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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 www.fredericwi.com

For more Frederic Festival information: www.fredericarts.org and www.fredericareachamber.com


--FREDERIC AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY


!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

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!