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MIDWEST EVENTS MAY/JUNE 2017

Bike Tuning for the Best Year Ever The Science of Bike Fit Fueling Cyclists Strength and Mobility Training

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On the Cover: Sawtooth Mountain Challange 2016, Grand Marais, MN; photo by Adam Harju

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13 Mobility & Strength for Cycling 14 Bike Tuning for the Best Year Ever! 15 Cycling through the Summer: tours and day trips 16 The Science Behind Bike Fit 18 Race Spotlight: 2 Tris to Try 19 Get Rid of Cycling Related Neck and Shoulder Pain Forever 20 Fueling Cyclists: is the power in the protein?

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Glenwood, MN

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Cloquet, MN

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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Moose Lake, MN

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Hastings, MN

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St. Paul, MN

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East Grand Forks, MN

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Richfield, MN

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Chaska, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

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Wayzata, MN

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Minnapolis, MN

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Duluth, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

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St. Joseph, MN

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5/21

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St. Paul, MN

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Maple Grove, MN

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5/21

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Green Bay, WI

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5/13

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Estherville, IA

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5/21

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St. Paul, MN

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Eau Claire, WI

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Duluth, MN

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Little Falls, MN

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Red Wing, MN

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St. Paul, MN

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St. Paul, MN

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Hopkins, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

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New Richmond, WI

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Duluth, MN

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Willmar, MN

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Hutchinson, MN

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McGregor, MN

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Perham, MN

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Stillwater, MN

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Winona, MN

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Madison, WI

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Duluth, MN

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Duluth, MN

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Madison, WI

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Alexandria, MN

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St. Paul, MN

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5/29

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Minneapolis, MN

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5/29

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Eden Prairie, MN

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St. Paul, MN

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Duluth, MN

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White Bear Lake, MN

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6/3

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Center City, MN

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Columbia, MO

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Bloomington, MN

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New Salem, ND

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6/3

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Forest Lake, MN

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6/3

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Lanesboro, MN

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6/3

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Fergus Falls, MN

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6/3

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Waconia, MN

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6/3

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Champlin, MN

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Forest Lake, MN

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6/3

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Minneapolis, MN

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6/4

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Duluth,MN

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6/4

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Deadwood, SD

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Bloomington, MN

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6/10

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6/10

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Storm Lake, IA

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6/10

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Hopkins, MN

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6/10

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Minneapolis, MN

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6/10

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Mackinac Island, MI

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6/10

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6/10

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Ramsey, MN

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6/10

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Pickstown, SD

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6/10

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Eden Prairie, MN

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6/10

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St. Paul, MN

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6/10

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6/10

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Fargo, ND

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6/10

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Milwaukee, WI

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6/13

Fargo Brewing Co. 5K

Fargo, ND

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6/16

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White Bear Lake, MN

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6/15

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Hillsboro, ND

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6/16

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Hutchinson, MN

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6/17

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Farmington, MN

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6/17

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Little Falls, MN

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6/17

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Zumbrota, MN

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6/17

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Little Falls, MN

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6/17

Run by the River, 15K, 5K, Kids Run

Hutchinson, MN

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6/18

Greenway’s Viking Grid Iron Gallop

Minneapolis, MN

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6/18

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Mountain Lake, MN

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6/18

Fathers Day 5K

Maple Grove, MN

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6/18

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Mendota Hts., MN

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6/18

Star Tribune Father’s Day Ugly Tie 5K

Minneapolis, MN

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6/21

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St. Paul, MN

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Long Lake, MN

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6/23

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Duluth, MN

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6/23

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Alexandria, MN

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6/24

Circle of Life Half Marathon

Lake City, MN

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6/24

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Sioux Falls, SD

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6/24

Get Your Rear in Gear - Rochester

Rochester, MN

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6/24

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Minneapolis, MN

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6/24

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Redwood Falls, MN

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6/24

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Rochester, MN

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6/24

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Willmar, MN

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6/24

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Roseville, MN

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6/24

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Eau Claire, WI

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6/25

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Minneapolis, MN

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6/25

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St. Cloud, MN

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6/26

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St. Paul, MN

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6/28

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St. Paul, MN

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6/29

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St. Paul, MN

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7/1

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Black River Falls, WI

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7/1

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Andover, MN

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7/1

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Black River Falls, WI

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7/1

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LaCrosse, WI

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7/1

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Zimmerman, MN

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7/1

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Bowlus, MN

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7/2

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Nisswa, MN

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7/2

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Spicer, MN

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7/4

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Delano, MN

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7/4

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Ely, MN

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7/4

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Coon Rapids, MN

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7/4

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Maple Grove, MN

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St. Peter, MN

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5/20

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Lutsen, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

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5/21

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Hastings, MN

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Stewartville, Mn

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5/21

Salomon CITYTRAIL Loppet 10 Mile 10K

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Walker, MN

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5/24

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Eagan, MN

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7/4

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Park Rapids, MN

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5/24

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Superior, WI

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Red Wing, MN

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5/27

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Rush City, MN

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Excelsior, MN

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6/3

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Decorah, IA

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International Falls, MN

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6/3

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Eyota, MN

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7/4

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Siren, WI

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6/4

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Deadwood, SD

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7/4

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Bemidji, MN

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6/7

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Duluth, MN

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7/4

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Eden Prairie, MN

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6/10

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Brainerd, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

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Bismarck, ND

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Bemidji, MN

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Brainerd, MN

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Marshall, MN

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Faribault, MN

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Rochester, MN

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5/6

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Duluth, MN

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5/6

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Hudson, WI

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5/7

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Mankato, MN

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5/7

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Alexandria, MN

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6/10

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Lakeville, MN

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6/10

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Pelican Rapids, MN

Trail Run

6/10

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Kenosha, WI

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6/10

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St. Croix Falls, WI

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6/10

Bark Beetle Trail Race

Custer, SD

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6/14

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Plymouth, MN

Trail Run

6/25

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Eau Claire, WI

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6/25

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St. Cloud, MN

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6/26

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Lake Geneva, WI

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7/1

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Afton, MN

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7/4

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Mercer, WI

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7/4

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Tofte, MN

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5/7

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Fergus Falls, MN

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5/7

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Grand Rapids, MN

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5/13

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La Grange, WI

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5/7

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Hutchinson, MN

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5/20

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St. Joseph, MN

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5/7

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Park Rapids, MN

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5/27

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Booneville, IA

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Minneapolis, MN

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St. Cloud, MN

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Des Moines, IA

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La Grange, WI

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5/20

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Northern Lakes, MN

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6/23

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Sturgis, SD

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5/20

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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7/1

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Hastings, MN

Ultra

5/20

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Sioux Falls, SD

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5/20

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St. Joseph, MN

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6/3

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Minneapolis, MN

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6/10

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Sioux Falls, SD

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Excelsior, MN

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5/20

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Boulder Junction, WI

Offroad Tri

6/3

Winnebago Outdoor Adventure Race

Forest City, IA

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6/10

Chippewa Triathlon

Cass Lake, MN

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5/6

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Faribault, MN

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6/24

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Minneapolis, MN

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5/6

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Milaca, MN

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8/26

Fat Tire Triathlon

Seeley, WI

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5/6

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Grand Marais, MN

Trail Run

8/27

Kinni-ator Adventure Challenge

River Falls, WI

Offroad Tri

5/7

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Duluth, MN

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5/6

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Alexandria, MN

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Farmington, MN

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5/6

TriByKnight

Waverly IA

Triathlon

5/13

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Battle Creek, St. Paul, MN Trail Run

5/7

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Minnetonka, MN

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5/13

Ice Age Trail 13.1 M, 50K, 50M

La Grange, WI

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Columbia, MO

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5/14

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Duluth, MN

Trail Run

5/13

Tri4Grace Memorial Triathlon

River Falls, WI

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5/17

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Duluth, MN

Trail Run

5/20

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Houston, MN

Triathlon

5/20

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Woodville, WI

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5/20

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Boulder Junction, WI

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St. Paul, MN

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Thief River Falls, MN

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New Brighton, MN

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Green Bay, WI

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Buffalo, MN

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Palo, IA

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Eau Claire, WI

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Lawrence, KS

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St. Paul, MN

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Clear Lake, IA

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6/10

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Winona, MN

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6/10

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Fairmont, Mn

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Madison, WI

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Winona, MN

Triathlon

6/11

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Ada, MI

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6/10

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Rockford, MN

Triathlon

6/17

Lake Minnetonka Triathlon & Aquabike

Excelsior, MN

Triathlon

6/17

Topeka Tinman Triathlon

Topeka, KS

Triathlon

6/17

Dakotaman Triathlon

Harrisburg, SD

Triathlon

6/17

Quad Cities Triathlon

Davenport, IA

Triathlon

6/18

Rochesterfest Triathlon

Rochester, MN

Triathlon

6/23

Average Joe Junior

Perham, MN

Triathlon

6/23

Sanford Kids Tri for Health

Jackson, MN

Triathlon

6/24

Sanford Tri for Health

Jackson, MN

Triathlon

6/24

Average Joe Triathlon

Perham, MN

Triathlon

6/24

Y Kids Tri

Northfield, MN

Triathlon

6/25

Copper Creek Triathlon

Pleasant Hill, IA

Triathlon

6/25

My First Tri June

Lino Lakes, MN

Triathlon

6/25

Lake Waconia Triathlon

Waconia, MN

Triathlon

6/25

Big Foot Tri

Lake Geneva, WI

Triathlon

7/8

Elysian Rookie’s Triathlon

Elysian, MN

Triathlon

7/8

Timberman Triathlon

Cohasset, MN

Triathlon

7/8

Phillips Chain of Lakes Triathlon

Phillips, WI

Triathlon

7/8

Life Time Tri Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN

Triathlon

7/8

The Accel Triathlon

Waterloo, IA

Triathlon

7/8

Graniteman Triathlon - Clearwater

Clearwater, MN

Triathlon

7/8

Hyvee Mini Triathlon

Watertown, SD

Triathlon

8/26

Maple Grove Triathlon/Duathlon

Maple Grove, MN

Triathlon

5/6

Cinco du Mayo Duathlon

Stillwater, MN

Duathlon

5/13

Oakdale Spring Classic Duathlon

Lake Elmo, MN

Duathlon

5/20

Mama Marla’s Hike it or Bike It

Long Prairie, MN

Duathlon

5/20

Pace and Pedal

Black River Falls, MN

Duathlon

5/21

Gildan Esprit de She Duathlon

Lakeville, MN

Duathlon

5/21

Gear West Duathlon

Orono, MN

Duathlon

5/26

Apple Kids Duathlon

Sartell, MN

Duathlon

5/27

Apple Duathlon

Sartell, MN

Duathlon

6/10

Lake Crystal Duathlon

Lake Crystal, MN

Duathlon

6/18

Papillion Days Duathlon

Papillion, NE

Duathlon

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CYCLING 5/5 to 7

LaCrosse Omniun

LaCrosse, WI

Cycle

5/6

Dar’s Midwest Time Trial Championship

Willard, WI

Cycle

5/6

Ride Around Woman Lake

Longville, MN

Cycle

5/7

Mayor’s Bike Ride Ucan Loop

Urbandale, IA

Cycle

5/13

Mayor’s Bike Ride

W. Des Moines, IA

Cycle

5/13

Bike MS Twin Cities Ride

St. Paul, MN

Cycle

5/13

Tour Le Brew

Des Moines, IA

Cycle

5/15

Fargo Marathon Cyclothon

Fargo, ND

Cycle

5/20

The ORGAN Trail 10, 25, 50, 70 & 85 M

Iowa City, IA

Cycle

5/20

Mama Marla’s Hike it or Bike It 15.5 mile

Long Prairie, MN

Cycle

5/20

Bob Barabe Memorial Time Trial

Somerset, WI

Cycle

5/20

US Bicycle Route 41 Tour

St. Paul to Grand Marais

Cycle

5/21

Tour du Taliesin

Spring Green, WI

Cycle

5/26

Burlington Road races

Burlington, IA

Cycle

5/27

Snake Alley Criterium

Burlington, IA

Cycle

5/28

Melon City Criterium

Muscatine, IA

Cycle

5/28

Leinenkugel’s Chippewa Valley Century Ride

Chippewa Falls, WI

Cycle

5/29

Quad Cities Criterium

East Davenport, IA

Cycle

6/3

Rib FallsTime Trial

Edgar, WI

Cycle

6/3

Tour de Cure

Minneapolis, MN

Cycle

6/3

Tour of Lakes

Brainerd, MN

Cycle

6/3

Tour de Pepin

Lake City, MN

Cycle

6/3

Bike for a Cure, 34 or 12 miles

Estherville, IA

Cycle

6/9 to 11

Bike MS: C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride

Duluth to Twin Cities

Cycle

6/10

Tour de Cure

Urbandale, IA

Cycle

6/10

Tour de Coulee 20, 65 or 100 mile

Holmen, WI

Cycle

6/10 to 11 Tour of the Mississippi River Valley

Bettendorf, IA

Cycle

6/10

Sakatah Challenge 11.6 M bike

Waterville, MN

Cycle

6/10

Lifetime Hillfest 100

Prescott, WI

Cycle

6/10

Frederic Time Trial

Frederic, WI

Cycle

6/11

Chase Trempeauleau

Trempeauleau, WI

Cycle

6/11

Mickelson Trail Bike Tour

Rapid City, SD

Cycle

6/14 to 18 North Star Bicycle Festival

St. Paul Area, MN

Cycle

6/14

Chamois Time Road Race

SW Kalona, IA

Cycle

6/17

Bacoon Ride

Waukee, IA

Cycle

6/17

Bike Bemidji: Loop the Lake Festival

Bemidji, MN

Cycle

6/17

Lake to Lake Ride, 50M

Waterloo, IA

Cycle

6/17

Dam2Dam Ride

Little Falls, MN

Cycle

6/17

Horribly Hilly Hundreds

Blue Mounds, WI

Cycle

6/18

Ride the River

Davenport, IA

Cycle

6/24

Dairy Days Road Race

Greenwood, WI

Cycle

6/24

Bike MS C.H. Robinson Iowa Ride

Ankeny, IA

Cycle

6/24

Tour de Cure Eastern Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA

Cycle

6/24

Superior Vistas Bike Tour

Washburn, WI

Cycle

6/24

Univ. of Okoboji Cycling Classic 25, 50, 100 M

Milford, IA

Cycle

6/25

Get the Lead Out! Time Trial

Greenwood, WI

Cycle

7/4

Tour D’Amico 29, 45 & 62.2 M

Golden Falley, MN

Cycle

7/8

South Dakota Tour de Cure

Sioux Falls, SD

Cycle

7/8 to 14

Bike Northwoods Tour

Superior, WI

Cycle

7/9 to 15

Habitat 500 Bike Ride

Proctor, MN

Cycle

8/13 to 19 Lumberjacks & Loons

Itaska to Grand Rapids

Cycle

8/23 to 30 Headwaters to Hillls 2017

Park Rapids, MN

Cycle

9/23

Hugo, MN

Cycle

Eagle, WI

Mtn. Bike

Tour de Hugo

MOUNTAIN BIKING 5/6

Southern Kettles Classic

5/7

St. Croix Woolly

St Croix Falls, WI

Mtn. Bike

5/13

9 Hours of Alpine Valley

Lake Geneva, WI

Mtn. Bike

5/21

Iola Bump & Jump

Iola, WI

Mtn. Bike

5/21

Detroit Mountain Shakedown

Detroit Lakes, MN

Mtn. Bike

5/13

Sugar Cubed Marathon

Solon, IA

Mtn. Bike

5/13

9 Hours of Alpine Valley

Eagle, WI

Mtn. Bike

5/27

Stump Farm 100

Suamico, Wi

Mtn. Bike

6/3

Mt. Borah Epic

Cable, WI

Mtn. Bike

6/4

Bluff Riders Charge

Mankato, MN

Mtn. Bike

6/10

Romp in the Swamp Epic

Wausau, WI

Mtn. Bike

6/11

Red Wing Classic

Red Wing, MN

Mtn. Bike

6/17

Chequamegon 100

Cable, WI

Mtn. Bike

6/18

Mt. Morris Challenge

Mt. Morris, WI

Mtn. Bike

6/24

Lutsen 99er

Lutsen, MN

Mtn. Bike

6/25

Single Track Escape

St. Cloud, MN

Mtn. Bike

6/25

FORC Side Thrill Ride

Davenport, IA

Mtn. Bike

6/25

Red Flint Firecracker

Eau Claire, WI

Mtn. Bike

7/1 to 2

Whiterock Conservancy Liberty Bell Cup

Coon Rapids, IA

Mtn. Bike

7/8

Lewis & Clark Crusher

Council Bluffs, IA

Mtn. Bike

INLINE ROLLERBLADE RACE 6/17

Apostle Island Inline Marathon & Half Marathon

La Pointe, WI

Inline

9/16

Northshore Inline Marathon/Half Marathon

Duluth, MN

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Sawtooth Mountain Challenge

Northern Minnesota has hundreds of thousands of acres of undeveloped forest haphazardly crisscrossed with a network of forest roads that vary from “pretty good” to “don’t try it.” The Forest Service comments on many of these roads is, “Passenger car traffic is not a consideration.” What can you do with these miles and miles of rural roads that run through the forest? Almost thirty years ago Mark and Melinda Spinler of Grand Marais, MN came up with an idea and it has lived on in a number of different iterations as the Sawtooth Mountain Challenge. On the far edge of those thousands of acres is the City of Grand Marais, a former fishing village of about 1,300 people that serves as one of the last bastions of civilization before you head to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area or to Canada. Mark and Melinda have called Grand Marais home for over 30 years and have been the proprietors of Superior North Outdoor Center, the local bike shop. With the urging of some friends and backing from the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, Mark and Melinda helped create the Sawtooth Mountain Challenge as an

epic, barely legal cross country mountain bike race that started at the edge of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, climbed the 600 feet up muddy and unsurfaced trails to the top of the Sawtooth Mountain Ridge, and then charged across the forest on roads that wouldn’t even consider passenger car traffic before plunging back down the hill to Grand Marais for a finish near the iconic Artist’s Point. The race continued this way for many years with the course changing from year to year slightly, but the attraction was the same. This was the mid 80’s and mountain biking was just being discovered with 26” wheels, rigid forks, neon colored jerseys, and foolishly long hair. There weren’t many truly off-road races yet and this one was different. It was HARD. Really hard. Up to 150 racers returned to Grand Marais covered in mud, scratched from the poorly manicured trails, dented both physically and spiritually. Mountain biking, of course, took off and races popped up just about everywhere. Racers didn’t have to travel so far to get high quality races and

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the Sawtooth Mountain Challenge dwindled. For a few years the race didn’t happen, but in recent years the Superior Cycling Association (the local chapter of IMBA) took up the mantle and rebuilt the race from the ground up. This year marks the 25th year of the Sawtooth Mountain Challenge, which, in its current form, is the only all single-track mountain bike race on the North Shore. It has 8, 15, and 22 mile options and is co-sponsored by Voyageur Brewing of Grand Marais and the Fireweed Bike Cooperative, the new bike shop that has grown out of Mark and Melinda’s Superior North Outdoor Center. The purpose of the race is to be a fundraiser for the Superior Cycling Association’s trail maintenance fund for upkeep on the very singletrack that the race utilizes. The race will be October 21st and registration can be found here: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/24833

GRAVEL BIKE

5/6

Insane Inflatable 5K

Madison, WI

Adv Race

5/6

The Hungry Bear 100

Cable, WI

Gravel Bike

5/13

Lake Bronson Adventure Race

Lake Bronson, MN

Adv Race

5/19

Alexander 380

Spring Valley, MN

Gravel Bike

5/20

Gladiator Assault Challenge

Boone, IA

Adv Race

5/20

Almanzo 100, Royal 162

Spring Valley, MN

Gravel Bike

5/23

Mud Factor Minnesota

Ham Lake, MN

Adv Race

5/20

The Bear 100

Laona, WI

Gravel Bike

5/20

Olmitz Miner Adventure Race

Chariton, IA

Adv Race

5/20

Burleigh County Cup

Burleigh County, ND

Gravel Bike

6/3

Winnebago Outdoor Adventure Race

Forest City, IA

Adv Race

5/27

Le Grand du Nord

Grand Marais, MN

Gravel Bike

6/3

One Tough Cookie

New Liberty, IA

Adv Race

5/28

Badlands Gravel Battle

Medora, ND

Gravel Bike

6/3

Insane Inflatable 5K

Bismarck, ND

Adv Race

6/3

Riotgrravel

Hastings, MN

Gravel Bike

6/10

Insane Inflatable 5K

St. Cloud, MN

Adv Race

6/10

Gold Rush Gravel Grinder

Spearfish, SD

Gravel Bike

6/11

Chase Trempealeau

Trempeleau, WI

Adv Race

6/10

Luce Line Loops

Hutchinson, MN

Gravel Bike

6/17

Insane Inflatable 5K

Rochester, MN

Adv Race

6/10

Westside Dirty Benjamin

Chaska, MN

Gravel Bike

6/17

Insane Inflatable 5K

Cedar Rapids, IA

Adv Race

6/17

Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo

Malvern, IA

Gravel Bike

6/17

Viking Challenge Extreme Mud Run

Fergus Falls, MN

Adv Race

6/24

S.W.I.G Tour

Villisca, IA

Gravel Bike

6/17

CrossFit Slipstream Summer Erlay

St. Paul, MN

Adv Race

6/24

Iowa Games Gravel Grinder

Ames, IA

Gravel Bike

6/24

Gravel Grinder Nationals

Lawrence, KS

Gravel Bike

6/18

Minneapolis Challenge Adventure Race

Minneapolis, MN

Adv Race

6/24

Spartan Sprint Race

Welch, MN

Adv Race

7/6

Insane Inflatable 5K

Madison, WI

Adv Race

7/15

Insane Inflatable 5K

Milwaukee, WI

Adv Race

7/15

Insane Inflatable 5K

Stillwater, MN

Adv Race

9/30

Insane Inflatable 5K

Superior, WI

Adv Race

Mora, MN

Canoe

CANOE 5/6

Snake River Canoe Race

SWIM 6/10

Zorbaz Gull Lake Challenge

Nisswa, MN

Swim

6/17

END WET 36 Mile

Grand Forks, ND

Swim

6/17

Lake Harriet Open Water Swim

Minneapolis, MN

Swim

7/15

Lake Rebecca 5K

Lake Rebecca, MN

Swim

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scene in motion

Spirit of the Lake; Dr Michael Lovett

Campwannarunamileormore; Midwest Events Shake Your Shamrock; Midwest Events

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Hot Chocolate 15K/5K; Ram Racing

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Hot Chocolate 15K/5K; Ram Racing

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K; Ram Racing


Zumbro Endurance Run; Zach Pierce

Hot Dash; Twin Cities in Motion Spirit of the Lake; Dr Michael Lovett

Hot Dash; Twin Cities in Motion

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Saint Fennessey 4K; Grandma’s Marathon Saint Fennessey 4K; Grandma’s Marathon

Saint Fennessey 4K; Grandma’s Marathon Campwannarunamileormore; Midwest Events

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Mobility & Strength for Cycling by Dr. Crystal Neal

Stay on the road and out of rehab by keeping your neck, shoulders, and core conditioned to support your ride. As I hopped on my bike for the first time this spring, I was quickly reminded that riding a bike for longer than 10 minutes is not to be taken lightly. It is an activity that deserves ramp up time and dedicated prehab. Not only are our legs working to pedal, our arms to hold ourselves upright, but our neck and back are doing a lot of the endurance work to continue full steam ahead. As I was feverishly peddling down the road, my helmet on my head started to weigh me down and I struggled to keep my eyes forward. My arms and upper back started to weaken, and my low back started to get stiff. As the selfdeprecating comments started streaming I realized it was inconceivable to ask my neck to hold up a 10-pound head with a helmet on it, my arms and upper back to hold a plank for this long, and my back to curve into a stream lined position without training it to do so! So, like any good athlete would do, I started thinking of ways I could prepare my body for the ultimate test of athleticism. Not only did I need a way to prepare for my journey, but I also needed a solution to manage the discomfort and fatigue while I was riding. Naturally I started testing the exercises, some worked and some did not. Although some of these exercises can be done while riding, I would advise against it. It was quickly apparent that the cool factor was lost and could be considered inattentive riding. I came up with a list of mobility and strengthening exercises that I feel will cover most bike causing ailments. Follow these few simple exercises to make sure your back, core, and neck are conditioned enough to support your ride. Neck exercises: Lay on your back and lightly tuck your chin to lift your head slightly off the ground. Hold for 5 seconds then repeat 15 times. Lie on your stomach, (with or without your helmet on) lightly tuck your chin, squeeze your shoulder blades down and back, then lift your head up into a slight extension position. Hold for 5 seconds then repeat 15 times. Shoulder Exercises: In a seated position with legs out in front of you and an exercise band

wrapped around your feet, grab each end with your hands. Squeeze your shoulder blades down and backwards while keeping head upright with a slight chin tuck. Repeat 3 sets of 15. In a push up position, push hands into floor while pushing upper back towards ceilings allowing shoulder blades to move forward on the thoracic wall. This can also be done with a band around the upper back to provide more resistance. Repeat 3 sets of 15. Low back and Core exercises: in seated position suck your belly button in and upwards towards your spine and flatten low back (This is called a posterior pelvic tilt), hold for 5 seconds. Then rotate your hips in the opposite direction and arch your low back and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat until low back feels stretched out and core is tired. Lie on your back and bring your hips and knees to a 90/90 position. Perform a posterior pelvic tilt and push your knees into your hands and your hands into your knees. Hold for 10-15 seconds and repeat 15 times. Although these exercises will help keep you on the road and out of my office, I do recommend a full strengthening and flexibility program for most of my athletes. The best way to stay injury free is to mix up your workouts. It is best practice to have a few strengthening workouts, mobility/ yoga workout, and an alternative endurance exercise planned per week. If you are ever biking to Victoria on the Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail, stop in the clinic‌ I know a few great watering holes around there!

Dr. Crystal has been working with endurance athletes and rehabbing their injuries for more than 6 years. Her practice is heavily based on deep tissue massage, myofascial release, hands on strengthening, and correcting faulty movement patterns. As an endurance athlete, she recognizes the drive to getting back to the activity you love, and has made it her mission to get you there. Her favorite race is the “Harder Than Hell� half marathon in Duluth. Her favorite injuries to treat are plantar fasciitis and hip tendonopathies. Rock it in 2017!

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Let’s Get to It!

Get your bike ready and have the best year ever! by Andy Tetmeyer

photo courtesy Maple Grove Cycling

Every spring the tulips push out of the ground (only to get killed by a late frost). Within a week, the latest crop of “get your bike ready” and “best year ever” cycling articles pop up right alongside the flowers and lilacs. So, let’s get to it! (We’re going to assume that you are not a complete newbie). This will be your best cycling year ever because by the end of this article you will have a list of relatively simple improvements that can be made to you and your bike. If you have not already done them, they truly will make you a little faster. Starting with you, the rider, it may be possible to improve your fit or positioning on the bike. In general you want to start by having your saddle the right height. It’s my opinion that a lot of people have their saddle too high. A good starting point is to have someone follow you on a short ride. If your hips are rocking up and down with your pedal stroke, your saddle is too high. A stable trunk, including your hips allows your legs to generate more power. If your toes are noticeably pointing down at the bottom of your pedal stroke, your saddle is too high. A little downward slant is fine but going fast is about power. You can make more power with a flatter foot than you’ll be able to by doing the ballerina look. Next, where are your handlebars? With your hands on the brake hoods, there should be some bend at your elbows. Your shoulders should not be all scrunched up by your ears (well not for road riding. TT is a different story). Unless you are really tall, your back ought not to be flat and parallel with the ground. Fitting is generally not a one person job. At minimum you need a friend who can at least snap some photos. With some concrete evidence of what you look like on the bike it is not a terrible idea to compare your photos 14

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to what pros look like when they’re on a bike. Google images is very good at this. If a photo of you looks just like a pro, then you likely won’t improve from where you are. If there are very evident differences, look for a middle ground between where you see the pros fitting on their bikes and where you are. Knowledgeable shops and experienced friends are great resources, but you can’t (shouldn’t?) get something for nothing. Renumeration in cash American (at a shop) or malt beverages for your knowledgeable friend is the right thing to do here. Moving on, should you shave your legs? If you don’t already, and you want to, then go ahead. If nothing else it feels great, and might inspire you to ride faster. If you don’t want to shave, it is probably not slowing you down. Will a bike tune-up help? Yes. A clean chain and straight wheels that don’t rub the brakes will make you instantly faster. Correctly adjusted derailleurs will work better. A broken chain will make you at least an hour late to work – ask me how I know. If you are a home mechanic with finely tuned machines, then obviously I am not talking to you.

Air pressure – it’s a pet peeve and a chance to make a big difference in your ride for approximately zero dollars. In simple terms, total air volume needs to be considered when you pump up those tires. We started making wide (for the time) wheels in 2007. Now everybody has caught on and modern wheels are anywhere from 22 to 26mm wide. Gravel and adventure wheels are even wider. Commonly used tires are a lot wider than 10 years ago also. With wider tires and rims, the air volume inside that tire is 35-50% more than it was in the old days. 100 psi is WAY too much air pressure for nearly every modern road bike. With Hed’s 25mm wide plus rims, which are our stock offering, I run 70-80 psi with 23mm tires, 55-70 psi with 25mm tires, and 55-65 psi with 28 tires. More pressure will not make you go faster. It will make you more fatigued, decrease road grip, and wear your tires and spirit faster. There’s a very good discussion of this on the Silca Pumps blog – on the internet. Just be sure to come up for air once in a while. Go ride, have fun, and remember BEST YEAR EVER!

Tires, wheels, air pressure. All are important if you want the best ride EVER! On tires, some really are faster than others. Ask at your shop, or simply spend 5 -8 hours on the internet doing research. Be sure and erase the search history. Wheels? Those are my day job, and here at Hed we really do make very fast wheels. We’re in Roseville if you are curious – made right here in the USA. There are other good wheels also, and a lot of second tier stuff that might be adequate. Ask at your shop, or at least be sure and erase that search history. You could also call or email us here at Hed Cycling.

Andy Tetmeyer has worked over 25 years in the cycling industry. He is currently the Repository of Knowledge at Hed Cycling in Roseville. He has built over 10,000 wheels, worked wheel support for multiple teams at the Tour De France, and worked lead car pro bike support several times at the Ironman World Championship in Kona.


Cycling through the Summer

Cycling is on the rise as more people embrace the sport for fun and fitness. Bike Tours are a great way to get out there with other cyclists. Whether you are signing up for your first organized bike ride or looking for a new challenge, there are many options for every level and type of rider. There are many non-competitive tours and rides throughout the season, supported events with a combination of rest stops, support vehicles and finish party. Many are fundraisers for charities, memorial rides, or showcase a state, city or festival. Choices include 1 day tours, city tours, scenic tours, or multi day events. Route length options are perfect for those looking to get the whole family involved. Check your local bike associations for more rides. But get out there and RIDE! *** Dates subject to change. Please consult race websites for updates.

Bike MS

May 13 Bike MS: Twin Cities Ride, St. Paul, MN, 15, 28 or 44 mile June 9-11 Bike MS: C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride Duluth to White Bear Lake June 24 Bike MS: C.H. Robinson Iowa Ride, Ankeny, IA 25, 50 or 100 Mile July 19-23 Bike MS: TRAM Ride Alexandria, MN, fully supported 3 or 5 day option August 5 Bike MS: Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD, 20, 61 or 100 mile http://bikems.org/

Tour de Cure

June 3 Minneapolis, MN, 7, 18, 29, 43, 62 or 100 mile June 10 Urbandale, IA, 25, 50, 75 mile June 24 Cedar Rapids, IA, 25, 55, 100 mile http://tour.diabetes.org/

Single Day Rides

May 221 Tour de Taliesin Spring Green, WI www.taliesinpreservation.org/ May 28 Leinenkugel’s Chippewa Valley Century Ride, Chippewa Falls, WI, 35, 50, 75 or 100 mile www.chippewavalleyride.us June 3 Tour de Pepin, Lake City, MN, 32, 50, 72 or 100 mile rides https://www.facebook.com/Tour-de-Pepin-184305984936984/ June 10 Hillfest 100, Prescott, WI, 15 mile family course and 35, 60, 100 mile www.lthillfest.com June 24 Superior Vistas Tour, Washburn, WI 13, 19, 34, 40, 52, 70 or 100 mile www.superiorvistas.org July 4 Tour D’Amico Golden Valley, MN, 29,45 and 62.2 mile www.tourdamico.org July 9 Tour of Saints St. Joseph, MN, 18, 35 or 50 mile rides http://tourofsaints.com July 15 Split Rock Tour Duluth, MN 15 to 100 mile rides July 23 St. Jude Ride MN Major Hastings, MN, 20, 40 and 60 mile, 1 Mile Kids Ride, 5K run http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/ PageServer?pagename=ride_home July 29 Black Hills Back 40 Rapid City, SD http://www.blackhillsback40.com/ August 5 The Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour, Northern Minnesota, 14, 26, 50 or 67 mile, http://www.mesabitrail.com/trail-activities/tour/ August 5 Tour de Tonka, Minnetonka, MN, 16, 30, 48, 57, 65, 75 or 100 Mile https://www.minnetonkaschools.org/district/mcec/events/tour-de-tonka August 6 HOPBRAI Cedar Rapids, IA, Ride for the American Diabetes Assn. http://www.hopbrai.com/ August 12 Dairyland Dare Dodgeville WI, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 KM www.dairylanddare.com August 19 Tour de Pines, Itasca State Park, 25, 50 or 75 mile www.ironmanbikeride.org/tourdepines August 19 Gran Fondo Cedar Valley, Cedar Falls, IA 60 and 100 mile http://www.cedarvalleysports.org/granfondocedarvalley.html August 26 Cycle St. Croix Bike Tour New Richmond, WI, 27, 58, 90K or 12K family http://www.nracentre.com October 1, granGABLE, Coralville, IA, 60, or 100 mile http://grangable.com September TBD St. Paul Classic Bike Tour, St. Paul, MN, 15 , 30 or 45 mile www.bikemn.org September 9 Jessie James Bike Tour Northfield, MN, 12, 30, 45, 60 or 100 mile www.jessejamesbiketour.org September 16 Mora Bike tour, Mora MN, 25 or 50 mile rides www.morabiketour.org September 23 Tour de Hugo, Hugo, MN 6, 20, 35, 50 & 62 Mile, www.tourdehugo.com September 24 Lifetime Gran Fondo Waconia, MN, 15 mile course, 5 mile lap choices, post-race festival www.ltgranfondo.com October TBD Mankato River Ramble Mankato, MN, 12, 26, 42 or 50 mile rides www.bikeriverramble.org

Multi Day Tours

June 10-11 Tour of the Mississippi River Valley Bettendorf to Dubuque, www.qcbc.org/tomrv July 8 -14 Bike Northwoods Tour Superior, WI http://www.bikewisconsin.com/ July 9-15 Habitat 500, Minneapolis, MN, 500 miles 7 days www.habitat500.org July 23-29 RAGBRAI 7 day ride across Iowa The oldest, largest and longest bicycle tour, http://ragbrai.com August 5-12 CANDISC, Garrison, ND, 400 miles www.candisc.net August 13 -19 Lumberjacks & Loons, Itasca to Grand Rapids, women’s adventure, limited to 12. www.mywahooadventures.com August 23-30 Headwaters to Hills, Ride the Mississippi, Itasca to La Crosse, 800 miles, www.mywahooadventures.com August 25-27 Ride Across Wisconsin Dubuque, IA to Kenosha WI www.rideacrosswisconsin.com Sept 1-4 La Crosse Area Labor Day Weekend Bicycle Festival La Crosse, WI, road, mountain, gravel, bmx & guided rides, www.bicyclelacrosse.com September 9 to 15 Ride MN 1, Oslo to Illgen City, MN, 346 mile ride for Cancer fundraiser, https://www.ridemn1.org/

North Star Bicycle Festival

For fans of pro/elite racing the North Star Bicycle Festival, which draws race teams from across the country, will be back June 14 to 18. This year’s festival, presented by North Memorial Health Care, will include The Life Time Fitness Hillfest on June 10, the Greg LeMond CEO Ride for Kids for Special Olympics on June 16, and the North Star Grand Prix pro stage bike race June 15 thru 18 in St. Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, No. Mankato and Stillwater. Amateur criterium racers also get a chance to show their skills in No. Mankato and Stillwater. Come prepared to cheer and enjoy the experience. www.northstarbicyclefestival.com www.midwestevents.com

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Bigger is

better…right?

172.5 cranks

by Kris Swarthout and Chris Balser

Crank length, power output and the science behind bike fit.

For many years I have heard bikers and triathletes talk about crank length and power output. Most really had no idea what they were talking about, let alone knew why they rode the specific crank length which was on their bike. These are the people I call the “slowtwitch nation”. These are the same people who spend all day talking, defending and criticizing each other in online forums with little to no data to back up their statements and even less clinical data to backup their banter. About two years ago I was approached by my friend and bike fit guru Chris Balser. Chris is one of those guys who is so wicked smart he forces you to raise your game after every conversation. One day we began talking about how he was fitting athletes with 155mm cranks. My first reaction was, well that is stupid, but then I remember Chris was wicked smart and never does anything without reason. Chris said he was turned onto the idea after speaking with Greg LeMond. Greg at the time had moved to riding 145mm cranks. His rationale was that longer cranks provide more mechanical leverage, but shorter cranks offer superior mechanical and joint leverage. The science seemed to be sound, so Chris then went to his friend John Cobb. John had begun manufacturing shorter crank lengths because he believed they “open” a rider’s hip and improved tidal-flow for a more aerodynamic position. So we now had the first of the three elements locked in, a manufacturer who was committed to producing a product based on the belief it would improve a rider’s output. Normally this is where “slowtwitch nation” would simply say yes or no based off of preconceived ideas and either say it was the second coming and everyone should buy it or burn it down. Chris and I looked at it and knew there were two more elements missing before we would comment on it. The next steps were nailing a new adjusted fit and training the athlete accordingly. We thought if we could bring the athlete back to the same power production capability on the shorter cranks we could make substantial gains in both aerodynamics and run capability off the bike. Chris’s first test compared Sm02 (blood oxygen saturation) values at two-different crank lengths (stock vs. 155) at a predetermined effort using an ergometer. Sure enough, John was right. 16

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SmO2 was higher for all clients when the saddle position (-X/+Y) was adjusted for leg extension, meaning there were higher oxygen concentration levels in the muscle tissue when the shorter cranks were used. The quantity and ratio of X/Y adjustments varied between individuals, this was probably a function of pre-change posterior tension. During his tests, Chris used plantar flexion angles as the control for leg extension. We now had two of the three elements we wanted to conclusively prove we were doing the right thing. Prior to athletes moving to the new shorter cranks, I tested each using a six minute power to weight ratio protocol on a Computrainer and a flat five mile course. The tests occurred in the same point of the athletes mesocycle of training so as to allow each athlete to be equally rested. I used an FTP (functional threshold power) based training protocol on each athlete. They rode three to five times per week with two of the workouts being a high stress level workout. Each of the athletes competed at a high level in

triathlon and would be considered to be “strong on the bike”. Surprisingly each athlete retested four weeks after their refit and mounting of the new cranks at the same power to weight level as with the original longer cranks. We now knew we could move athletes from their original crank length to 155mm with no loss of function or power. The question is now why would we do this? From an aerodynamic standpoint, by reducing the vertical travel of the leg through a shorter lever, we now have improved aerodynamic drag by reducing the amount of movement in the leg. Leg movement is one of the larger contributors to drag production. The modification of saddle position may have an impact on the overall drag factor. We have not tested this, but we believe whatever drag may be gained in a higher saddle position will be far offset by the reduction of drag associated with the new compact leg movement. If an athlete does not adjust cockpit height, the raising of the saddle will actually reduce frontal area with shorter cranks. Additionally


with an improved/more open hip angle at the top of the pedal stroke, athletes will be able to generate more power throughout the entire pedal stroke. Another belief we have is that there is a negative correlation between hip angle and quadratus lumborum recruitment, which is directly related to diaphragm function and inspiratory muscle fatigue. This in theory would allow a triathlete to be able to run stronger off the bike. If these are true, why wouldn’t you make the change? We don’t have tests in place to quantify this yet, but what we can say is we have not had a single client report running slower off the bike.

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Kris has been a competitive presence in triathlons since 2001, first as an athlete, now as a coach. Kris is owner and founder of Final K Sporting Services and currently the Midwest Regional Chairperson for USA Triathlon and is the head coach of the Minnesota Junior Elite Team. Since 2010 he has served as the Official Age Group Coach for Team USA by USA Triathlon and has accompanied Team USA to the ITU World Championships around the globe. Kris has coached athletes ranging from professional to first time amateurs. He strives to help people achieve the ultimate balance of family and sport in their lives. www.finalk.com

Master Swim Teams Barracuda Aquatic Club Bloomington, Shakopee, MN Jeff Lee MNFEDCUDAS@aol.com 952/884-3703

Fastjet Masters, Fastjet Competitive Swim Team and Foss Swim School Mon/Wed/Fri 6:00 – 7:00 am 12440 Aberdeen St. NE Blaine, MN 55449 763/398-3399 www.fossswimschool.com

Hudson Area Masters

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Tri Fitness

Hudson, WI Bob Young 630/885-8442 www.hudsonswimteam.org ryoung1064@yahoo.com

6545 Flying Cloud Drive Eden Prairie, MN Teresa Briest, 612/226-8720 www.iswimllc.com

Year round programs for all ages, including Masters, mornings & evenings. Mounds View School District Pools www.nsmakos.org

White Bear Lake, MN Vicki Ostendorf 651/426-3619 vicki@trifitnesswbl.com

Minneapolis YWCA Otters

Minneapolis YWCA Locations- Downtown, Midtown, Uptown. Ages 18-80, All Levels Dave Cameron, 612/215-4224 www.ywcampls.org/fitness/ swimming_and_aquatics/masters_swim_team www.midwestevents.com

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Race Spotlight: 2 Tris to Try

Saturday August 26

2017

Premier Midwest Off-Road Event Sprint | Olympic | Relays

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FUN AT THE FAT TIRE TRIATHLON Looking For A New Adventure? Welcome to the Fat Tire Triathlon presented by Framed Bikes. This off-road event on Saturday, August 26 takes place in the northwoods of Wisconsin 11 miles north of Hayward, home of the Midwest’s premiere mountain biking trail system known as CAMBA (CAMBAtrails.org). The event features two distances, Sprint and Olympic, with options for Individuals and Relays. This is your chance to swim in a spring-fed lake (loons included) and bike and run on the popular Seeley Hills trails. Register by June 30 for a low entry fee. Check it out at www.fattiretri.com and while you’re there enter the drawing for a free mountain bike from Framed Bikes!

TRINONA The Battle For The Bluff The kick-off to the Minnesota Tri Series! Come experience one of the Midwest’s most celebrated destination triathlons: Trinona Presented by Fastenal. Featuring a beginner-friendly Sprint race and a challenging International-distance course that includes the iconic “King of the Bluffs” climb. Trinona offers a truly stunning venue and amazing perks for all athletes, including the best apparel on the planet, valuable prizes like HED wheels and Garmin products, an incredible post-race meal and much more. Watch elite athletes compete for Minnesota’s biggest cash purse. You can also make Trinona weekend a family affair by entering your kids, ages 5 to 13 in one of Minnesota’s longest-running kids triathlons at Saint Mary’s University. It all takes place June 10-11 in Winona, MN. Learn more and sign-up today (before it fills up) at www.trinona.com. 18

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Get rid of Cycling-Related Neck and Shoulder Pain Forever! by Marie-Christine Leisz, DO

Hey cyclists out there! Do you have neck and shoulder pain when you ride your bike?! Do you hope the discomfort will resolve over the long winter off-season?! Are you disappointed every year when you find it doesn’t?! Well, you are not alone. Miriah Dahlquist, DPT and I published a research study in Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 2015, looking at the injuries of club-level cyclists. We found that 30% of the cyclists participating complained of pain in their neck and shoulders during and after riding. They had the pain for more than a year. They rarely sought medical attention for this pain even though it affected comfort on the bike. They all hoped the pain would improve over the winter. It didn’t. We also found that most neck and shoulder pain from cycling resulted from overuse, not trauma. Why does this overuse injury happen? If you think about the biomechanics of the cyclist’s positon on the bike and the hours spent in cycling training, it is easy to understand. The head is like a big 11-pound ball perched on a relatively long, narrow neck. Layers of muscles run from the base of the skull, down along the neck, middle back, over and around the shoulders. These muscles form a suspension system that extends the head and neck. They are balanced by the muscles over the side and front of the neck and those of the anterior chest wall. These muscles are most comfortable and in the least stressed when the head, neck and shoulders are in alignment. When you ride a road bike, the upper body is flexed forward over the handlebars. The shoulders are rolled forward. To see where you are going, the neck and heavy head are extended. The suspension muscles holding the head and neck up are very active. This is position is not inherently harmful to the muscles but, if this position is held longer than the strength of the muscles can handle, they begin to tire. Tired muscle ache. Really tired muscle spasm. It gets harder to keep the head up and the shoulders “hunch” up toward the ears, making the discomfort worse. Many cyclists even develop numbness and tingling over the top of the shoulders as a little nerve above the shoulder blade or scapula, can be pinched by the elevated shoulders. This scenario is not unlike the neck and shoulder pain you might develop working too long on a computer if your posture is poor.

Here are some suggestions to eliminate this problem once and for all! 1.Stretching and strengthening: When examining a cyclist with neck and shoulder pain, they almost always sit and stand with head-shoulder forward posture. The muscles suspending their head and neck are tight, painful and weak and the anterior chest muscles that roll the shoulders forward, are tight. The rehab program focuses on rebalancing range of motion and strength. I recommend starting with these exercises. -Scapular stabilization: This exercise lowers your shoulders down below your ears by getting your over-active upper trapezius to relax and the lazy mid and lower trapezius to kick in. Stand up straight with your back against a wall. Bring your head back touching the wall and gently pull your chin back. Relax your neck in this position. Now, bring your arms up against the wall and bend your elbows so there are 90 degree angles at your neck and shoulders and at your elbows (the “stick-up” position). Roll your shoulder blades down and back and bring your shoulder blades together. Hold the position for 1 minute and then relax for 20 seconds. Do 10 repetitions. Step away from the wall and do the same thing. Practice this exercise standing and seated all day long to retrain appropriate posture and put your shoulders into good functional position. You can add theraband or weights, doing pull-downs and a rowing motion to really get stronger. There are lots of more advanced exercises, welldescribed on the internet, you can advance to when these get too easy. -Corner push up: This exercise loosens up the anterior chest muscles. Stand, about an arm’s length away, facing an open corner. Put your hands on and wall at shoulder level. Lean in until your forearms rest on the wall. Roll the shoulder blades down and back. Feel the stretch across your chest? Hold it for a minute, rest 30 seconds and do 10 repetitions.

2.Bike fit: Are your handle bars too low, too wide and too far away from you? Is your seat too high? A good bike fit from a reputable professional can answer those questions. We are all going to get less flexible as we age and the position you liked when you were 20 will probably not be very comfortable when you are 40. I recommend re-fitting every 10 years. 3.Position: Change position while you ride before you start to ache! Move around on the bike. Roll your shoulders down and back and relax continuously. Look up with your eyes; try not to extend your neck too much. Move hand position from the drops to the hoods to the bars frequently. Ride one-handed sitting up straight for a while. Stand up and pedal. It takes 6-8 weeks to strengthen muscles so get started now to make early summer riding more comfortable. Don’t forget to keep up the exercises all year to keep the pain from coming back.

Dr. Marie-Christine Leisz, is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, with advanced training in the diagnosis and management of running and endurance sports injuries. She is medical director of the Running and Endurance Sports Injury Clinic at Courage Kenny Institute. Learn more at www.allina.com/ahs/ski.nsf/page/running_endurance

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Fueling CyclistsIs the Power in Protein? by Val Schonberg

If power is the “holy grail” of cycling, then protein seems to be the “golden child” of nutrition. The idea is that the more you have, the faster you can ride. Although that statement may be true, just eating more protein won’t develop your cycling power. It takes a lot of hard work, proper training, equipment, and a solid nutrition plan to boost power, speed and performance on the bike. So, what’s the role of protein in cycling – and what amount, type, and timing will facilitate a winning nutrition plan? What is the function of protein? For a cyclist, the primary goal for consuming protein is to repair and build muscle tissue to help maximize adaptation to activity and improve athletic performance. Prolonged, sustained cycling or endurance training sessions place significant demands on the body and appropriate recovery strategies focus on refueling with carbohydrates, rehydration with fluids, and repair with protein-containing foods. Protein also has a key role in the repair of red blood cells, regulation of hormones, digestion, protection against disease and carrying oxygen to tissues. It is the least “efficient” fuel source when compared to carbohydrates and fat, but can be used to supply small amounts of energy from breaking down muscle tissue when carbohydrate stores are depleted. What type of protein is best? The amino acid is the building block of all proteins found in both plant and animal foods, such as poultry, beef, fish, nuts, eggs, dairy products, whole grains, beans and legumes. Of the 20 amino acids that form proteins, 9 are considered “essential” and need to be obtained from the diet. Animal sources of protein (meat, poultry, fish, dairy products and eggs) provide all of these essential amino acids (EAAs). Except for soy and quinoa, plant based proteins (beans, grains and vegetables) do not have all the EAAs. For athletes who choose to avoid consuming animal protein, eating a variety of 20

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plant-based foods will together provide all the EAAs needed. Dietary proteins also differ in rates of digestion and absorption. The dairy proteins, whey and casein and the plant-based protein soy are all considered “high quality” proteins recommended for athletes (Moore, et al. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab, 2014). How much protein do I need each day? There is an ongoing debate as to how much protein individuals need to consume. The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for adults is 0.4 gram of protein per pound of body weight daily. Highly active individuals and athletes in training need more protein than sedentary folks and the amount of protein needed daily varies by strength and endurance athletes. Protein recommendations for endurance athletes are around 0.5 g/lb to 0.8 g/lb with higher levels consumed during pre-race and racing seasons. Protein consumption greater than 1 g/lb daily is not recommended for a variety of reasons, including it is often at the expense of achieving carbohydrate goals, and there is a lack of scientific evidence that a higher intake is more effective. When is the best time for cyclists to consume protein? A common misunderstanding among many athletes is that a large amount of protein at one time will result in the maximum synthesis of skeletal muscle. Evidence suggests that this theory is incorrect (Moore, et al. Am J Clin Nutr, 2009). Protein timing or consuming protein in and around a bout of exercise has been a key strategy for athletes to optimize muscle protein synthesis (i.e. repair and building of muscle tissue). The effectiveness of protein timing in training studies has been mixed, with more recent data suggesting that even the importance of consuming protein within 30 to 60 minutes of exercise or the “post-workout window” can vary, based on several factors. Rather, researchers have demonstrated that the body continues to repair and recover several hours after exercise. Despite this debate, total protein intake, consumed throughout the day, while providing

essential amino acids, is most consistently and positively associated with gains in skeletal muscle and adaptation to exercise (Schoenfeld, et al. J Intl Sports Nutr, 2013). A simple example for calculating your protein needs: When trying to determine how much protein a cyclist or endurance athlete needs each day, divide your weight in half. Use that number as your baseline or low end for how many grams of protein you will consume each day (Note: my experience has been that most athletes are already consuming more than this number). Consider the amount of training you are currently doing. Assuming you are approaching racing season, the upper end of your daily protein requirement may be needed which is approximately one gram per pound of body weight. You then want to try and spread out your protein intake across your meals and snacks, aiming for about 20 grams of protein at each meal and making up the rest in your snacks. So, if you are shooting for about 80 grams of protein per day, and you eat 3 meals and 2 snacks (with 20 grams protein per meal), then try to include a minimum of 10 grams of protein at each of your snacks. Food can easily provide adequate protein to meet an athlete’s protein needs. In this table, we see how an athlete’s daily protein needs can easily be met by consuming adequate amounts of protein at each of three nutritionally balanced meals with one snack.

Val is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian who is Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics and the only dietitian in Minnesota certified as a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) practitioner. She is the founder of EnlightenU Nutrition Consulting and enjoys enlightening recreational and competitive athletes about food, eating and overall wellness. For questions or additional information, you can check out her website at www.enlightenUnutrition.com or contact Val directly at 612-865-6813.


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