Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Few Woolly Reminders

Store Closing Sunday

First, a reminder that the Woolly Storefront closes this Sunday!  If you want some awesome Woolly clothing from Podiumwear, the time is running out.

Head over here:  Podiumwear Store Front

The password is Woolly2017 if you need it.

Woolly Board Meeting Thursday

Before the store closes though, the Woolly board is meeting this Thursday, 7pm, at the St. Croix Falls library.  These meetings are always open to members and interested parties.  This is where the board discusses the greater Woolly vision and makes sure that all the cool stuff keeps happening.  The more the merrier.

Woolly Day Recap

I'll get something out in the next few days to do a full recap, but in short it was a great day!  To anyone who came out  and made it what it was, thank you!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Woolly Day Is A Go!

The weather is beautiful and with some trail work yesterday and a few more hours to dry out the trails should be ready for a good time this afternoon.

The trails will open at noon today.

A rough schedule:

1:00 - Folks will be gathering

1:30 - Group rides will head out

  • Full Loop including West Ridge
  • A loop with everything but West Ridge (we call this the fat bike loop because that is what gets groomed for fat biking)
  • Ladies only group
  • Kids ride

2:00 - CyclovaXC will be up with a couple of Farley fat bikes to demo for the afternoon

3:00 - The grilling gets started

3:00 - Kids games at the trailhead

  • Skinny riding
  • Bike slacklining
  • Slow races
Trap Rock Brewing, Woolly's new neighbor to the east will be on hand during the afternoon for adult samples.

A last note that the trailhead parking lot will be closed so we can gather and move about a little better.  There is plenty of parking along the street for everyone.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day and...WOOLLY DAY!!!

OK, so maybe WOOLLY DAY hasn't achieved national holiday status yet, but it is a big deal in Woollyland.  What started several years ago as a group ride on an unseasonably warm fall Sunday has grown into one of the busiest day of the year on the Woolly trails.  Races are fun, but hanging out with close friends, and previously un-met friends alike, with some casual riding, food, a camp fire and possibly an adult beverage or two being consumed really makes a great fall Sunday afternoon.

This Sunday, October 8 (unless the trails are too wet, then it will be October 15), we will gather at the Woolly Trailhead around 1pm.  We will have several group rides heading out starting around 1:30.  We will have a full lap (including West Ridge), a upper lap, a ladies only group and a kids group.  All groups will be casual, no-drop rides with focus on enjoying the ride.  All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to join us.  Last year our biggest group was the kid's lap with many parents joining the young'uns for this one.

After the ride, we will fire up the grill.  The Woolly Bike Club provides hot dogs and brats, lemonade and water, plus (everyone's favorite) the Woolly Day cake.  People are encouraged to berng something to share, but don't feel like it is required because there is always plenty to go around.  Rumors are this year, soon to be open local brew house, Trap Rock Brewing Company, will have some samples of their different brews for adults to check out.

Due to the high number of younger MTBers last year, we are adding some fun activities around the trailhead to keep them busy.  We will have a mini-skills course, some "slow races" and other challenges led by the Chisago Lakes MTB team, a Halloween themed scavenger hunt, and chainsaw juggling...I guess the chainsaw juggling isn't allowed by state, federal and common sense regulations, but everything else will be fun for the whole family.

No cost, no sign-up, just show up and plan for a laid back good times for everyone!!

Basic Schedule on Sunday October 8:

1:00 PM          Arrive  (Trailhead Parking Lot will be closed for the day, so plan to park on the surrounding roads.)

1:30 PM          First Group Ride heads out around with all groups starting shortly after

3:00 PM          Grill gets fired up and the eating and hanging out starts with kids activities around the trailhead.

Much Later     Take your bike and go home

Please plan to bring your family, friends and maybe even people you don't like that much and join us for
Woolly Day 2017!!