MNMBS Announced...

2012 Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race Schedule

5/20/2012 Afton Avalanche, Afton Alps, Hastings, MN

6/03/2012 Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato, MN

6/17/2012 Red Wing Classic, Red Wing, MN

7/08/2012 Dirt Spanker, Mt. Du Lac, Superior, WI

7/22/2012 Metric Auto Works Birch Bump, Burnsville, MN

7/29/2012 Single Track Attack, Elk River, MN

8/12/2012 White Tail Frolic, River Falls, WI

8/19/2012 The Great Hawk Chase, Duluth, MN

9/02/2012 Laddie’s Loppet Stage Race, Maplelag Resort, MN

9/23/2012 Revolution’s Single Track Escape, St. Cloud, MN

9/30/2012 St. Croix Valley Woolly, St. Croix Falls, WI

Most noteworthy - at least to me - is the absence of the Border Battle on both the WORS and MMBS schedules. I guess the two series decided not to hold the mutual race. Too bad, as I always enjoyed it more than some of the other races. Oh well.

Edit to add the possible Psycowpath Schedule (not official until it's official...)

Psycowpath Schedule for 2012:

Sat March 31 Jewell Time Trial, Old Towne Bellevue Fat Tire Crit, hosted by MWCC/Rox/Ryan

Sun April 1 Swansons Revenge XC hosted by MWCC

Sat April 21 Tranquility XC hosted by Bike Masters/Dale

Sat May 5 Platte River Battle Royal XC hosted by Cycleworks/MoosesTooth/Kris

Sat Jun 3 Maskenthine XC (day after Norfolk road race) hosted by EVCC/Downey

Sat Jun 13 Ponca XC hosted by ??? (looking for a host club, but i'll do it if i have to, Greenstreet interest?)

Sat July 28 Branched Oak XC hosted by Flatwater/JohnL/SeanC 

Sat Aug 11 Lake Manawa* XC finale hosted by Bike Way/SeanL 


Fall Fun Riding...

Fall is always a fun riding time for me as I avoid pavement and just focus on hitting the dirt trails. I head out to enjoy the trails and not worry about any structured training (although I have started the off season weight lifting program). Proof of my riding being only "fun" and dirt oriented was when my weekly riding hours dwindled down to averaging about 3 or 4 hours a week in October. That was due to all the late night opera rehearsals and no need to train for any event.

I've bumped it up a bit this month as I do want to do some riding in the San Francisco Bay Area next week over the holidays and climbs are tough out in the East Bay. I'm going to do a 4-5 hour Turkey Day ride from Mitchell Canyon up Mt. Diablo with a group. Then I will hit my old stomping grounds next Saturday - Briones. My legs hurt just thinking about those opening climbs from Lafayette. Hopefully, all the SS riding this fall has me in shape for it. I'll be on a Cannondale FS for those rides as I'm not hauling my bikes on the plane for a 5 day trip to San Francisco.

In addition, I'll be riding in the Black Hills in December when we go out for my Dad's birthday and my nephew's commitment ceremony. I hope to hit some of my favorite trails - weather permiting. So I've climbed a bit back up to the 6-7 hours per week range this month to get ready for San Fran and the Black Hills. My legs and back are feeling it - especially with all the SS riding (rigid bike). I usually do a longer ride on the weekend with the RIP, and then shorter "before work rides" during the week to take advantage of daylight. I've been riding the RIP 9 and Karate Monkey SS exclusively this month at Banner, Lake Ahquabi, Center, and even made an excursion down to Landahl Park in Missouri.

Last night after work and before the Friday night concert at Simpson, I headed out to Lake Ahquabi with the lights for the first time this fall to ride in the dark. There were no campers. No hikers. No fishermen. Just me and the critters. I timed the full loop quite well as my lights made it full blast all the way to the car where the battery ran out just as I was loading the bike in the car. Glad I made it out of the woods with the lamps still burning full blast.

I've got some new carbon Roval wheels to unpack and play with that just arrived via FedEx yesterday. Looks like I'll be trimming about 400g from my current wheels without sacrificing any stability. I'll mount up some tires this morning and go for my longer Saturday ride to try them out today.


Roval Trail SL's on the scale - 1520g

1520g with valves

Took a full pound off of my RIP 9. Man are these wheels fast!!!!!!!!!

Took a pound off of my RIP9


2012 dates starting to roll in...

WORS 2012

* May 6 – Iola Bump & Jump; Iola Winter Sports Club, Iola, WI
* May 20 – Crystal Lake Classic; Camp Tesomas, Rhinelander, WI
* June 3 – Big Ring Classic; Nine Mile Forest, Wausau, WI
* June 17 – Battle of Camrock; Camrock 3, Rockdale, WI
* June 24 - Chippewa Valley Firecracker; Eau Claire Co. Expo Center, Eau Claire, WI
* July 14 & 15 – Subaru Cup Pro XCT; Nordic Mt, Mt Morris, WI
* July 29 – Alterra Coffee Bean Classic; Crystal Ridge, Franklin, WI
* August 19 – Sunburst Showdown; Kewaskum, WI (note – moved from original date)
* August 26 – Reforestation Ramble; Reforestration Camp, Suamico, WI
* Sept. 9 – Treadfest; Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI
* Sept. 30 – Bear Paw Rock & Roll; Bear Paw Outdoor, White Lake, WI
* October 14 – Wigwam MTB Challenge; Evergreen Park, Sheboygan, WI