Thursday, December 26, 2013

2014 New Years Day Ride

It's that time of the year again.
 Get that first ride out of the way.  
Grab your bike and tell a friend. 
You can't ride all year if you don't ride New Year's Day.
 
 Depart from the Decorah Bikes Parking lot.
10:00 a.m.
Dress accordingly - it won't be hot.
I suggest shorts and socks made of Wool. 

You might say "I haven't been training!" 
Well guess what. "Neither have I".
I don't care if its Snowing or Raining.
Me and my buddies, we're still going to ride.
So put your hang-over in your pocket 
if New Year's Eve put your mind in a Fog
Randy's Store has a full docket, 
and completely stocked with Hair of the Dog.

See you Wednesday
 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sunday Funday Group Ride, Football, and TG Brews

This Sunday will be the first of many Sunday Fundays.  We will meet at the Bruening Bridge at 10:30 and proceed with a trail group ride of roughly 1.5 hours.  We will then head over to Toppling Goliath to watch the Packers, Vikings, and Bears.

If you want to have some fun you will come, if not maybe you will still have fun, just not with us.



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Group Night Ride This Saturday Nov 2nd

End of the season night ride, this Saturday at 6 p.m. We will meet at GT Park at 6 p.m. and go for a no drop group night ride.  Following the ride we will return to GT Park to break the new spot in DHPT style. Which means bring BEER, I will have eats.

If you don't know where GT Park is, it is located at the top of the switchbacks on Little Big Horn (look to the right), or at the top entrance of Little Big Horn ride about 100 yards and look to the left.

Lets get out for one last group activity before the weather turns to crap.

Monday, October 21, 2013

GT Park is now Open!

GT Park is now open for business. If you don't know where it is, get out and ride your bike, you will find it. Let's plan for a Enduro next week Tuesday to break it in right.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tuesday September 24th Birthday Ride

This Tuesday September 24th,  we will have a Time Trial meeting at the Pugsley Pit at 6:30. 

However this time trial will be my 40th Birthday, no drop group ride. We will ride for and hour or so then go back to the Pugsley Pit and Have some beers and grill some food.

Once again I will provide the eats, you bring some treats.  Remember to bring a light, it is getting dark pretty early these days.

Friday, September 13, 2013

DHPT Strava Course

The DHPT Strava course is now officially up and running.

Here is a link explaining how strava works: http://www.strava.com/how-it-works

The DHPT Strava course starts at The Luge.  Follow all of the Strava stickers placed on the brown fiberglass trail name poles.  Also look for white arrows on the pole signifying the direction of the next trail.  If there is an area with no signs around, look for an orange paint marking on a tree or an orange arrow.

The Strava course ends at the bottom of Boa, across from the parking lot on Ice Cave road.

Have strava up on your phone, in the record setting at the bottom left of your screen.  Start at the Luge, push stop at the end of Boa, then hit the checkered flag button to name the ride and save to strava.

Here is the Strava Course:

http://www.strava.com/segments/dhpt-strava-course-9-miles-5299704?utm_campaign=segment_share&utm_content=5299704&utm_medium=widget

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Time Trial Dual Slalom went down

Here is the bracket for one of the most fun Time Trials ever. It was a 10 man bracket, double elimination with spectators lining the course.  Rubbing is racing and there was plenty to go around.

Monday, September 9, 2013

September 2013 Meeting Agenda



Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, September 9, 2013

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call:

Treasurer’s Report
$4,447.57 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$325.52 in our checkbook.

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Reports of Officers, and Committees

Unfinished Business
Get Thank You letter in the Newspaper for Van Peenan Trails… a little history would be nice. (Kirk)
Night Race?
Spring Grove Trail
Trail Cam idea

Update on Fall CC Project

New Business
Pugsley Worlds? Date?
Other new business

Closing


August 2013 Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, August 5, 2013

8:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call: Lars Hovden, Kirk Johnson, Doug Osborn, Jeff O’Gara, Pete Blodgett, Deke Gosen, Jeff Friedhof, Ken Barker and Michelle Barker from LAMBA

Treasurer’s Report

Minutes from the Last Meeting
Motion by Lars and second by O’Gara to start meeting at 7:00 p.m. the rest of the year (unanimous)

Reports of Officers, and Committees

Unfinished Business
Get Thank You letter in the Newspaper for Van Peenan Trails… a little history would be nice.
KJ WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS
Night Race?  Sept 21? Or Oct. 28th?
 IF SOMEONE WANTS TO DO IT
Spring Grove Trail is having a grand opening in the Second Week do Oct. over “Uff Da Days” They would like us to promote a trail ride.
TRAIL IS A 2-MILE LOOP of HIKING ANN BIKING TRAILS. 10 MILES OF HORSE TRAILS

Fall Project:  Old Randy’s?
Pete will confer with Brad Wicks about using a small dozer to fix old Randy’s
OR
Larson’s Loop Addition? Need a group to look at it. Don’t want to build too close to neighbors. We need to invite Dennis Larson to an upcoming meeting to discuss property use and route etc…

New Business
Make $200 gift certificate to Gary T. for trail work. (motion by O’Gara, Second Kirk; Unanimous vote. (KIRK write a check.)
Jeff Ogara proposed looking into having a Trail Cam to photograph visitors to the trails. Estimated cost of $200-$400 for camera. (NEEDS MORE DISCUSSION)
Suggested that we need more interesting info posted on the blog.
We had 40 people use the trail map scan bars on the trails over Nordic Fest (4 from Norwegian phones!). 300 hits since we put them up.

Closing


Time Trial Dual Slalom Course

Hello All,

We will have a Time Trial of a whole new fashion this Tuesday, September 10th. It will be all downhill dual slalom racing on Public Television, utilizing the new trails that have been recently built by the Luther Cross Country team.  It will be a bracket competition, with double elimination.  This will be an exciting event.

Pugsley Pit.

We will start at 6:30, bring your lights, it will get dark.

I will provide Brats, you bring me BEER.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Time Trial Enduro This Tuesday

Hello All,

Summer is darn near over, so it's time to ramp it up a bit.  We will have a time trial enduro this Tuesday at the original DHPT spot, the Van Peenan prairie fire pit.  I rode by there the other day and was depressed that the fire pit was all grass, it is time to take it back.


The Enduro will start at 6:30, bring a light because it will be dark by the time we leave. I will bring the regular bounty of brats, you bring some beer.


Monday, August 5, 2013

August 2013 Meeting Agenda


August 2013 Meeting Agenda
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, August 5, 2013

8:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call:

Treasurer’s Report

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Reports of Officers, and Committees

Unfinished Business
Get Thank You letter in the Newspaper for Van Peenan Trails… a little history would be nice.
Night Race?  Sept 21? Or Oct. 28th?
Spring Grove Trail is having a grand opening in the Second Week do Oct. over “Uff Da Days” They would like us to promote a trail ride.

Fall Project:  Old Randy’s?
OR
Larson’s Loop Addition? Need a group to look at it. Don’t want to build too close to neighbors. We need to invite Dennis Larson to an upcoming meeting to discuss property use and route etc…

New Business

Closing

July 2013 Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, July 1 2013

8:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call: Jim Trip, Kirk Johnson, Steve Pasche, Captain, Jeff O’Gara, Eric Sovern, Jeff Friedhof, Lars Hovden, Mark Folkedahl

Treasurer’s Report
$8,000 plus in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$881.03 in the checkbook.

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Reports of Officers, and Committees
Unfinished Business

Get Thank You letter in the Newspaper for Van Peenan Trails… a little history would be nice.
Night Race?  Sept 21? Or Oct. 28th?

New Business
Change Trail Manager Salary to $15 per hour for 2014… No Guaranteed Salary amount.
1st: O’Gara; 2nd Kirk J. All Ayes.

Spring Grove Trail is having a grand opening in the Second Week do Oct. over “Uff Da Days” They would like us to promote a trail ride.

Fall Project:  Old Randy’s?

Larson’s Loop Addition? Need a group to look at it. Don’t want to build too close to neighbors. We need to invite Dennis Larson to an upcoming meeting to discuss property use and route etc…

Jeff Freidhof suggested a trail run event.

Closing


June 2013 Meeting Minutes
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, June 3, 2013

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call: Jim Trip, Kirk Johnson, Steve Pasche, Captain, Jeff O’Gara, Doug Osborn, Eric Sovcern

Treasurer’s Report
$8,000 plus in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$881.03 in the checkbook.

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Reports of Officers, and Committees
Unfinished Business
1.     Updated e-mail list.: Jeff O’gara has this. Lars can put on website.
2.    Fundraising/Sponsorships for 2013: Get sponsors’ websites linked to ours on our blogsite. Get decal for DB&T on front of trailer.  See Josh Giddings (KJ)

New Business
1.    Trail work for 2013: Keep on agenda a redo of Old Randy’s
2     Other Items
3.     DirtBurger 2013

Closing

Reminders:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)

Upcoming races/events:

Friday June 21-Sunday, June 23, 2013 --- Dirt Burger.
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Last July Time Trial/Criterium!!! July 30th 7 PM Glory Hole

There are only two days left in July. We need to ride our bikes more. 2 Lap Criterium/Time Trial - tomorrow Tuesday, July 30th 7 PM Glory Hole. Adult Beverages and Brats provided. You need to be there. Badass Unicorn.

Monday, June 3, 2013

June 2013 Meeting Agenda


June 2013 Meeting Agenda
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, June 3, 2013

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call

Treasurer’s Report
$3,006.82? in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$881.03 in the checkbook.

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Reports of Officers, and Committees
Unfinished Business
1.     Updated e-mail list.
2.    Fundraising/Sponsorships for 2013

New Business
1.    Trail work for 2013
2     Other Items
3.     DirtBurger 2013

Closing

Reminders:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)

Upcoming races/events:

Friday June 21-Sunday, June 23, 2013 --- Dirt Burger.
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May 2013 Meeting Minutes
By Marty Grimm
Decorah Human Powered Trails
Toppling Goliath
Monday, May 6, 2013

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call:

Treasurer’s Report
$3,006.82 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$881.03 in the checkbook (with $255.00 from Pugsley Worlds)  

Re: time trials

A)     Suggestions were made to change the classes.  Need additional classes beyond the 47+.  Perhaps make the classes 3-4 years rather than 2 year intervals.

B)      It was noted that we will eliminate the separation of overall male and female winner from the class placement.  Ie, if you are overall winner, you also win your class

C)      We need to either stop the race drinking and loitering in death valley, or DNF those riders and not hold up the volunteers at the finish line.

D)     Need to uphold the agreement with upper level DHPT sponsors by including their logo on race material and banners



Re: Other

A)     Marty suggested that DHPT do a ‘Trail Conditions Report’ on KPVL Community Radio.  Details of who and how need to be worked out.  I’ll present this idea to KPVL at the next meeting.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

First Time Trial Enduro of the Year

Yes, that is right and it is about Damn time.  We will be having our first Time Trial Enduro of the year next Tuesday, May 14th.  The location will be the infamous Pugsley Pit, teams will start to assemble at 6:30.  I will bring my usual brats, you bring me some Beer.

It is supposed to be a great day, so get out and ride your bike.

OG


May Meeting Minutes

Here is a brief rundown of the meeting Monday night, May 6, 2013, at Toppling Goliath from Marty Grimm

Re: time trials
A)     Suggestions were made to change the classes.  Need additional classes beyond the 47+.  Perhaps make the classes 3-4 years rather than 2 year intervals.

B)      It was noted that we will eliminate the separation of overall male and female winner from the class placement.  Ie, if you are overall winner, you also win your class.

C)      We need to either stop the loitering in death valley, or DNF those riders who hold up the race and the volunteers working at the finish line.

D)     Need to uphold the agreement with upper level DHPT sponsors by including their logo on race material and banners.

Re: Other
A)     Marty Grimm suggested that DHPT do a ‘Trail Conditions Report’ on KPVL Community Radio.  Details of who and how need to be worked out.  He will present this idea to KPVL at the next meeting.

Thanks, Marty, for taking the minutes! kj

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Trail Work Day this Sunday

Hello All, Despite the crappy weather, the Time Trials must go on and go on they will. We only have 10 days to get the trails ready to go and it looks like more rain for the next couple. We need to have a work day so we can finish the new beginner section of the River Trail for the kids race. We also need to get the rest of the trails groomed and ready to go for race day.

 What: Work on stuff

 When: Sunday the 21st, 10 a.m.

 Where: River Trail (west end, Dunning's side, or closest to TG, depending on your compass)

Who: Everyone


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Garlic Mustard Days of Destruction!

Dear Friends of the environment,

A reminder about our big garlic mustard events.  Mary Lewis just came back from flagging spots in Palisades we need to look at, with good news.  There is less than she expected, due to efforts from volunteers like you in previous years.  So we are definitely making progress!  The ground is thawed, it looks like we'll have good weather, in the 40's, and only a small chance of rain. 

(Special note to the group of Unitarians who have adopted Twin Springs: You will be getting another message about how the GM has not progressed so rapidly at Twin Springs, so the digging and pulling has been postponed until April 21.)

Here's the Info: 

Spring  is taking it’s time but the garlic mustard isn’t.  Here’s a reminder of our plans for destruction, hope you can join in.

Garlic mustard Days of Destruction!

Here are the gatherings that the new organization, Friends of Decorah Parks is planning.

Palisades park:  go on the gravel road past the entrance to the end of the road.
When: Sat. April 13  9:00-noon,  April 20  9:00-noon
Plan to arrive not later than 10, as we may be moving to other locations.
Bring gloves.  We’ll have hand diggers and hoes, but we could use more hoes.

If you’ve come in the past, we need your experience.  If not, we need your help. 
We need a lot of eyes out there.  

FoDP will plan events in other parks.  We also encourage you to think about adopting a plot.  

This is a great way to learn about this invasive, how to stop it, and have the immediate satisfaction of helping to save our parks.  

Send us a message if you’d like to be involved, or just show up.   Also if you know which day you can come, that would be nice to know.
If you have questions, contact Ellen Macdonald  ellenmac11@gmail.com  419-0339

Thanks for your support!

Decorah Time Trials!


Registration and other information Here! Please Note: The Decorah Time Trials will be held on SATURDAY, April 27, 2013... Not on Sunday as in years past.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 2013 Meeting Minutes



Decorah Human Powered Trails
Cooper’s Pub/The Oaks
Monday, April 1, 2013

7:00 p.m. Call to Order by VP Lee Hackman

Roll Call: Kirk Johnson, Lee Hackman, Eric Sovern, Jeff O’Gara, Lars Hovden, Doug Osborn, Richard Gosen

Treasurer’s Report
$3,006.82 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account (no change from last month)
$881.03 in the checkbook.

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Reports of Officers, and Committees
Unfinished Business
1.     Iowa Bike Coalition Meeting (Nothing new)
2.     Trail Clarity and Signage  (continued discussion)
General consensus reached to NOT place more maps in key areas on the trails. Remove map holders at trail kiosks and put the map website URLs there prominently. The main rationale for not putting up more maps is “Where does it end?” We have marked all the major intersections and put up four large kiosks, and maps are available on smartphone apps and on the internet.  It was suggested that we mark a couple of routes (one long and one short) with colored dots on the trail markers.
4.     Updated e-mail list.
Lars is working on this.
5.    Fundraising/Sponsorships for 2013
Fundraising letters are out to past sponsors.  Follow-up will commence shortly.

New Business
1.    Trail work for 2013
There are several trees down on the new “Beginner Trail” on the River Trail.  Trails will need raking before the Time Trials in a few weeks.  We will schedule a trail workday at the appropriate time when the trails are dry enough. Members are asked to watch for the e-mail when it is finally dry enough to get out for a big day. There was some discussion on the Right of Way construction/damage on The Luge.  We will need to wait to see what REC has in mind to possibly restore the landscape when they are done with their line work.
2.    Time Trials (update)
3.    Chainsaw Safety Equipment. Voted unanimously to purchase two sets of safety wear to go along with the clubs two chainsaws.  Two uni-fit helmets with ear/noise protection and screen faceguards; two sets of safety chaps (one Size L, and the other size M), and two pairs of safety (anti-vibration) gloves (one pair Med. One pair Large) have been ordered along with various other supplies for the saws and the weed whippers. Everything should be in early next week.
4.    Other Items: Andy Nimrod / Park and Rec. inquired about our interest to lead some kids’ recreational mountain biking classes for 5 weeks this summer.  All agreed that we would like to help and that a mid-morning time during the week one day per week for 5 weeks (one hour or so per session) would probably work for those members who can get away from their work for a short time on weekdays.

Closing

Reminders:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)

Upcoming races/events:

Saturday, April 27, 2013 --- Decorah Time Trials
Start Race at 2:00 p.m. Done by 6:00 p.m.  Sunday will be a fun club ride day for anyone staying over after Saturday’s race.
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Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, 2013 --- Dirt Burger

Friday, March 8, 2013

March 2013 Meeting Minutes


T-Bocks Sports Bar and Grill
Monday, March 4, 2013

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Roll Call: Kirk Johnson, Deke Gosen, Lee Hackman, Jef O’Gara, Pete Blodgett, Harlan Satrom, Lars Hovden, Jim Tripp.

Treasurer’s Report
$3,006.82 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account
$881.03 in the checkbook (with $255.00 from Pugsley Worlds)   

First new sponsor for 2013 is Decorah Bank and Trust.  We need to look into creating a new sticker for the trailer (front or rear) for the sponsor (measure the open space and create the logo for application.

Minutes from the Last Meeting: motion to approve, Lars, Second, Lee; All ayes.

Reports of Officers, and Committees
Unfinished Business
1.     Iowa Bike Coalition Meeting – nothing here
2.     Trail Clarity and Signage – lots of discussion here. It was suggested that we create some smaller maps at critical junctions in the parks so that hikers and those unfamiliar with the trails might find it easier to navigate and find exits. Preliminary list should be revisited for more discussion next month after Deke has time to “map the junctions.” We will need to run this idea past the Park and Rec Department for their approval before proceeding.

1.Entrance to Boa (at the “T”)
2.Top of Boa.
3.Top of Wold’s
4. Top of Palisades
5. Bottom of Palisades
6. Public Television (entrance)
7. Fred’s/First Right/(on Rocky Road)
8. Intersection of Dust Bowl/Horsey
9. West side of Pines
10. Death Valley
11. Rattlesnake, Backside convergence etc…
12. Larson’s Loop (ask landowners)
13. Mark Dunnings for Walkers only @ Wold’s Circle.
14. Top of Cross Country/Old Randy’s
15. $200 pledge to help pay for these markers from Harlan Satrom.

3.     2013 Pugsley Worlds – Saturday Feb. 23rd, 2013. (Event went well.)
4.     Updated e-mail list.  – nothing here.
5.     Trail Manager for 2013 – Jim accepted the position and would like some assistance from a paid helper. Luther student Nick Pearch has expressed interest in the job.  General agreement.

New Business
1.    Fundraising/Sponsorships for 2013 – formally ask Justin Gullekson, John Wilmes, and Troy Whitehill to take on the fundraising/sponsorship drive for 2013 as they did a great job last year.
2.    Trail work for 2013 – some discussion on chainsaw safety. No resolution
3.    Time Trials – added a kids race to the event. Sunday Brunch at Pugsley Pit.  Need to talk to landowner re: Time Trial Start area.
4.    Other Items

Closing

Reminders:
*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)

Upcoming races/events:

Saturday, April 27, 2013 --- Decorah Time Trials
Start Race at 2:00 p.m. Done by 6:00 p.m.  Sunday will be a fun club ride day for anyone staying over after Saturday’s race.