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

New Sign Up Procedure For 2019 Pie Burner Saturday, and Beyond……

Alright….. here’s the deal for the #pieburner2019 sign up.

Are YOU ALL paying attention??

PLEASE Pass this on to whomever you’d like….. PLEASE!!

I don’t want anyone saying “but we didn’t know!!”

In past years I’ve never capped this ride.

Two years ago we had as many as over 70 riders…. way to many in my opinion.

Things just got to spread out.

Last year was 45ish, which was perfect.

So from now on, and for however much longer I plan on putting the work into this ride, the cap will be 50 riders.

A few locals who’ve helped me out with this ride, I will never ask to register. Deal with that fact or not; that’s just the way it’ll be.

I’m still not asking any rider for money.

The donation (ride fee) to the Northeastern St. Louis County Toys for Tots Foundation stays.

It benefits the less fortunate young ones during a stressful time of year.

It’s a very GOOD thing; and you the riders of this event have never let that needy group down.. kudos to each and every one of you past participants!! I can’t thank you enough for your generosity!! 👍🏻👍🏻

***The postcard sign up window will be from September 1st – November 1st.***

After November 1st I will count the postcards I’ve received and make a post on the remaining spots that are left open, or post who’s in and whose not.

The postcards will be dated on the day they are received… and I’ll go from there after 50.

No emails sign ups… SORRY I just will not have time to answer emails between working two jobs, scouting and planning the routes, and everything else that goes into making the Pie Burner Saturday what it has become.

Please understand this fact; it’s just the way it has to be for my own sanity.

I will have to give you ALL the mailing address at a later date… we are currently in the process of becoming homeowners…. so that address WILL FOLLOW as the joyous search for a home gets completed. 🤔😮🤫

As always; fire away with any questions you may have. Did I miss something?

Yes, I realize it’s nearing the end of June…. but this way you all can plan accordingly, tell whomever you’d like to join you on ride day…. to pay attention to sign up and so forth.

I did mull this new sign up process over for quite some time; so this isn’t something I’ve settled upon lightly……. it will be what it will be.

Either you like it, or you will not.

That decision I leave to you.

-Joe

Back to Biking; The 2018 Pie Burner to Be Exact!!

Almost two weeks out!!

The cold has arrived, hopefully it stays!! A light fresh dusting of the white stuff is on the ground…. things should be forming up after the three nights we’ll below freezing forecasted temps.

Look for some route updates….. soon!!

I pick up my trusty Pugsley from Bikes on Howard tomorrow…. then I ride!!

Here’s looking to a very successful 6th year event!!

For those wondering, the shirt design is done, with an online purchase link soon to follow. If you do order and pay; your shirt will be at Palmer’s Tavern on Saturday’s ride morning!!

Here’s the front in all it’s Cardinal Red glory!!

And the back Sponsorship logos of course.

PEDALING IN HONOR OF PAT AND STEVE

HIBBING — Steve and Pat Gillitzer loved hitting the trails on two wheels.

“Over the last few years, they were among our most active riders,” said cyclist Henry Djerlev. “Pat would ride during the day, but join us on some of the evening rides. And they biked a lot on their own too, traveling to places where they could hit the trails.”

The couple was members of Cycle Mesabi, an active bicycle club that hosts evening rides during the week from Hibbing. The club has been in existence for 29 years now, and they were part of it for a large portion of those years, according to Djerlev.

The Gillitzers and two of their grandsons passed away as a result of injuries from a house fire on Dec. 26 at their home at 212 42nd St. E. in a Hibbing.

“When we got the call, it was a shock,” said Djerlev, who as wintering out of state. “It’s one of those times when you really don’t know what to feel or how to react. They were really nice people, and very active in the community.”

Cycle Mesabi will be holding a Memorial Bike Ride for Steve and Pat this Saturday, June 30.

It will start around 9 a.m. at the pavilion at Bennett Park.

The plan is to ride about 20 miles — 10 out and 10 back — on the Mesabi Trail toward Kelly Lake and then return to Hibbing.

Children and those less inclined can ride in North Hibbing.

The public is invited to participate.

Talk of a memorial ride surfaced while friends and family mourned and began processing what occurred. Plans continued and the date was chosen early on.

“In addition, we’ve also just put out a bench on the bike trail between Hibbing and Kerr Locations,” said Djerlev. “It’s on the Mesabi Trail, about half way over the hill, just as you go down the backside of the trail.”

A plaque made by family with the Gillitzers’ names and a beautiful saying will soon be added to the bench.

The route Saturday will be a similar path the club has taken in the past, noted Djerlev.

“It was one of our annual rides,” he said. “We used to call it the Bear Ride because we’d often see bears on the route.”

He’s talking about pedaling on an old mining byway known as Stevenson Road, which takes travelers to the Mahoning Mine.

Following the ride, participants will gather in Bennett Park for socializing.

“It will be a time for people to support each other,” said Djerlev. “There will be family members there and a lot of people that were in biking clubs that knew Steve and Pat.”

A second bench honoring the couple is to be installed in Bennett Park. Djerlev said the plan is to place it under a large tree between the North Pavillion and Third Avenue East toward Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center.

“This bench will be more accessible to younger kids and adults, to those using park,” he said. “Maybe it will be a place where people can reflect and think about Steve and Pat.”

There are also plans to plant a couple of apples trees near the bench. Both the bench and trees are memorials that are offered by the city through its parks programs, noted Djerlev.

“Steve and Pat had so many friends, and we have no other way or reaching them other than this (ride). We are just one circle of his friends,” he said. “ … I would image we’d do this in the future too, but maybe a bit more casually than this one.”

Hibbing Fire Marshal Bryan Fagerstrom said Thursday that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“The house will be coming down soon,” he added. “We still have a lab examining all the artifacts that were removed during (scene) processing.”

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!!