Well, it’s that time of year again!
Saturday, November 26th… 2016 marks year 4 of this grassroots ride, put on mainly by myself. I say mainly, because without my crazy family… none of this fatbike tomfoolery would be taking place!! Thanks gang!!
This year had a much higher learning curve than previous year’s.
The making of a ride day flyer is tops on the learning curve list. Which isn’t quite ready for public viewing, but should be very very soon. Thank you to Bill of Bark Design for dealing with my naivety in this whole process!
The finished flyer!!
This year, if enough rider’s are interested…. I’ll offer the flyer artwork to be printed on a dri-fit stlye short sleeve shirt. Price per shirt is $22, payable up front. I’m not independently wealthy after all!! LOL
If you are reading this, and would like a shirt…. send me an email (available on this blog) with “Pie Burner T-shirt” in the subject line, your full name and all sizes of shirts you’d like in the main body of the email. I’ll take it from there, and send out a group email with payment information mid October.
A lot of talking with sponsor’s, which I’m becoming better at, if still a bit uncomfortable with. I’ve recieved plenty of NO’s for my requests for donations; be it swag for end of ride giveaways, or money donations. I won’t go into who said no and why (I think they did), at this time…. or ever.
Once I make the ride day flyer public, you’ll see who said yes, and who said no.
At the end of the day, I expected those that said yes to do so, and those that said no, the same. There were a few plesent surprises and those will not be taken lightly. I mean come on, I’m a 49 year old fat guy who lives in the middle of nowhere northern Minnesota. I’m sure as hell not a flashy rider, and won’t make any podiums or be famous riding my bike….. our chilren get more of that flash, and rightly so!! ;)
So back to reality… I’m a total non factor to some of these companies.
Which I’m ok with!!
At this time I’d like to give a hearty THANK YOU to Sandy of Plamers Tavern!!
Without Sandy’s willingness to pretty much give me whatever I asked for, and more; the beginning and end of this ride would not be what it has become!!
Thank you Sandy!!
This year the ride begins and ends at Palmers Tavern. This way rider’s do not have to hop back on their bikes and ride to the old starting point a few miles away. A change of clothes and a full belly, then hopping into your vehicle to head home…. is a welcome change.
Also, at the end of the ride, we’ll have some swag items to give away from the various sponsor’s who deemed this event worth of sending items.
Thank you to those sponsor’s!!
Now those of you who bolt at rides end have a bit more incentive to hang around and mingle, fill your bellies with awesome Palmers Tavern food, and partake in an adult beverage of your choosing, or not. ;)
All while seeing if your names pulled for a giveaway!!
Again this year, the ride fee will be a donation to the North St. Louis County Toys for Tots Foundation. Donations can be in the form of new/unused toy’s, book’s and or stocking stuffers. Cash or check is also excepted…. if you go this route….. We are asking for your donation to be $10 – $15.
All donations stay in the local Northeastern Minnesota area, and help make the upcoming holiday season a bit more joyous for the area’s underprivileged youth.
The ride itself, will almost stay the same. With the new starting spot, there will be more milage on the front end, but it will still be the unquie riding experience rider’s have become accustomed to with this area. I’ve added a few more climbs, but nothing to terribly difficult. The signature “Pie Burner” climb will remain the same. As always, there will be no shame in choosing not to climb…. you will not be alone in choosing not to. ;)
Also, this year I’m thinking about having some of this fried up
and waiting for rider’s, at the 15 mile mark, or the Grace Road area (mid ride point) for the rider’s who attended previous year’s. It’s still in the planing stages at this point. Also, I’ll have two coolers of water, so people can refill and pedal onward, or for those that have had enough…. I have a local rider who will guide you back to Palmers Tavern.
Over the coming week’s I’ll finalize the route and make them available here and the “Pie Burner” facebook page; as well at the “Pie Burner” event page, also on facebook.
I think that’s it for now.
Looking for a place to stay, either the night before, or the night after the ride???
Check the Iron Range Tourism Bureau’s “places to stay” link.
Chicholm, Mn. 15 minute drive north of Hibbing.
Virginia, Mn. 30 minutes east.
Grand Rapids, Mn. 40 minutes west.
If anyone has any questions, and or concerns, please feel free to shoot me an email, and I’ll answer them as best I can.