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.