Strawberry Shortcake Ride in Frederic on Saturday, June 17th

Strawberry Shortcake featured at the Soo Line Depot/Museum Saturday, June 17, during Frederic Family Days

FREDERIC--The Frederic Area Historical Society will be serving its signature strawberry shortcake on Sat., June 17, from 10:00 a.m. through mid-afternoon.

Shortcake and other options from Frederic’s own Northwoods Bakery will be featured!

One of several annual fundraising efforts to help offset the costs of keeping the museum open to the public, to tell the story of Frederic’s past, the strawberry shortcake cake event has become a popular part of Frederic Family Days. Many families make it a regular stop during Family Days.

Money raised from the donations for strawberry shortcake will be used this year to offset the cost of replacing the shingles on the 1885 Log Cabin and the original Frederic Library, currently part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Proceeds from this year’s fundraisers will also be used to spruce up the Soo Line caboose with fresh paint and lighting. As always, with historical collections, there is an ongoing need for maintenance.

The Frederic Soo Line Depot is the last of its kind in this area from what was once the major pipeline of commerce through more than half of the last century--the railroad.

When the Soo Line abandoned rail service through Frederic in 1989, the village acquired the depot and restored it with federal transportation enhancement grants as a rest stop on the Gandy Dancer State Trail and a museum of local history.

Frederic Area Historical Society members will be on hand to share the history of Frederic. The Depot/Museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season in the fall. There is no admission fee to tour the museum or other displays including Frederic’s first Library, a log cabin from the late 1800’s, and a 1970’s Soo Line wide-vision caboose.

If you are interested in preserving and sharing the history of this area, the Frederic Area Historical Society is always need of new members and volunteers to be hosts at the museum. For more information please call 715-327-4158 or 715-327-4892.

Check out museum pictures at www.fredericwi.com

State trail passes, required for bicycle riders on the Gandy Dancer State Trail, 16 years of age and older, are available at the depot and 24/7 at a self registration box near the trail.

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--Frederic Area Historical Society

Sasquatch Race #3 Report

Hey Everyone!
What a fun weekend of racing! In addition to the Frederic Bike race, there was also the St. Croix Falls 5k, 10k and half marathon. This is one of the most beautiful trail runs around, and it was great to see all the Sasquatch runners in attendance. In fact, Sasquatch runners didn't just attend, they did extremely well. Greg Atkinson and Tammi Braund both won the half marathon, and Andrew Komp took the win in the 10k. Steve Hamlin (who always races in a Cyclova jersey) was 2nd in the 10k. I'll have to try to get him to start showing up at the Sasquatch events. You can read his write-up of the race here.

I did the event with my wife and 4 and 6 year old daughters. It was their first ever 5k, so they set PRs. Actually, I don't know if I've ever run a 5k before, so I guess I set a PR too. I plan to shave off a second at the next 5k I do and eventually set a record for running the most consecutive PRs...what do you think that number is? My goal for the day was to not put off my children to running for the whole rest of their lives. I'm not sure if I succeeded...but at least they were smiling at the finish.

Here's the current leader board, as always, let me know if I missed somebody:
Women's Leader Board:

Men's Leader Board:

Good luck to those of you running Grandma's Marathon or whatever other adventure you might have this weekend! Next Sasquatch is Saturday, July 8th! Circle your calendars and we'll see you then!

Hot, Windy, And Two First Time Winners At The Frederic Lions Bike Race

Neal Lundeen, Frederic, WI, men’s stock bike 65-69 age group winner
FREDERIC—Two first time winners emerged from the tough conditions at the 30th annual Frederic Lions Classic Bike Race, Sat. June 10.

Winds gusting close to 40 miles per hour, and temps nearing 90 degrees kept the course records unchallenged, but in the stock bike class, Joel Beskar, New Richmond, rode to the gold medal with a time of 1 hour, 10 minutes and 17 seconds, with the women’s division topped by Sharon Bredl, Stratford, covering the 26.4 mile course with a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes, 38 seconds. Both were first time racers at Frederic.

The TT bike division saw repeat winners from last year taking the titles. Notching his 7 win in that race was Tim Mulrooney, Minneapolis, MN, posting a time of 1:01:39 with last year’s women’s winner, Andrea Potyondy-Smith clocking in at 1:25:04.

This year a new Junior TT class was added for younger riders, and two winners emerged, Owen Lueck and Masyn Bredl-Hryndej, from Stratford. They both rode the 7-mile course under 41 minutes.

The TT race course, east and south of Frederic on Clam Falls Drive and CTH I, features 1,300 feet of climbing and is considered a challenging time trail course.

Local riders included Arthur Martin and Neal Lundeen.

Lions and Lioness Club members, Jim Meyer, Steve Tesch, and Roxanne White, along with local volunteers, Grant Burdick, Bob Rasmussen, Dave Dopkins, and Arthur Martin worked on the course for the 30th annual event. Proceeds are given to the various charitable programs the Lions support.

Complete results are available at: wisportcycling.org

Maysn Bredl-Hryndej, Stratford, WI, finishing the 7 mile Junior Time Trial

Chris Stevens, New Richmond, WI, setting the second fastest time of the day at 1:01:55, averaging just under 26 miles per hour over the 26.4 mile course

Cleve Petterson, Minneapolis, MN, on a full aerodynamic time trial bike, hoping to have an advantage in the windy conditions

Bob Frandsen, Rush City, MN, winner of the men’s stock bike 56-59 age group at 1:22:56

Women’s stock bike winner, Sharon Bredl, Stratford, WI
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Submitted by the Polk County Tourism Council
Photo Credit: William Johnson

Frederic Lions Bike Race Celebrates 30 Years on June 10

FREDERIC--The Frederic Lions Bike Classic will be held for the 30th time on Sat. June 10.

Started in 1988 by the Frederic Lions Club, the race has held on to be the third longest running citizen’s bike race in Wisconsin.

The idea to host a bike race in Frederic started as a coffee table discussion in the winter of 1987. Terry and Jo Duea, Dave Dopkins, and Steve and Elisabeth Puetz collaborated on the concept of a starting a local bike race and tour, after watching the success of a popular citizen bike race in Grandview, WI, Dopkins had participated in. The Frederic Lions Club came on board as a host organization.

Over a quarter century, proceeds from the race have been directed by the Lions Club to the various charitable causes they support.

This year’s race will be a 26.4 mile, individual time trial and will bring racers to Frederic from all over the Midwest.

New for 2017 is a 7 mile Junior Time Trial with two classes for younger riders. The two classes are: 13 years old and under and 14 to 19 years of age. The course will be on the first part of the race course.

The race will start at the Frederic High School campus at 10:00 a.m., with registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The 26.4 mile race route is an out and back course, going east on Clam Falls Drive, south on CTH I, turning around just north of STH 48, and returning by the same route to Frederic. The course has a total of 1300 vertical feet of climbing.

Clam Falls Drive has been chip sealed and resurfaced, since last year, to provide the best road conditions in years—course records should fall.

A new class for stock bikes was added last year. The stock bike class does not allow aero bars or disc wheels, and gives riders who don’t want to invest in a time trial specific bike to compete with a standard bike.

Top riders will complete the course in under an hour, averaging well over 26 miles an hour on what is considered a difficult time trial route.

A new course record was set in 2015 by Ian Stanford, Minneapolis, MN, who rode the 26.4 mile route in 57 minutes and 40 seconds. The course record was held by Tim Mulrooney, Minneapolis, MN, for 5 years, with a time of 58 minutes, 51 seconds.

Other course records are held by Joan Carlson, Menomonie, WI--1 hour, 8 minutes, and 50.8 seconds (2010), Ricky Wells, Strum, WI--single speed--1 hour, 7 minutes, and 59.5 seconds (2010), and Andrea Potyondy-Smith, Champlin, MN--single speed--1 hour, 28 minutes, 33 seconds (2012). The Stock Bike course records are held individually by Dan and Jacquie Undem, Chisago City, MN with times of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 4 seconds and 1 hour, 27minutes, 15 seconds, respectively.

Former winners and course record holders, Stanford and Potyondy-Smith (single speed), are expected to return to defend their titles. Carlson and Wells seem to have retired from road bike competition, so their seven-year-old records may be challenged this year.

Past winners with a local connection include: 1988-Wendy Weinzierl-Griswold and Greg Nelson. 1993-Kevin Link and Jolene Selover Baillargeon. 2000-Terry Baillargeon. 2001-Frank Lundeen. 2011-Dan Johnson (single speed). 2014 winner, Kelli Swenson, as well as Lundeen, Weinzierl-Griswold and Johnson are FHS graduates.

Also of interest, author Michael Perry rode the race in the early 90’s.

Arthur Martin, Frederic, has ridden all but one of the Frederic Bike Races. He has been spotted on several training rides around the back roads of Leader Land.

The individual time trial format features riders starting at 30 second intervals, with the goal of riding the course as fast as possible. Drafting, pack riding, and other team tactics are not allowed, so time trials are referred to as the race of truth. Just lungs, legs, and heart rates in the ozone. Time trial specific bicycles are designed for aerodynamics and some cost over $7000. Aerodynamic disc and tall rimmed wheels alone may cost over $2500 a pair and run over 150lbs. of air pressure.

Race timing and results will be provided by Chimp Timing of Brooklyn Park, MN.

The Lions Classic is one of the 15+ events of the WiSport Cycling Series, which offers age group recognition in both road race and time trial divisions, at races held all around Wisconsin. www.wisportcycling.org

For more race information and to print an entry form: www.fredericlionsclassic.com
For additional race information: sbtesch@centurytel.net or 715-327-4892




Sasquatch #3--Bonus race: City of Trails--Wannigan Days Celebration

Hey Everyone!
Just a quick reminder that this weekend is the City of Trails 5k, 10k and Half Marathon. These races count for bonus points for the Sasquatch series, so please shoot me an email (bj@cyclovaxc.com) at the end of the day telling me which event you finished (5 pts for the 5k, 10 pts for the 10k and 15 pts for the half).

The City of Trails event is one of the most beautiful trail runs in the area, and this is a great final prep before Grandma's Marathon. Be sure to plan to stick around to enjoy the festivities at Wannigan Days. There will be a parade, music and drinks so why would you want to be anywhere else? 

Have a great race and see you out there on the trails!


Bike Safety Rodeo, Sunday, June 4th! Click for Details!


CyclovaXC Welcomes Two Additional Owners

CyclovaXC is pleased to announce that local athletes and silent sport advocates Jim Kelley and Steve Clark have come on as owners of the business. Founders Frank Lundeen and Ben Jonjak are still very much involved and committed to maintaining the truly wonderful community of CyclovaXC athletes and friends.
  
We feel very fortunate to bring two such highly accomplished individuals in to help continue realizing and expanding our vision. Jim and Steve have exciting new perspectives and new ideas, and it will be amazing to watch the effects of their influence in the coming months.

Most of you know Jim and Steve already as they have been participating in our events and wearing CyclovaXC colors for several years. But here is a brief bio on each of them so that you might become better acquainted.

Jim Kelley
Jim is a native of southern New England and began his endurance sports career at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Mass. He attended the University of Maine where he earned a degree in wildlife biology and lettered in cross country. Jim completed a Master’s in wildlife and took a job as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Maryland. A love of cross-country skiing caused him to sign up for the Birkie in 1997, and for his first 3 Birkies he would drive from Maryland, get on snow for a day or two, race the Birkie, and then drive back home. Jim fell in love with northwest Wisconsin on his Birkie trips and moved to Centuria in 1999. Jim is a ten-time Boston Marathon qualifier with a PR of 2:51. Jim got into triathlons in 2005 and has qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships twice. A shoulder injury in 2014 prompted him to take up ultra-marathon trail races with the goal of running the Western States 100, Hardrock 100, and the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in the next few years. The emphasis on the ultra-marathons means Jim is excited to help put the “run” back into Cyclova. The 2018 Birkie will be Jim’s 20th. Jim is also a USA Triathlon and Ironman Certified Coach and is working on his USA Track and Field distance running and USSA Nordic coaching certifications. His coaching company PR-Endurance helps endurance athletes from across the country to achieve their goals. Jim has dreamed of owning a ski/bike shop for nearly 25 years and joining the Cyclova ownership group is truly a dream come true.

Steve Clark
Steve Clark has been rather crazy about bicycling since the 4th grade and a year 'round cyclist since 6th grade when he took a job as paperboy to pay for his cycling habit.  For the last three years he worked for the League of American Bicyclists traveling around the country helping cities become more bicycle friendly -- providing assessments, workshops and specific solutions.  Prior to joining the League, he was the Walking and Bicycling Program Manager for Transit for Livable Communities, a non-profit based in Minnesota and long before that he was the northern field coordinator for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. He has also been a bike/ski shop owner (Wild Country Bikes & Skis in Balsam Lake around the time Frank Lundeen was just being born), newspaper editor, BikeFarm camp director, and counselor.  He is a past president of the League of American Bicyclists, co-founder of the Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists, former Director of the Minnesota Pedal Power Camp and was the first Bike/Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Boulder, Colorado. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sociology. When Steve is not bicycling or selling bikes or fixing bikes he is either milking goats on his farm or doing trail running.  When there is snow he can be found on the XC trails getting ready for the Birkebeiner. In August he will be competing for Team USA in the World Championship Standard distance Duathlon.  Steve's goal for his 60th year of life is to obtain personal records (PRs) in ten running events, from one mile to 50 miles. 


On behalf of the whole Cyclova community, we’d like to welcome Jim and Steve. We look forward to all the new adventures we’ll be having together in the upcoming years. Be sure to stop by and congratulate Jim and Steve on their new commitment to CyclovaXC!

Bike Maintenance Essentials in Frederic! CANCELED! E-bike demo is also being postponed.

The Frederic Art Center has teamed up with Cyclova XC to offer a 3 hr bike maintenance course covering the basics of bike repair on June 4th from 1pm - 4 pm.  Frank Lundeen, co-owner of Cyclova XC and head bike technician with over 20 years of experience will be teaching the class. The class will cover the tools you might need and how to get the job done for ultimate self-reliance on the road or trail. Yes, bring your bike for some hands on learning! And as if learning about the fine art of bike maintenance is not enough, we'll also be doing a free e-bike demo from 4 pm to 5 pm (open to all).  Cost for the class is $40.  To register go to www.fredericarts.org Hurry! Space is limited to12 students.

Sasquatch 2017 #2 Write-Up

Hey Everyone!
This was race #2, but week #1 was a bonus race so now it truly feels like Sasquatch season! This is the 5th year doing this, and it's always great to see all the familiar faces. The fun atmosphere of this series is what I look forward to every summer, and it's awesome to see it continue.

Tammi Braund has taken over as our race director and she did a tremendous job putting the course together. We had one individual get a little turned around, but usually it's more in the half dozen range (or more if I mark the course), so I call that a win.

It was also great to have our two young runners Eli Campion and Sam Thanig participate. Eli's dad Dan posted a nice thank you on Facebook to all the runners who encouraged his son out on the course. The high-fives go a long way, and running 5 miles is no small achievement. Maybe we can recruit some more younger runners for future events! I'm planning on bringing my little ones to do the 5k at the City of Trails races next weekend. Remember that they offer a nice discount for registering as a family, so get some people involved!

The standings are as follows. As always, if you see any errors or omissions, send them to me at bj@cyclovaxc.com.

Men's Leaderboard
Women's Leaderboard
If I'd have been smart I'd have brought my camera along for some nice action photos since I wasn't racing. Still, I grabbed what I could with my phone and I'll put those up on the Cyclova Facebook page later on. Thanks again everyone for coming! See you on June 10th!


Sasquatch Home Opener Course Description

Hey Everyone!

This will be the first run Tammi has set up for us, so I encouraged her to make it an out and back for the sake of simplicity. For those of you into Strava, you can check out the course here. Essentially we're running through Interstate Park, onto Horizon Trail and then Skyline then spinning around and coming back. Tammi is going to go out and mark the course with chalk later this week (usually we try to get everyone lost so that you can inadvertently get your 19 mile training day in...might not happen Saturday darn!). Here's the course:

Tammi has also marked the turn around point with an impossible-to-miss monument created through the careful assembly of  naturally occurring materials (sort of like that guy who stacks rocks out on Lake Superior):
You might want to plan on bringing your GPS and turning around at the 2.5 mile point.

Be sure to sign up on the Facebook event. Looking forward to seeing the Sasquatch crew on Saturday!

It's Sasquatch Season! 2017 First Leader Board Update!

Hey Everyone!
Sorry for the delay in posting this, that marathon last Sunday took it out of me. Every time I run a marathon I realize my training was only really adequate for running a half marathon. I guess I'll have to pretend Grandma's is a 50 miler.

There were two fantastic events last week, the Stower Half Marathon and the Eau Claire Full and Half. All Sasquatchers who participated in these events received 5 bonus points. I've tried to include everyone on the sheet, but if I missed you, please send an email to: bj@cyclovaxc.com and I'll get you your points. I mainly just included people who contacted me about shirts, usually a bunch of extra people show up on the first race so I can record your bonus points at that time.

Currently we have only points for the shirt and bonus points, so the leader board is a big tie. This will sort itself out on May 27th at our first Cyclova Sasquatch Race. For now, here's the list:
Men

Women

Again, see y'all on May 27th! 

Also, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Grantsburg Adventure Triathlon on Saturday, May 13th. This event isn't for Sasquatch points, but it's a fun event and there will be a lot of Cyclova athletes participating. 

Don't hesitate to send corrections to the point totals to: bj@cyclovaxc.com. Thanks!

Mountain Bike Race Series Opener Draws 600 Bike Racers to St. Croix Falls

Start of the Men’s Elite Race with a field of 55 riders

ST. CROIX FALLS—The Minnesota Mountain Bike Racing Series found perfect conditions to open the 2017 season in St, Croix Falls, drawing nearly 600 bike racers for a day of family fun on Sun. May 7.

The dance card for the day included classes from Elite racers to kids, and even a marathon event lasting over four hours.

The event, sponsored primarily by the St. Croix Falls based Woolly Bike Club, uses the extensive mountain bike trail system they have developed over the last few years.

Complete race results are available at: mnmtbseries.com

For more information on the Woolly Bike Club and the mountain bike trails near St. Croix Falls: woollybikeclub.com

For Polk County visitor information: 800-222-POLK or polkcountytourism.com

--Polk County Tourism Council
Myles Brown (5026) and Travis Albrecht (5107) lead at the start of the Kids Comp race
Kids Race has the future mountain bike racers riding a short loop
Ben Olson (7) gets a hand-up water bottle during the Men’s Elite race
Rebecca Sauber (113) leads teammate and eventual overall Elite Women’s Class winner, Anna Christian (106)
Svetlana Vold (2247) paces Sudie Hall (2035) and Meryl Sudeith (2079) at the start of the Women’s Sport Class
Brianna Schildren (4737) and Chloe Leege (4010) ride in the Women’s Citizen race



Last Call for Sasquatch Shirts! First Events This weekend!

Hello All!

Here's your final reminder to put in your pre-order for a 2017 Sasquatch Dash T-shirt. Just send your size to bj@cyclovaxc.com and you'll qualify for the 10 point series bonus.

This weekend there are the first two events where you can earn 5 participation points for the series. Pick one or the other (not both);


Just be sure to send me an email telling me which event you participated in and I'll make sure you get your points noted on the scoring sheet.

The first race leaving from Cyclova will be on May 27th.

Cheers!

The New Cyclova Kits are In!

Hey Everyone!
Exciting news! If you ordered a new Cyclova "Gravel Green" kit they have arrived at the store. They look great, and they fit in well with all the other clothing we have offered. It's kind of nice that the kits arrived on a Wednesday so you can all come down and do the sprint ride in your new kit!

In addition to the pre-orders, there are some extra items available for sale so it's not too late to get a kit if you missed out on reserving one during pre-order! I also expect to be putting in another order shortly, so let me know if you want one of these kits (bj@cyclovaxc.com)!

Cheers!

2018 American Birkebeiner Registration NOW OPEN!

Hey Everyone!

Here's our annual reminder that the American Birkebeiner has just opened up registration. 


Sadly, we have to put up with several months of above freezing weather before we can enjoy the perpetual darkness, cutting wind, eternal snow, and -50 temps of another beautiful Wisconsin Winter.

If you have even the smallest inclination to ski the Birkie, register now because this event fills up fast! Think snow :)

Sasquatch Dash Trail Run Series 2017

Hey Everyone!
Another year, another season of Sasquatch Dashes! There are some big changes this year as Ben Mullin is focusing on the bike in 2017 (although I still hope/expect him to show up at a couple events). Ben has always done a tremendous job organizing these runs and he leaves some big shoes to fill. Stepping in will be the team of Steve Clark and Tammi Braund (and perhaps some others for single events). As always we're planning a great summer of events that are closer to races than group training runs and all for the low, low cost of ZERO! Fine Print: note that although there is no cost to be a part of the Sasquatch Dash series, there are some local events that are included in the series schedule for bonus points which are paid events. However, it is mathematically possible to win the series without doing the bonus events.

As always, you can get ahead on scoring by ordering a T-Shirt (you receive 10 event points for pre-order, 5 for ordering after). $15 for Pre order and $20 once they're hanging on the rack (please do the pre-order, it's much easier for me). Funds from the T-shirts help us cover the minimal event costs. You can drop off a payment at the shop. Or send a check payable to CyclovaXC to: Ben Jonjak / 510 N. High St. / Chippewa Falls WI 54729:


What is the Sasquatch Dash?

The Sasquatch Dash is a FREE, no-frills trail running series to show off some of the awesome terrain of the St. Croix Valley as well as provide an economical way to get some high intensity workouts. Everyone is welcome, but these are casual events on non-closed courses—so it's up to you to be on your best behavior.

This year we'll be organizing 4 runs ranging from approximately 10 KM to 25 KM, and there will be 2 local events you can do to earn points. All participants will be required to sign a waiver. Our race series is named after Sasquatch, don't expect to be coddled out there—if you want something to drink you better carry a water bottle; if you want to know your time you better be wearing a watch; if you want to know where you're going—you better keep up with the guy/gal in the lead (presuming s/he knows).

Series Rules:

Points are earned based on overall placing at each run for men and women. 1st-20, 2nd-15, 3rd-12, 4th-10, 5th-9,...13th and beyond-1. Points will be doubled for the 25k series finale.

The finish line will be a clipboard with a pen tied to it. Participants will be required to fill in their name on the sheet in their finishing order.

Your series score is the sum of all your scores from the run series plus bonus points. This is different from last year. Now every point you get out there counts!

You can also earn 10 bonus points by pre-ordering our series T-shirt or 5 points by buying one after the pre-order period.

Event Details:

Start time is 9:00 AM (unless it's an event not organized by CyclovaXC).

Course marking will be cue sheets and GPX files you can upload to your GPS device. Keep your eyes peeled for future blog posts about the specific races, or follow us on Facebook.

Individual Event Details (future race locations will be announced with the results of the previous race):

Run 1:
Date: 5/6 and 5/7
BONUS POINT RUN
The calendar fell a little strange this year and events that are usually on subsequent weekends have been bunching up. Usually we like to have a first race in April, but a lot of our runners do the Chippewa 50k and then Seven Lakes and Eau Claire. We'd really like to have our local athletes participate in the Seven lakes Half Marathon because that event helps fund one of the great silent trails of our area. This is a FINISH ONLY bonus point run, so if you don't feel you're ready to do a half, just sign up, run 10KM and then walk in (you'll surprise yourself). We hope to include Seven Lakes Half Marathon in the future.
Event Name: Seven Lakes Half Marathon OR Eau Claire Marathon (one or the other...not both)
Location: Amery or Eau Claire
Please confirm your participation and send an email to: bj@cyclovaxc.com to get your race points.

Run 2:
Date: 5/27
Time: Race start 9AM
Location: A typical Sasquatch Run leaving CyclovaXC. Further details to be announced as race approaches.

Run 3:
Date: 6/10
BONUS POINT RUN
This is a paid event (but it's usually very inexpensive) and it's really well run. Early bird pricing ends at the end of April so register now! Like last year we are going to offer bonus points for this one. 15 points for finishing the half, 10 points for finishing the 10k, and 5 points for finishing the 5k.  Just let Ben (bj@cyclovaxc.com) know so we can check your results and tally your points.

Run 4:
Date: 7/8

Time: Race Start 9AM
Location: A typical Sasquatch Run leaving CyclovaXC. Further details to be announced as race approaches

Run 5:
Date: 8/12
Time: Race Start 9AM
Location: A typical Sasquatch Run leaving CyclovaXC. Further details to be announced as race approaches

Run 6:
Date: 9/2
Time: Race Start 9AM
Distance: The legendary 25k at the end of the year. Points double for this event. I might try to get us out at BRC again. As always, we'll do a pot luck at Lion's Park and celebrate the end of summer (it always comes up so fast!).

AWESOME! See y'all on the trails!

Miscellaneous:
Making Sasquatch noises or dressing up like Sasquatch is encouraged. Keep your eyes peeled for more information (and for Sasquatch...he's out there)!

2013 Sasquatch Series Summary:

2014 Sasquatch Series Summary:

Wednesday Night Sprints! Casual kick off April 26th!


"When are the Wednesday night bike rides going to start again?"  was a question we here at Cyclova XC have been hearing since the warm spell in February!  Well. though it might not be any warmer now than it was the week before the Birkie, we're happy to say, NOW!  Well, to be more precise, April 26th at 6 PM. (Which for some of you reading this, might actually be now!

All of the details about the course and how the ride works can be found HERE (yes a few of the links reference 2016, but the course is the same for 2017).  PLEASE READ!

But in a nutshell:
  • Be kitted up, ready to leave promptly at 6:00 pm
  • We group ride 33.6 miles TOGETHER with the exception of 6 distinct sprint sections of up to roughly 1 mile in length
  • During a sprint segment, you are free to get to the end of the sprint as fast or as slow as you wish
  • After a sprint segment, everyone slows down or stops and we regroup before continuing on
  • We start as a group and we end as a group.  Anticipate an overall average speed, depending on the group, of anywhere from 14 mph to 17+ mph.
  • If you drive to Cyclova XC for this 6 PM event, please refrain from parking right in front of the store (to allow customers of the shop and the pizza place to still get in and out while we are riding).
Anyone who can safely operate a bicycle 34 miles is welcome.  Road bikes are highly recommended! (The route is all on decent pavement and people will be going fast on the sprints!).

This first one on April 26th might be a bit more casual than others.  The forecast says we'll have a steady north wind and a temp of 40..  So wear enough to stay warm and plan on having at least a taillight in case we don't get back till dusk or later. If the group agrees we might make this first one more like 25 miles than 34.  In any case, plan on having FUN! 

Steve

Seven Lakes Half Marathon on May 6, 2017--Will Count for Sasquatch Dash

Hey Everyone!
We're getting set to launch the 2017 Schedule for the Sasquatch Dash, but first of all we'd like all of our runner friends to register for the Seven Lakes Half Marathon on Saturday, May 6th. May 6th and 7th turned out to be kind of a crowded weekend this year as it's also the date for the Woolly Race and the Eau Claire Marathon. Sometimes the calendar just falls strange. We already had to adjust the date for the Mammoth Gravel Classic because of a conflict.

The Seven Lakes Half Marathon is a fun event that helps fund the Stower Seven trail. Register by clicking here. The price is $40 through May 1st (which is very reasonable for a half-marathon).

Regarding Sasquatch Dash, you will receive 5 points for participating in either the Seven Lakes Half Marathon or the Eau Claire Marathon, but it's one or the other, not both. In upcoming years, I'm sure these events will be on different weekends, and we plan to keep awarding points for both of them.

So register now if you haven't already. Remember, your participation points come just from finishing, so you're welcome to sign up and walk it if you think a half is too far. Or sign up and time yourself for 10K then walk in. This is a beautiful trail with plenty of water stops and it's a great place to spend the day. They make the payment schedule very reasonable and convenient so....


Please send me an email confirming completion so I can get you your Sasquatch points (bj@cyclovaxc.com)!


Mammoth Gravel Classic Localized Weather


There must have been some extreme localized weather patterns at the Mammoth Gravel Classic this past weekend.  Or some weird warping of the space time continuum.  Because the ride "The Other Ben" described with the favorable winds and water blowing off of trees is definitely NOT what I experienced.


My ride had wet sand, mud, clouds of insects, pouring rain, watt sapping sloppy Gandy gravel...  In other words it was awesome.

One of our friends who missed the ride is going to do a make-up of sorts this weekend.  I offered that we could get a few people to spray him with a hose and throw buckets of sand in his face to help recreate the full effect.  He seems to think this weekends weather will be "better" as is.  I don't get it.

As I'm wont to do, I wrote a few words about my ride.  For a change though, it's over here instead.

I'll see everyone at the Woolly Wander or the Woolly Race in a couple of weeks.  Don't forget, it isn't too late to sign-up to race or even better, volunteer (woollyvolunteers@gmail.com).

4.22.17 Bike Trail Fundraiser! Keizer Lake Project!

Dan Campion sent me this little note about the fundraiser their holding to continue with the Keizer Lake Trails project. They're doing fantastic work putting together a new trail system, and little fundraisers like this go a long way (plus they're fun). So if you're free on Saturday, April 22nd, consider heading up to Webster. Spread the word!

Favorable Winds Make 2017 Mammoth Gravel Classic a Breeze!

It's rare that you get a tail wind for 100 miles, but that was the case for several hundred riders in the St. Croix Valley on Saturday, April 15th. This was the 6th running of the Mammoth Gravel Classic hosted by CyclovaXC and the Woolly Bike club. It couldn't have been a more perfect day as temperatures hovered in the mid-sixties and the wind switched mid-afternoon to give riders a tail wind for the whole 100 mile loop. There were some reports of water "blowing off the trees" and maybe a little mist here and there, but overall it was perfect. The blowing water helped keep riders hydrated.

This perfect day came in spite of weather reports that claimed there would be an 80% chance of rain. These reports probably scared a few cyclists into staying home. They missed out on what was to be a truly epic day. I'd love to get a job as a weatherman because they never are expected to get anything right.
Some riders insisted on bringing rain jackets along, but that was a mistake because they never needed them. Their jackets remained in their pouches or jersey pockets as they rode through warm spring sun that shone as brightly as their contented smiles.

The roads were as dry as a bone which made for fast conditions, except for the barrens where enough precipitation had fallen during the previous week to make the trail hard and easily passable. This picture illustrates how effortless it was to sail across the barrens:
At mile 60, when we finally hit the Gandy Dancer trail, we didn't even have to pedal anymore because the trail was so hard and fast, and a favorable wind was blowing, and it was all downhill so we just coasted the last 40 miles laughing and singing and feeling like we were all 16 on the first day of summer vacation. What a shame for anyone who missed out on that, it's not everyday you get to feel so free and alive and vibrant! Just that feeling alone justifies waltzing into CyclovaXC and dropping $50,000 on a new carbon fiber custom bicycle.

Once again, this wonderful, perfect, stupendous day on two wheels was brought to you by the friendly folks in the St. Croix Valley. Be sure to return to the area every weekend and weekday throughout the summer to recapture the magic.*

*There were some reports of torrential rainfall throughout the day. Our group blamed Todd. Thanks Todd! Also, thanks to everyone who participated. If you pre-ordered a shirt but couldn't make it to event day, I'll mail your shirt to you. See you at the next one! 

How I'm Preparing for the Mammoth Gravel Classic

First, let me say that even though I've owned a Trek Cross Rip for more than two years, gravel was not my friend.Clement's  X-Plor MSO 700 X 40cc and headed out in search of some gravel.

 Nearly all of my riding was either for transportation or long distance touring and so I rode with narrow tires choosing the most direct route on pavement.  Then two weeks ago knowing that I'd want to join others in the Mammoth Gravel Classic, I put on some

Even before I got to the gravel, I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Clements on just regular pavement.  I expected them to be terribly sluggish, but with the design of closely spaced chevrons in the center ridge, the rolling resistance was not that much greater than a quality road tire. But wow, when I finally hit the gravel, it was as if I had discovered an entirely new sport! What fun! What control! And how nice to be on a road where I didn't have to concern myself with cars flying by at 70 mph! Since then I can't seem to stay away from gravel and even joined a group for a 94 mile overnight gravel ride.

So of course I'm excited about the Mammoth Gravel Classic on Saturday (tomorrow!).  And like everyone else who visits this website, I want to make sure I have the best experience possible, which means preparing for the conditions and having the right gear.  Here is what I am going to make sure I have:

BIKE/TIRES

I'll be using my Cross Rip for the 70 mile route, but any bike that is equipped with 40 cc tires or wider should be able to perform adequately through the sand and gravel in the barrons.  For those planning on doing the 35 mile tour, no special bike or tires are necessary. However, this time of the year the crushed limestone surface is still a bit soft and even under the best conditions something in the 32 cm or wider range will perform better than narrower tires. BEST for 70 or 100 mile route: Gravel bike (Boone, Cross Rip, Lorax); SUITABLE: Any light weight mountain bike (hardtail better than suspension) or fitness bike (e.g.,FX 3); LESS DESIRABLE: Fatbike.  NOT RECOMMENDED: Any bike with tires less than 40 cc (unless you are doing the 35 mile option)

RAIN GEAR
Yes we have the O2 raingear -- an assortment of sizes! 
The forecast keeps changing but right now it looks like there will be some rain later in the day. You'll want to have the right clothing to stay dry and comfortable. As we like to say, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad equipment.  Wednesday night when I headed home from work it was raining pretty hard and I must admit that at first I was a little grumpy and a little cold but after only a few miles I was warm and happy and stayed that way all the way home for the next 15 miles. The fact that I had both a rain coat and rain pants made a big difference.  The nice thing about  rain gear today is it is extremely lightweight and breathable but still keeps you dry!

I like the Bontrager rain jackets as they will get you through even the heaviest rains.  For rain pants I have been very impressed with the Minneapolis based company O2 product.  They also make a jacket we sell but I haven't tried that yet.  But the pants are quite affordable and unlike most rain pants I've tried, they did not leave me drenched in sweat! The microfiber truly is breathable and yet, no water gets through! A pair of bike shorts under the rain pants is the perfect combination for our spring rains.

For the same reason, I like using just a simple merino wool base layer with a rain jacket. Even if the wool gets a little wet from sweat from an uphill climb, it won't result in a nasty chill later in the day when you are working less hard or speeding down a hill. A regular cycling jersey under the rain jacket should also work okay for the warmer temps that are predicted for Saturday.

Keeping shoes and socks dry can be a bigger problem for longer rides.  The cheapest solution is to not worry so much about the shoes, and just keep socks dry by using bread bags as liners between the socks and shoes. But you can also buy waterproof socks (although we don't sell them) or special coverings for your shoes.

In any case, having an extra pair of dry socks (again, wool is best for summer and winter) makes sense as well as a dry shirt packed away.  Which brings us to the next discussion item...

BAGS FOR CARRYING SUPPLIES

For overnight trips I have always relied on a rack and panniers or even a trailer.  But for a day ride, less is more, and clearly the best method to carry what you need is a handy frame bag. Frame bags come in many sizes to fit all sizes of bikes and allow easy access to snacks, phone, wallet, and yes, even those dry socks we talked about. Seat bags are another nice option.  What we don't recommend are back packs. Let your bike support the extra weight, not your body!

PHONE HOLDERS/ CUE SHEETS

If you rely on your phone for GPS or any mapping software, you will definitely want a way to safely secure it to your bike, as well as a water proof cover for it.  Speaking of water proof covers.... what about those cue sheets you may need to rely on?  Rain and even sweat can ruin your copy in quick order.  To prevent it from becoming a soggy mess, consider finding a place to laminate the cue sheet in advance of Saturday or if that's not an easy option, bring along a zip lock bag.  (We do have 200 cue sheets printed for the ride -- but just on regular paper).

WATER / FOOD

As we have been clear from day one, the Mammoth Gravel Classic is not a race, it's not even an event! Hence, there are no aid stations that you can rely on.  Bring your own water and snacks!

That being said, we do have our favorite places to stop and refuel and socialize.  Below are some of my personal favorites:

Grantsburg Mo Joe (for the 100 mile only)

Great coffee and homemade bakery goods; need I say more? Formerly known as the Wake-up Call Cafe at 675 State Road 70 next to the gas station.  36.1 miles from beginning.

Cafe Wren (for all routes)

Always the most popular stopping point, Cafe Wren caters to bicyclists and other outdoor silent sport enthusiast with organic coffee, amazing homemade soups and sandwiches, and delicious baked goods. The place was completely packed last year.  Mile 85.8 for the 100 milers; Mile  47 for the 70ers and Mile 17 for the 35 milers.

Natural Alternative Food Coop (all routes) 241 S. Main Street

Also in Luck, the food coop is a good excuse to see downtown Luck! If you are looking for things like bananas, gourmet chocolate bars, bulk nuts and all kinds of beverages (kombucha, coconut water and even a six pack or bottle of wine) the coop has it! And no, you don't need to be a member to shop. A very friendly and progressive place to get what you need without delays!

And once  you are back in St. Croix Falls, well there are many good choices to relax and have a beer or some good food to eat. Check out the Mammoth Gravel Classic website for more details!

One last word:  Please remember that parking on main street is best left to short term patrons. SO PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON MAIN STREET!  Lots of places around town, and of course with a bike, you can be flexible!  See you bright and early!!!