OMG! Skull-N-Bones was HOT!

Today was the 4th annual Skull-n-bones gravel challenge, Chris Locke's beautiful gravel ride along some of the most challenging roads of Northern Wisconsin. I ran into these two crazy characters and they kept me company for the first 23 miles before peeling off in pursuit of a century. I haven't been on a bike enough so I was content with "only" doing 50. 

We started off on a humid but relatively cool morning. Everything was great until the sun came out and melted our collective faces off.

Actually it wasn't the sun so much as everywhere. Everywhere was hot. Heat radiated from the road. The water in your bottles scalded your throat when you drank. The air on every descent was like a furnace. Had the heat been coming from the sun you could have potentially escaped by crawling into a shadow or a culvert or finding a swampy pond of water to soak in for a while. But there was no escaping today's heat. It was stifling. You didn't feel it on your arms or forehead so much as deep in your subconscious mind. The heat came in the form of a headache that radiated and throbbed until you felt it pounding in your fingers and toes.

In other words, it was a totally awesome day for a bike ride!

I pedaled along, every now and then getting passed by a pickup truck of bear hunters. You could tell they were bear hunters because they had kennels in the back with exhausted, overheated dogs hanging their heads out the window. The bear hunters always waved. The dogs waved their tongues.

At about 30 miles I still felt good and I ran into Chris. Even though this is an "unsupported" event, Chris takes good care of us. He filled up my water bottles (I had three) and it was a good thing too since I drained the last one just as I pulled into Bruce. I met Chris again at the Fire Hall just as he was on his way out to make sure everyone was OK.

But the enduring memory of this ride is the beauty of it. The roads are absolutely fantastic and it's always a joy to ride your bike through early fall colors. Everywhere you look seems like a postcard as sunlight bounces off vibrant leaves and sparkles in hidden forest ponds and streams. 

This ride is hilly though! Man... I was alone for a bit over half and it took me 5 hrs. I checked my time from 2015 when I rode with Micah and saw we only managed 4:30 on that day (obviously Micah was kind enough to ride at my pace). That's with another 30 to 45 minutes of stops, so this thing becomes a long day. I'd like to see a bigger crew of Cyclova folk out there next year. I think some people are scared off at the idea of a 50 miler as not being "Epic" enough...but this is a tough 50. I've ridden the 100 before too, I was too tired to lift a beer afterward. 

I hope all the riders make it in safe and sound! I'll be looking forward to whatever tales Steve and Greg will share. My guess is they'll both be in the market for lighter gravel bikes after today. Fortunately I know where they can get some.

Skull-N-Bones This Saturday, Sept. 23rd!

Hey Everyone!
Coming up this Saturday is what I consider to be one of the great events of our area: Chris Locke's Skull-N-Bones Gravel challenge. And it a challenge. For my money the 100 mile course is tougher than Almanzo (that's right...I said it). It's going to be a beautiful weekend, so what better way to get out of your head than grab your bike, get up at the crack of dawn, and ride until the sun catches up with you?

Here's the Facebook page if you're planning on going. Registration is early, but I'm not sure what the official start time is. I just sent a text message to Chris to find out. Hope to see you up there!

To read about last year's event, check out the excellent write-up by that Walter Rhein character in Silent Sports.


Fun Roller Ski Clinic with Andy Liebner

We had a nice time chatting with Andy Liebner on Sunday, and the guy knows his stuff when it comes to skiing technique. He was also testing some poles with feathers down the side to decrease their wind drag. The best thing about Andy is that he's always trying something new in pursuit of a technical advantage. His recent podium finishes in Argentina show he must be doing something right. 

In addition to feathered poles, Andy also encourages people to train on roller skis by pulling around a tire:
As far as I'm concerned, Mullin has about as good a ski technique as anyone, but he was pretty impressed with Liebner's tricks and drills. 50 KM is a long way, so anything you can do to increase efficiency with each ski stroke adds up considerably by the time you hit the end of the race. 

We'll try to get Liebner back to do another ski clinic in November as a lot of our skiers were out at Chequamegon this weekend. As I said before, skiers of all fitness and ability levels can benefit from having an expert examine your technique and walk you through some efficiency drills. As for me, I think I most enjoyed hearing Andy's stories from his racing days. Thanks Andy!


2018 Trek Farley 5's are in stock at Cyclova XC - and these speedy adventure machines are going to blow your mind!
At Cyclova XC, a whole lot of expertise & thought goes into into every single product that we stock.  Check out this blog post from way back in 2012 for a bit of background on our philosophy on assortment & presentation.  The fat bike world is really starting to mature, and there are countless exciting advances happening in this exciting niche!  For 2018, Trek has really stepped up their game, with a laundry list of cutting edge features on all of their fat bikes - including their price point fat bike - the very capable 2018 Trek Farley 5 at the affordable price of $1729.99!

Over the past decade, the fat bike has been continuously reinvented.  Literally dozens of pounds removed, handling vastly improved, rolling resistance cut in half multiple times, and flotation drastically increased.  Trek's 2018 Farley line up embodies the latest in these most meaningful fat bike innovations!

Now, we will focus in on the hot new 2018 Trek Farley 5 - all sizes now in stock at Cyclova XC - your fat bike experts and hosts of the 2nd biggest fat bike on the planet - the 45NRTH Solstice Chase
The intelligently designed frame is stout to provide absolute efficiency, accentuated by front & rear thru-axles, and even included great details like ports for internally routed dropper seat posts!
The frameset is the foundation of any bicycle, and the Farley 5 frame checks all of the boxes you want to check!  Following are highlights of this great frameset:
  • Stout & Stiff Frame:  This Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame is intelligently shaped through Trek's tube shaping process.  You'll notice the tubes all vary in shape, diameter, and thickness - even different from one size to the next!  In short this frame is absolutely stiff where it needs to be stiff, but allows a bit of "cush" where you want it to!  This ensures that all of the energy you put into the pedals goes into propelling you further into your adventure in comfort!  
  • Carbon Fork & Thru-Axles:  How are your wheels attached to your fat bike frame?  This is a critical element to any bike being efficient, handling well, and and riding smoothly!  The 2018 Farley 5 frame pairs up the the amazing Bontrager Haru OCLV Carbon Fork - a torsionally stiff, smooth riding, beautiful rigid carbon fork.  Wheels are attached to the frame & fork in the best possible way with full on 15mm & 12mm thru axles for the front and rear respectively.  These large diameter thru-axles drastically increase the stiffness & torsional rigidity of both the front & rear end of the bicycle - meaning increased efficiency & more precise handling (thru axles are a massive upgrade from standard quick release levers)!
The Farley 5 has a killer drivtrain - note the beautiful Race Face Aeffect crankset, and the Shimano "one by" drivetrain.  This drivetrain ensure you have all the gears you'll ever need, with only a rear derailleur!
The component kit on any bike is always critical, and the Farley 5 doesn't disappoint! 
  • Drivetrain:  The Farley 5 has a rock solid drivetrain which will perform flawlessly, go the distance, and ensure flawless performance (whether you're sweating in the Sand Barrens on a hot August day, or riding a sub zero frozen river in January)!  Highlights of the drivetrain include the beautiful Race Face Aeffect crankset & a clutched Shimano "one by" drivetrain.
  • Brakes:  Hydraulic brakes are the ticket any season of the year, especially Winter!  SRAM's new Level hydraulic disc brakes ensure more than enough stopping power in any condition. 
Come on in while the gettin' is good.  We just received a full size run of Farley 5's, and they likely won't last long!
Particularly on Fat Bikes, tire & wheel technology is of paramount importance!  When it comes to fat biking on soft surfaces, especially snow, it all comes down to tire contact patch.  While this is a complex discussion of physics, I'll boil it down to the following points which the Farley 5 delivers on:
  • Tire Tech & Rim:  The Farley 5 is spec'ed with a smart combination of 27.5" x 4.5" tires mounted to an 80mm wide rim.  On the front you'll find the all new gnarly Bontrager Gnarwhal, while on the rear you'll find the fast rolling Bontrager Barbegazi tires.   Both tires are built around a super supple, fast rolling, grippy 120 tpi (thread per inch) casing, with an especially aggressive tread on the the front end.  As a bonus, the Gnarwahl tire on the front is studable, and can use any brand of "pocket style stud", in stock at Cyclova XC.  For riding groomed singletrack in the winter, generally studs aren't necessary, but they can be a lifesaver in transformed snow where ice is present.  It's important to note the importance of running fat bike tires at very low pressures - otherwise you'll never enjoy the benefits of riding fat.  While riding on snow, you'll usually want to be running between 4-6 psi of air pressure in these tires (even less if the snow surface of soft).  In the end, more tire surface area / contact patch = more fun!
Every size of the Trek 2018 Farley 5 Fat Bike is in stock at Cyclova XC!  Come on in for a free test ride and to experience the latest in Fat Bike technology professionally fit to your body!

Liebner Takes 1st & 3rd in Argentina--Will Present at Cyclova Sunday

Andy Liebner of US Ski Pole Company is having a busy week! After taking 1st and 3rd place in a pair of FIS races in Argentina, he hopped on a plane to come give a rollerski clinic at CyclovaXC. The clinic is free to the public and skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Just be at Cyclova Sunday, Sept. 17th at 9AM. Here are the details on his recent races:

International Ski Federation (FIS) Cross Country Ski Races in Bariloche, Argentina.
11 SEP 2017 10 Kilometer Classic event
12 SEP 2017 10 Kilometer Freestyle event

Andy Liebner, of Soldotna Alaska, now residing in Cheboygan, Michigan claimed first place victory in the 10K Classic on Monday. 5 Nations were present and competing.

In the 10k Classic, the temperature was 20’f and the tracks were crisp and dry. “It’s strange traveling in one day from summer, and immediately enter into winter. That’s what’s nice about our South American neighbors and the opposing seasons, from the continental US, we can fly in less than a day (remain in a similar time zone) and compete in international ski races on real snow.”

On Tuesday the 12th of September, Andy competed in the 10K Freestyle event and earned 3rd place. Only 9 seconds behind the winner, Andy was more than satisfied with his podium performance. Attributing his success to ‘experience and wisdom,’ in both events under the conditions and challenging terrain.

“I came here to coach an athlete and in doing so, I was recruited to enroll on the start list by my athlete and many others. Given the high altitude, and 2.5 Kilometer loop located on the top of a popular alpine ski mountain, there were some extremely fast, sharp corners to master. Most stayed on course, but some unfortunate skiers lost control and flew into deep snow over steep edges. I thought it was a fun, but challenging course. One of the most technically challenging courses I’ve ever skied. Courses like these add more variables beyond muscles and lungs that traditionally have the advantage in ski races.”

Andy is founder of the United States Ski Pole Company, located in Cheboygan, Michigan. In addition to accelerating his business he coaches privately out of passion and earned Olympic coaching status with Roberto Carcelen of Team Peru to Sochi 2014.  

Andy Liebner Leads FREE Roller Ski Clinic At Cyclova--Sunday, Sept. 17th!

Andy Liebner in Argentina, early September 2017
Hey Everyone!
I know you're still thinking about summer, but if you are one of those lucky individuals who looks at the above picture and longs for immaculately groomed XC ski trails, then there's an event coming up at Cyclova you need to attend. Andy Liebner of US Ski Pole Company (best ski poles out there because they're made in the good old USA) is coming to Cyclova on Sunday, Sept. 17th at 9AM to lead a free roller ski clinic. 

Andy is a former biathlete and a Worldloppet race champion. Andy has a great eye for technique and he knows how to make a couple small suggestions that will result in a major increase in speed and efficiency. If you don't have any roller skis, don't worry, I've got a couple extra pairs I can bring along for you to try. I know I, for one, will be curious to hear his impressions on skiing in Argentina. That's an epic trip that one day just has to happen!

Everyone is welcome from beginners to experts. Trust me, this clinic will make you a better skiier. Plus, Andy is a great story teller and I know we're going to have a blast. I'm sure there will be time for coffee afterwards as well! I hope to see you all there. Be sure to click "going" on the Facebook event!

Square Lake Triathlon this Saturday--Seeks Volunteers!

I just received this email and thought I'd pass the information on. Here is the email:

And here is their web page with more information.

We're Bringing in Altra--Sasquatch Wrap Up!

Hey Everyone!

We had a great final Sasquatch run today (and typically awesome pot luck...runners bring the best food--and LOTS of it!). I'll get more into that in a minute. First I'm excited to announce that we're bringing Altra running shoes to CyclovaXC! We've been chatting about this for a while and we're glad to finally announce this is happening. For our initial order we'll be carrying size runs of the following models:

Lone Peak 3.5
If someone wants more water resistant (but not Gore-tex) the Lone Peak 3.0 neoshell is what they should get.
Superior 3.5

These are the models we'll be carrying, but please check out the Altra web page (Note: the Superior 3.5 is not yet listed on the Altra web page). We can order anything you want to fit your needs. For example, the Lone Peak Mid Mesh 3.5 looks like a perfect choice for anyone thinking of coming with me to hike in Peru one of these summers :). 

Don't hesitate to contact with us as we put together our order so we're sure to have the size, model, and color that suits you. Just send a message to and we'll have your shoes for you shortly.

Ok, on to the Sasquatch finale!

We had a nice little crew of regulars turn up for our annual run/pot luck. This year the calendar fell kind of funny so we were running on both Memorial day and Labor day (which kind of hurts numbers). We'll see how that shakes out next year. Tammi's course was perfect as usual but she marked it with chalk and there was a light rain that morning. However it didn't turn out to be enough rain to completely wash all the markings away...judging by the fact that I think everyone got back in.

Everybody had a different mileage objective today. Greg needed to add something like 3 miles to the established course, so when we said "Go!" he went running off in the completely wrong direction. Steve was the first to cross the line, apparently having not gotten lost out on the course. Jim and Tammi came in together and mentioned that even though it felt like a cool day, there was some brutal humidity out there.

Later on, Steve returned to the Cyclova where he'd left a crock pot stewing. This he fastened to his speed concept with inner tubes and police tape and came rolling out to the park to serve everyone. We were fearful he was going to flip the contraption over as he rolled down the hill to the camp area, but he made it safely and the food was delicious.

The last race was double points so there was some shuffling on the leaderboard. Here are the final men's results (here's the link for the larger version):
And here's the women's final leaderboard (link):
So it's a wrap for 2017! Thanks everyone for coming out and running with us! Thanks to Tammi for taking over as series director! We'll see you all in 2018 and don't forget to order your Altras!

Tammi's Tough Sasquatch #6 Route

Boy, Tammi sure has done a great job designing tough running routes for this season! This one is going to be absolutely beautiful! I made a semi-decent map, though it's probably not the best for navigation. You can click in on a larger version here. Also, you can check the Strava data here (note, you have to be logged into Strava to make that link work)--I guess we're doing a good job funneling more users to Strava :). The distance ended up being 14 miles and I talked Tammi out of adding 2 more (whew...).

As per usual, Tammi is going to be marking the course with chalk so hopefully we won't have anyone get lost. However, if you do get lost, just try to make it back to the river then go North until you hit Lion's park. Back in the old days, Frank and I used to get half our training done on days we got lost and were thus obligated to do an extra 150 or so miles.

Looking forward to seeing everyone! Here's that awesome grill image again because it cracks me up (and every time I grill it looks like this):

Sasquatch Dash Potluck and Season Finale, Saturday, Sept. 2nd!

Hello Everyone!
That's right, the end of Sasquatch season is upon us! I always enjoy the season finale as I've found our runner friends tend to prepare some pretty spectacular dishes for the pot luck afterwards. It's fun to chill at Lion's Park and celebrate the beginning of fall. Oh, and the run is kind of fun too.

As always Tammi has a spectacular course planned, but her phone broke so she hasn't sent me the Strava data yet. I'll add it to this post as soon as I get it. The course will be about 13 miles and Sasquatch points double for the end of the year. Feel free to come and run as little or as much of the course as you like.

We're fresh back from Peru so I'm bringing up my wife and kids to play in the park. I want to get some runner photos as well for a potential article for Silent Sports, so make sure you wear your Cyclova singlets!

It will be great to see everyone on Saturday at Lion's Park at 9AM! Bring a dish, bring a friend but most importantly bring yourself!

The Wisconsin DNR needs to Hear from Cyclists!

Hello Everyone!
A DNR survey is making the rounds to give an indication how much demand there is for bicycle trails (paved and unpaved), cross country skiing, and other silent sports. We'd like to make sure that your voice is represented, so please fill out the survey.  There is an option late in the survey to make a specific comment and I mentioned that I'd prefer to see the Stower 7 Lakes Trail and the Gandy Dancer Trail remain non-motorized. 

For more information on the survey, check out this article (and share it please) from the Wisconsin Bike Fed.

To go straight to the survey, click here.

Sasquatch #5 Write-Up

Hey Everyone!
Here's Tammi's report on Sasquatch #5. Remember Sasquatch #6 is coming soon.That's the pot-luck at Lion's park and we hope to see everyone to celebrate the end of Sasquatch season! Cheers!

Well with only one Sasquatch run left for the season, this run had to be longer than the others to prepare for that final long tough one right? Greg had the idea for a route and I ran it to see if it would be long and tough enough and yep it was good.

Then comes the work of marking the trail so no one gets lost..  I marked it to what I thought was ok...

Saturday morning rolls around and not many people were brave enough to try our course I guess.  Only 7 runners showed up but that's enough for a run by all means.  Easy to account for everyone at the end right?  AS usual Greg takes off way ahead of everyone followed closely by Steve Clark.  Steve took his own route.  Along with Jamey Sotis.  The marked Sasquatch route is just a suggested route right?

Steve Meyer ran 6 miles despite coming off of a long foot injury so was just glad to be running again.  One way or another we all managed to make it back to the overlook after a beautiful run through the interstate parks of WI and MN with Greg leading the way as usual.

And yes, some managed to get lost on my poorly marked trails.  Apparently blue chalk don't work well on blue trap rock...Who knew?  Orange chalk it is for the final one.  

So as I'm trying to figure out ideas and trails for the final distance, if you have a certain trail you wan to to run, let me know and I can try to incorporate it into the 25K final Sasquatch run on Sept. 2nd!

Ride the Sadistic Century on Saturday, August 19th!

Hey Guys! This ride is coming up again, remember Katie's wonderful write up from last year?

For all the details and registration, click here.

Sadistic Century 2017 - Ride Info:
  • Date: August 19, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:00 AM (registration and rolling start for road biking)
  • Start/End Location: Dunn County Recreation Park: 620 17th Street, Menomonie WI 54751 (map)
After Party:
Each participant will receive a meal and free beer. Additional meals and beer for family and friends will be available for a free-will donation.
Showers are available at the finish, but participants must provide their own towels and toiletries.
Ride Support:
Aid stations and sag support will be provided until 4:00 p.m., so please plan your start time and ride accordingly.  Please note that the 40 mile aid station will be closing at 12:00 p.m., and the 75 mile aid station will be closing at 3:00 p.m.
Menomonie Information:
Visit Explore Menomonie for information on Explore, Stay, Dine, Plan.

The other great charity supported by the Sadistic Century is the local food pantry, Stepping Stones.  (   Stepping Stones seeks to foster a community that prevents hunger, homelessness and isolation throughout Dunn County through its three programs; Food Pantry, Shelters, and Community Connections.

The Sadistic Century event is brought to you by an all volunteer group of bicyclists from the Menomonie area.  We are so pleased to donate all profits to our two charities. Thank you for your participation!  *Mountain Bike Time Trail was canceled due to lack of registrations. 

Radtour comes to Cyclova September 3rd

Hello Everyone!
Here's a nice little cycling event happening at Cyclova on September 3rd. This isn't a Cyclova event, but heck, bikes are involved so it should be a great time! 40 miles is a nice distance for a day.
Info below:

St. Croix Falls September 3

Radtour Wisconsin is a bike to farm tour beginning in St. Croix Falls traveling south through
Osceola with stops at area farms. The route loop is approximately 40 miles.
 Check In 8:30AM at Cyclova XC
 Begin riding between 9-9:30AM
 Ride at your own leisurely pace
 Self-Supported (No SAG)
Ticket price includes:
 Local food and beverage at farm stops
 Live Music
 Onsite screen printing (bring a cotton garment)
 Marked route and cue sheets
 Post ride gathering
Ticket info:
 Early bird tickets $40 (available until August 27)
 Student tickets $30
 Regular price tickets $50
Register online at Eventbrite

Valley Brew Fest--Bike Trail Fundraiser--Sat., Aug 19th!

Hey Guys!
Here's another great event hosted to generate funds for biking and walking trails in the city of there's BEER so it's a win-win! To make things even more convenient, tickets are available at CyclovaXC, so really there's no excuse for not being there!

Saturday, August 19th at PY's Saloon and Grill (give their Facebook page a like if you will) from 4 to 8 PM.

There are several FREE bike rides that start prior to the event. All of the rides start at the Mill Pond Park in Osceola. Here are the distances and start times:
33 miles--start at 1:30PM
15 and 4 mile rides--both start at 2:30PM
It would be great to see the full rainbow of Cyclova kits at these rides. We're up to 3 sets of jerseys and shorts, so lets see somebody wearing every possible combination! Also, volunteers are needed to lead the shorter rides, if you're available send an email here:

There is also a raffle fundraiser with a Trek FX3, you can buy tickets at CyclovaXC.

Cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door (you keep your tasting glass). There will be over FORTY (40) beers from TWENTY (20) local breweries! How could you not go to this? Hope to see y'all there!

For more information, check out the Brew Fest page here!

Sasquatch Dash #5, Sat. August 12th, 9AM

Hey Everyone!
Q: What's faster than a speeding bullet?
A: The passage of summer

Can you believe it's already the penultimate Sasquatch run (I so rarely get to use the word "penultimate")? Tammi has done a fantastic job taking over the series from Mullin, although she seems to like to punish us all a little bit more. This Saturday is no different as Tammi has a 10 mile course in mind. As always, come for the company and the fun, run as much or as little of the designated course as you wish!  Remember a 3 mile morning run is better than a ZERO mile morning run, so lace 'em up and get out the door!

Tammi will inform you how the trail is marked at the pre-run briefing.

Course details are available on Strava here (Tammi included a small adjustment to this route in text):
 It will be slightly different than this. Instead of going on the road back up, I'm going to mark it to go back up the meadow valley and horizon rock trail but it will lead to same spot going into MN and will be about 10.5 ish miles.

See y'all Saturday!

Every Trek Bike On Sale - now through Sunday!

Every Trek bike is on sale at Cyclova XC - through Sunday, August 6!
We are in the midst of the biggest bike sale of the year at Cyclova XC, including every single Trek bike being on sale (either in stock bikes or special orders).  Additionally, we have great sale prices on bikes from Salsa, Advocate, and 6KU.  See the blog post from last week, with all of the details on the sale!

Fat bikes, retro city cruiser bikes, bike packing bikes, cycling appareal - yup, it's all on sale.  Note this sale program ends on Sunday, August 6 (this is a hard end date, with no exceptions as this is a Trek program), so come on in to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year! 

Bike Ride Destination--Pie Social at the Frederic Soo Line Depot Aug. 19

Ride Your Bike To Frederic and Get some PIE!

FREDERIC—The Frederic Area Historical Society will be serving pie, ice cream and refreshments at the 1901 Frederic Soo Line Depot from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19. The pie and ice cream social is an annual fundraiser to help with the operation of the Frederic Area Museum.

Held in conjunction with the Frederic Festival, many varieties of home baked pies are offered. Live music will be playing, and there are adventures in history for everyone. Tour a Soo Line wide-vision caboose that is on display, check out a log cabin built in 1885, see Frederic’s last phone booth on display, or see what Frederic’s first library looked like.

The Frederic Area Museum is open weekends in downtown Frederic from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season in October, and has many items on display connected to the history of the area and the Soo Line railroad that developed Northwest Wisconsin at the start of the last century. Admission to the museum is free.

For more information on the Frederic Area Historical Society, how to become a member, or volunteer a little time to preserve the history of Frederic, call 715-327-4892, 715-327-4158 or check out the Depot link at

For more Frederic Festival information: and


!HUGE SUMMER SALE AT CYCLOVA XC! **July 26 - August 6** !!Huge discounts on Trek, Salsa, Advocate, and 6KU!!

!2017 SUMMER SALE! - July 26 – August 6, 2017!

  • All Trek Bicycles on sale (includes in stock & special order bikesdiscounts range from $50 - $200!
  • SALSA CYCLES SALE! All in stock previous year model bikes at 20% OFF!  This includes Cutthroat Carbon, Beargrease Carbon, Beargrease Alloy, Blackborrow previous year model units! 
    • Salsa Beargrease rental Fat Bikes at 25% OFF!   
  • ADVOCATE CYCLES SALE! All in stock previous year model bikes at 20% OFF of normal pricing!  This includes Watchman Fat Bikes & Lorax Gravel Bikes  

    • Select special order bike closeouts also available from Salsa & Advocate!
  • Sweet deals on 6KU cruise around town bikes – The 6KU Odyssey at 20% OFF (final price of $295.99)
  • All in stock cycling shorts, pants, & jerseys at 20% OFF!
  • $5 T-SHIRT RACK! Grab yourself some sweet t-shirts from our family of events (Solstice Chase & Sasquatch Dash!

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 5:45 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 6:00 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


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 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

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.


--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!