Redhead

Redhead

Saturday 4/25/2020 found me joining IROCmtb’s trailboss Pat C. for some riding and trail clearing. It consisted of clearing rocks, downed trees, and filing away problem areas after and during our spring melt in northern Minnesota.

Pat using his trusty handsaw.

We’d pedal aways, stop and clear debris. Repeating over and over.

Making mental notes of problem areas. Which surprisingly for less than year old trails, weren’t so bad….. on the south side units.

After a few hours it was time to bid Pat a due, and make my way back home……

Riders in the upper midwest should be very excited about the trails this area is getting put on the ground, from Tioga to Giants Ridge….. our area is going to become a destination riding area!! Completely complimenting Cuyuna and Duluth!!

With the “new normal” of the “Covid19Winter” our date of having an official grand opening is in constant flux. Our next club meeting is towards the end of May…. hopefully by that time things workout to some semblance of what our post covid19 world will look like.

Originally the date for the trails “soft opening” was to be June 12th…. time will tell if that date holds; we as a group, however are not holding our breath on that date. Time will definitely help.

The Pie Burner 2019…. AKA The Northland Edition.

The Pie Burner 2019…. AKA The Northland Edition.

Well,

We had 40 plus riders send in their postcards. Good old “Mother” definitely had other ideas.

The pending winter storm had riders with long drives home, bailing left and right in the days leading up to ride day.

Very smart decisions one and all!!

Next year!!

Here’s the Northland crew….

23/24 hardy souls… braved the elements…. for what turned into only a 17.5 mile day.

If we attempted the 2nd 15 miles… we wouldn’t have been back until after dark; and dragging major ass!

Ely, as usual was well represented on this day!! Thanks guys…. it’s always a treat!! 👍🏻👍🏻

One straggler wondered from Fargo…. 😜

with the Iron Range represented well also.

A lot of new riders this year, which is completely awesome to see!

Final numbers for the Northeastern St. Louis County Toys for Tots… 273 items. 93 toys 57 stocking stuffers 107 books!!

Cash $308.

Checks $325.00

Again, this quality group comes through! Thank You!!

I thinks it’s time I call out these two!!

For their generosity in filling their pickup box with toys…. for like the 4th or 5th year in a row!! Every year they make a special trip over in the days leading up to ride day; to drop their haul. As you can see…. that tandem would not fit with all those toys!!

Our family loves these two…. they are a shining example of the quality humans that attend this event!!

Again, thank you to one and all!!

Save this date…. November 28th 2020.

Year 8 of this event!!

This year’s sponsors… THANK YOU!! Not once have any of these sponsors paused, said we’ll get back to you… they’ve donated willingly.

It’s a small list… but they’ve been very very loyal to this grassroots event!!

THANK YOU!!

In no particular order…….

1UpUSA

RideMN

Lake Superior Brewing

Ursa Minor Brewing

Fat-Bike.com

Crapola

Bikes On Howard

Bark Designs

Spokengear

Cedaero

Otso Cycles

WolfTooth

Giants Ridge

FatBack Bikes

IronRange Tourism Bureau

Palmer’s Tavern

None of this would happen without these three…… I CAN NOT SAY Thank You enough!!

And a “A” plus one helper!!

Thanks H!!

And a special Thank You to Mr. Tom Rupar!! Filling in at the last possible moment to be our sag driver!!

Thank you Tom!!

AND this statement left on the Pie Burner Facebook page….. is proof we are doing something very RIGHT with this ride!!

“Thank you Joe and Family for putting on such a great event! Appreciate all the communication before, all the trail breaking you do to figure out the rides and show us your universe, and for rounding up all the swag! It was gorgeous out there! There is no other ride that is anything like this one! 2 years ago I got lots of practice riding ice which helped me the rest of the season. This year I got better at skinnies haha!”

Thank you Sheri!!

As an accomplished rider (whatever sized wheels you’re on), these words mean a lot!!

It’s always a pleasure seeing you!!

A few after ride shots….

And a few…. out there….

Alright…. that’s about all I have…..

See you all in 2020!! #pieburner2020

Readhead Trail Preview Day, and Membership Meeting.

Sorry folks….. due to construction, and trail management discussions along with delays between the project partners; the September 28th IROC-mtb “Members only” event is being postponed to as of yet an unknown date in the 2020 riding season.

More info will be passed along as soon as it becomes available!!

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If there was ever a time to become a member of IROC-mtb I can’t think of a better time!!

Saturday September 28th…. well here just read here…..

Local riders…. lets blowup the clubs membership base!!

If people from outside the Northland are interested in getting Tioga Recreation Area trail information…. I’d start with Ardent Bicycles in Grand Rapids. Peter has his hands directly on the pulse of said trails.

Pie Burner 2019 Registration Information……

AND…… HERE WE GO!!

The registration window closes November 1st…… or when it hits 50 postcards.

Since house hunting blows you know what; here’s the mailing address to use.

Pie Burner FatBike

C/O Joe Sacco

1114 Michigan St.

Hibbing, Mn.

55746

Please ONE name and subsequent information to a postcard!!

Include:

Name, first and last.

Email address.

Please include a working email address!!

Please use your best penmanship!!

A non working email address, and me being unable to read your handwriting will result in the card being thrown.

If your postcard is postmarked August 31st I will also throw it away.

I’m working between 70-80 (if not more), hours weekly… so please please follow these simple directions.

As of right now (and probably more so in the coming weeks), it will not take much for me to take a pass on putting this years event together.

If my tone reads short and to the point; please start reading this paragraph from the beginning!! 😜😜😂🤦‍♀️

After I’ve received 50 postcards I’ll list everyone’s names and that’s that!!

If in the past you’ve come for the giveaways, and or the t-shirts…. this year you may be disappointed.

If in the past you’ve come to ride your fatbike in the heart of the Iron Range, with an awesome group of people…. you WILL NOT be disappointed!!

Thanks for the understanding with the above information!!

The Time Has Arrived!!

On and around the Minnesota Discovery Center, Rock Solid Trail Construction crews are cutting in new trails….. 10 years in the making!!

Get excited Iron Range!!

Update…. 7/23

We went to check things out.

I personally have been down and back out the other side of this pit once a week since spring; sometimes twice. Waiting to see trail cut in.

Well today was the day!! 👍🏻👍🏻

We met the Rock Solid crew just as they were pulling away for the drive up and out of the pit for the day.

The conversation went something like this.

Me: thanks for being here boys. Thanks for cutting in trail for us!! What kind of beer you boys like?

Crew: cold ones!! LOL

Me: ✅

Crew: not a problem… and you guys are going to have something very special!! Me: chin on ground. LOL

Crew: You guys gonna ride what we’ve started? It needs tires on it.

Me: no way guys… we just came by to check things out; no way we’re riding your fresh trail.

Crew: seriously…. what we’ve got down needs some tires put to it; have fun!!

Can you say “kids on Xmas morning??!!??

No long runs yet, but sections. Damn if those section don’t ride spectacular!!

We’ll more than likely be back next week… with cold 12 packs for these boys!! 👍🏻👍🏻

With trail building happening all across the Iron Range, it’s an exciting time for area mountain bikers that’s for sure!!

Grimba has their Tioga trail project in full swing.

Giants Ridge has their gravity trails up and running.

It’s The Bike Stupid!!

It’s The Bike Stupid!!

Saturday I rode the Lutsen99er.

The 69er version for this particular day.

72.43 miles

Almost 4,000′ of climbing, in 8 hours and change.

This post isn’t about my 23 year old riding partner, who kicked ass by the way!! 💪🏻👊🏻

Or the kick ass campsite we had at the Temperance River campground west of Tofte, Mn.

It’s not even about the event itself, which was exceptionally run, with a volunteer group 2nd to none!!

I will say one thing about the riders of this event…. by the amount of race course garbage I personally saw; they are illiterate!! That is all.

What this post will be about, is how I felt during and especially afterwards riding my FatBack Rhino FLT. For up until today is the longest saddle time I’ve had on it since bringing it home back in March of this year.

I knew what to expect, I’ve done long rides on my Pugsley and Krampus respectively.

I was prepared for sore wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders. Along with a sore lower back, and maybe a sleepy left or right foot (depending on the day), for a couple days afterwards.

Hey, that’s the price I’ve been willing to pay in the past… why should it change now?? It was all in the pursuit of my passion that’s called fat/plus biking.

Well, throughout the early part of the ride I felt strong…. legs were fine, I kept a moderate pace. God Damn climbing still kicks my ass; and I’ve made peace with that fact…. so I settle in and turn the pedals until the climbing stops.

Thomas pulled ahead, obviously!! Why would he wait for his slow ass climbing old man?? I wouldn’t if I was him!!

😂😜

The 25 mile aid station came and went… I’m still feeling good; picked up speed and started picking off slower riders. Nothing new there…. it always takes me a bit to get completely warmed up.

From here to the 45 mile aid station i realized I was clipping along, picking off more and faster riders than myself; by bombing through mud holes, bombing down descents with abandon… damn I love the fatbikes big boy tires!!

I also started waiting for it…. the soreness to start creeping in. It usually starts in the wrists and lower back at the same time…. but it didn’t come.

The 45 mile aid station came and went; still no creeping soreness….. and at around mile 52 I caught the young 23 year old!! LOL

The heat was doing a number on him, and he slowed down to compensate. We stopped shortly after reconnecting, and I dumped a good amount of water on his head and down his back….. I saw his demeanor instantly change!! Super I thought… and we moved onto the 2nd to last aid station at the 51 mile mark.

Which just so happened to be two city blocks from our campsite. I mentioned we could go sit in our camp chairs until he was ready to finish. Without missing a beat…. “nope, we’ll stop here for a bit, then move on.”

At the campsite later that evening, he said he was afraid if he sat in his chair he would’t get back up!! LOL smart young man!! 💪🏻👊🏻

So this is where he sat for awhile before we moved on….

By this time I was expecting the soreness to come crashing down on me at any moment. I had even popped a couple ibuprofen after filling Thomas’s water bottles in preparation.

Mile 61 came and went…. nothing.

Mile 62-67 nothing.

Then the single-track…. who puts single-track at the end of a race?? For Christ sake, how am I suppose to enjoy it… being sore and beat down!!??!!

Well, well…. what do you know… I enjoyed the hell out of that end of the race single-track just fine, thank you very much!!

More climbing to the finish… which sucked goat balls… but I did it!! 🥺🙄

After all this, what am I sold on??

My carbon fork in combination with the carbon bars; and running my tires tubeless; and riding a fully rigid bike that was specifically designed with this sort of a shit show of a days worth of riding. I swear to God I would not have felt this good if I rode either of my other two bikes!!

Steel vs aluminum frame? I’m not so sure about that!!

Did I just have an exceptionally good day? Not particularly.

I know I’ve prepared myself similar in years past for an event such as this, so that’s not it.

I’ve thought about this a lot since I laid my head down in my tent that Saturday night.

Carbon fork + carbon bars + tubeless setup + Fatback Bikes Rhino FLT = pain free riding!!