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    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!

    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!

    www.voteduluth.com

    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….

    http://redkiteprayer.com/2015/05/too-many-white-guys/

    Hansi Talks On Getting What We All Want…

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    Sometimes we think we “deserve” something, but the truth is, it all must be worked for. Hansi Johnson is probably the hardest working of them all, devoting a huge part of his life to mountain bikers, and now going further to give even more to all outdoor sports enthusiasts around Duluth. He knows the path to being a successful advocate, and he recently posted a little bit about the compromise that goes into getting what we want.

    Compromise: The fine art of giving and taking from an advocate’s perspective on Universal Klister

    Fatbiking Brings Some Good Trail Recognition To The Upper Midwest

     

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    photo courtesy of Chris Young from New Moon in Hayward, WI

    We all know a little secret – mountain biking in the upper Midwest is some of the best anywhere. In the past, we never received recognition for that, but the times, they are changing. The massive trailbuilding efforts by our local orgs has helped give national attention to places like Copper Harbor, Duluth and CAMBA.

    Fatbiking has been a hidden gem though, with the popularity of the sport also highlighting the expansive network we have.

    This great article on Singletracks shows off 3 of my favorite trails, and gives recognition to the hard work of those out there grooming the singletrack so we can all ride 12 months a year.  Check it out!

    The 10 Best Fat Biking Trails on Singletracks

    What Is The Green Tunnel?

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    Welcome to The Green Tunnel. I cannot recall, but last summer, I read an article about the upper Midwest’s excellent riding in a national publication, and the writer described it as “riding through a green tunnel”. It resonated with me, because although I have ridden a mountain bike around the world, there is nothing like the excellent singletrack we have.

    Having worked in the cycling industry for about 17 years now, I know firsthand that there is a ton of energy dedicated towards the gear. Although the gear is only a means to an end, we tend to concentrate on it. Don’t get me wrong, I love it too, and it has kept me employed for a very long time. I wonder what it would be like to put that much energy into making riding better…

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