SUPER CLEARANCE SALE This Weekend (Nov 25-26, 2017) at Cyclova XC

Come mingle with fellow outdoor enthusiasts and check out some SUPER CLEARANCE SALE PRICES this weekend at Cyclova XC!
After enjoying a couple of days off with our own families on Thanksgiving & Black Friday (yes, Cyclova is closed on Thanksgiving & Black Friday), we are stoked to kick off our SUPER CLEARANCE SALE this weekend!  We hope you can join us in checking out many of the best deals ever seen at Cyclova - or any other shop for that matter...  Following are a few highlights:
  • DISCOUNTS TOO BIG TO PUBLISH on ultra premium Bjorn Daehlie winter active wear:  Included are select men's & women's jackets, pants, and xc ski race suits.  These are factory rep samples, and any remaining items will go back to the factory rep after this weekend. 
  • Ski Hats:  Buy 1, get the 2nd hat of equal or lesser value for free.
  • All Start and select Swix wax products at huge discounts of up to 50% off!  
  • All remaining skate skis, classic skis, and skate/classic ski boots:  On super closeout at 40%-60% off (waxless touring skis & boots are not part of this sale).  Come in early for the best assortment. 
  • 25% off of our Major Tune-Up Service deal:  To qualify for discount, your bicycle must be brought in for service on Saturday or Sunday (Nov 25-26).

NOTICE:  Cyclova XC CLOSED on Thanksgiving & Black Friday - !SALE THIS WEEKEND!

Get outside and enjoy a beautiful crisp bike ride on Thanksgiving or Black Friday!
Notice:  Cyclova XC will be closed on Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday (November 23-24, 2017).

Cyclova XC would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you get to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. After spending some quality time with our own families, we’ll be back open again on Saturday and hope to see you over the weekend… Stop in and tell us about the outdoor adventures that you enjoyed over Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Speaking of Saturday and Sunday, we hope you can join us in checking out many of the best deals ever seen at Cyclova - or any other shop for that matter...  Following are a few highlights:
  • DISCOUNTS TOO BIG TO PUBLISH on ultra premium Bjorn Daehlie winter active wear:  Included are select men's & women's jackets, pants, and xc ski race suits.  These are factory rep samples, and any remaining items will go back to the factory rep after this weekend. 
  • Ski Hats:  Buy 1, get the 2nd hat of equal or lesser value for free.
  • All Start and select Swix wax products at huge discounts of up to 50% off!  
  • All remaining skate skis, classic skis, and skate/classic ski boots:  On super closeout at 40%-60% off (waxless touring skis & boots are not part of this sale).  Come in early for the best assortment. 
  • 25% off of our Major Tune-Up Service deal:  To qualify for discount, your bicycle must be brought in for service on Saturday or Sunday (Nov 25-26).

Katie's "50 Miles of Epicness" Write-up


The Two Headed Monster Adventure
by
Katie Weinberg Bruns

It’s been planned for weeks now….. or at least a day depending on who you talk to. Goal is Danbury, one way or another, the classic, “You’ll do whatever it takes… walking, riding, or crawling to that finish line.”

One group plans on running the entire Gandy Dancer Trail starting in St. Croix Falls.

“Who caused this?” Lisa’s dad said, with a wide eyed quizzical look as we were describing the adventure. It began, we believe, with the one and only Greg Norman, informing the idea master of Eric Olson that he would like to ‘Run 50’ before ’50.’ So, here we all are. The bat sign is lit to the crazy masses of the St. Croix Valley, and we answer the call.


The running group started the snowy trail at 6:30. Yes, a solid 1-2inch base layer of pearly white snow, with a crisp layer on top, so you are able to hear each foot print crunch through, trying to reach the limestone we all wanted so desperately to see that day. That is all I really know of their story… so onto ours.

It began that Friday evening. Or possibly over a few beers the weekend before. Lisa making eye contact with me over her IPA, “You know what would be awesome?” And I respond, raising my eyebrows over my own glass…. "That’s typically how one of our adventures begin."

A week later, we stand freezing in Charlie’s drive way, as he graciously let us try out his Salsa Tandem bike, giving us detailed instructions on how to ride and fit… I am nodding my head, thinking, “what the what have we gotten ourselves into.” We get it down though, that night, going around the block at least 10 times, repeating our cues, and making sure ‘communication’ is spot on. Or, at least enough to get riding in a straight line, because we figure we will have plenty of time to figure out the details on a 50 mile ride the following day. Bound and determined to prove our doubting husbands wrong, and that this was indeed… an awesome idea.

We start our Epic adventure later than the runners, little past 8, as we hook up the burly, yes, a burly, carrying our two back packs and a few coats, and any other apparent necessities (#fireball) for the day. We set out on the trail to try the snow for the first time. “Holy moly, can we do this? This is freaking hard.” I say with a heavy breath as I look over at Lisa, a fleeting thought occurs that we could just drive up and skip the whole thing…. Only fleeting though, if you know either one of us, those thoughts may come quick, but they pass by even quicker. And off we go, crushing through the snow like an awkward plow.

Notes on a tandem: The front person, the Captain, is in charge, they steer, tell you when to stand, sit, break, turn, farmers blow, breath, spit, etc. And, the back, the Stoker, pushes the pedals and enjoys the ride, the ‘power house’! It really does take a lot of communication, everything from pace, to standing, to wanting to stop.

What you hope for:

Captain: Ready

Stoker: Ready (balancing both feet on pedals in back)

Captain: Go (captain starts pedaling and smoothly transitions to the bike and steering in a straight ace line)

What actually happened:

Captain Lisa: Kate, ready?

Stoker Kate: ummm, hold on, yep. No. yep, hold on, let’s move the right pedal forward again. Okay, yep, nope, slipped off. Okay, Ready!

Captain Lisa: Alright, HERE WE GO, pedals, we go a little righttttt, then lefttttttt, then pedal, pedal, straighten out.

Both: Sweet! Better than last time!

And, this my friends, is what got us to CafĂ© Wren, where we enjoyed a warm cup of coffee (maybe with a treat of Bailey’s to sweeten it up) and some lovely Almond Joy Rolls that tasted as divine as ever. After, we did a switch of Captain and Stoker, had the realization that there was a cover to keep the snow out of the burly-- the entire time packed in back, and then off we went traveling another 15 miles to meet the gang at Lewis. Only one small mix up of the stoker (me) ‘loosing’ the pedals, on the one and only hill we call ‘lemon drop hill’ in honor of Grandma’s Marathon, as I sat enjoying the ride with my feet straight out, encouraging Lisa, as she is wondering why this is so hard.

Lisa commandeered the right for the rest of her time as captain to repeatedly call back, “Are you pedaling?”

The sun broke through the clouds, highlighting the trail, the breeze was just a whisper, and the temperature a dreamy 37 degrees; and in the distance, we finally saw a few specs, yes, that is them, the RUNNERS. We rode through the line of runners with Cher, “Turn back Time” blaring on the portable speaker we brought, stoker hands up and ear to ear grins on both heads of the monster as we were not only having a blast but finally connected with the group.

We all made a pit stop at the Sundown Saloon. Nice little tavern right off of 35, on the out skirts of the quaint Lewis township. People gobbled up burgers, soup, and beer as we all filled one another in on our mornings. The group of runners being a solid 9 with two more wonderful ladies joining the fun at the bar, being the energy boost for the final 20 miles.

Every one of those people impressed and inspired me. Watching their appreciation for what they had already accomplished in these conditions combined with their determination on what was left to devour.

The rest of the day on the tandem flew by, we enjoyed the breathtaking views of the various lakes in Northern, WI, watching as the sun slowly crept to meet the tree lines and the yellow and orange rays shined off the fresh cover of snow. As we covered a wide variety of topics, stories, and feelings shared, a true testament and bond of friendship. I cherish these moments and these are the times I feel my true self.

 During this time, Lisa exclaims, “We should Ice them.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Defines the Art of Being Iced:

Being Iced refers to when one unknowing suspect comes across a bottle of Smirnoff, (I.E: the shower, a pillow, a stairway, in the Middle of the Gandy Dancer Trail outside of Webster.) Once the unknowing suspect, becomes ‘knowing’ they must step back from whatever they are doing, open the bottle, kneel and finish the entire bottle as if surrendering to the master mind of this trick. They have then officially been iced.


Jim, who finished strong at mile 30, retrieved the truck from Danbury and was able to get us the necessary supplies. So, the fearsome foursome (lucky Jill joined our group of master minds in Lewis) made a line of ‘Ice’ across the pathway and within a half hour the unknowing suspects came running and walking about. Brian, was first, thankfully, as he gets to the line and completely understands the awesomeness that has just occurred. Drops down to a knee and starts the process. All of them were troopers and enjoyed the refreshment combined with a Bloody from Dan the Man Campion who came fully decked out with a crate of supplies and beer on the back tire of his fatty, riding from Danbury to meet the group.

The dusk melted away and night sank in, temperature dropping at least 5 degrees, the chills for us bikers set in, and the monster with two heads was done for the day. We looked on as we saw the headlights glow, and the runners, hopefully a little refueled from the refreshments, embarking on the most crucial point of the day, their own personal trials and tribulations of whatever humanity they had left. It was impressive to watch and be a part of. Knowing that they were all cold, wet, and tired. Knowing that they have been out since 6:30 AM, and most of all WONDERING what stories Eric had left to tell.

We waited excitedly and impatiently at the bar in Danbury for some sign, constantly texting our weathered travelers. The veteran runners were the first to walk in, all having already completed a 100 mile event this past year, smiles and signs of another accomplishment splattered on their faces. And then the second, the first timers, all walking in, a wave of relief washing over their bodies, and visibly all of ours in the bar as well. Soaking in what had happened, what ground was covered; then of course, focusing on getting DRY!

The rest of the night was filled with the Danbury Casino Seafood buffet, laughter, and good conversations. The heroes of the day being anyone in the world that went outside and took advantage of that sunny, beautiful, almost wintery day. Proud to be a part of an adventurous community filled with outstanding friendships, people that push each other to their limits, for nothing else but the satisfaction of a day well spent.

I am grateful for a body that moves, a mind that somewhat works, a spirit that thirsts for adventures, and of course friends to lead the way. (Shout out to my amazing husband and his determination--- loved watching him push his limits and accomplish this challenge. Another shout out to my partner on the two headed monster and adventures Lisa Thanig, for always pushing my limits and making it another memorable adventure for the books). 

 Thanks for reading. Adventure on.

Solstice Chase 2/3rds Full! Fee Increase Tomorrow! Register Now!

Hey Chasers!

The Solstice Chase is 2/3rds of the way to its field limit and there is a price hike tomorrow, so please click here to register now and save!

Check here to see if you're registered, and if not, get on it!

Our Friend Eric Olson on Endurance Path Podcast


You all know Eric, and if you've ever run with him you've probably heard all these stories already :). But he tells them well, so here you go again. Enjoy! Featured on the Endurance Path Podcast.

Winter is COMING! CyclovaXC Team Night is Friday, Nov. 10!

I woke up to snow on the ground which means we all have to start getting serious about our Birkie preparation! Tomorrow, for one night only, we'll be closing out some fantastic ski inventory at prices too low to advertise. So if you're looking to upgrade your equipment, or just get a jump start on the wax you'll need for the upcoming ski season or you just want to get some early Christmas shopping done, Cyclova is the place to be tomorrow! Pizza, camaraderie and skiing, what more can you ask for?
Steve Edling, David Leske, and Duane Lee enjoy a sunny winter day on skis
RSVP (to help us get a head count for food and beverages) and be a part of the anticipatory conversation at the Facebook Event.

Team Night Event Schedule (Thursday, November 10):
6:00PM:  Team night starts - Pizza and refreshments will be provided
6:10 - 6:40PM:  Frank Lundeen, Cyclova XC co-owner presents new products and product highlights of the 2016-17 ski season. 
6:40PM - 8PM:  Cyclova XC Staff and reps from select ski vendors on hand to help Team Cyclova members with their race xc ski product needs.
Cyclova Green Machines: (R-L) Duane Lee, David Leske, Mike Colaizy, Tony Lushanko, Tommy Krenz, and Steve Edling celebrating post-race at the 2015 Noquemanon Ski Marathon

Sunday November 12th is Altra Day At CyclovaXC

Hey Everyone!

We have a really neat event coming up this weekend! Dan Maxon of Altra Footwear will be coming to discuss what sets Altra shoes apart from all others. It's always great to hear from the people behind the products, and this will be a neat and informative presentation. The talk is from 1:30 to 2:30 on Sunday, November 12th. Come for the talk, and then stick around for a fun run after!

If you're interested, please mark "going" on the Facebook event page.

Also, don't forget that Cyclova Team Night is happening on Friday, November 10th. Stop by for great deals on cross-country ski wax and equipment! Find out more about team night here.

Beat the Dark--Cold, Wet and Fantastic!

We had a wonderful group of people turn up for the 2017 "Beat the Dark." Considering how poor the conditions looked on Saturday, I was surprised that we had as big a crowd as we did. Although the forecast called for cold temperatures, the rain finished before we started and we were able to ride a (mostly) snow free trail! 

In the end, only 4 riders did the whole 100 mile course to "Beat the Dark," they were: Patty Bobzin (our Solstice Chase poster girl), Jason Kunshier, Ben Mullin and Dallas Wynne. The ride was a LOT tougher than last year with a wet and tacky course, but it was firm enough not to rut up with our passage.

Most of us decided to go to Cafe Wren or a little beyond. I think there were a few metric centuries on the day which is also very impressive in those conditions. If you have photos, please put them on the Facebook page at www.BeatTheDark.com. It's surprising how many smiling faces you see even when it's snowing and raining and 36 degrees. Biking is awesome.

Please continue to spread the word on this event. It's a very easy ride to organize and on a good forecast year I don't see why we couldn't have a couple hundred people coming for this.

Don't forget about our Cross-Country ski "Team Night" coming up at Cyclova on Friday November 10th! For more details click here.

Also on Sunday the 12th all you local runners need to come and hear a tech talk from Dan Maxon of Altra Footwear. I'll be posting an event for that shortly.

Unfortunately Andy Liebner had to cancel the roller ski clinic scheduled for the 12th.

See you all soon!

Beat the Dark--Trail and Snow Conditions

Hey Everyone!

St. Croix got a bunch of snow last night! This is a big difference from the 70 degree day we had last year! Years ago, snow would mean no-go, but now there are new things called FAT BIKES, so snow now means NO PROBLEM!

Here's a picture and course report from Dallas:

Course update as of noon today from the Gandydancer trail in St Croix Falls. 1.5" of heavy snow over a firm trail surface. Any knobby tires should be fine. It will be interesting to see what happens overnight tonight. The good news is that the forecast rain will likely finish before we start. Looking forward to a good day with friends. See you there.
These conditions are going to make it very difficult to do the whole 100 miles and back before the dark, but I wouldn't put it past a couple of our guys to make it. We've got folks training for rides that will be way more intense than this, so this is a perfect day in many ways.

Also, this might be a perfect day to go and rent a fat bike from CyclovaXC, or even purchase one. You don't want to miss this free ride!!!

If worse comes to worse and we determine in the morning that the Gandy is impassable, we can always do the first part of the Mammoth Gravel Classic course, so plan on coming tomorrow morning for a fun day of riding and playing in the snow with your friends!

Thanks for the trail update Dallas!

How To Dress For 'Beat the Dark!'

Wow! So the forecast for "Beat the Dark" isn't quite the nice summer day that we had last year. Oh well, it's going to get cold and snowy sooner or later, you might as well get used to it! Also, this being an "out and back" makes it a perfect opportunity to test out your winter riding gear. If you nailed the clothing, awesome! If you missed, you can head back in early none the worse for wear!

Athletes often discuss training and nutrition, but apparel is oftentimes just as important for achieving your fitness goals. It doesn't matter how fit and fueled you are if you're freezing cold. Bearing that in mind, here's the forecast for "Beat the Dark."
The good news is the overnight low is above freezing, and the fact that it's raining means there isn't likely to be much snow on the trail, haha! The bad news is there are no hills on the Gandy to block out the headwind (that's an inside joke between me and Chris Locke--hills don't really block headwinds). In some ways, 41 degrees and raining might be the most difficult conditions to dress for. Moisture is what makes you cold. When you're exercising in sub-freezing conditions, you want to insulate yourself so that you're warm but you don't sweat. If you sweat, you get cold eventually. But if you manage to stay dry, you can spend hours out in the cold with little discomfort.

The trick with rain is that a lot of rain gear doesn't breathe at all so you end up soaked from perspiration. If you have semi-breathable rain gear, you're going to get wet from the rain, so it's a balance without any real great solution, but there are ways to deal with this.

First of all, your polypro or wool base layers are vital because they'll keep you warm even if they get a little damp. A good set of winter riding boots will be important too because your extremities get cold faster than anything else (toe warmers in the boots make for a much more comfortable day as well). On your legs, you can probably go with just your bicycle shorts, plus leg warmers or tights. Your legs pretty much take care of themselves, it's your core, head, hands, and feet you have to be worried about. It will also be a good idea to bring along an additional base layer, gloves and hat to change into at the halfway point. Here's your checklist:

  • Good riding boots (with wool, or sport tech socks)
  • Wool or sport tech base layers
  • A windproof breathable top--or a straight rain jacket depending on how it feels that morning
  • Extra top, socks and gloves in your gear bag
  • Lots of toe warmers (you can put these on your legs or stomach if you get cold--not right on the skin though)
Swing by Cyclova if you have questions on any of this, Steve Clark rides his bike to the Birkie every year and camps in the parking lot, so if anyone knows how to dress for Sunday's conditions it's that guy.

With temperatures and conditions like the forecast predicts, this looks to be an epic day. Don't bail out just because the weather is bad. The pre-ride atmosphere in the parking lot is always more jovial when everybody knows we probably should have all just stayed in bed. Come out and give it a try. However, these are potentially serious conditions, so make good decisions about when to turn back. Don't feel like you have to complete the whole event, especially if you don't have your clothing dialed in and you start feeling really cold 20 or 30 miles out. Come for the camaraderie and the fun, and let's all help each other get back safe and warm to someplace that serves beer!

Here's the Facebook event, see you Sunday!

New Bike Jackets Available At Cyclova XC



Keep your bike protected from those salty winter roads with a Bike Jacket, now available through Cyclova XC!

What is the Bike Jacket? The Bike Jacket is weather gear for your bike! The Bike Jacket was designed for 2 purposes… 
  • Keep your wheels and drivetrain covered and protected from the salty winter elements as your bike spends time on that car rack going to and from the trailhead.
  • Cover up those wet and dirty wheels before packing your bike in your car for the trip home.
It comes in 2 pieces; 1 for the front wheel and 1 for the rear wheel, which also covers your entire drivetrain. Both pieces use a clear vinyl center to avoid blocking your taillights.

Fat bike season is near and with that comes wet and salty roads. We see bikes in the Cyclova XC service center with corrosion leading up to costly repairs. The wet salty road conditions in the winter can quickly corrode bottom bracket, wheel and free hub bearings while quickly corroding your chain. Save yourself time from bike washes after every trip to the trail and costly corrosion repairs in the service center.

Stop into Cyclova XC and check out the new Bike Jacket.