Lookout Mountain, Virginia, Mn. 

An IROC-MTB built trail….

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The Introduction to The Crust…..

I called Thomas after yesterday’s awesome crust ride, and asked if he’d like to check it out today. He gave me his typical answer…. “sure thing Dad what time??” 

I had to drive bus until 10 a.m. so we left shortly thereafter. 

Today was potentially the last day for such riding, with forecasted overnight lows in the upper 20’s and daytime highs reaching the 40’s…… so it was good to get out for a little bit.

Crust Riding…..

I got out this morning to give the new DT Swiss 350 it’s maiden run between school routes.

Our snowpack has been depleted a lot….. but the crust riding is awesome… as usual this time of year.

I still say riding the crust wherever you’d like through the woods, is better than any illegal substance I may, or may not have, taken part in over the year’s!! 😉

The 2016 Pie Burner Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike Ride 

This year’s ride was a huge hit; even with conditions that were less than ideal. 

Almost 2.5′ of snow the week before ride day; the most snow since the Halloween blizzard of ’91…. then temps never dipping much below freezing, made conditions that were less than optimal.

Still, 37 rider’s showed up with awesome aditudes, not surprising knowing the fatbike crowd.

I really CAN NOT say thank you enough to all the rider’s!! 

Also, my family and the volunteers came through with flying colors to make year 4 of the Pie Burner go off without a hitch!!

A tip of the hat to you all!!
Below is only a fraction of photo’s taken mostly by our 13 year old Zack; who has shown he may have a future behind the camera lens!! Thanks Z!!

I’d like to thank all the sponsor’s for their generosity… but a special shout out to Surly Bikes, you all were more than generous!! THANK YOU!!
And as always Sandy and Palmers Tavern did an outstanding job host all us fatbike freaks!! 

The quality human beings that attend this event always blows my mind!!! 

It shouldn’t be that way, but as long as it stays…. we’ll keep putting on this ride!! 

One Brian Hatsly getting recognized for being the driving force behind this ride on the 4th ride year!! Thanks to MBR for donating the gallon flask. Beside this here guy being a solid human… he’ll also put this gallon flask to good use!!

See you all in 2017!!

And a perfect example of our ever changing terrain in northern Minnesota. Photo credit to David Ristau 

The Pie Burner Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike Ride Toys For Tots Donation update…..
$305.00  raised!! 36 toys, books and stocking stuffers donated!! 

You fatbikers are a kickass crew!!

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!! 

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!!