Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012 New Year's Day Ride

It's that time of 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.
10:30 a.m. Dull!
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 it 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 Sunday

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

La Crosse Human Powered Trails need our help

SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T GET IT and would rather have houses built than a beautiful piece of forest. The La Crosse trails are potentially in trouble and need your help. Please go to the link below to find out more information and sign a petition to stop a housing development on the LaCrosse trails.


The La Crosse City Council is considering whether to designate a city owned tract of land on the bluffs above the city, Upper Hixon Forest, as a park or to use the land for housing developments. This petition is to encourage them to designate as a city park. This will protect the land and the shared use trails that have been built there by HPT volunteers. These trails already provide a greater positive economic impact for the community than any housing development would likely provide. Please send a message to them in support of the park designation before January 10, 2012. This petition will be delivered to the mayor and every city councilor.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

FrostChester is postponed - PWC is set

FrostChester is postponed - PWC is set

There has been some comments in the past about the conflict of the Pugsley World Championships and CIRREM taking place on the same date.  It is unfortunate, I've heard great things about CIRREM and I wish we could have made something else work, but we couldn't.  I'm sorry, you're just gonna have to choose to race your 3.7 + inch tire bike or your 1 - inch tire bike.  Regardless, you have a couple of options to have on fun on February 25.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Saturday - Pot Luck - December Meeting & Dec 17 FrostCHESTER

Hey All

This Saturday (Dec. 10) we will hold the December meeting as one big happy family above Oneota River Cycles.

Pot-Luck Style.  Feel free to bring food - I'll be impressed if we end up with something other than equally large piles of High Life and Doritos, but it will be a pot luck none the less.

And for you fat bike loving freaks (such as myself) - FROSTCHESTER - is the first of an annual event that we will be holding here in Rochester.  All you need is a fat bike or someone who has one and how to have a good time outside in the ice and snow.

It will be more of an end of the 2011 season gathering - with a few business items to talk about.  I haven't been to town in about a month, but the snow is on the ground in Minnesota.  If you were thinking about taking up snowboarding this winter - keep in mind - bikes are faster.  Any bets on if Doug could take this guy on skis?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Last Enduro of the Season

This Tuesday November 29th looks to be a great evening and it just happens that it is going to be the last enduro of the season. This enduro will be special, as it will be held at our new venue, which has been labeled the Pugsley Pit, by Spinner.

The new venue is located near the bottom of Public Television as you work your way up the first climb, on the plateau to your left, only a few hundred yards from the beginning of the trail.

It will be a cool evening, but it is the end of November and there is no snow, so lets celebrate.

Pugsley Pit
Bring Light and Beer
I will have the usual Brats and such.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Empire Strikes Back

There is a new website dedicated to fat-bikes that you should check out.
I have no idea how the heck they came up with a name for it, but it's called 

I wrote a little diddy about my new ride.

And check this out, it's a cell phone video of why I needed a new ride.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Last Time Trial of the Year

It is getting to that point of the year where soon our attention will be turned to things other than riding the trails.

So lets get together one last time, for the last time trial of the season. The weather looks to be pretty nice.

Glory Hole Tuesday the 15th 6:30 p.m.

I will have the fire blazing and the brats cooking. Bring some warm clothes, a light and some frosty beverage.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Homie

I'm not sure exactly what it is called anymore, but once a year a bunch a drinkers with a bicycle problem ride around in a dog park in the Minneapolis area.  Someone tried explaining to me all the different little names and cities and towns, but I didn't really get it.  I just said "I'm from Iowa" even though I'm kind of not anymore.  I've had a history of breaking bikes at bike events lately, and this was no exception.  Big Dummy repairs are in progress.  A video of the crowd reaction to said bike busting (and the Surly warranty/replacement program) will be posted as soon as I figure out how to do so.  In the mean time, here are some pics.

Photos by Scott Showen

Monday, October 31, 2011

November DHPT Meeting - Nov. 1, 2011 7:00 PM Oaks Steak House

The November DHPT meeting will be held 7 pm Tuesday November 1 at the Oaks

Accomplishments of 2011.
  • Monthly Time Trials at the Glory Hole
  • Monthly Enduros in Van Peenen
  • 4 Successful Events
    • Pugsley World Championships
    • Decorah Time Trials
    • Dirt Burger
    • Night Shift
  • Sponsor $ raised
  • Purchases
    • Full Time Paid Trail Maintenance Person
    • New Equipment - Chainsaw, Leaf Blower
    • Kick Ass Equipment Trailer
  • Nordic Fest Parade
  • New Trails and other Trail Projects (Maps, Signs, etc.)
A comment from Jesse
Once we go through the accomplishments of 2011, I'd like to talk about the Vision and Direction of DHPT.  We've been a pretty casual group for a long time and we've been open to just about everyone's opinion.  I think we should revisit what exactly it is we are trying to do with this organization.  Lately I've heard a lot of differing opinions about what this group is actually supposed to do.

We should go back and look at what we set out to accomplish when we started DHPT, and look at what we've  achieved and what we've missed.  Once we talk about those points, we should figure out where we go now and start planning for 2012.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

8th Annual Night Shift 2011

It was a great night to chase people around it the woods on your bicycle.
And as it turns out, it was also a great night to enjoy a 
barley flavored beverage under a bridge down by the river.  

And it was also a great night to ride bikes through fire, 
although we found out that xtracycle bags are not great at being fire proof.  

The starting line.  7:10 p.m.  31 racers.
Some of the best weather and trail conditions we've ever had in 9 years of hosting the Night Shift

La Crosse had a great showing and 
nearly half the field hailed from Wisconsin.
Click HERE for full results.

Chewey salutes the brave few 
who shed their fear 
and dare to ride single track 
on top of bluffs in the darkness.

I thought trolls lived under bridges.  I saw an orange one.  
Oh well, great awards venue none the less. 

Some people believe fires exist to keep people warm.  
Some people believe that fires are made to be conquered. 

Some people are better at conquering than others.  
Maybe it was because he wasn't used to the bike since it wasn't his own. 

And this is what happens when you're not as fast as the fire.  Thanks Dave.

As always, great photography by Greg Smith of Schlick Cycles in Milwaukee.  
See more of his Handy Cam work here

Special Thanks to:
 Deke Gosen who came up with the night shift idea 9 years ago.
To the setup crew of Ron Moffit, Jerry and Martin, Justin Kohorst.
Registration by Judy Syverson and Friends.
Schwag by Surly courtesy of Sov.
Old Millwaukee, PBR, High Life and Brats supplied by DHPT
Burgers supplied by Terry Hovden of Hovden Oil.

Maybe the highlight of my night was watching Jeff O'Gara getting his bike stolen...
 by a girl that beat him up.

Hope to see everyone again next year.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Public Television Trail Clean-Up

Just one of the piles of garbage removed from the sides of the Public Television Trail by Freshmen from Decorah High School on a community service project today. Community working to keep our parks and trails great! Thanks to Deke and O'Gara for their help.

Late Results from Holzinger Hot Lap #2

Late Congratulations to Nikki O'Gara on her win at Holzinger Hot Lap #2 last Saturday in Winona. Way to represent DHPT.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Glory Hole Time Trial, Tue 11th

Time Trial at the Glory Hole beginning at 6:30 p.m. This may be the last really nice night of the year so make plans to ride your bike.

I will have the usual fare, bring me something to drink.


For those of you who were thinking about gong to Winona last weekend for the Holzinger Hot Lap... you should have...

Made possible by 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Holzinger Hot Lap

Are you going to this?  I'm going to this.

Comment below if you want to ride along.

Or click on this picture if you would like to read a Gnome Fest Ocho Recap

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Time Trial Enduro Will be moved to Thursday Night

Crappy weather=Change the Day for good weather

This Thursday looks to be a fabulous day, so we are moving the Time trials enduro. They will be at the Van Peenen fire pit Thursday the 29th, at 6:30 p.m.. The course is all set up and everything is ready to go.

See you all then.

Enduro tonight 6:30 at the Van Peenen fire pit

The weather looks like it might hold off for tonight's festivities and the rain we have received will be perfect to ride in the new section of Public Television.

I will bring some brats, you bring some drink. Winter is coming, get out while you still can.

Bring a light, it will be dark most of the ride.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tune In To The Improved Public Television Trail

Public Television has been improved and expanded. Go ahead and give the trail a ride! (art work by O'Gara)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Block House - Holzinger - Night Shift - Halloween Ride in that order

Upcoming Events:

Block House Roll - Platteville, WI - October 1

Holzinger Hot Lap - Winona, MN - October 8

Night Shift Night Race - Decorah, IA - October 22

Halloween Ride - Sugar Bottom - Cedar Rapids - October 28 & 29

September DHPT meeting minutes

Jeff O'Gara
Doug Osborn
Benji Nichols
Jeff Freidhoff
Ben Shockey
Eric Clemens
Trevor Rockwell
Richard Gosen
Jesse Reyerson

Meeting was called to order by Jesse at 7:00 pm Tuesday September 6 at the Oaks.

1. Treasurers Report

2. Tools A motion was made by Jeff to purchase another leaf blower and a smaller chain saw. Seconded by Jesse, and approved by voice vote.

3. Trail rebuild and maintenance projects. (Listed in no particular order)
  A. The River Trail. There are a couple spots on the River Trail that are getting too close to the river, and need to be moved up hill.

  B. The Dirty Harry move on Dust Bowl. It is breaking apart, and should be stabilized.
  C. Old Randy's.  Old Randy's is getting used more and more, and if we are planning on using it in the future, we will have to replace several erosion control structures.

  D. Public TV. Public TV is the newest trail in our system, and after we have rode it a few times, we realize we make some modifications. There is also a large amount of trash. to be picked up.

4. Night Race. This year the Night Shift will be held on Saturday October 22. Final course to be determined. We discussed soliciting donations from local businesses for prizes.

5. Sponsor Appreciation. We discussed plaques. Jesse volunteered to
come up with some ideas in time for the next meeting.

6. Trailer use policy. The consensus of all attending is that at this
time, the trailer will only be used for tools and work days - no
personal uses.

7.  Trail work day. We scheduled a trail work day for Sunday September 25 at 10 am Meet at Oneota River Cycles.. We will be focusing on finishing off Public Television. I am guessing 3 or 4 hours of work.

Meeting adjourned by Jesse. Next meeting will be Tuesday, October 4 at 7 pm at the Oaks. Please send me any items for the agenda by September 30.

Richard Gosen, Recording Officer.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cresco Gravel Grinder

For those of us that are not of the Elite Riding Ability required by those who participate in the Chequomegon Fat Tire Festival, (http://www.cheqfattire.com/) You can come and run and ride and run again with me in Cresco.

The Cresco Gravel Grinder is this Saturday.  
Run 4 miles on paved trail and road, Bike 10 miles on gravel, Run 2.5 miles on trail and road.

Registration starts at 7:30, race is at 9:00.

And what the heck, there just might be a party following the event at Eric's Shanty.

Nikki O'Gara is going and she says you should go too.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Time Trial this Tuesday 6:30 at The Glory Hole

That is right, it is time once again for a time trial at the Glory Hole. Timing will start at 6:30 and continue until everyone has ridden. I will bring brats and buns, you bring something for me to drink.

Also remember to bring a light, it gets dark quick up in dem der hills.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September DHPT meeting - Tuesday the 6th at Oaks, 7:00 p.m.

It's that time again.  
You better be there since I let you off easy last month.  
The Monthly DHPT Business Meeting for September will be on Tuesday, September 6th at the Oak's.  

The steak house that is, not Oak Pasche's crib.

Items to Discuss:

The New Trail Section - Public Television

Trailer Policy

Night Shift Night Race

River Trail - reroute around the rooted flooded section.

Sponsor Thank Yous