Friday, September 28, 2012

The American Gothic Gravel Invitational™ Sunday, 21 October 2012, 12:00 pm – High Noon

A good-ol-timey, FREE-OF-CHARGE 60-mile bike race across the gravel roads of Linn County, Iowa. Yes, IOWA!
Everyone gets: A mouthful of dust, satisfaction, a nice view, camaraderie, the attached cue-sheet keepsake (makes a great re-gift just in time for the holidays), BONUS POSTER (suitable for framing, put it on your mantle – NEATO!), and grub at Zoey’s at 6 pm post-race (bring a few bucks if you're hungry and interested: http://zoeyspizza.com/ ). While I can’t guarantee romance, a flat tire or saddle-induced hemorrhoids, if the fates are with ya, you may leave with a story to tell (who said you can’t use ‘romance’ and ‘hemorrhoids’ in the same sentence?).
One person gets: The grand prize, IF:
1 He/she is indeed first,
2 He/she signs in when done with his/her finish time,
3 He/she also includes his/her email address and the phrase “I’m #1, you pathetic losers”.
This year’s grand prize includes the now-traditional 12-pack of Hamm’s (from the land of sky-blue waters), plus a Twin Six short-sleeve jersey of your choice (check ‘em out at TwinSix.com).
Rules: Sign the notebook before the start (just like last year). We roll out as a group at noon (just like last year). Once we hit gravel on the other side of Highway 13, the race is on. (You turds that jumped the gun in 2011 have each been given four demerits to be doled out when you least expect it.) Follow the cue sheets until you hit the finish. Once there, sign the notebook with your name and finish time (using the cheap Timex next to the notebook). No aid stations. No outside help. Don’t cheat. Ride safe. When you cross the highway(s), look and then look again. The roads are open and the farmers are working harder than you, yeah YOU. Stay outta their way. And don't, don't, don't litter. 
Cue sheets: Attached. These are the only directions you’ll receive. No one is bringing extras… NO ONE. Print ‘em. Bring ‘em. Lose ‘em and you'd better find someone to ride with. If you bring a buddy, make a copy for him/her or make sure your pal doesn’t get lost.
Start/Finish: Indian Creek Elementary School parking lot (by the OLD football field), 2900 Indian Creek Road, Marion, IA.
Fine print: You’re receiving this because you’re one of a select group (okay, not select…just a friend of a friend of a friend…chances are, I don’t know you and we’ll never meet again). If you want to bring along a kindred spirit, great. In fact, I encourage it. If he/she is a jerk, you and only you will be held accountable in the court of public opinion, in which case I fear for you and your jerk friend.
Finer print: In the event of a tie, the 100-yd Grant Wood Dash of Death will be held at the adjacent track.
Finest print: YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. There is no sag wagon (though I will again ride ceremonial DFL to chat it up with the slow-pokes). If you get a flat, fix it. If you break down, work some magic or start walking. No one is coming to save you (unless you have a very forgiving spouse, child, parent or domestic partner). You got into it, you get out of it. Offer a helping hand if someone needs it.
For more information: There is no more information. It’s all written above.
See you soon,
Crazy Pete

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Meeting Minutes from Monday, Sept. 10, 2012


Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, Sept. 10, 2012

7:11 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call: Lee Hackman, Kirk Johnson, Doug Osborn, Jeff O’Gara, Pete Blodgett, Lars Hovden, Marc Folkedahl, John Wilmes, Deke Gosen, Feff Friedhof, Justin Ratzlaff, Elliott Drake.

Treasurer’s Report
$5,251.88 at Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$635.03 in the checkbook

Approval of Minutes Motion by Doug; second by Lars. Unanimous.

Reports of Officers, and Committees:
1.     Trail Building – Boa
Elliott Drake and SHOC from Luther want to help complete the work on Boa. Meet Saturday at 1:00 at the bottom of the Luge.
2.     Trail Building – Motion by Kirk; second by Doug; to move next major workday back to October. Unanimous.

Unfinished Business
1. Night Shift Race Sept 29th. Moved to October 13th due to conflicts with La Crosse bikers schedule of events. Event Registration at 6:00 p.m. Race at 7:00 p.m. Justin will do the course.
2. Scan bar icons” on the kiosks. Gets better all the time. We can add information to the Map
3. Heavy duty “Pop-Up Tent” for events with our DHPT Logo on it.
Discussed various sizes for tents from 20x20 to 10x10. Motion to order a 10x10 black tent with sides; logo in silver lettering from Denver Tents. Motion by Ogara; second by Justin. Unanimous.
            4. DHPT Hats. Captain and Lars are working on this.
            5. IMBA Destination discussion.  Drop the discussion until next year.

New Business
1.     Pugsley Worlds. Discussion on venue. Volga suggested by Deke. No Date set. Table til October.
2.     Trail Map Descriptions
3.     Other Items

Closing

Reminders:
*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.

Upcoming races/events:
            Saturday September 29th: Captains DHPT Fall Festival…
Pugsley Pit at 4:00 p.m
           
13th Oct.: Nightshift
31st Oct.: Sugarbottom Halloween Ride
15th Dec.: Snowbike in Platteville

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Captain's 1st annual Fall Festival

Captain proposed the idea of having a bike gathering to celebrate the end of Summer and beginning of Fall. So I am here to spread the gospel of our good disciple Lee Hackman AKA "The Captain", amen brother. This Saturday September 29th Captain will be at the Pugsley Pit, at 4 p.m. He will be armed with beer, wieners, and the threat of a good time. If you embrace the ideology of having a good time, stop on by. There may be group rides, possibly an enduro, or a time trial, nobody knows. Bring your bike or walk on up, it's up to you. Captain plans to have an all nighter and his only request is that you bring something to pass around, like chips or his personal favorite, pretzels. It looks to be a beautiful evening, so don't miss out, or stay home and watch TV, I don't care.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tuesday Night Time Trial

We will have a Time Trial this Tuesday night at the Glory Hole. Timing will begin at 6:30 and conclude whenever the last person decides to ride. We will be riding a very special new trail that was just completed this Saturday. So come out and enjoy some fresh dirt. I will bring something to eat, because I am good like that. You bring something to drink, because I said so. Don't forget your lights, it is getting dark fast up in dem der hills.

Come get yourself some.....SON...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September Meeting Tentative Agenda


Meeting Agenda
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, Sept. 10, 2012

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call

Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Minutes

Reports of Officers, and Committees:
1.     Trail Building – Boa
2.     Trail Building – other?

Unfinished Business
1. Night Shift Race Sept 29th.
2. Scan bar icons” on the kiosks.
3. Heavy duty “Pop-Up Tent” for events with our DHPT Logo on it.
            4. DHPT Hats.
            5. IMBA Destination discussion.

New Business
1.     Pugsley Worlds.
2.     Trail Map Descriptions
3.     Other Items

Closing

Reminders:
*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.

Upcoming races/events:
            23rd Sept: Blockhouse in Platteville
            29th Sept: Nightshift
            31st Oct: Sugarbottom Halloween Ride
            15th Dec: Snowbike in Platteville