Minnesota: the bike friendly state

Reminds me of a city I once drove through with a sign stating "racism free". What's with the whole happy biker, hearts and flowers schtick? If bikes were accepted we wouldn't have to make them look friendly or state that we are friendly to them... Besides that, what could be a stupider place to proclaim that you like bikes than on your car?

That was my initial reaction over on facebook.  I'll spare you the couple thousand other words that might spill out if I get started.


Ever wonder what the inside of your carbon frame looks like? trek madone carbon construction

There you go.

winter riding in mn

Today I got out for four hours.  It is written down somewhere that I have 10-12 hours of planned riding time Tuesday-Thursday of this week.  I'm not sure what the actual temperature was but I know the winds were in the 30-35 mph range.  For the first time in over 24 months I covered my face while riding.

There were some times when it was really, really slow or icy or cold.  Overall though I was comfortable, got an appropriate workout in and enjoyed myself.

I rode:

trek 720 with 38x17 gearing and Nokian 240s

I wore:

walmart brand long underwear top and bottom
nike dri-fit running top
pearl izumi wool jersey (I wear one of these every day from October to May)
almanzo (champion systems) windbreaker
pearl izumi fleece lined tights
nike running pants
1 pair smartwool ski socks
lake winter boots with aerogel insoles (I'd use the lake ones if this pair had come with any)
nike ACG mittens with heat warmers
nike balaclava (thin/cheap)
swix xc ski hat
Lazer sunglasses

There is a road race 11 days from now that I'll be participating in.  Really wish I were also going to be able to make it to CIRREM this weekend.


untitled recon ride and stridering

Got out for about 4 hours today to check out some bits of the Untitled route that I was unsure of current conditions on.  With a couple more warm days in the forecast between now and the weekend I'm thinking it will be 98% rideable without studs but that studs would be recommended for the MMRs and a couple of the steeper hills.  

 This is by far the worst road we will see and is in no way representative of really anything else.

After getting all the way back into town I broke my chain turning left after waiting at a light...  then realized I had a 10 speed quick link and not the needed 9 speed AND that my multi-tool was broken.  I had to push/strider/walk home, fun!  I'll have a fresh new chain come tonight.

I'll probably on this bike at least 1 of the two days with 39x17 gearing.


Fatbiking and skiing of all sorts in Duluth

I turned 30 last week and figured I may as well go north far enough to ski.  It's been hard to get out much with the conditions down here and one of us also has the Birkie looming over her head...  We considered Ironwood, Giant's Ridge etc. etc.,  but wound up settling on Duluth.  In the end, the variety of activities, good food etc. made it an easy choice.  There are just so many places in Duluth to explore and all within a short drive of the Super 8.

As soon as we left Friday am I realized my windshield wiper was broken!  Luckily we were able to get it fixed during lunch and a stop at Pierce.  It was nice to see Bart and look around in there as I haven't been back for years and used to find myself there multiple times a week.  Got in a quick xc ski at Hyland then headed north before the rush hour rush.  Then as soon as we got checked in it was time to head to Spirit Mountain.

My knee held up pretty well and I had a good time skiing.  They started closing down too soon!

Oh well, off to the hot tub and then Fitger's Brewhouse.

Sunday we rode in Hartley

Then rushed to the Aquarium.

Just after dark it was time for xc skiing at Lester under the lights.  I easily had the best time I've ever had on xc skis!  So much fun in the dark on those trails...  nice long climb that I could work up followed by a long wicked fast section back down and repeat.  Skate skiing is growing on me.  By that time I'd worked up quite an appetite for another Fitger's restuarant the burrito union,  I highly recommend the burrito union.

Managed a little earlier start Sunday and headed right up to Piedmont for some more fatbiking and xc skiing. The riding here was pretty gnarly as it was mostly on trails packed just by a couple of snowshoes or a single snowmobile.  It was a lot of fun and a good challenge!

The skiing was OK-  only a tiny loop is wide enough/groomed for skate skiing and there were too many leaves in the classical tracks for Kim's liking but it was still really fun.

then it started to look like this...

and then it snowed so hard that I didn't consider taking any pictures and we went to Grandma's and then went home.

Where I was greeted by three miles of this...

with no signs of bird abatement and by snow that was more like ice...

Hope you  had a good weekend.

Untitled 2013

These CRS files can be downloaded and then dragged/dropped into your garmin device...



The official unoffocial event is Sunday...

I'm planning on riding both days and will have GPS routes posted plus basic cue cards.  Everyone is welcome.

Overall itinerary-

8 am Saturday and Sunday leave from Quarry Hill's main parking lot and ride 60-80 miles with a full on lunch stop (routes will be adjusted if weather is ridiculous).  Here are the routes-



            View this Course on MapMyRide



            View this Course on MapMyRide

7pm Saturday we will head out for food and a few beer stops

Saturday's route will be south likely hitting bits of the old and new Almanzo course with a stop in Dover and Chatfield.

Sunday's will touch the Ragnarok and Dickie Scramble courses with a stop at the Huddle in Elgin.

I have room for a couple people to sleep in my basement if you are interested-  think I may have two already. Please don't be allergic to Dickie the Dog.  Email me:  rideonpurpose@gmail.com


At the end of SS road

No matter which way you turn there will be T and A

I'm riding the spiral, way back over on the endurance side again.  Been going on rides longer than most of my weeks since the Gravel Conspiracy.  Becoming a father and extending cyclocross meant I started 2013 almost 6 weeks later than 2012, but my goals and the plans to get there are clearer.