REMINDER! Wednesday evening rides are for everyone!!!!

Wednesday night rides are for everyone!! Well at least for everyone that has a relatively decent road bike.  But no matter what kind of bike you ride, or age, ability or sex .... these are fun, no drop rides and each week people never fail to say how thankful they are to have been able to participate!

And should you be so fortunate to see this blog before tomorrow's event (the 19th of July) the weather forecast seems absolutely ideal!  Low humidity, no rain, little wind and around 80 degrees! So please plan on joining us! (I especially want a good turn out because I've persuaded at least one friend from Minneapolis to come up for the ride!  And he is stoked. In fact, I think he said something about if anyone can beat him on any of the sprints he will buy them a beer!  Or maybe he said if anyone doesn't beat him he will buy them a beer... I forget which).

The details:

Show up at CyclovaXC downtown St. Croix Falls around 6:15 pm.  Help yourself to water (inside the store) or anything else you might need.  And yes, we have a fitting room and a bathroom if you need to change into your riding gear.

The ride starts at 6:30 and it is 34 miles long.  Same course every time, but there is an option to cut it short if you feel like getting home sooner.

Casual pace 14-17 mph or whatever the no drop speed might be.  But in six different locations there are highly visible paint stripes on the pavement (announced ahead of time) where riders who are so inclined give it everything they have for a mile or so (until they see the next blue stripe).  These are the sprints.  And yes, they ensure that everyone who wants a tremendous workout will get it!  After the sprint people generally rest up and when everyone is back in the group and has had ample water and recovery the  ride continues.

It is great fun and a great work out both!

We want to especially welcome women! And it may be if we get enough people we will have two different groups, a group that wants to push a little harder and a group that would rather relax more and enjoy the scenery.  Okay, that's all for now.  Please spread the word! 

See all the  happy faces?  And that's after riding 25 miles! Still nine to go including the final mile sprint up CTH I.



Cyclova Thursday Night Running Workouts With Jim Kelley--Coming July 20th

NEW! Thursday night runs! 6PM at Cyclova!

As you all know, the Sasquatch Dash series has helped to start to put the RUN back into Cyclova. We’ve had a very positive response from the community to the Sasquatch series. We’d like to take it to another level and start to help folks get a little more out of their run training. We’ve already alluded to getting some more running gear into the store, such as Altra running shoes. Now we’d like to establish some more running-related activities…hence a new Thursday night run. Summer is screaming by already so the first Thursday night run will be July 20. We wanted to start these runs ASAP so that it can help folks get ready for fall events ranging from a local 5k run to events such as Ironman Wisconsin, Twin Cities Marathon, Gandy Dancer Marathon, Superior 100, Bear 100, and Ice Box 480.

What will the Thursday night runs be like? Well, that depends on you. Depending on the response, the runs will be whatever you want them to be. But, we’ll take the first step and offer some field testing so that you can determine your current run fitness. This will entail a little bit of time on the track. The first two Thursday night runs will be on the St. Croix Falls high school track (just up the hill from our shop) and will involve a 1600 meter (4 lap) time trail the first night and a 3200 meter (8 lap) time trial the second night. From your results for those two runs we can help you determine your training zones. That can be zones specified in pace (minute/mile) and/or heart rate if you use and train using a heart rate monitor. If you have a training plan for a race you have scheduled you can plug those training zones into your plan. You don’t have a training plan or don’t know where to start? We can help you out with that as well. If you can only make it to one of the time trials, we would suggest attending the 3200 meter trial on July 27. If you can’t make either of the runs please let us know and we can give you the protocol so that you can conduct the trials yourself on any track and give us the results so that we can help you calculate your zones.

Once these first two runs are completed we will try to provide a variety of different runs each week. We are lucky to have immediate access to some awesome trails on the Ice Age Trail and Interstate Park. We might even go back to the track once in a while to provide a structured workout to help you achieve your goals. Again, it all depends on what you want the runs to be. We want to focus on providing a fun group experience for all ability levels and answering all your run-related questions.

So, put July 20 (and every Thursday) on your calendar for the Cyclova XC run! We will meet at the shop at 6 PM sharp and head out from there. Let us know if you have any questions. See you there!

Free Bike Rodeo on July 23rd!


Howdy Yall!

Just a quick note that on Sunday, July 23rd, CyclovaXC and the Natural Alternative Co-Op will be hosting a Bike Rodeo in Luck, WI. Festivities are from 11 to 1. Here are the full details:


Luck's Main Street will be closed during our Bike Rodeo with fun for the kids and the grownups!

Kids - Bring your bike and experts from Cyclova Bikes will do a safety check and even minor repairs if needed. Then you can run through the course and learn new riding skills from the pros.

Grownups - Try your hand at the very popular Popula Sport Electric Bike. 

We are just east of Gandy Dancer Trail in wonderful Luck, Wisconsin. Come by, enjoy the Bike Rodeo and some of our great cool drinks and snacks!


Check out the Facebook event page here (and sign up NOW!)

Tammi's Sasquatch #4 Write-Up

Sasquatch Run #4---

Where does time go these days?  Saturday was another Sasquatch run.  Woke up to great weather for a trail run.  No humidity and about 65. Compared to the sauna of these last couple days, this qualifies as great running weather here.  As usual, I never know who or how many people are going to show up.  This morning people were slow to trickle in, not sure if its because they are tired from 4th of July activities or some are still celebrating.  But the brave, fun and determined ones were here. 

Nothing like starting out a trail run and going uphill after 1/4 mile.  Up steep hills and through the woods and then up some more hills.  Winding through many ice age trail segments and then finishing by a run by the river and back to the shop.  As usual Greg was first and had coffee and breakfast by the time some others got back.  I think Steve Clark joined him for breakfast as when I got back they weren't even sweaty anymore. Important part is everyone made it back safely and NO ONE got lost this time!  Amazing.  There is usually at least one person that gets lost somewhere.   

Consensus says it was a great course and I would have to agree.  Trail runs are always fun.  I was the only woman though so come on girls, where are ya?  I need more ladies out here.  We had some new faces and some returning of course.  Even some young blood again.  We finished at the shop where everyone visited and then went about their weekend activities- except for Jim Kelly who had to run like 20 more miles or something.
 
So thanks to those who came out and ran with us this morning.  Hope to see you and more at the next Sasquatch run which is August 12!  

Updated point totals can be seen here:

Please Help Us Save the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail

ACT NOW TO SAVE OUR BIKE TRAIL!

The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail needs your voice. Supervisor Chris Nelson (Balsam Lake) has introduced a resolution to start the process of making the trail motorized year round.

This activity is completely incompatible with the current non-motorized uses of the trail. A motorized trail will preclude quiet walks, skiing, bird watching, winter fat biking, and a child safe place to ride a bike. Send the message that Polk County should follow an open planning process and the Stower trail should stay non -motorized

Here is what you can do:
  • Attend the Polk County Environmental Services meeting July 12, 9 am.
Meeting location: County Board Room, Polk County Government Center, 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI.
  • Email or call Chris Nelson the author of the resolution and ask him to pull his resolution, his contact information is publicly listed here.
  • Email or call the Polk County Clerk, Sharon Jorgenson sharon.jorgenson@co.polk.wi.us and ask her to get your email to the Environmental Services Committee members and the full Board of Supervisors.
Thanks for your support everyone!

2017 Sasquatch #4, this Saturday July 8th!

Hello Folks!
That's right; Sasquatch Dash #4 is looming on the horizon. As always, the race will start from CyclovaXC at 9AM, so get there in time for a pre-route briefing by Tammi. 

Check here for the Strava Route that Tammi posted. This one comes in at a cool 11k, so it'll be a great training day for all of you.

Also, here's a .pdf of the race route that I put together. If you think you might be inclined to get lost, please print this out and bring it with you :).

Here's the route, but the writing on this will probably be too small to read. Please refer to the .pdf listed above:
Have a great run and be safe!

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: