Race Report by Cooper Dendal
This past weekend a few of the Border Grill Race Team, powered by Quick Stop Bike Shop members headed down to the first WORS race of the season in Iola, Wisconsin. When we arrived at the course on Saturday for a pre-ride, it was muggy, despite the perfect temperature in the 70’s. After a cold spring in the U.P. that felt hot! Little did we know that the temperatures were still on the rise and would climb into the mid to upper 80’s for race day. Last year the course was unbelievably muddy, this year was a different story. After pre-riding the course, Collin Kytta was pleasantly surprised at how fast the course was compared to the ruddy mess of a course it was last year. It was nice to ride the course when the ground was dry and fast.
We have waited, waited and have waited some more. For the mountain bike season that is. The Northern part of Wisconsin and all of the Upper Peninsula have been buried by late season snow and lingering fall weather. The inclement weather has prolonged the off season or the fat bike season, depending on how you look at. The mountain bike season has traditional come by this time of year and yet very few riders could claim any race results or effort as of May 11th. The RASTA Rally held in Rhinelander, WI was the first for many to seal up their tubeless knobby tires and feel the single track dirt beneath them.
By Jeni Jewell
Nationwide cyclists took part in Bike to Work Day today, encouraging communities to consider this mode of transportation on a regular basis. May is National Bike Month and a few days before the first day of the month, I made a goal to try and ride my bike to work every day in the month of May. Unpredictable Upper Peninsula weather rained on my parade on May 1, literally. The awful rain/sleet mix and 32 degrees was a less than encouraging environment to start my month-long experiment. I’m not quite set up to ride in the rain, yet. But I’m not a quitter and on May 2, I made a very chilly decision to pedal across town to the library where I work.
My choice to commute by bike to work is mostly economical. It doesn’t make sense to drive my car on short trips around town that take the same amount of time on by bike as they would in a car. I could save $15 dollars a week in gas. But old habits are hard to break and I heard somewhere that if you want to develop a new habit, it takes a month of repetitive action. Hence my goal.
By Jeni Jewell
It’s hard not to be drawn in when you meet her for the first time. She’s young, has an infectious smile and an easy going attitude. It’s easy to see her as a college student with a fun outlook on life. But look at her racing history and you’ll see a force that is quickly climbing toward mountain biking podiums across the MidWest. In 2012 she finished first place in the 28 mile Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic in Marquette, Michigan and 7th overall in Iceman Cometh, as well as finishing top 3 in a few races in the Wisconsin Off-Road Racing Series, WORS, one of the most competitive series in the Midwest. Oh yeah, and she’s only been racing since 2010.
Raise money to fight cancer and spin your legs out at the same time at the Hope Starts Here Challenge, scheduled for May 11, 2 013. They have five events, three running races, one biking and one duathlon.
See below for more information or go to Superior Timing to register.
The Hope Starts Here Challenge raises funds and awareness for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC). The UMBTC is a collaborative effort between Marquette General and Northern Michigan University. Its mission is to empower patients and families dealing with brain tumor through advocacy, research, education and treatment.
Local riders know it, thousands of bikers who’ve race the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic know it – how easy it is to travel to Marquette to stay and play in the hotels and on the trails.
Now riders worldwide will hear about Marquette’s bike friendly community thanks to a destination listing on the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA)website.
The Marquette County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is listed as a one of 33 destination rides in the country, and one of only a handful of Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s on the list.
Check it out by clicking here.