Well, we were finally able to pull off a summer race. Last year, record rainfalls washed out the race, and this June the Big Wheel Ballyhoo was canceled due to record flooding in the area. This time around every thing worked out great. We had a beautiful day, great course and a lot of fun people who made it successful. Thanks to Decorah Park and Rec department for all of their help and support - we couldn't do it without them.
We have been putting races on in Decorah since the early eighties, and we have always been complimented on the quality of our single track. Lots of single track is great for the time trials every spring, but it doesn't lend itself to mass start events very well. We started night races in in 2003 as a way to experiment with a mass start event without a whole lot of people, and we have always received the same criticism - not enough distance between the start of the race and the start of the single track. This race started on the gravel road leading up to the park entrance of Van Peenen. And the word to remember here is up. This was the longest climb of the day, and gave the riders plenty of time to get sorted out before entering the single track.
Even though the turnout wasn't that large, there was a lot of good energy out on the course that day. The riders helped each other out, and and the volunteers worked hard to make things go smooth. We had no prize list or promotional items, but we bought every one burgers and beer afterwards at T-Bocks. The fun continued for hours.
If you didn't make it this year, make sure you show up next year. The course is fun and challenging, and has a bit of every thing for every body.