Lookout Mountain Single-track Ribbon Cutting….

Thursday September 22nd.
An IROC Lookout Mountain Single-track produced trail, with the coporation of local trail builders and most recently Dirt Candy Designs doing some mechanical trail building….. lots of great work by lots of quality people!! 

All information is in the press release below, and in the blue linked text above. Good things happening in northern Minnesota!! 

Some local media’s take on the new trails.

Trail map….


A few photo’s of Lookout Mountain Single-track.

The Fiddlin’ Fifty Did Not Disappoint!! 

After a few words, this post will be photo heavy!!
All the miles and more importantly the saddle time has paid off, for this group!!

That women to left puts up with a lot of “stupid bike shit” on bad days…. August 27th was not one of the bad days!! Both her and I could not be more proud as parents, of our children’s never say die aditudes throughout the day!! 

Her continued improvement with the camera is truly breathtaking!! Most, if not all, of the following pictures are all her!! 

Awesome job Cindi!! 

Again, all the time we as a group have put in paid off in huge accomplishments this day!! 

These two….

Have taken huge strides this year.

That guy on the right, has gotten stronger and faster, along with more confident.

The dude to the left also has gotten stronger and faster, along with learning how to struggle through adversity without giving up. He’s shown that the mantra of just keep “moving forward” through it all works to the end goal.

Super proud of both of these guys!! 

And finally this one…..

I don’t have the words to explain what I saw out of her on Saturday!! 

She started off like a house on fire!!

I mentioned she might want to  dial it back a bit from an average speed of 14 mph for the 1st 8-10 miles. The reply I got in return?? “Dad, I got this… I’ll be fine!” LOL

After a seat height adjustment of nearly 3″, (can you say growth spert) in a matter of days?? This little human rocked 51.4 miles with not one negative peep for nearly 5 hours and 35 minutes!! 

Blown away by your performance J!! Proud is an understatement!! 

This was her demeanor after ice cream and near the 40 mile mark on Shannon Lake Rd. 

I had to ask her to do it again, because my chin was dragging on the gravel when I turned around and saw her do it at 1st. LOL 

Also, a huge shout out to Scott and Susan; and all the volunteers!! Without you all, this event would definetly not go off as smoothly!! 

Below are photo’s taken by Cindi… no words needed…. but maybe NICE JOB MOM!!!!!!!!! 
Mudhole Road!!

Above and below photo credit: Melanie M. 

A couple of A++ humans!! 

Read the big yellow sign; it was never truer than this day!!! 

As always, when I get more photo’s I’ll add them!! 

Next Up….. The Fiddlin’ Fifty!! 😆 

Our next test as a riding crew will be The Fiddlin’ Fifty Gravel ride. It goes off August 27th in Balkan Township just north of Chisholm, Mn. 

This is the rides 3rd year…. Scott and Susan do an awesome job with their grassroots event!! 

The event has two distances this year…. the names sake 50 mile ride and a new 15 mile route. Something unique, and a great way for new people, or younger riders to experience riding gravel without committing to a longer distance. 

Anyway…. we are preparing for our ride day….

The 2016 Mesabi Trail Tour in The Books. 

Extremely proud of this group. 

Goals were set, met, and blown out of the water!! 

These two biked 70 miles….

This one 25….

This scary individual pedaled around 42 miles

As usual the weather was perfect.

The company was stellar, and smiles were all around!! 

Following will be random shots taken throughout the day….

A final break before we made the final push to the finish.

These 3 were stronger than some adults I saw throughout the day!! 

Food makes everything better after pedaling some good miles…..

The “century boy’s”

If you were 12 and rode your fatbike 70 miles, you’d need a bit of a nap after too. ;) 

Well done children!! 

Our Last Long Ride…..

Before Saturday’s GRE Mesabi Trail Tour ride.

My crew is all set!! Our last long ride is in the books.  

Our turn around spot was “The Stand” in Chisholm, Mn. 11 miles in. The carrot of ice cold frosty mugs of root beer’s, was just what was needed on the hot sticky August 1st pedal!!

The rest of these pictures tell the story better than any word’s can!!

What’s any bike ride worth if there’s not some goofing around time??? 

My Blogging Absence, Does Not Mean Riding Hasn’t Been Happening!! 

It’s that time of year for our annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour ride. More on that in a moment.

The past 2.5 months have been consumed by U10 girl’s softball. 

These girl’s opened my eyes once again to the fun sports can entail!! 

Thanks for that young ladies!!

Our future all star!!😉

Goofballs!! 
This Saturday is the GRE Mesabi Trail Tour…. our miles are on our ass’s and it’s soon to be go time!! 

These picture’s are from our final 27.5 ride last Thursday…..

Everybody likes ice cream!!😉