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.


Greg Smith said...

Excellent time as always! Those who haven't been to Decorah for an event are missing one of the best places in the US to ride and have a blast!

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