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Gateway Trail Fun Day Rides Again

This Saturday, CAMBA and the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital invite you and your family to the Gateway Trail Fun Day. From Noon to 3, come explore this new beginner trail system located on the Hospital property. This event will offer a variety of fun activities including a mini mountain bike expo, bike demos, and  plenty of fun and games along the way. All ages and abilities are welcome!

According to CAMBA executive director Ron Bergin, “A gateway trail is an entry-level trail that is suitable for beginning mountain bikers or those uncomfortable with narrower, more technical trails.”  Construction on the Hayward Hospital Trail began during the summer of 2017. “The ultimate plan for the trail is to build up to six miles of trail,” says Bergin.

“Of course one of our goals is to provide a trail for younger riders to have fun and a positive exposure to mountain biking, but a trail of this nature is perfect for riders of all ages, including those in the more senior age ranges,” says Bergin. The trail is wider than most singletrack trails, has no rocks, roots, or other obstacles; and has a fun rolling flow without any significant hills.  “This is not to imply that the trail is a simple, flat straight trail,” Bergin clarifies.  In fact, the trail has many sweeping turns and a great fun flow.  Experienced riders truly enjoy the trail as well.

If you’re worried about having the right type of bike or nervous about trying the trail alone, don’t give it a second thought! New Moon will be on-site offering FREE bikes to borrow for the event, and volunteers will be offering guided rides for those who want to check out the trails with a more experienced rider.

This is the second year that Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge are partnering with CAMBA to host the Gateway Trail Fun Day. HAMH had several goals in mind when they decided to co-host again this year. Hayward Area Memorial Hospital’s Marketing/Communications Director Cherie Morgan explains, “Our primary goal for the day is to expose as many people to the Hospital Trails as possible and to raise awareness of what a great trail system we have to offer. We wanted to offer people the opportunity to try the trails or bikes, that may not own equipment or be comfortable doing so on their own. With the support of local bike shops and CAMBA trail guides, we are able to offer that opportunity at this event. We also hope to promote the great work CAMBA has done to expand our trails to include mountain and fat biking.”

“HAMH wants people to see Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge as a partner for their overall health and wellbeing. We are here for the community if they need great medical or senior care, and we are also working to become a community leader in health and wellness. By partnering with Hayward Area Ski Trails Association (HASTA) and the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) we are able to offer a trail system for people of all ages and abilities. The Hospital Trails offer trail running, hiking, mountain biking and fat biking. In the winter outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy classic skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing. In addition to our trail system we sponsor a number of events in the community that support healthy and active lifestyles,” Morgan says.

No matter what your level of biking expertise, please come check out the Gateway trail this Saturday-Grab a snack and kick off the mountain bike season by supporting and celebrating the new trail!

—Photos supplied by CAMBA and Chris Young

 

 

 

 

Hungry Bear Wrap UP

This past weekend, the Hungry Bear Gravel Ride growled over the rivers and through the Chequamegon woods. You may have read in a previous newsletter about how Dusty and Ian have been training and planning for the big event. How did the big day pan out for our two intrepid cyclists?

Early in the week, the weather looked grim, and several people decided not to ride. But the day turned out to be beautiful and sunny…so no excuses…and both Ian and Dustin were on no matter how the weather turned out.

Before the race.

Dustin has been training tirelessly for a few months now, and although the Hungry Bear is the first race of his season, it is just one of a long line of races he plans to compete in over the summer.

Dustin channeling a high fashion model after his ride.

It was a good but hard event for Dustin, “Last year’s pace was pretty easy and low key, but this year, riders went hard right off the bat. I was surprised that some of the fastest riders were pushed off the back of the front group during the first surge, but the best part of the day for me was being able to ride with that front, fast pack.”

Up until the Hungry Bear, Dustin’s training mainly consisted of longer, easy rides-slow and long distance. But things are going to change now that he is setting his sights on the Borah Epic. He has big plans to make the top 60, and his training regimen will be intense. “I’ll do one day at the terrain park practicing jumps, balancing, and wheelies; one day working on hill climbs; and interval sessions the rest of the week, as well as attending 3 group rides per week.”

Ian, still smiling and feeling fine after his Crud Cloth worked wonders!

Ian wasn’t training quite as regularly as Dustin, so he decided to switch to the Snacking Bear 60, which turned out to be a good decision, “I was thinking this at mile 50 or so on Rock Lake Road when the suffering began to creep in. I still have hopes to do it, maybe next year.” Another reason the Snacking Bear was the perfect race for Ian is that he really loves snacks! “Since it’s really important to stay well fed during a race, it’s fun to experiment. I took some cues from my Birkie supply list and brought with some smoked herring fillets, pickles, a peanut butter filled chocolate Clif bar, and these tasty new bits called GFB (Gluten Free Bites) made with dates, peanuts, and dark chocolate. I will say that the smoked herring is easily my favorite exercise food, some good fats, protein, and I think they have magical powers.”

Some of Ian’s Snacking Bear snacks.

Although he had a bit of a delay around mile 40 to re-inflate his front tire and tighten a bottle cage, he was able to hang with a nice group of riders. “We all rode together until about mile 40, maintaining a fast, but manageable tempo that made the race go by pretty quickly. It’s fun to ride with people who are talented and know about riding etiquette.” His other favorite parts of the day included the pizza and Crud Cloths. “Crud Cloths are easily the best post-race solution to clean off all that sweat and dirt short of hopping straight into a shower.”

Ian, smiling post-race.

So, the first race of the year is in the books. Hope you all are looking forward to a fantastic summer of riding and racing. Look for Moonies at all the area events including the Borah Epic, Chequamegon 100, Lutsen 99er, Pre-Fat, and, of course, the Chequamegon 40 and Short and Fat.

 

 

Introducing ANGi

Safety is important to all of us, but it shouldn’t stifle the fun. Specialized’s ANGi sensor helps you have the rides of your life, while staying safe, too.

ANGi is a patented, helmet-mounted sensor that measures the forces transmitted to your helmet during a crash, as well as the harmful rotational forces that occur during crashes when your helmet doesn’t actually impact the ground.

 

MEET ANGi

Specialized patented ANGi sensor calls for help when you can’t. In fact, it’s the first device to protect you before, during, and after a crash. It does this through a pairing with our Specialized Ride App for iOS or Android devices. And if it detects a crash, it commences a countdown that, if you’re ok, you can stop and keep riding. If, however, ANGi determines that you’re in need of help, it’ll send an alert to your selected contacts with your last known GPS coordinates and a message that you’re in need of help. What about if you’re out of service coverage? ANGi has a plan for that. Just set your estimated ride time before you head out when you know that your ride will take you out of range. All you need is an active data signal when you start your session. And if you haven’t completed your ride within that time frame, ANGi will send a notification to your contacts with your last uploaded location.

HOW DOES ANGI WORK?

If the ANGi sensor detects a potential crash during your ride, it will connect to the Ride App on your smartphone, sound an alarm, and start a countdown. If you’re okay, you just cancel the countdown and keep riding. If you’re injured and unable to cancel the countdown, however, the Ride App will send a text alert to your emergency contacts telling them you may have been in an accident.

In addition to notifying your contacts that you may have crashed, ANGi and the Ride App will also send your location, via GPS coordinates, to all of the contacts you’ve listed in the Ride App.

HOW SPECIALIZED DEVELOPED ANGi

This is important stuff. Check out the Ambush and Propero ANGi equipped helmets at newmoonski.com or stop in the shop to discuss all the various options and features.

-Article excerpts and videos from Specialized

Bikepacking in the Northwoods

There’s nothing new about touring with your bike, camping for overnights, and seeing the countryside. But over the last few years, as mountain biking has become more popular, a different form of bicycle touring has become more prevalent-bikepacking.

Traditional road bike tourers ride mostly on roads or bike paths while using panniers to carry their belongings. Bikepacking utilizes bikes that are designed for off-road cycling and that are comfortable over long distances. Riders use mostly dirt, gravel, and single-track trails to plan their adventures and typically carry their gear in frame packs to lessen issues when traveling over rough terrain.

Here is one of our favorite blogs about bikepacking in our area written a few years ago by Wisconsin Bike Fed’s Deputy Director Dave Schlabowske. It’s got some invaluable information about the sport as well as a look back at the plans for the inaugural Tour de Chequamegon Bikepacking Weekend.

If you’re feeling adventurous after reading the above article, check out the Tour de Chequamegon website and sign up for this year’s ride. And, stop by New Moon for a full bikepacking set-up including, accessories, gear, and even a cool, new Specialized Sequoia perfect for discovering the trail!

“Shifting” Gears to Spring

Right at this very moment, you’ve got a choice to make if you’re going to enjoy the day outside because (up here) you can literally take part in almost every sport that makes Hayward great—skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing, road biking, hiking, running, fishing (okay, ice fishing)—and all in the same day.

While most of our local customers are still enjoying that amazing, yet fleeting, spring skiing, Moonies Dustin and Ian are on to other adventures—training for the Hungry Bear 100, an unsupported gravel ride throughout the Chequamegon National Forest.

Ian, left, and Dustin pre-ride last week. Photo: Chris Young

Training in early spring for a bike race isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be cold, damp, muddy, bumpy, and unpleasant, but these two seem like they are having the time of their lives. What is their secret? Are they just pretending have fun in order to get out of work? Let’s find out.

Turns out, for Dustin, the Hungry Bear is just the first of many races he plans to tackle this season—and he’s starting early and often.

Dustin getting in some trail time last summer. Photo: Chris Young

“Basically spring training is all about getting as many pedal strokes in as possible—getting your body weathered to harsh hours on the bike—so that when you come to a 40 mile race you can sprint most of it. My training schedule this time of the year is pretty intense; its really important to put in a lot of base miles (now), so that when you come to summer riding (June) you can solely focus on improving your max speed, mainly through intervals and hill climbing. I normally do 15- 20hrs a week. It would normally go like this: Mon. 3hrs, Tues. 3hrs, Wed. 4 hrs, Thurs. 4hrs, Fri. 2hrs, Sat. rest/recovery 1hr, Sun. 3 hrs.”

Ian’s famous smile pre-Cheq Fat. Photo: Daryl McNutt.

Ian rode the 60-mile Snacking Bear last year and is aiming for the 100-miler this May.  For him, gravel rides are special, “I think it’s really about the shared adventure, pushing mental and physical boundaries, and the whole zen of it all, riding through beautiful areas.”

He is specifically setting his sights on the Hungry Bear because, “It sort of captures the early season excitement for biking and sets an early goal to work towards. There’s a fun atmosphere around the event that really celebrates our area as well as the spirit of adventure.”

His training regimen is not quite as detailed as Dustin’s. “I just have to do it ninja style, whenever I can find a block of time to get out and ride. I’ll ride road, gravel, singletrack, and fat bike, just to get miles in the saddle. I’ve started going back to Crossfit as of this week, so I’m hoping to improve my overall strength this season.”

Dustin has quite a few tips for staying comfortable while putting in the big hours.

Dustin riding to a great finish in the Fat Tire last year on his birthday. Photo: Chris Young

Nutrition and timing is pretty important, “I really try to at least eat a half bar an hour (150 calories) and drink a bottle a hour. This allows your body to stay at a comfortable energy level without bogging you down. A common mistake most people make is that they ride for two or three hours without eating or drinking much, then they feel the effects of bonking and try to quickly eat a bigger amount of food/water. When you eat a lot all of a sudden, your body sends a lot of blood to your stomach and not to your muscles, which in turn can make you bonk even worse.”

Carrying a few extra apparel pieces is also a must, “I also carry an extra set of gloves and outer jacket in case I get wet. I’ll just quickly stop and switch up my base layer and outerwear so that on my second half of my ride I can feel dry and refreshed again,” Dusty explains.

Through the muddy trails during the Fat Bike. Photo: Chris Young.

Ian also feels like early spring training necessitates the right gear and clothing. “Keep hands and toes warm. A windproof top and bottom are really helpful. Shoe covers are really helpful, but if you want something deluxe, I’ve really been liking the 45NRTH Ragnarok shoe. Gotta have good snacks and plenty of water…and beer.” Dustin also touts the healing powers of a couple special drinks, “I found that a shot of espresso followed by 6 oz. of alcohol can help with feeling the effects of bonking; it also gives you a little moral booster.” OK, guys, we know what you’re recovery regimen is… 😉

Yep, this is Spring in Wisconsin…

The worst part of spring training might be a dreary headwind, or it might be overcoming your own personal reluctance to get out on the bike when your body isn’t quite up to speed and the weather isn’t quite sunshine and daffodils, but working out on the bike at this time of year has a few more benefits than just being able to crush your next race or group ride.

“It is generally getting nicer out, the sun’s out, the creeks are flowing; its just a nice time to be outside,” Dusty says. And, you’re looking ahead to all the biking season has to offer.

New Moon rides will be starting up soon. Come join us work out the kinks and get ready for your cycling season. Check out our Facebook page for updates.

Get out and make the most of these last few days when everything is possible. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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