From St. Croix Falls to Boston, Evolution of a Runner and Strength Training for Life


Hear marathon champion runner Tammi Braund and Ironman Mike Colaizy discuss their secrets for becoming national class endurance athletes on March 23rd starting at 6 PM!

ADVENTURE: Tammi, winner of the Eau Claire Marathon and two time winner of the Gandy Dancer Marathon (women and men!) presents on Evolution of a Runner: from sprinter to long distance runner. Tammi will share her experiences (the good and the bad) as she juggles taking care of her six kids, training and competing in marathons. She will be including tips on how to qualify for the Boston Marathon, her favorite marathon races and what she has in store for 2017.

TECH:  Our Tech presentation will be led by Mike Colaizy, a local Ironman and Birkie veteran. Mike will present Strength Training for life, techniques for optimizing running, bicycling and skiing.
Mike has so many credentials as a trainer of top athletes it's hard to know where to start. First, he is himself an accomplished Ironman triathlete, cross country skiing expert, and marathon runner. Now working part time as the Group Exercise Instructor at Wild River Fitness, Mike is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and also an NASM Personal Trainer. Mike has warned us that he is going to make his presentation FUN! Which means Mike is going to bring some of his favorite tools (toys) from the gym (like ropes and kettle balls) and give us a chance to try them out!  Mike will cover strength and cross training for endurance athletes (no, it's not just about running!), proper warm up, pre and post stretching, building the core and explaining what exactly is the "core". And he'll even lead us through a sample crossfit workout. So come ready to work out! Maybe even bring your training clothes (yes we have changing rooms).

The neat thing about Mike's presentation is we all get to participate and the guy has some rather unconventional strength tools that translates into everyone going away with something new to try out!

And of course there will be plenty of time for Q and A and for you to share your own insights into what has worked for you! See you at 6 PM... 125 Washington (downtown St. Croix Falls).

On the Road for a Bicycle Friendly America -- Join Us Thursday, March 9th!

First, please note the date changes for our remaining Adventure and Tech Series at CyclovaXC.  Due to numerous scheduling conflicts, the next three presentations will be held March 9th, March 20th and April 6th.  Make sure to update your calendars!!!!

JOIN US us on March 9th for what will surely be an inspirational view of the role of bicycles in our society and how cities around the country are embracing this amazing tool for transformation! After hearing from Steve Clark on what it takes to become a Bicycle Friendly Community, there will be a discussion led by William Johnson, former Polk County Board Member and Tourism Committee Chair, about the threats to the Gandy Dancer and other local issues.  This will be followed by Frank Lundeen's 'how to fix a flat' tech talk!

Thursday, March 9, 2017 Presentation:  On the Road for a Bicycle Friendly America and local bicycle advocacy

The above photo depicts “Advisory Bike Lanes” in Minneapolis.  This innovative solution allows bike lanes to be striped when there isn’t sufficient space for conventional bike lanes, simply by removing the center stripe and giving priority to bicyclists! When bicyclists are not in the bike lane, motorists can cross the dashed lines.  When bikes are in the space, car drivers must slow down and yield to one another to safely pass the bicyclists as shown here.

Steve Clark has spent much of his adult life working to improve conditions for bicyclists, first as the Bicycle Coordinator in Boulder, Colorado, then as program manager of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Project in the Twin Cities and most recently as the Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist for the League of American Bicyclists. Sponsored by Trek and local retailers like CyclovaXC, Steve traveled around the country helping more than 200 communities become bike-friendly.  Steve will show the most innovative facilities and programs that are making a difference.  From the Nice Ride bike sharing in Minneapolis to protected green bike lanes in Chicago, Steve has been instrumental in inspiring communities to rethink transportation and help them understand how bicycles are the perfect vehicle for improved public health, a better environment and a stronger economy.  After seeing all the amazing efforts happening around the country, you will be invited to participate in a discussion regarding local issues, and how cities and counties in our region can become designated as Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists.

Above: This bumper sticker in LA County was also placed on buses and billboards to create greater legitimacy for bikes sharing the roadways.

The pilot program in Minneapolis that Steve managed was the major funder for Nice Ride, one of the nation’s first successful bike share programs.

Threats to the Gandy Dancer and other local issues- a discussion led by former Polk County Board Supervisor, William Johnson

The photo on the left was taken last Spring in Burnett County after ATV use was claimed to have occurred only when the trail was frozen!  Many worry that with Polk County's recent decision to allow ATV use in the winter, the trail will be severely degraded for bicycling and maintenance costs will skyrocket.  

Tech: Frank Lundeen will lead people through how to fix a flat on any bike; whether on the road or at home! Then he'll take questions on other bike maintenance "need to know" basics.

Mammoth Gravel Classic T-Shirt

Hey Folks!
Remember that April 15th is the Mammoth Gravel Classic, the gravel century ride that launches the gravel season here in...well, basically the whole world. The ride is FREE as always, but this year we're offering a T-shirt to commemorate the awesomeness of the brave souls who endeavor to defy the elements and ride until they collapse.'s always nice to have a clean, dry shirt to pull on when you're getting a pizza after the effort.  Proceeds from the shirt will go to help cover the expenses of the ride.

I'll be putting in the shirt order around March 10th. I'll order a few extras, but the only way to guarantee you'll get one is to pre-order.  You can do so by clicking on this paypal button:


Or by sending a check for $20 payable to CyclovaXC to:

P.O. Box 187
112 N. Washington St.
St. Croix Falls WI 54024
(be sure to indicate shirt size on the memo line)

Or just stop by Cyclova and pay for a shirt there.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at Mammoth! This is a fun, chill event and a great way to spend the day! If you're planning on coming, please remember to fill out the confirmation form so we have your emergency contact information, etc! See you all soon!