Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Meeting Minutes from May 8, 2012.


Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
T-Bocks Back Room
Tuesday May 8, 2012

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call: Jeff O’Gara, Lee Hackman, Justin Ratzlaff, Kirk Johnson, Pete Blodgett, Jeff Freidhof, Doug Osborn, Rich Gosen, Jim Tripp, Erik Sovern, Marc Folkedahl, Ron Moffitt.

Treasurer’s report: $1,734.91 in our Park and Rec. Acct.  ($624 of that is from Toppling Goliath’s Watershed Wheat Project).  $611.06 in the club checkbook.  $50 needs to be paid to Lee Hackman for last year’s parade candy (done May 28, 2012)

Approval of minutes

Reports:
Fundraising and sponsorships for 2012. 
Letters have been sent out to past sponsors.

28e Committee Request/TOW Trout Run Trail Phelps Park Connection.
Have had positive feedback on the trail link project.  News article/press release to follow.

Decorah Time Trials recap and discussion for next year’s event.
Some discussion on the short distance of the race… the good and the bad…  Cross traffic was discussed… Shorter distance makes for an easier transition to the end of race awards ceremony etc… Age categories should possibly be re-worked… Should the course add The Pines? Or Little Big Horn? It was proposed that we possibly move the Time Trials to Saturday afternoon and promote a Sunday Fun Day ride.

Old Business:
1. Website/Blog Responsibilities update. Nothing New.

            2. Trail building and maintenance for 2012.
Should we get a gas-powered generator to add to our tools?
We should pay another person (Possibly Kyle Lindquist) $10.00 per hour to do some “trail improvement work,” and some various shoring up of damaged trails.  We’d need to check with Park and Rec first about hiring this person.  Moved by O’Gara; second by Deke-Unanimous vote, Yes. 
Boa needs shoring.  Do we want to redo Old Randy’s this year?  Or not?

3. Club Clothing/Hats/Jerseys.  Nothing New.

4. NordicQuest, the date for this event has not been set.  Nothing New. (August date possibly).

5. Dirt Burger update for the Fri.-Sun., June 8-10, 2012 event.
McCaffrey’s will host live music, “Beet Root Stew” from 7-10pm Sat. night.  McCaffrey’s will pay for the band.  We need volunteers to collect $ at the door that night. Jeff O’Gara will take care of the camping area.
Need $50 for advertising with KDEC. Mention in local arts and entertainment page.

6. Night Shift Night Race update for the Saturday, September 29, 2012, event. Justin Ratzlaff volunteered to be the race director for the Night Shift.

New Business:
1. Decorah Open Streets Event Request (June 10th, 2012). (Sunday FOLLOWING DIRT BURGER)

“My name is Heidi Skildum and I am working on an exciting event that
will occur in Decorah on Sunday, June 10th called Decorah Open
Streets.  Decorah Open Streets is a celebration of personal, communal
and environmental wellness held on car free streets that are then Open Streets for activities of all kinds.

As part of the event, we would like to showcase some of the amazing
adventures available outside of Decorah's downtown district.  We are
hoping to advertise tours on our hiking and biking trails as well as
our waterways. I am wondering if Decorah Human Powered Trails would like to organize a mountain bike tour on our trails leaving the event at some point between 11 AM and 3 PM.  It is up to you if you would like to charge for the tour (everything else at the event is free) but we hope that participants could meet at the Decorah Open Streets event and then ride to the trail head.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to working with you.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Take care,
Heidi

For more information about Decorah Open Streets, check out

Jeff Freidhof and Kirk Johnson volunteered to lead a couple of short Mtn Bike Rides leaving from the Fareway parking lot at 12:00 Noon and 2:00 p.m.

2. Service Project/Canoe Landing.
Lots of discussion on this item.   It was proposed that DHPT construct  a canoe landing downstream from Twin Bridges. It would be a permanent structure (with acknowledgement that a large flood event could take it out.) made with railroad ties, large rocks and concrete . We’d need a generator.  Perhaps we rent one from Decorah Rental or see if Wicks Construction would have one to borrow. There would be a sign erected that says “Built by Decorah Human Powered Trails.”  It could be at the current “landing” where the stream empty’s into the river… or it could be moved to calmer water a little downstream. It was determined that such a project would fall into our mission. We should look into this further and discuss at the next meeting in June.  Motion to form a committee to come up with a plan and present a the next meeting (Committee chair: Deke; Doug Osborn, Jeff O’Gara, Jeff Freidhof).

3. Other Items?
Cuyuna Trip June 1-3, 2012.  Depart 8:00 am, Ride Lebanon at 11:00 am on way up to Cuyuna. Deke will get a campsite. Return Sunday.
FUTURE Meeting Times and Ride Times:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro.
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro.


ADJOURNED

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Trail Build Article from Decorah Newspapers

Monday, May 21, 2012

Time Trials THIS Wed 5/23 6:30pm

Evening Time Trials THIS Wednesday - 5/23.
Pug Pit - 6:30pm.
Bring refreshments, something to grill, or whatever.
Don't forget your helmet, light, fire protective clothing, and sense of adventure.

This will kick off the new summer DHPT schedule which looks something like this:
-First Tuesday of the month: Meeting
-Second Tuesday of the month: Group ride / TT's
-Fourth Wed. of the month: Group ride / TT's

And in the words of our good friend Peewee Herman: "I don't make monkeys, I only train'em!"

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dirt Burger just a hop, SKIP, and a jump away...

That's right folks.... that special time of the year that you wait for ever so patiently is almost here. 
The 4th Annual DIRT BURGER!!!
June 8-9-10, Decorah, IA

From the dirty, dirty mouth of Skip Bernet himself:
http://surlybikes.com/blog/post/bicycling_events_you_should_attend

"The fourth annual Dirt Burger celebration of mountain bikes, sleeping under a bridge, bonfires, and adult beverages. This year's Burger will be held the weekend of June 8-10 in the aforementioned quaintness of Decorah. This is a loosely organized event based on the premise that you don't always have to be racing to get together for fun times on your two-wheeler.
Dirt Burger will also coincide with a fund raiser for the Decorah Human Powered Trails group at McCaffrey's Dolce Vita pizza restaurant. We'll feature the same band that played last year - Beet Root Stew. I defy you to not dance like an idiot when these gents play their brand of bluegrassy, jug bandy, laid backy radness. They'll play starting at 7pm on Saturday the 9th and folks riding bikes out to their pad will get a discount on admission. All the dough will go toward continuing the great work that DHPT does to keep the trails fancy.
We'll also be determining the World Bucketball Championships for 2012 at the Dirt Burger at the BrauSovCor Bucketball Invetational. Imagine bike polo without mallets or skinny jeans, and a 5 gallon pickle bucket in place of the ball and you're on the right track. Wear gloves and shoes for this one, and don't bring a bike you don't want scuffed."

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 That's pretty much it in a nutshell. You know Skip, not much for the details, which is what keeps this nice little event just that. It is worth noting that; um, it's free. Camping is free. There will be bikes - some people may actually ride them or be willing to show you around Decorah's rad ass 20 miles of single track (about 150 yds from camping). You should bring everything that you think you may need. Keg of Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza? Sure- why the hell not?  It may also be worth noting that Toppling Goliath Brewery is a nice & short ride along the river away as well, as is downtown with it's lovely selection of dining, shopping, and drinking establishments.     

If you are really looking for more information on this event and want to know the nitty gritty or have 1,043 questions about the details, we suggest thinking twice about showing up. No we don't, we suggest you email <sov@surlybikes.com>. Hell, send him an email even if you don't have any questions - word on the street is that he gets hella' board in his SMC (Surly Man Cave).

See you at the Dirt Burger!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Time Trial Enduro Tue May 15th

We will have a Time Trial at The Van Peenen fire pit, next Tuesday May 15th. We will be using the team enduro format for this time trial and we will begin picking teams at 6:15. I will bring something to eat, you bring me something to drink. Remember it will get dark, so bring a light. See you all There.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Share the Love, and the Gravel

Yes, There IS a DHPT Meeting tonight.  That agenda is below this post.  Before you check that out, check this out.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Proposed Meeting Agenda / T-Bocks / Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.


Proposed Meeting Agenda
Decorah Human Powered Trails
T-Bocks Back Room
Tuesday May 8, 2012
7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call

Treasurer’s report: $1,734.91 in our Park and Rec. Acct.  ($624 of that is from Toppling Goliath’s Watershed Wheat Project).  $611.06 in the club checkbook.

Approval of minutes

Reports:
Fundraising and sponsorships for 2012.

28e Committee Request/TOW Trout Run Trail Phelps Park Connection.

Decorah Time Trials recap and discussion for next year’s event.

Old Business:
1. Website/Blog Responsibilities update.

            2. Trail building and maintenance for 2012.

3. Club Clothing/Hats/Jerseys.

4. NordicQuest, the date for this event has not been set.

5. Dirt Burger update for the Fri.-Sun., June 8-10, 2012 event.

6. Night Shift Night Race update for the Saturday, September 29, 2012 event.

New Business:
1. Decorah Open Streets Event Request (June 10th, 2012).

“My name is Heidi Skildum and I am working on an exciting event that
will occur in Decorah on Sunday, June 10th called Decorah Open
Streets.  Decorah Open Streets is a celebration of personal, communal
and environmental wellness held on car free streets that are then Open Streets for activities of all kinds.

As part of the event, we would like to showcase some of the amazing
adventures available outside of Decorah's downtown district.  We are
hoping to advertise tours on our hiking and biking trails as well as
our waterways. I am wondering if Decorah Human Powered Trails would like to organize a mountain bike tour on our trails leaving the event at some point between 11 AM and 3 PM.  It is up to you if you would like to charge for the tour (everything else at the event is free) but we hope that participants could meet at the Decorah Open Streets event and then ride to the trail head.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to working with you.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Take care,
Heidi

For more information about Decorah Open Streets, check out

2. Service Project/Canoe Landing

3. Other Items?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

2012 Decorah Time Trials Results



90 riders registered for the 22nd Annual Decorah Time Trials. The course this year was approximately 6 miles long. Overall Male winner was Brian Eppen of Iowa City with a time of 0:26:17.13 and Overall Female winner was Robin Williams of Iowa City with a time of 0:35:57.74.  Plaques were awarded two deep in each age class (overall winners were ineligible) and cash was given the first 7 males and the first 2 females to finish. 

1st and 2nd  in each class, respectively
Female Open:  Abigail Durkee, Des Moines, IA; Nicole O’Gara, Decorah
Male 14-18:    Evan Hartig, Dubuque, IA; Neil Clement, Cresco
Male 19-23:    CJ Adams, Ames, IA; Justin Ratzlaff, Decorah
Male 24-25:    Justin Krogmann, Austin, MN; Lars Hovden, Ridgeway
Male 26-27:    Trevor Rockwell, Decorah; Scott Marx, De pere, WI
Male 28-29:    Tyler Heibel, Fountain, MN; Jim Tripp, Decorah
Male 30-31:    Kevin McConnell, Iowa City; Kaleb Himli, Wykoff, MN
Male 32-33:    Brian Fuhrmann, Waukon, IA; Joshua Blum, La Crosse, WI
Male 34-35:    Ben Shockey, Decorah; Keith Snoop, Marion, IA 
Male 36-37:    Matt Dorsett, Decorah; (no 2nd place)
Male 38-40:    Devin Curran, Onalaska, WI; Josh Shively, La Crosse, WI
Male 41-43:    Rob Houlihan, Cedar Falls, IA; Eric Clement, Cresco
Male 44-46:    Marc Folkedahl, Decorah; Don Maschka, Mason City, IA
Male 47+:       Roger Lundsten, La Crosse, WI; Gunnar Schwarz, Decorah

 For the complete listing of all times / participants please visit the Decorah Parks and Recreation Page (scroll to the bottom...). We will work to post the full listings here ASAP! 

Thanks for riding and SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!