2016 in just over 11 hours, Dallas decided to double his fun in 2017. Come and learn Dallas's secrets for staying warm and strong all day and night under extreme conditions!  See his bike, and learn how he prepares his gear, hydration and nutritional fuel for 24 hours plus of hard core winter biking
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 16, 2017- Birkie Tricks and 2017 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 2017 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, March 9, 2017 - On the Road for a Bicycle Friendly America and local bicycle advocacy
Adventure:Steve Clark, former bike guy with the League of American Bicyclists presents on his travels around the country helping more than 200 communities become more bike-friendly.  Clark will show the most innovative facilities and discuss his favorite programs getting more butts on bikes!  William Johnson, former Polk County Supervisor will discuss threats to the Gandy Dancer and what can be done to ensure this region becomes more bike-friendly
Tech: Frank Lundeen will lead people through how to fix a flat on any bike; whether on the road or at home! Then he'll take questions on other bike maintenance "need to know" basics.
 
6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 - From St. Croix Falls to Boston, Evolution of a Runner and Strength Training for Life 
Adventure: Tammi Braund, Winner of the Eau Claire Marathon and two time winner of the Gandy Dancer Marathon (women and men!) presents on Evolution of a Runner: from sprinter to long distance runner. Tammi will share her experiences (the good and the bad) as she juggles taking care of her six kids, training and competing in marathons. She will be
including tips on how to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Tech:  Our Tech presentation will be led by Mike Colaizy, a local Ironman and Birkie veteran. Mike will present "Strength Training for life, techniques for optimizing running, bicycling and skiing". Mike is a certified trainer working for Wild River Fitness and long time triathlon hero. 

6 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Lake Superior Adventures and Bike Packing for Camping
Adventure: Can anyone ever get enough of the Big Lake? First, Amy Middleton will share tales of her epic 1000 mile kayak journey on Lakes Superior, Huron, and Michigan. Then    Frank Lundeen will wow everyone with his 1200 mile bike packing trip around Lake Superior - in 11 days of riding. 
Tech:  Frank Lundeen will present on ultra-light camping gear and how to pack a bike to ensure a comfortable, yet efficient (and self-sufficient) bike touring expedition!

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

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