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MORC’s 20th Anniversary Gala: why it’s a big deal to me & why you should be there on Nov. 9

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:52pm

I have a little story to tell but if you want to get all the info about the MORC 20th Anniversary Gala coming up on Nov. 9, CLICK HERE. More on the Gala’s Facebook event page here.

I took up the sport of mountain biking in serious way in June of 2011 after attending the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival Grand Opening. In the photo above, I’ve added an arrow pointing to the MORC and IMBA tents in the back of the parking lot at Cuyuna that weekend. I’d never heard of either organization but I became a member a few days later shortly after purchasing a a 2011 Trek Gary Fisher X- Caliber 29’er from Penn Cycle in Bloomington, courtesy of Ben Witt at Milltown Cycles in Faribault.  (If that makes no sense to you and you’re curious, click here.)

I’ve been hooked on mountain biking ever since, as evidenced by the 250+ posts to this Mountain Bike Geezer blog.  And in those 3 years, I’ve done 90% of my year-round mountain biking on MORC trails in the Twin Cities metro area.  I feel a kinship to the organization like no other because of what it’s given me: the enjoyment of a sport I love and the opportunity to meet and spend time with so many great people.  Being a MORC board member this year has been an honor, especially since it’s MORC 20th anniversary season, topped off with this big fundraiser Gala,

 

I’m also pleased that Penn Cycle, where I bought the bike that I still ride nearly every day, has stepped up to be the Title Sponsor for the Gala. That’s founder/owner Pat Sorenson handing a check to MORC Executive Director Matt Andrews in the left photo.

I briefly met Pat back in 2012, not long after he signed on to be one of the two Founding Retailers for the newly formed Minnesota High School Cycling League (press release here).  That’s QBP’S Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist, founder of the League, on his right.

The Gala will have amazing food, speakers, music, and auction items of course (details here), in a setting that’s stunning.

If you’ve not been to the Varsity Theater lately, you’re in for a treat, especially when you go to the bathroom, which won Best Bathroom in America honors last year.

Get your tickets before Nov. 1 and you’ll save some money. I’ll see you there.

 

 

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Vote: Top Ten Difficult MTB technical obstacles in Twin Cities Metro area

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:45pm

Yup, voting is now live. Deets here, including photos and videos of all the candidates.

Stage 1 voting ends midnight on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

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One weekend, four MORC trails ridden

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:29am

It was an all- MORC weekend. I rode Murphy-Hanrehan & Lebanon Hills by myself on Saturday. And then I rode Theodore Wirth and Elm Creek on Sunday with Chris Heineman and Mike Loerzel.

 

Can you tell that a certain someone was out of town?

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Woolly Bike Club’s new Erratic Rock Trail

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:36pm

I attended the Woolly Bike Club‘s 2nd Annual Woolly Day in Saint Croix Falls, WI last Sunday.

I’d never ridden their trails and they were using the occasion to open their brand new flow trail, Erratic Rock.  They timed it right: blue skies, warm temps at the peak of fall colors.

  

WBC club vice president Mark Fisk (@markbfisk) greeted the 2 dozen+ riders and sent us out en masse to ride the nearly 3-mile trail.  (I’d forgotten that I’d met Mark back in June of 2013 at the IMBA Upper Midwest Regional Summit in Cable. Duh.) Among the group were my fellow MORC members Issac Niebeling and Michael Guinee.

  

The new Erratic Rock Trail is an intermediate-level flow trail though a spectacular hardwood forest. As you can see from the map above, it’s connected to another intermediate mtb trail, Big Oak. Advanced-level riders can be challenged by trying to go faster through all the sweeping curves on the long twisting route down.  It’s a hoot.

The club hosted a picnic at the end of the day, complete with brats, a bonfire, beverages and cake.

Nice touch!

Michael Guinee took some video while following me. Here’s a one-minute clip of some of the trail up top and on the way down.

I’m hoping to bring some of my fellow CROCT members up to see this new trail. We have our own glacial erratic rock adjacent to a county park near Northfield where we hope to soon get approval to build a mtb trail. The terrain and hardwood forest setting is very similar.

 

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Videos: failing at difficult rock climbs

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:54pm

I’m trying to get better at climbing, especially rock-strewn uphills and stairs.  Two videos of my recent failed attempts:

The rock stairs at Carleton College in Northfield:

Riding up a downhill rock garden at Hillside Park in Elk River:

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Video: cleaning the log skinny both ways at Leb

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 1:52pm

I finally cleaned this log skinny both ways at Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail yesterday. It turns out that the instructional series on ‘holding a line’ I’m doing for Thick Skull Mountain Bike Skills is actually benefiting the instructor. Whodathunkit?

55-second video:

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  2. Exclusive how-to-ride related content every week that I don't post on my blog.

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