Archive: September, 2011

Road biking with the McCarthy family. . . .

by Olwe

Amanda (foreground) and sister Kate McCarthy (behind Amanda), friends Nick (back left) and Brendan (back right) just finished a road tour up and east of Grand Marais on 61. They’re riding Trek road bikes. The McCarthy family, of St. Paul, is staying in their cabin on Devil’s Track. This reporter informed them of the many opportunities for mountain and cross biking, too.

Sightings. . . .

Here’s a classic Gitane owned by Lenna Sobanja:


She got it here at the shop. This classic bike has a lugged cro-mo steel frame with down-tube shifters, center-pull caliper brakes, and a classic-style double chain ring crank set. We added cross-style brake levers to help the smaller rider.

Sawtooth Challenge 2011

Hey, before we say anything, maybe check out the photo album here and here. Then take a look at the race results here.

This year’s Sawtooth Challenge happened on a wonderful day. August 27, 2011 was sunny and not too hot.

Glowingly beautiful August North Shore morning!

The race got underway at 10:00 a.m. Tim was the pace rider out of town until the snow mobile trail just north of the new Gunflint Trail road. From then on the riders raced up the hill to the Pincushion parking lot, then on to the stadium area. Once there, they broke out into the three classes Expert, Sport, and Citizen. The Sport Class included two loops of the main outer Pincushion Trail for a total of 15 miles, the Expert three loops for 21 miles.

Colin Pendziwol, of the Black Sheep Mountain Bike Club, Thunder Bay was our Expert Class winner.

Colin after his winning 2:04:21 effort.

Doug Osborn of Decorah, Iowa won the Sport Class with a time of 1:41:15.

Times were comparable to last year’s.

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