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    The Green Tunnel Midwest Advocacy & Events

    Announcing the Lupine Spring Classic

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    Race Details

    Who: You and Advocate Cycling Productions, and up to 100 other gravel riders

    What: 60 miles of gravel per day, from Two Harbors to Finland, MN, and then back the next day.  An overnight stay at Wolf Ridge ELC with dormitory-style housing, dinner and evening entertainment included, and transportation of gear from start to the overnight, and then back to the finish.  This event will not have a defined “course”, but checkpoints and cue sheets to navigate, and see interesting sights along the way.

    When: 10:00 am start; Saturday, April 16th, 2016 (ending on Sunday, April 17th)

    Where: Two Harbors, MN

    Why: To explore the gravel of the North Shore and support Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

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    Cost: $125 – 100% of this fee goes to Wolf Ridge ELC to continue to fund their programming and initiatives.  Sign up here – https://www.bikereg.com/lupine-spring-classic

    Rules: Signing of a liability release waiver will be required for you to take the start. Advocate Cycling Productions events are self-supported. Do not count on any aid stations on the course, bring enough food and water for the entire event, and be prepared to be in the woods as weather and course condition change. You are responsible for you! Cue sheets will be provided, but the course is open to cars and other users, and is not marked. You will get your cue sheet in trade for your signed waiver. Equipment must be a bicycle with two wheels, and only human power. CPSC approved helmets are required.

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    A big thank you to our presenting sponsor the Angry Catfish.  Without them, these benefit events would not be possible.  Thanks guys!

    2016 Gitchee Gumee Traverse

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    Race Details

    Who: You and Advocate Cycling Productions, and up to 150 other singletrack slayers

    What: Approximately 60 miles of urban singletrack criss-crossing Duluth

    When: 9:00 am start

    Where:Duluth, MN

    Why: To support the grand singletrack initiative of Duluth, MN and ride these excellent trails built by COGGS

    Cost: $60 – with all event proceeds going directly to COGGS to continue to build more trails

    New this year: Course design will continue to improve as new sections of singletrack are completed. Also, COGGS members and Duluth residents are helping with course design this year to create a course that flows together smoother

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    A big thank you to the Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop, they are our presenting sponsor that helps us bear the cost of these events.

    Rules: Signing of a liability release waiver will be required for you to take the start. Advocate Cycling Productions events are self-supported. Do not count on any aid stations on the course, bring enough food and water for the entire event, and be prepared to be in the woods as weather and course condition change. You are responsible for you!  Support from non-racers is not allowed, unless provided to every racer equally. The course is open to cars and other users, and is marked. Equipment must be a bicycle with two wheels, and only human power. CPSC approved helmets are required.

    Sign Up!: BikeReg for the Gitchee Gumee Traverse

    2016 Hungry Bear 100 Signup!

    We are pleased to announce the 2016 Hungry Bear 100 – a true wilderness gravel event around the Chequamegon National Forest.

    Starting off at 9am on May 7th, 2016, a max of 200 riders will choose either the 100 mile or 100k course, and this course is remote.  There is no support or stores anywhere on the 100k course, and there is only one diner on teh 100 mile course, around mile 65 (the Delta Diner).

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    The 2016 Hungry Bear 100 is presented by the Angry Catfish, we owe them tremendous thanks for backing our events, and bearing the cost of putting them on so that we can continue to accomplish our goals of donating all proceeds to cycling non-profits.

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    This year’s beneficiary of the Hungry Bear 100 is Bicycles for Humanity, or more specifically, creating a MN/WI Chapter of Bicycles for Humanity.  B4H is an organization that collects donated, used bicycles, and places them with a community in Africa, complete with tools and spare parts, to create an economy around using bicycles to improve transportation.

    Signup is open, and we are using the very simple BikeReg.com system this year.  So just follow this link, and sign up now!  https://www.bikereg.com/hungry-bear-100

    See you out there!

    Tim & Odia

    Chequamegon 100 Race Day Info

    Information for the Chequamegon 100

    PRE-RACE MEETING
    The Pre-Race meeting & pasta feed will be taking place at Lakewoods Resort, on Country Highway M, outside of Cable, starting at 6pm on Friday evening.  You will be able to pick up your race packet, get a good meal, and hear any last minute details about the event.  It is highly recommended that you attend.

    MORNING REGISTRATION
    Look for the Wolftooth Components tent to get your number plate on race morning if you were not able to attend the Friday night meeting. It will be available from 6:00am to 7:50am.

    DROP BAGS
    You will receive a Ziploc bag with your number plate and other items, and it is your drop bag for 100 mile riders.  Due to people bringing abnormally large items, your items for the drop point must fit in this bag.  On race morning, you will be directed to put them in the back of a truck for transport to the 60 mile point.  There are no drop bags for the 62 mile race.

    RACE START
    The 100 mile race will start at 7am, on Rock Lake Road just across from Lakewoods. The 62 mile will start at 8am, on Rock Lake Road just across from Lakewoods

    COURSE
    The course will be fully marked with tape and arrows.  The trails are open to the public, and roads are still open and in use by cars.  Because of this, not every intersection is taped, but all are marked clearly with directions.  The GPX files are also available for download.

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    These are Public Dropbox links.  Because they are direct files, you will need to Right Click -> Save As to save the file to your computer, and then upload it to your device.  If you just click the link you will get a webpage with jibberish.

    CUE SHEET FOR BOTH EVENTS

    There is active logging on Hatchery Creek, and due to that, there may be re-routes in that area.  On any trails south of Mosquito Brook Road, you will need to know that route markers and signs are CORRECT, and your cue sheets and/or GPS may be wrong.  This is because we are trying to use as much trail as possible, but we may not know how much we can use until Friday.

    WATER
    There is water available at Hatchery Creek checkpoint on the 100 mile course.  It is the only tested, reliable water source.  There is no reliable water source on the 62 mile course.  There are untested water sources possible at Namekagon Town Hall, Telemark resort, and Highway 00 crossing, but they are not guaranteed, and use at your own risk

    TIMING
    We have adopted an Android-based timing system this year.  When you finish, check in at the Wolftooth Components tent to have your time recorded.  Results will be posted online via Webscorer.com very soon after the race is complete.

    AFTER PARTY
    Please join us at the Rivers Eatery for pizza and beer.  Fastest racer hugs and some swag will be presented at 7pm.  Then sit around the campfire with us, have another beer, and be glad that you enjoyed a full day of Type 2 fun.

    SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND!

    The 2015 Chequamegon 100, and our promise of 100% of the registration fees going to CAMBA is made possible by

    Let’s Vote Duluth!

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    Friends of The Green Tunnel –

    Duluth needs our help to get $100,000 of funding for trail building from Bell Helmets. As we are venturing up to Duluth this fall for our inaugural event in the area, winning this will only make racing and riding in the midwest that much better!

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    Changing Our Behaviour Might Be The Most Powerful Cycling Advocacy Yet

    “It’s time to acknowledge that if you’re using sex to sell your product, what you are doing is lazy and harmful. In short, cycling will be richer and better accepted once the locker room antics stop.”

    Patrick Brady has written a very insightful piece about how we can be cycling advocates by simply changing our behaviour, instead of working really hard to get people into cycling, we just have to simply stop rejecting 51% of the population.

    Worth a read….

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    The Hungry Bear 100 Is Coming Up Fast

    The inaugural Hungry Bear 100 is less than two weeks away, so we felt it was time to issue an update!

    Registration: This will take place starting at 7:00 in the morning, in the parking lot of Ideal Market, in downtown Cable, WI.  All you need to bring is ID, and we will have you sign a waiver, and give you your number plate.

    Parking: There is very limited parking in downtown Cable, so you are asked to please park in the parking lot of the old Cable school.  Check out the cool graphic I made to show you where you can and cannot park.

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    Course: We have covered the entire course last weekend, and it is in excellent shape.  Almost entirely gravel forest roads, there is also a bit of pavement in the mix, as well as just a few hundred yards of “interesting”.  Many people have asked what the course is, but you will just need to ride it to find out.  We have modified the course, so that both the 60 mile and the 100 mile start and end in Cable.  The finish will be back in Cable, right where you registered. You will receive a cue sheet when you register.

    After: The Rivers Eatery has graciously agreed to host us again, so we can hang out and drink beer and give some award hugs to the winners.  Please plan on joining us after the race.

    Lodging: People have asked where to stay.  Check out Matt Dale’s page www.haywardrentals.com.  Matt is one of the local trail builders, and has some good places.  Also check out the full listing of local places at www.cable4fun.com/stay

    Other Questions?  Send them to us at tim@thegreentunnel.com.  Thanks, and see you on May 9th!

    Charly Tri Finishes The Iditarod Trail 350, Tells Us About Riding From Knik

    Hi everyone, I am Charly Tri.  I had the opportunity to race the Iditarod Trail Invitational for a second time this year.  In this race we travel on the Iditarod Trail either the 350 or 1,000 mile distance, conquering whatever the elements lay out in this vast expanse of wild Alaska.  The crew here at Green Tunnel gave me the opportunity to say “hi”, so here I am.  Hi.

    The ITI is an amazing race in so many ways.  You will be pushed to the limits emotional, physically, and spiritually as you attempt to reach the finish line, all while knowing that rescue is next to impossible.  I traveled the 350 mile route again as I would be left without a wife if attempting to be gone long enough for the full 1,000 miler.  Thanks for letting me share.

    Here is the link to the first part of my recap 

    The Iditarod, Minnesota-Style

    It isn’t often that a cycling story makes it into mainstream news, but this story about some hearty Minnesotans tackling the Iditarod trail on fat bikes made it onto Minnesota Public Radio today.  We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some of these fine folks over the past few years as participants in the Chequamegon 100 event.

    The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the longest winter ultra marathon event.  The event includes both 350 and 1000 mile races, needing to successfully complete the shorter race to be eligible to participate in the latter in subsequent years.  With only 50 racers accepted each year, this race clearly isn’t for the faint of heart.

    Congratulations racers!  After you’ve finished counting your fingers and toes, we’d love to get a first-hand account of your experience…

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    Introducing the Hungry Bear 100

    On May 9th, 2015, come join us in Cable, WI for the Hungry Bear 100, an all-wilderness gravel race. Enjoy the great northwoods in the spring, and maybe even see a waking black bear too!

    The Hungry Bear 100 will circle around Lake Namekagon, giving you a full wilderness gravel experience, without any stop lights, or convenience stores to refuel at.  You will need to prepare for everything, but you will get the benefit of 100 gorgeous miles in the Chequamegon National Forest.

    We like to think of gravel racing as the road racing for mountain bikers. So even though its not a direct fit, we are using the Hungry Bear 100 as a fundraiser to start a NICA league for Bayfield and Sawyer county students. As with all Advocate Cycling Productions events, 100% of the entry fee goes towards making cycling better in our communities.

    In order to donate 100%, we have great sponsors that help us pay the operational costs of these events.  Please make sure you patronize the Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and Twin Six Cycling Apparel whenever possible.

    Come join us.  Riders are limited to 200, so sign up now!

    www.hungrybear100.org