4/27/2016

Minnesota Training Rides For Gravel Enthusiasts-Part 4


A while ago I put up a post on the MN Gravel Enthusiasts Facebook Group requesting gravel training routes around the state that I could share with those that want to start their training early this year.  I received several recommendations and I've contacted some of my gravel riding friends for their routes to share also.  Below I will have maps and links to these rides sectioned by areas of the state.

Some of these routes have been submitted by users and not tested by me, so ride at your own risk. Bring everything with you that you will need to be self-supportive to get you back to your starting point.  Also, bring plenty of food and water as there may not be any places along the way to get these items.  Please do not litter.  If nature calls during your ride, do not answer it in front of the locals.   You may experience aggressive dogs on country roads so be prepared and know how to handle the situation.

Twin Cities Area

Welch East/North Loop Gravel Training Ride
Chris Chavie


Dirty Girl Skittles and M&M's Gravel Ride (Long Route)
Chris Chavie


Hampton/Farmington/Empire/Vermillion Loop
Chris Chavie


Miesville Grinder
Marsh Jones


Welch South/East/North Loops
Chris Chavie


Southern Minnesota

Shady Lane Trail/Area 57 Gravel 100k
Bruce Anderson


Camp Winona/Jasper/Cody Lake/Union Lake Trails
Bruce Anderson


Rose Cemetery/Scotia Trail/High Prairie Trail 50k
Bruce Anderson



All the Good Stuff Gravel Century
Bruce Anderson

Thanks to everyone who contributed their routes for these last four posts. You have opened a whole new world of local and regional gravel opportunities to those that want to try gravel, prepare for that upcoming ride or race and you provided some challenging routes for those training for the Almanzo races.

Penn Cycle & Fitness
http://penncycle.com/about/fat-bike-2016-pg1458.htm
Order your new 2017 
Trek Farley today!

4/21/2016

Trek's 2017 Farley Fatbike Lineup Unveiled

Trek introduced some of the new additions to its fatbike lineup last week at the Sea Otter Classic.  New bikes including full-suspension and a new super light carbon hardtail model in addition to new color choices on previous models will be showing up at your local Trek dealer late this Summer.  Trek is now taking pre-orders on the Farley EX full-suspension and hardtail models for early August delivery.

The Farley EX models have 120mm of "smooth front and rear suspension".  How is this new Trek offering different from the Salsa Bucksaw?  With the proven suspension technology of ABP, Full Floater and RE:aktiv, Farley EX "rolls faster with less bounce thanks to its bigger 27.5 fat wheels."

Farley EX 9.8
$5499.99
Image Credit: Trek

Trek's carbon full-suspension offering, the Farley EX 9.8 starts with an OCLV Mountain Carbon mainframe & seatstay, alloy chainstay, ABP, Full Floater, EVO Link and Mino Link.  The 120mm of travel comes from a Rock Shox Bluto RL fork and Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv 3-position damper tuned by Trek Suspension Lab.  Carbon Wampa TLR 80mm wheels fitted with Bontrager Hodag (TLR 120 tpi) 27.5x3.8" tires make up the wheelset.  The drivetrain consists of SRAM X1 11-speed shifter, SRAM XO1 carbon rear derailleur, SRAM XG-1150 10-42 11-speed cassette and Race Face Next 30T Direct Mount narrow/wide cranks.  For the cockpit, Bontrager Line Pro OCLV carbon bars, Bontrager Line Pro stem, SRAM GD hydraulic disc brakes and Bontrager's new Drop Line 100 dropper post finish out this model.  Comes in color Matte Trek Black.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery early August 2016.

Farley EX 8
$3499.99
Image Credit: Trek

Trek's aluminum full-suspension offering, the Farley EX 8 starts with an Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame with ABP, Full Floater, EVO Link and Mino Link.  The 120mm of travel comes from a Rock Shox Bluto RL fork and Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv 3-position damper tuned by Trek Suspension Lab.  SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims laced with Bontrager Jackalope hubs and fitted with Bontrager Hodag (TLR 120 tpi) 27.5x3.8" tires make up the wheelset.  The drivetrain consists of SRAM GX 11-speed shifter, Race Face Aeffect 28T Direct Mount narrow/wide cranks, SRAM GX rear derailleur and SRAM XG-1150 10-42 11-speed cassette.  SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes and a KS eThirty remote lever dropper post finish out this model.  Comes in color California Skye Blue.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery early August 2016.

Farley 9.9
$7499.99
Image Credit: Trek

New for 2017 is Trek's lightest all-carbon race version fatbike to date, the Farley 9.9.  This North America-only build weighs in at a mere 22 pounds.  The build starts with Trek's OCLV Mountain Carbon frame and a Bontrager Haru Pro OCLV fork with carbon lowers and carbon E2 tapered steerer.  HED Big Half Deal 85mm (27.5") carbon wheels with HED Brickhouse carbon hubs are combined with the new Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.5" tires.  A SRAM Eagle XX1 12-speed drivetrain (10-50 cassette) and a full carbon cockpit including SRAM Guide Ultimate carbon hydraulic disc brakes round off this lightweight race machine.  Comes in color Matte Carbon Smoke.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery early August 2016.

Farley 9.8
$4599.99
Image Credit: Trek

The 2017 Trek Farley 9.8 has some minor changes over the 2016 model including a color change to Matte Silver, Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.5" tires, Bontrager Montrose Elite (hollow Titanium rails) saddle, Bontrager Pro OCLV Carbon seatpost and Bontrager Pro stem.  Features that carry over from last year's model are the carbon Wampa TLR 80mm wheels, 100mm suspension corrected carbon frame and fork, SRAM/Race Face drivetrain and SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc brakes.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery early August 2016.

Farley 9.6
$2799.99
Image Credit: Trek

The 2017 Trek Farley 9.6 has a few changes over the 2016 model which include a color change to Roarange, SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 26x4.50" tires, ESI Chunky grips and SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes.  The drivetrain remains the same with SRAM GX 11-speed shifter, Race Face Aeffect 28T Direct Mount narrow/wide cranks, SRAM GX rear derailleur and SRAM XG-1150 10-42 11-speed cassette.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery early August 2016.

Farley 7
$2399.99
Image Credit: Trek

The Farley 7 has an Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame, is 100mm suspension corrected with 197mm rear spacing Stranglehold rear axle dropout.  An upgrade from the Farley 5 is a Bontrager Haru OCLV carbon lowers fork.  Like the Farley 5, it has SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 26x4.70" tires but has SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes.  The drivetrain consists of  SRAM GX 11-Speed shifters, Race Face Aeffect 28T Direct Mount narrow/wide cranks, SRAM GX rear derailleur and SRAM XG-1150 10-42 11-speed cassette.  Comes in color Matte Dnister Black.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery early August 2016.

Farley 5
$1729.99
Image Credit: Trek

Trek's entry level fatbike has an Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame, is 100mm suspension corrected with 197mm rear spacing Stranglehold rear axle dropout.  The drivetrain consists of Shimano Deore 10-Speed shifters, a Race Face Ride crank (36/22), SRAM X5 low direct mount front derailleur, Shimano Deore Shadow Plus rear derailleur and a Shimano HG50 11-36 10-speed cassette.  Other features include SRAM Level hydraulic disc brakes, SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 26x4.70"tires.  Comes in color California Skye Blue.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery early August 2016.

Central Lakes Trail
http://www.centrallakestrail.com/
Get out and enjoy 
the beautiful gem known as 
the Central Lakes Trail!

4/14/2016

Open Streets MPLS Returns With Eight Events For 2016


Open Streets MPLS returns for it sixth year with eight events that cover all quadrants of the city including downtown.  What started as one event in 2011 has grown into something big that gives cyclists, pedestrians, skaters and skateboarders a new way to see the city without automobile traffic.  These events are a great way to explore these neighborhoods, their local businesses and meet new people in a fun, family-friendly way.  And best of all, they are all free.  So grab your bike, walking shoes, skateboard or skates and enjoy these neighborhood streets that are free from traffic for one day.


Thanks to the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) and the City of Minneapolis for making these events possible.  These events have brought out thousands of people to see these neighborhoods in a way that is not possible during the rest of the year.


Local community members plan out these events and around 100 volunteers are needed for each one.  If you would like to volunteer for any of the Open Streets MPLS events, visit the Open Streets Volunteer page and fill out the sign up form.


Open Streets MPLS Dates

Sunday, June 5th
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
22nd St. W. to 42nd St. W. 


Sunday, July 10th
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Washington Ave. N. from 8th Ave. N to 1st Ave. N.
& 1st Ave. N. from Washington Ave. N. to 8th St. S.


Sunday, July 24th
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Elliot Ave. to 42nd Ave. S.

Northeast
Sunday, August 7th
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
13th from 2nd to 5th/5th from 13th to 22nd/
22nd from 5th to Central/Central from Lowry to 18 1/2th 
Facebook Event Page


Sunday, August 21st
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Portland Ave. to 28th Ave. S.
Facebook Event Page 


Saturday, September 10th
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lyndayle to Penn Ave. N.


Sunday, September 18th
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lake St. W. to 46th St. W.
Facebook Event Page


Saturday, October 1st
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cedar Riverside/West Bank/Dinkytown
Facebook Event Page

 For updates on Open Streets MPLS visit them on Facebook, Twitter or their website.

4/06/2016

Resources for Planning a Minnesota Summer Biking Vacation


Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning your Summer biking vacation(s).  With so many biking destinations around our great state you may want to get more information to help you decide where to go and where to stay.  There are so many resources available at your fingertips that planning your trip has become easier than ever.  Cities and regions around Minnesota are competing for your travel dollars this summer and they have made it easy to find more information about their destinations to attract you.


Minnesota has a lot to offer cyclists whether your discipline is road cycling, mountain biking, gravel, trail or bikepacking.  A great place to start is the Explore Minnesota website.  There is a lot of information here to help you plan the kind of rides you would like to take.  It contains an array of brochures that you can download, view online or have mailed to you.  Quite a few free regional brochures are listed for all areas of the state that can also be selected for mailing.  Go to the Explore Minnesota Travel Guides page to access these brochures.  There are also planning tools beyond just the website, Explore Minnesota Tourism staffs a travel information center with travel counselors that will help you with customized information (by phone, mail or e-mail) for planning your trip.

The 2015-16 Pedal MN Minnesota Biking Guide is another great place to start.  This free publication is available to view online, download or have mailed to you.  It is full of information on paved trails, on-road touring and mountain biking around the state.  It also contains links to trail maps, events and biking destination areas.  Another useful source of Minnesota cycling information is the Pedal Minnesota website that is filled with upcoming events, places to ride, trail information and trip planning resources.


If you have a destination in mind for your trip, try heading to the tourism or visitor's bureau website for that area or city.  Sites like Visit Duluth, Iron Range Tourism, Cuyuna Lake Chamber of Commerce and Root River Trail Towns are full of information that will help you find lodging, dining, attractions, events and area trails.  You may also visit my MN Tourism Resources page for a huge listing of online resources throughout the state.


The Minnesota DNR website contains all sorts of information on biking including State Trails, State Parks & Recreation Areas, State Forests, camping/lodging and other biking opportunities.  If you're looking to get off the beaten path, do some bikepacking or ride somewhere with great scenery, the DNR website is a great choice to get you started.


Summer is right around the corner, so use the wealth of information available on the Internet to make planning your next biking trip a breeze.  For easy to find trail maps and trail information for the Twin Cities Area, Southern MN, Central MN and Northern MN, don't forget about MN Bike Trail Navigator.  I have already done the research to find the links so you don't have to.

4/01/2016

Minnesota Training Rides For Gravel Enthusiasts-Part 3



I recently put up a post on the MN Gravel Enthusiasts Facebook Group requesting gravel training routes around the state that I could share with those that want to start their training early this year.  I received several recommendations and I've contacted some of my gravel riding friends for their routes to share also.  I'm sure more will continue to come in.  Below I will have maps and links to these rides sectioned by areas of the state.

Some of these routes have been submitted by users and not tested by me, so ride at your own risk. Bring everything with you that you will need to be self-supportive to get you back to your starting point.  Also, bring plenty of food and water as there may not be any places along the way to get these items.  Please do not litter.  If nature calls during your ride, do not answer it in front of the locals.   You may experience aggressive dogs on country roads so be prepared and know how to handle the situation.

I will add more gravel rides to share in future posts as they become available.

Twin Cities Area

Pine Point1 Gravel
Toby Markowitz



Hampton/Welch Gravel Loop


Empire Fields/Cliff Road Round Trip
Chris Chavie


Northfield NNW


CVVC gravel, cast of thousands
Bruce Anderson



Farmer-Trail and Points West
Bruce Anderson



Chub-Lake-Counterclockwise
Bruce Anderson


The Fort Ride

3/23/2016

Minnesota Training Rides For Gravel Enthusiasts-Part 2


I recently put up a post on the MN Gravel Enthusiasts Facebook Group requesting gravel training routes around the state that I could share with those that want to start their training early this year.  I received several recommendations and I've contacted some of my gravel riding friends for their routes to share also.  I'm sure more will continue to come in.  Below I will have maps and links to these rides sectioned by areas of the state.

Some of these routes have been submitted by users and not tested by me, so ride at your own risk. Bring everything with you that you will need to be self-supportive to get you back to your starting point.  Also, bring plenty of food and water as there may not be any places along the way to get these items.  Please do not litter.  If nature calls during your ride, do not answer it in front of the locals.   You may experience aggressive dogs on country roads so be prepared and know how to handle the situation.

I will add more gravel rides to share in future posts as they become available.

Twin Cities Area

Farmington/Eureka/Waterford Gravel Training Ride
Chris Chavie



Miesville Redux
Marsh Jones


HVW western 40
Melissa Hunter



Hampton/Randolph/Farmington Gravel Road Loop
Chris Chavie



Welch North Loop-Counter Clockwise
Chris Chavie


Southern Minnesota

Cannon-dbl-loop


Tour of Fillmore 2014 Route
Drew Wilson


The Filthy 50
Trenton Raygor

3/19/2016

Filthy 50 Registration Opens March 20th


The Filthy 50 returns in 2016 for its fourth year and has become a tradition for many gravel enthusiasts.  Cyclists come from all over Minnesota and neighboring states to the small town of Stewartville to race on the rolling gravel roads of Olmstead and Filmore Counties.  The scenery along the route is amazing and at the end of the race you will know why it was named The Filthy 50.

The Filthy 50 has introduced many to the joys of riding gravel and for some, it was their first gravel race.  This will be my fourth Filthy 50, of which I have done it on a different bike each year and so the tradition will continue in 2016.  October gravel is amazing with the Fall colors, scenery and weather this area offers to those that take the challenge.  I highly recommend that you register and experience this race that is very special to me and many others that continue to do it year after year.  Below are the details and rules direct from race organizer Trenton Raygor.



The Details
  • The Filthy 50 will take place on Sunday, October 9th, 2016.
  • The event will start and end on the north end of Stewartville, MN. The start will take place at 10am and the riders will have until 4pm to officially finish. 
  • Registration will open on Sunday, March 20th and can be completed quickly online. Visit http://the-filthy-50.com/registration and complete the form before the 800 rider cap is reached. We trust that you will register and make it a priority to show up and ride on October 9th. If you're not sure that you can make it, we kindly request that you hold off on registering until you are certain.
  • Thanks to our sponsors, registration for The Filthy 50 continues to be a FREE and first come will be first served.
  • This event is completely unsupported. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU. Individuals should bring EVERYTHING that they need for the ride and expect absolutely NOTHING to be provided to them on the day of the event. 
  • GPX and TCX files, as well as cue sheets, will be made available for download to all riders who end up on our official roster. Navigating the course is critical, so we will do our best to prepare you for that. 
  • Elevation profiles of the course will be provided through Filthy 50 social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) prior to Sunday, October 9th. 
  • Days before the ride, those on the official roster will be sent event day logistics as well as some other crucial information about what to expect.


The Rules
It is of utmost importance to us that everyone stays safe and enjoys The Filthy 50. These are the rules. We think they are reasonable.
  1.  You are 100% on your own. Take care of yourself. 
  2.  We would appreciate it if you would REGISTER with us. 
  3.  This ride is unsupported. Bring EVERYTHING with you that you will need. 
  4.  Always wear your helmet. 
  5.  Respect the course and keep it clean. Please do not litter. 
  6.  Obey all TRAFFIC LAWS
  7.  If nature calls during your ride, please do not please do not answer it in front of others. 
  8.  Ride safely and use good judgment. 
  9.  You are responsible for you, so be responsible.
  10.  Have fun!


"Race it and set a record. Ride it and take in the beauty. Either way, get filthy." - Unknown

Sponsors
The Filthy 50 is a free race made possible by generous support from the follow sponsors.

http://adamturman.com/
ADAM TURMAN - A professional illustrator & poster artist from the Twin Cities.

http://banjobrothers.com/
BANJO BROTHERS - Tough. Practical. Affordable. Bike Bags.

https://www.belchgear.com/
BELCH - Softcore Cycling Clothing & Apparel

http://www.bicyclesportsinc.com/
 BICYCLE SPORTS - A full service bike shop in Rochester, MN.

BUCKNELL CONSTRUCTION, INC. - Meeting your construction needs, located in Stewartville, MN.

http://www.fareway.com/store-viewer.aspx?id=d6fc4212-10b2-4145-bbb8-123a3d5d7c6a
FAREWAY - An economical food store located in Stewartville, MN.

https://www.hedcycling.com/
 HED - The best wheels on the planet. Seriously.

http://www.thehubbikecoop.org/
THE HUB BICYCLE CO-OP - Worker Owned and Operated

https://kurtkinetic.com/
KURT KINETIC - Making the BEST indoor trainers from Minneapolis, MN.

http://penncycle.com/
 PENN CYCLE - Your Twin Cities bike shop.

http://www.microstatlabs.com/
MICROSTAT LABORATORIES - ESD Specialists

http://ridinggravel.com/
RIDING GRAVEL.COM - The gravel enthusiast’s resource

http://cycling-fitness.com/
 ROCHESTER CYCLING - A Rochester, MN bike shop for all of your bike needs.

http://sunshinesanitation.us/
SUNSHINE SANITATION - Sanitation professionals from Stewartville, MN.

http://surlybrewing.com
 SURLY BREWING - Give a damn. Do good. Drink beer.

http://www.2wheelweather.com/
2 WHEEL WEATHER - Where cycling and weather come together.

Despite this being a free event, it wouldn’t be able to happen as intend without the support of these amazing sponsors and incredible volunteers.  If you are interested in sponsoring this year, please send an email to thefilthy50@gmail.com.  You can also show your support by donating to The Filthy 50 here.  For those not racing that would like to volunteer you can do so by sending an email to the above address.


News Release From Trenton

The Filthy 50 will be returning to Stewartville, Minnesota for our fourth year and we couldn't be happier. For those of you who have committed to ride with us for the past three years, soon there will be a special tribute to you. You and everyone who has committed to ride with us year after year since 2013 has made The Filthy 50 what it is. You have made this ride yours and we are honored to be a part of what you have helped create. For our sponsors and those who have participated in our infamous "meat raffle" or donated anonymously, thank you for helping us make The Filthy 50 extra special for everyone. Lastly, to my family and friends who have volunteered their time and skill sets to helping us pull this thing off, we couldn't do it without you, nor would we want to, so thanks for coming back and making us do it again for one more year.

This year, there will be some added action. Alternative family friendly routes [12 and 24 mile routes] will be available upon request. We would love to see more young people out there. Just email us at thefilthy50@gmail.com after signing up if you are interested. Minneapolis based musician, Ben Weaver, will be performing live musical selections during the post ride party. In addition, Minnesota's Surly Brewing Company has joined the ranks of our sponsors and is looking forward to providing post ride libations to you all. There will also be a few mid ride surprises, so make sure to look around and don't blink.

After you register, as always, we highly encourage you to go ride your bike. The only ride you will regret is the one that you don't go on. Trust us.

Kind Regards, Trenton
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