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Mountain Bike Geezer
Singletrack, gravity, bicycling issues & more
Updated: 59 min 24 sec ago
I got an email last Friday from Dorian Grilley, Executive Director of Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN), and at the bottom of the email he attached a photo of him standing with his new mountain bike. He said that his experience on the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail System at PedalMN Bicycle Summit this fall won him over. (See my blog post about the Summit: Minnesota is a state that works for mountain bikers).
And then on Saturday at the Winter Bike Expo, I ran into Nick Mason, BikeMN’s Education & Technical Assistance Program Manager, who promptly showed me a photo of himself on his new fat bike, likewise courtesy of his experience at Cuyuna at the same Summit.
I think there’s a lesson here: if you want to convert someone to mountain biking, consider the power of Cuyuna. It worked its magic on me, too.
Freewheel Bike held their Winter Bike Expo 2013 at their Midtown Bike Center this weekend and I was around both mornings, primarily wearing my MORC/IMBA member hat (unlike last year), as I did my first ever booth duty stint.
On Saturday I got some lessons from MORC Executive Director Matt Andrews and watched fellow MORC members Jeff Leech and Larry Marx use their charms to sign up new members. Matt had his dog Earl (‘the Girl’) with him and she seemed quite effective at attractive female mountain bikers to the table. I’m going to remember that strategy.
This morning I was on official duty as was Steve Tigner at the adjacent Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails table. Unfortunately, my love for Cuyuna prevented me from handing Steve his ass in the how-many-new-members-did-you-sign-up competition but I guess that’s not all bad. Cuyuna Crew members Katie Johnson and Rori Stumvoll took over from Steve around noon. I later asked Cuyuna president Aaron Hautala for his assessment of the Crew’s booth performance and he said they were more than marginally adequate.
Some new faces among the familiar:
Right photo: Rich Travis, Uncle Dick’s Bike Shop, and son Oliver.
Left photo: Michael Knoll and John Seery, Michael’s Cycles
Center: Aaron Hautala (CLMTBC) with Don MacNaughton, MORC member
See the large slideshow of my two dozen photos or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
I started practicing doing a wheelie drop this summer when I thought it would be the best way to manage a fall off a high skinny. (It might be, but in the meantime, I’m relying on dismounting.)
My other motivation: to be able to ride off tall obstacles that were too steep/high to roll off. I’d like to be able to wheelie drop off the big round bridge rock at Lebanon Hills, for example.
In the Drop Like a Feather chapter of Lee McCormack’s book Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, he has a one-pager titled Slow drop to flat, which is the same thing as a wheelie drop. He writes:
This move is both old-school trials and new-school North Shore. It requires you to lift your front wheel and keep it there, and then absorb a blunt landing. Practice on a low curb from a standstill.
As you get the hang of controlling your bike’s altitude, step it up a little at a time. You want to avoid the thing where your front wheel falls to the ground and your rear wheel or chain ring tags the edge of the drop, sending you over the bars for certain. Use this approach anytime you don’t have enough speed to quickly clear the takeoff. The slower you go, the more you have to pop your front tire up and accelerate to keep it up. If you can pedal wheelie consistently, you are ready to try small low-speed drops.
Lee’s right: it’s surprisingly hard to do a well-balanced pedal wheelie from a dead stop or going very slow. Also, accelerating all the way off an edge is counter to one’s instincts to stop pedaling as soon as the front wheel is in the air and over the edge.
As you’ll see in my video below, if I have time to get set up for a wheelie drop, I can usually do it. But I can’t yet do it reliably from a dead stop when I’m struggling to keep my balance on a skinny or round rock. So I’m not quite ready for Leb’s bridge rock.
But landing rear wheel first means you can absorb most of the impact with your legs, making for a softer impact. So it’s a pleasurable sensation when done right. Someday when I get a little older, I hope to be able to pause mid-wheelie, jump further off the edge and then land very softly like the trials guy in this 24-second video.
Here’s my 50-second wheelie drop video, with a slomo segment at the end:
I’m grateful to be able to ride a mountain bike aggressively at my geezerly age. I’m lucky, but I’ve also learned a couple things that seem to help.
First up: Why I no longer struggle with low back pain.
I had my first episode of low back pain in 1988 when I was 39 years old. I was working late at night at a computer-related job in Eden Prairie, MN when suddenly, I couldn’t stand up straight. I literally had to crawl to my car to drive home to Northfield.
I started standing at a desk after that, as I learned that sitting all day at a desk and in a car to and from work was hard on one’s back. But I’d still have episodes where I’d pinch a nerve in my low back (sometimes doing nothing strenuous, other times, doing stupid stuff) and then hobble around for a week or two. I would always get immediate relief from a variety of chiropractors, and then I’d try umpteen different back/stomach exercises to prevent it from happening again but nothing ever worked longer than 3 or 4 months. But in 2007 after another pinched nerve episode, I found this book at the Northfield Public Library:
Back RX : a fifteen-minute-a-day Yoga-and Pilates-based program to end low back pain forever, by Vijay Vad. (See Dr. Vijay Vad’s web site for more about his books and DVDs, research, etc.)
Dr. Vad prescribes a combination of muscle strengthening, stretching and endurance with one main difference that I’d not heard of ever before—an emphasis on the hips:
… The other was to conduct a research study into why low back pain is so prevalent among professional tennis players. The study I conducted found that the players most susceptible to low back pain had the least range of motion in the hips. In 2001 the PGA asked me to do a parallel study of professional golfers. This study produced the same results, showing a significant link between a restricted range of motion in the hips and the incidence of low back pain.
This finding is important for the rest of us, whether we are fitter than average or committed couch potatoes, because of the sedentary nature of modern life and work. Sitting in chairs, which most of us do for long hours every day at work, school, and home, leads inexorably to a restricted range of motion in the hips. The Back Rx program accordingly features exercises specifically designed to counteract this tendency and increase the range of motion in the hips.
I started with his set of Series A exercises in Feb. 2007, 20 minutes, every other day. It took me 2 months to do those completely pain free. I was feeling so much better that I went back to both racquetball and motorcycle trials competition that summer. No problemo.
By fall, I was pain-free doing his set of Series B exercises so I started with the most difficult set of Series C exercises. I was pain-free doing those by December and was feeling so cocky that I decided to return to snowboarding after a 5-year layoff. Yeehaw! I wiped out dozens of times every time I went with no problems. (I tore my rotator cuff but that’s another story.) I’m still doing Series C exercises twice a week, and expect that I’ll keep doing them for the next 50-60 years so I can still keep doing the sports I love.
But since I started mountain biking in 2011, I’ve added another exercise routine specific to the sport. More on that soon in Part II.
I got this email today from Gary Sjoquist, QBP Advocacy Director, asking for help to get the word out. I’ve added a few links and photos to it.
As Fat Bikes continue to grow, we’ll see this question of “where else can we ride” become more an issue. This is why Scott Fitzgerald from Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in ID and I launched the Fat Bike Summit series (West Yellowstone in 2012, Island Park in 2013).
At the national level, we want fat bike access to National Parks like Yellowstone and Teton. Currently, under Winter Use policies, fat bikes are banned from National Parks (even though some small National Parks use them for maintenance needs). Part of getting this ban reversed is to inform and educate land managers about what fat bikes are (and are not).
But elsewhere across the U.S., the topic of trail sharing between Nordic and fat bikes, or even snowmobile and fat bikes, will need to be addressed. With major manufacturers now producing fat bikes, and tire production suddenly increased, the numbers are increasing dramatically.
In terms of trail sharing for fat bikes, there are some early success stories, however.
In Methow Valley, WA, the nation’s largest Nordic area has allowed limited fat bike access to groomed trails and reports no issues – even skeptics have reversed themselves after seeing how fat bike tires don’t damage groomed trails.
Michigan Tech University is another area that has experimented with opening Nordic trails to fat bike use, again with zero issues in terms of trail damage. In Victor, ID, in Snowmobile District 33, local fat bike riders negotiated access to groomed snowmobile trails via a sticker program.
So, will fat bikes and Nordic coexist automatically? No, and they probably shouldn’t. It’s going to be a case-by-case deal, where Nordic areas with declining numbers might see fat bikes as a workable alternative. And to be fair, the examples listed out west are vastly different than here in the Midwest, where sight lines are shorter and a lot of our riding will be in heavy woods or grassy rolling meadows.
But fat bikes are not a fad, folks – if you look closely at demographics, riding opportunities in low snow conditions (existing mountain bike trails) and the dearth of winter biking opportunities prior to fat bikes, it’s a sport primed for continued growth. Retailers love it, too, as it allows them to remain a bike shop during the winter months instead of trying to make it selling skiing stuff or fitness equipment.
At the Midwest Fat Bike Summit in Cable, WI, on Friday, January 10th, we’ll examine trail sharing for fat bikes and other winter trail users. We’ll also present fat bike trail grooming techniques, both hand-powered and mechanized, for dual and singletrack trail use by fat bikes. We’ll have more details about this event soon – be sure to check the MORC site.
Another pivotal event for fat bikes will be the Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival in Ogden, UT on January 24/25. Co-hosted by QBP and the City of Ogden, this event will have a Land Manager Summit on Friday, Jan. 24th that will examine and quantify fat bike use, discuss grooming techniques, economic impacts, and offer land managers a demo fat bike ride. Friday evening, the Festival portion of the event kicks in with a Registration Party. Saturday will offer product demos, gear clinics, tech clinics, and several races.
In the Pump Terrain for Free Speed chapter of Lee McCormack’s book Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, he has a one-pager titled Pump-manualing across two bumps.
This is one of the coolest-looking, sweetest-feeling moves in mountain biking.
Unlike flat-ground manualing, which is all about leaning back, pump-manualing is all about pushing the rear wheel down.
I first discovered I could do this maneuver late last year after I’d learned to pump at the Eagan Bike Park. Only I couldn’t do it on that beginner pump track there.
Instead, I learned it on the rollers in the open field of Leb’s Upper Beginner Loop. I think it’s easier to learn there because A) there are 21 small rollers of varying sizes, spaced apart just right; and B) it’s slightly downhill so you don’t have to pedal but can just concentrate on the technique.
By this summer, I was able to consistently pump-manual across the final two rollers there, with an occasional successful stab at some of the others. As you’ll see in the video below, this fall I was able to do 4 or 5 doubles in a single run down the 21. My next goal is to do a triple. In the meantime, though, it’s a skill that is so fun to put to use on XC/singletrack trails that have some small, smooth rollers spaced closely together. Two that come to mind in the Twin Cities metro area: Elm Creek Park and the new Glenwood loop at Theodore Wirth.
How to learn? Lee McCormack’s tip #3 seems most important to me: "Push down with your legs and pull back with your arms." I’m not a coach but it also seems to me that if you learn to pump at a pump track in which you can generate some speed with your hips and legs, not just your arms and shoulders, then you’ll be more ready to tackle pump-manualing across two bumps.
There’s more for me to learn: I’m not doing tip #6: "Push down the backside. A sweet manual is only decoration unless you get a great pump on the way out. Push hard and prepare to manual the next pair."
Here’s a 45-second video, first with a short clip of me riding Leb’s rollers this summer and then another clip from this fall, each with a slow-motion version. A very sweet feeling indeed.
The MORC Board announced its annual awards last month and four young guys (three in the right photo) were recognized for their volunteer work: Chance Glasford for the President’s Award; Adam Buck for Volunteer of the Year; and Colin VanDerHyde and Mike Mullany for Trail Workers of the Year.
As a geezer, I’m glad to see this.
Here’s the MORC announcement for each, with some of my photos of them tossed in.
PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Chance Glasford
Each year the MORC President selects an individual who has shown exemplary leadership and dedication to a MORC project.
In September 2012, Chance Glasford started talking about building a bike park in Cottage Grove. A year later, he has a bike park coming to fruition in Cottage Grove. This massive undertaking has been spearheaded by Chance, who has worked tirelessly on this project from the very beginning. In September 2012, he started talking to Zac Dockter, City of Cottage Grove Parks and Recreational Director. Chance also joined MORC, and also joined the MORC Board of Directors. He presented the idea and design of the Bike Park to the City Council, where it gained initial approval. He gained approval from the City of Cottage Grove citizens and he gained approval from the MORC Board to move forward. He promised to build the bike park completely on donations and by fundraising and has accomplished this so far.
Chance has donated about 1,000 hours to the creation and building of the Cottage Grove Bike Park. He has attended multiple meetings with city officials, MORC board meetings, bike park planning and design meetings, phone calls, conference calls. He’s spent hours securing a sponsor, Rumpca Excavating, Inc. who donated use of materials, donated dirt and donated equipment for the bike park. He gained the support of the local Lion’s Club chapter, who helped plan and create the Party in the Park – a fundraising event so successful that it raised nearly $5,000 on a rainy day.
When IMBA Advanced Trail School came to town, Chance took a week of vacation from work so he could spend as much time as possible with the Trail Care Crew, building and learning from the best in the business. Please take a moment to watch this video, outlining the Cottage Grove Bike Park project.
Of course, this hasn’t been a single handed operation. Chance has rallied volunteers to help build the bike park. He estimates that the total volunteer hours for the bike park build, including everyone that helped this summer (not including city employee labor and IMBA Trail Care Crew) is between 2500-3000 hours. That’s a massive undertaking.
This article really outlines Chance’s accomplishments:The Man Behind the Cottage Grove Bike Park.
It is with great pride and appreciation that Chance Glasford is the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award. Thank you Chance!
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Adam Buck
Recipients of this award are volunteers who have spent many hours working on dedicated MORC projects. Volunteers of the year typically donate over 100 hours of their time to MORC.
Adam Buck – In 2013, Buck has worked tirelessly at the Cottage Grove Bike Park. He has donated around 225 hours of his time and expertise to the building of this park. He has spent 17 full days there, sometimes from morning to night. Without Buck’s dedication to the CG bike park we would not have finished the 4x course and it would not look as awesome as it does. He also put in multiple complete days out there running machines!
TRAIL WORKERS OF THE YEAR: Colin VanDerHyde and Mike Mullany
Recipients of this award are volunteers who have spent significant time doing trail work, contributing to trail design and trail projects, working at more than one trail regularly and taking a leadership role at trail work. This year MORC would like to recognize two individuals for this award.
Colin VanDerHyde moved to the twin cities this spring from Oregon and has jumped in, full-on, with valuable experience with building advanced features from his experience building trail on the west coast. Colin has regularly contributed to trail work at Lebanon Hills trail and has also donated at least 1 day a week working at the Cottage Grove bike park. He has attended all the major build days at the bike park, and has expressed interest in getting even more involved at Leb. His willingness to dive into the scene and get his hands dirty has been inspiring to others.
Mike Mullany – Mike has also worked tirelessly at the Cottage Grove Bike Park. He has donated at least 175 hours of his time and made major contributions to the design of the park. He has also put in multiple complete days running machines.
LAND MANAGER OF THE YEAR: City of Cottage Grove
SPONSOR OF THE YEAR: Rumpca Excavating, Inc., Cottage Grove
Northfield area bicycling advocates got together last week at the Weitz Center for Soup and Cycles, billed as
"an information gathering and brainstorm for representatives of Northfield area bike clubs and bike-interested groups, community leaders and educators"
The text of Suzie Nakasian’s email invitation is below, along with her follow-up summary.
Play the large slideshow of my 62 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
There’s been an exciting acceleration of bike-related activity in and around Northfield over the last few years— clubs, groups, rides, new businesses, and a full calendar of bike races, as well as the City’s Complete Streets Policy, Safe Routes to School Plan and regional collaboration on the Mill Towns Trail and other projects— all signaling Northfield’s potential to become a leading bike town and regional biking destination.
With so much happening on so many fronts, it would be beneficial to gather representatives of local bike groups, and bike-interested community leaders and educators, to share information and explore how we might work together on projects relating to bike education, infrastructure and bike/recreational tourism.
I am writing to invite you to Soup and Cycles, a meeting of representatives of Northfield area bike groups and stakeholders, Thursday, November 14, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity. An invitation follows below. I hope you can attend. Representation from each of our area schools will be invaluable to our discussion of potential programs for area youth. The names included in the distribution list for this email were suggested to me by local bike leaders, and I encourage you to review that list, and consider forwarding this email invitation to teachers, PTO leaders and students who are interested in working to create a bike friendly Northfield.
So that we can prepare the right amount of soup, please RSVP by Tuesday, November 12 with a reply email to me at Suzienakasian@gmail.com. Thank you.
p.s. See information on the newest addition to Northfield’s bike event calendar, this weekend’s 1st Annual Minnesota State Gravel Road Racing Championship.
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Weitz Center for Creativity, Larson Room, 2nd Floor, Carleton College
A light dinner of soup and salad will be provided courtesy of Rice County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and Tandem Bagels.
5:00pm Soup and socializing
5:30pm Welcome and introductions
6:00pm Small group discussions:
Bike Education: ideas for promoting bike safety & share the road principles
Infrastructure: needs relating to on-road, off-road trails and other bike amenities, and
Recreational Tourism: support for bike races and events, and recreational tourism
7:00pm Reports from groups: identified needs, goals and strategies
7:30pm Next steps: communication, leadership and follow-up
This meeting will adjourn by 8pm, in time to head to the GiveMN celebration at The Grand.
Participation is open to community members who are interested in helping to create a bike friendly Northfield.
RSVP Requested: Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of the day on Tuesday, November 12 so that we can get a soup count. Thank you.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Soup and Cycles bike gathering at the Weitz Center! Over 70 people participated including new and lifelong residents, business owners, cycling club members, teachers, and trail and bike enthusiasts from a mix of generations! More than a dozen additional contacts could not attend but expressed an interest in participating as the project moves forward.
Our 3 brainstorming sessions yielded a rich trove of ideas relating to infrastructure, bike education and recreational tourism —-look for a summary of those ideas to follow on Monday. Some projects are already getting underway, and we have the start of an excellent Steering Committee in a core group that has stepped forward . If you are interested to join that group, please let me know.
With so many promising ideas – much help is needed. So please review the discussion notes when you receive them and let me know how you might want to participate. We will be working to set up a website and communication structure to facilitate that work, and to encourage a constellation of related projects which, together, will build a more bike friendly community.
Thank you for your interest and support of this initiative! Look for an email to follow on Monday.
With every best wish,
p.s. A Facebook page is in the works. If you took photos at last night’s event, please forward them to me to post on that site once its launched.
I finally made it over to the Memorial Park Mountain Bike Trails in Red Wing two weeks ago, only the second time I’ve ridden there (May, 2012 was the first). The Red Wing Area Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO) has done quite a bit of work on their downhill runs lately and last fall’s Upper Midwest Gravity Summit 2012 brought more attention to the gravity riding that the park offers, including this video from the that weekend:
I met Clay Haglund (MAMB) and Matthew Iatonna (Menomonie) at the recently renovated trailhead (lower quarry) which has a huge kiosk showing the trails for hiking and mountain biking.
The RAMBO website has a Google map of the Memorial Park mtb trails, the most detailed Google map of a trail system that I’ve ever seen. (Some mountain biker at Red Wing Software knows their stuff.) The screenshot above links to the new downhill portion of the map. Unfortunately, Clay snapped his frame on his first DH run and had to hike his bike back.
Matthew and I, both on hardtail 29′ers, took it easy on the DH stuff. I only took photos of this jump, site of the crash in the video above (at the 8:05 mark). I’m not sure I’d attempt it on a hardtail. Nearly all the DH runs can be rolled, making them fun for me to ride. The hike-a-bike back up is not for the faint of heart, however.
After Matthew departed, I met up with Chris Heinemann, a Red Wing local who’s also the Director of Community Planning and Development here in Northfield.
Chris and I rode all but the DH trails and he nearly cleaned the Stairway to Heaven (his lungs gave out). My lungs gave out three times before I got to the top. Here’s a video by Red Wing mtb racer Marcus Warrington that shows why it’s so tough:
By day’s end, I was pooped, but came away A) very impressed with how fun and challenging (lots of climbing) Red Wing’s XC/singletrack trails are; and B) inspired to learn the gravity skills necessary to have fun on their DH trails. I have a ways to go.
Update Nov. 18: Allen Geckner sent me some photos of him and Trevor Crawford on the DH runs at Red Wing on Saturday. See, this is what I want to be able to do. Piece o’ cake for a young geezer, right?
I’ve been seeing the Fatties on the Bottoms threads in the Group Rides section of the MORC forums for a year now and decided to see what the fuss/fun was all about today. Ride leader Jonathan Bistodeau posted this in the forum:
This week, we will be starting at the usual location (Bloomington Ferry) and plan on riding to Cedar Bridge and back. As of now there appears to be a 50% chance of rain on Saturday which equals no ride. Keep an eye on the weather and this post for details.
What: Fatties on the Bottoms ride Saturday November 17th, 10:00 AM
Where: Bloomington Ferry Parking Lot (West end of the River Bottoms Trail)
Who: Anyone and everyone…fat and skinny.
Why: To ride, of course.
This is a no-drop ride so come out no matter what your pace is. It’s not about speed, it’s about getting a group of fun people together to have a fun ride. We usually end up doing 15-25 miles. Depending on the group we ride for ~3hrs but have been known to be on the trail for longer. If you don’t feel like you can/want to ride that far, come join us and turn back early if you’d like. It’s an out and back ride so it’s easy to make it as long as you want.
There were some familiar faces among gang of 18 or so who showed up (all but 3 on fat bikes) but mostly I was meeting new people. I don’t (yet) own a fat bike but the trail was 99% fine for skinny-tired mountain bikes.
A no-drop ride for an informal outing like this means that the leaders stop at intersections regularly to let everyone catch up and rest a bit. If someone doesn’t show, then someone goes back to look for them.
With the threat of rain, the group kept a brisk pace from the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to Cedar and back—about 22 miles in three hours with 6+ stops. And it started to rain just as we were finishing.
After the ride, Larry Marx, Don Youngdahl, and I (Bottoms Geezers) joined a group younger bucks for beers and burgers at Zeke’s Place.
If you’ve read my blog post Critiquing Gene Hamilton’s critique of IMBA then you’ll have a better understanding of this video, whether or not you agree with me.
Like thousands of others, I used the Make your own Hitler video site to create it.
It’s Give to the Max day: If you ride a mountain bike in the Twin Cities metro area, MORC deserves your support
Although I ride mountain bike trails all around the upper Midwest, my local mountain bike club is MORC, Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists. I’m constantly amazed that it costs ZERO to ride the dozen+ MTB trails around the Twin Cities metro area, so I’m happy to A) be a member of MORC/IMBA; and B) kick some $ in the MORC Give to the Max Day bucket today.
If you ride a mountain bike in the Twin Cities metro area, MORC deserves your support. Here’s a blurb from them that supplies more rationale:
Hello friends of Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists,
With snow already on the ground you may be hanging up the mountain bike, or maybe you’re taking the fatbike in for a tune-up; either way, the trails we all love give us access to some great riding here in the Twin Cities. MORC is constantly looking at ways for "gaining and maintaining trails" in the metro area. All of the construction and maintenance of our nearly 100 miles of trail is performed by volunteers, but the tools, equipment and resources cost our organization money.
This next season we are looking to raise funds towards a heavy equipment trailer, a vehicle capable of towing said trailer & a hydraulic tilt blade- roughly $12,000 of new equipment to continue building the trails you love to ride!
Give to the Max Day is a great opportunity to give to your trails. Your tax-deductible donation made on November 14th provides MORC the chance to win one of 24 "golden tickets", each worth $1,000; at the end of the day, one donation from all of Minnesota will be drawn to award a non-profit with a $10,000 gift.
Please consider giving to your trails by donating today!
Doug Janni, a member of the Mankato Area Mountain Bikers (MAMB), surprised me a week or ago with a cool Mountain Bike Geezer logo design for this blog. I’ve superimposed it onto the four photo banners that currently rotate in the header.
I attended last night’s MORC Board of Director’s meeting at REI in Bloomington. The agenda, as usual, was packed. But this one was the first with an Executive Director’s report, as Matt Andrews has been on the job for a month. Based on what I saw and heard, Matt appears to be more than marginally adequate.
2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for MORC. The organization will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and Matt and the Board are cooking up some great ideas for it. If you ride a mountain bike in the Twin Cities metro area, you should be a MORC/IMBA member. You can join MORC/IMBA here.