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RACE # 1 - St. Croix Valley Woolly - May 7

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Race 1 - ST CROIX VALLEY WOOLLY - MAY 7, 2017

Presenting Sponsor - Edward Jones Financial Advisor - Matt Fisk

MAKE IT A WOOLLY WEEKEND WITH THE WOOLLY WANDER AND SPRING AWAKENINGS

Don't just drive into town for the day on Sunday.  Be sure to come to St Croix Falls on Friday PM or Saturday AM.  You will not regret the chance to explore our great town and get a quality pre-ride to prepare for your race.

Saturday afternoon from 1-5, we will be hosting the WOOLLY WANDER.  It will be a fun free event on the Woolly trails and around town with a chance to win cash, Cash, CASH and PRIZES!!  Several categories, so EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE TO WIN.   More details to come, but plan to be in town to enjoy this new event.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, you will want to catch some of the SPRING AWAKENINGS special events around town.  Not just bike related, but great outdoor activities to enjoy the beauty of the St Croix River Valley.

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Start Times, Distances, Fees

Class Start Time Distance # of Laps Pre-Registration Day of Registration
Kids Comp 9:00 AM 5 miles 1 $11 $16
Citizen 9:30 AM 10 miles 2 $22 $32
Marathon Open 10:50 AM 4 hrs $31 $42
Sport 11:00 AM 14.5 miles 2 $27 $38
Kids Comp, Citizen Awards 11:15 AM
Kids Fun Race** 12:45 PM _ - Free** Free**
Elite Men 1:10 PM 28 miles 4 $31 $42
Elite Women 1:12 PM 21 miles 3 $31 $42
Comp SS Open/Fatbike Open 1:15 PM 21 miles 3 $27 $38
Comp Age Groups 1:18 PM 21 miles 3 $27 $38
All riders 18 and under - - - $16 $22
Sport Awards 1:30 PM
Marathon/Comp/SS/Fatbike & Elite Group Awards 3:45 PM

Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race

The kid’s race gives children an opportunity to compete like their parents in a positive and fun environment. The race is free to children ages 3 to 12. Parents can ride or run with the kids for motivation and support. The race starts at 12:45. Helmets are required. You must register onsite by 12:30.

RACE COURSE DESCRIPTION AND MAPS

ALL COURSES UPDATED AND IMPROVED FOR 2017

***SPORT/COMP/ELITE/MARATHON*** We will mix it up a bit from the last few years.  For the first time in Woolly Race history, we will not ride the Rock Gardens.  We will start with a lap around the soccer field to stretch things out before we dump into West Ridge.   (Sport, Elite and Marathon will not ride West Ridge on their first lap.) This section is fast, but gruelling!  There are some fast, fun, tricky decents, but "what goes down, must come up", so there are several short steep climbs and one long climb back up the the school. 

You will transition to our upper singletrack sections though the school yard, walking path and a paved bike path.  You will take a hard left in to the "lower meadow".  This is a false flat that will take more our of you than you expect.  We will climb the old snowmobile trail (skipping Riegel Park  ) toward our on-course aid station.  After a short section of ski trail, we will turn left onto the Gandy Dancer.

After the quick section of the Gandy, we will take a right turn into Wissahickon North and South, which is some of our oldest and most enjoyable singletrack.  A smooth, twisty, turny good time with a few punchy climbs to keep you sharp.  Push the pace in the corners and hope to separate yourself from the racers around you.

You will now jump on the Gandy Dancer for a half-mile, so grab your bottle or a gel pack and try to hang onto someone's wheel as you head to Erratic Rock.  You will now enjoy 1 1/4 miles of flowy fun.  The first section is a long gradual climb that will help separate the group, but you are rewarded by a great high-speed, berm'd up decent back down to the railroad bed that will have you smiling from ear-to-ear.

Another short section of Gandy leads you back to Big Oak (which is where our trailhead is located), your last section of singletrack each lap.  It is fun and twisty with several fun A-B lines to choose from.  A-lines will have an obstacle that will be faster to ride, but if you are in traffic, the B-line may allow you to sneak past a few competitors, so choose wisely.  The lap will finish with you hammering a 1/2 mile of snowmobile trail back to the Start/Finish area.

Please print these maps, if you are heading up to pre-ride.  The course is marked all year, so Sport/Comp/Elite/Marathon classes will ride almost everything, except Riegel Park.  We will put up temporary signage at key intersection for all classes mid-April.

***KID'S COMP & CITIZEN***  These classes will ride the same course as described above with the following exceptions.  Racers will not ride West Ridge, but will head straight to Wissahickon.   From the Gandy Dancer, racers will go straight into Big Oak (avoiding Erratic Rock), then ride the snowmobile trail back to Start/Finish area at the High School.  Kid's Comp will ride 1 lap and Citizen will ride 2 laps.

AWARDS

Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group for all classes. The top elite racers (expert and pro classes combined) will receive cash awards. For payout details, click Home > Series Racing Information. The awards times are 11:15 am for Kids Comp and Citizen, 1:30 pm for Sport, and 3:45 pm for Marathon, Comp and Expert. We will also have a drawing for race prizes from sponsors.

Sponsored by Our Presenting Sponsor for 2017 is Edward Jones Financial Advisor - Matt Fisk

Our Presenting Sponsor for 2017 is Edward Jones Financial Advisor - Matt Fisk

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As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. It's also important to understand the level of risk you're comfortable accepting when investing so we can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.

Whether you're planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, we can work together to develop specific strategies to help you achieve your goals. We can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Throughout it all, we're dedicated to providing you top-notch client service.

But we're not alone. Thousands of people and advanced technology support our office so we can help ensure you receive the most current and comprehensive guidance. In addition, we welcome the opportunity to work with your attorney, accountant and other trusted professionals to deliver a comprehensive strategy that leverages everyone's expertise. Working together, we can help you develop a complete, tailored strategy to help you achieve your financial goals.

Cyclova XC - The Official Bike Shop of the Woolly Bike Club

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The Official Bike Shop of the Woolly Bike Club

CyclovaXC has years and years of experience in all aspects of cycling (Road, MTB, Gravel, Fat biking,etc...) and Nordic Skiing.  Frank is one of the finest Nordic ski tuners in the nation.  Plus they have lots of other fun outdoor extras like SUP boards and anything you need for trail running.  Please stop in if you need anything while you are in-town riding Woolly or just looking for some tips on where to take a road ride in our area.

Sponsored by Johnson Motors - The Official Car Dealership of the Woolly Bike Club

Johnson Motors - The Official Car Dealership of the Woolly Bike Club

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Johnson Motors is a great, locally owned dealership the sells New Chevrolet and Buicks, plus a great selection of pre-owned vehicles.  They offer great selection, but offer better customer service than you will ever experience at a big city dealership.  Johnson Motors is a long-term and generous partner of the Woolly Bike Club, so please consider them for all your vehicle purchase and service needs.

Sponsored by The "City of Trails" St Croix Falls, WI

The "City of Trails" St Croix Falls, WI

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Host City of the Woolly Trail Network, aka WOOLLYLAND

Come back to St. Croix Falls on June 10 for the "City of Trails Trail Run".  1K, 5K, 10K and  half marathon.  Enjoy more of the great trails in St Croix Falls, but no wheels this time, just your feet.  You will love the challenging and picturesque course so much that you will return to enjoy these trails at a slower speed throughout the year.

Sponsored by Penn Cycle - The Best Family Bike Shop in America

Penn Cycle - The Best Family Bike Shop in America

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Penn Cycle has been sponsoring the Woolly for ten great years...and lots of other great events throughout the area, like Thursday Night Races at Buck Hill.  It is the bike shop for all your cycling needs.  7 locations in the Twin Cities, so Penn Cycle is convenient for everyone!

Sponsored by CWS Security Watch - Your Eyes While You're Away

CWS Security Watch - Your Eyes While You're Away

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Security Systems, In-Person Property Protection, Security Cameras, Remote Security & Automation, and Medical Alert.  Covering Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota.

This is a locally owned and operated company that is rapidly expanding due to great products and excellent service.  Give them a call to protect your home or cabin.

Sponsored by MAREK ROOFING

MAREK ROOFING

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When it comes to your roof, don't just trust anyone. Our team of GAF certified technicians at Marek Roofing LLC of Dresser, WI is all you need to take care of all your roofing needs. We install a GAF 50 year non-prorated warranty shingle. Quality workmanship with exceptional service and reputation. You’ll be glad to know that our services come with a 12-year warranty on workmanship. We have an A+ Rating with the better business bureau.

Plus the owner is an avid cyclist, an active supporter of the Woolly Bike Club and a fixture at our Tuesday night group rides and Wednesday night CyclovaXC sprint ride.

Give Scott a call at 715-246-7449 before you let anyone else on your roof.

Sponsored by Singletrack Mortgage

Singletrack Mortgage

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“Our singletrack focus is your home financing needs”

As a residential loan officer for over 12 years, your mortgage solutions are my specialty.  We offer a large variety of financing options for all, from first-time home buyers to seasoned investors.  Our in-house processing, underwriting and funding creates a seamless path from application to closing table.  Your time is valuable, and every situation is unique. It is not your responsibility to understand your options, it is mine.  Start your education now with a free phone consultation.  I look forward to being your loan officer!

Sponsored by St Croix Regional Medical Center

St Croix Regional Medical Center

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We appreciate the long term partnership with our local hospital.  We hope you won't need their services on race day, but please consider them for any and all medical needs.  You will love the excellent care of a small town hospital that treats you like a friend, while it still offers the expertise of any corporate hospital.

We are especially excited for their recent addition of The Kinisi Institute, was designed to make a real difference in your life. As a true musculoskeletal hub, we provide you with a level of care surpassing the norm. Our purpose is to bring you a unique, interdisciplinary, team-based model of care that offers you the leading services and treatments you need delivered by highly trained experts—all under one roof.  kinisiinstitute.org

Several Woolly club member have already had great experiences when they needed this special level of expertise.

 

 

Sponsored by The Dalles House

The Dalles House

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GOOD FOOD, GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD TIMES!!  The Dalles House is the "go-to place" in St. Croix Falls for a refreshing post-ride beer and a great burger.  Located right at the intersection of Hwy 8 and Hwy 35, it is just minutes from the Woolly trail head.

Also, the Dalles House Coffee Shop in downtown St. Croix, is the place to start your morning before a ride or to grab a great lunch or post-ride coffee.  2 locations, but always a great experience!!

***You certainly won't want to miss their "Woolly MTB Race Pre-Party" on Saturday May 6 starting at 6 pm.  They will feature a "Woolly Burger" and "Woolly Beer", plus you will get to enjoy the experience of listening to The Undergroove Band, our favorite Twin Cities fund &  rock band!!***

Sponsored by Olson Power & Equipment

Olson Power & Equipment

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See those great Can-Am Side-by-Sides being used by the race staff?  You can buy those exact machines at Olson Power.

At Olson Power & Equipment, Inc., we carry only the leading brands in the industry. This way we know our customers are getting the best bang for their money! Brands that we carry include Can Am, Echo, Ferris, Gehl, Grasshopper, Honda Power Equipment, Jonsered, Kubota, Land Pride, Simplicity, Ski Doo and more. 

Dedicated to providing our customers with quality products, affordable prices and the best customer service around, our team at Olson Power & Equipment, Inc. looks forward to helping you. Located in North Branch, we service many surrounding areas including Cambridge, Isanti, Lindstrom, Osceola, Pine City, Princeton, St Croix Falls and more! Call or stop in today; we look forward to hearing from you.

Sponsored by WILD RIVER FITNESS

WILD RIVER FITNESS

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Great equipment, wonderful classes, enthusiastic instructors and incredible workouts: Wild River Fitness has what you’d expect from a fitness center, but it is so much more than a gym. We provide benefits for children, teens, families and seniors.

As a member of Wild River Fitness, you'll have access to fitness equipment, health seminars and fitness experts that go right to the heart of improving your health and the health of our community. Come to Wild River Fitness, meet our staff and tour our facility today!

Sponsored by Mama T's Sweet Treats - Cupcakes, cheese cakes and more...

Mama T's Sweet Treats - Cupcakes, cheese cakes and more...

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Mama T's is a great new addition to downtown St. Croix Falls.  Her amazing selection of cupcakes and cheese cakes will constantly having you planning your next visit to try another delicious flavor.  After you burn some calories on the Woolly, stop in for some delicious "recovery food". 

Ask about catering for weddings, graduations, birthday parties or any special occasion.  A great way to make your special event even more memorable.

We are excited to have Mama T's as a first time partner in 2017!!

 

Sponsored by Valley Sweets - Candy and Ice Cream Shop

Valley Sweets - Candy and Ice Cream Shop

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What is EVERYONE'S favorite way to replace those calories burned during a good ride?  Ice Cream, of course.

Valley Sweets has quickly become the place to indulge your sweet tooth in downtown St. Croix Falls with an amazing selection of Award Winning Ice Cream, hand made waffle cones, and the greatest selection of candy you have seen in a long time. 

Grab some ice cream and walk down to the overlook and enjoy the beauty of the St Croix River Valley.  Your first visit will never be your last.

We are excited to have Valley Sweets as a first time partner in 2017!!

 

Sponsored by St Croix Festival Theatre

St Croix Festival Theatre

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St. Croix Festival Theatre was formally founded  in 1990 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation to provide St. Croix Valley residents and visitors to this scenic region with highest quality of live professional theatre. In the years since, Festival Theatre has produced more than 100 plays for more than 200,000 St. Croix Valley residents and visitors.

We are excited to have St Croix Festival Theatre as a first time partner in 2017!!

Sponsored by Steven L McCormack, DDS  Family Dentistry

Steven L McCormack, DDS Family Dentistry

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Steve has been an active member of the community for over 25 years.  He is a great dentist that truly cares about his patients and he has build a skilled team in his office.  He isn't just a great dentist, but he is a silent sports enthusiast as an active skier and cyclist.  Please consider him for all you family's dentistry needs.

We are excited to have Steve McCormack, DDS as a first year partner in 2017!!

 

DIRECTIONS

 Driving Directions from the Twin Cities

 Take I-35 North out of the Metro to Hwy 8 (Exit 132) in Forest Lake.  East on Hwy 8 ( about 23 miles) to Wisconsin.  After you cross the bridge into God's Country, you will proceed about 1 mile and turn left onto Industrial Pkwy (opposite KFC) for 2 blocks.  Left onto Maple Drive for 2 blocks.  St Croix Falls High School will be on the right. 

Driving Directions from the North (Minnesota)

South on I-35 to North Branch.  In North Branch go East on  Hwy 95 (exit 147) for about 20 miles into Taylors Falls.  At the stop light you will go right onto Hwy 8 into Wisconsin.  Proceed about 1 mile east on Hwy 8.  Left on Industrial Pkwy (opposite KFC) for 2 blocks.  Left onto Maple Drive for 2 blocks.  St Croix Falls High School will be on the right. 

 Driving Directions from the East 

 Take US-8 into St. Croix Falls.  Right on Industrial Pkwy (opposite KFC) for 2 blocks.  Left on Maple Drive for 2 blocks.  St Croix Falls High School will be on the right.

(FYI - If you are coming to pre-ride or anytime other than race weekend, you will probably want to park at the Woolly Trailhead.  Instead of turning left on Maple Drive, you would turn right.   You will see the Woolly Trailhead directly ahead of you after driving 2 blocks.)

 

 If you are going to use a maping program, here is the physical address for the St Croix Falls High School:

740 Maple Drive St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

CAMPING and HOTELS

Please plan to make a great weekend of the race and head up Saturday...or even Friday.  Our first choice for your stay would be one of our past Race Sponsors at the Holiday Inn Express or the Dalles House Motel.  Be sure to tell them you are in town for the race!

We DO NOT have camping available at the race.  The high school will not allow it.  We have several great options within minutes of the race.

Wisconsin Interstate Park  715-483-3747

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Minnesota Interstate Park  651-465-5711

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Wildwood Campground  651-465-6315

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Sponsored by WOLLY BIKE CLUB - Your source for everything WOOLLY!!

WOLLY BIKE CLUB - Your source for everything WOOLLY!!

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Trail Conditions?  Upcoming Events?  Directions?  Group Rides?  Trail Work Days?  Trail Maps?  We update our website regularly, so check back frequently. 

Join the club and make WOOLLYLAND better!!  Follow the link on our website.

Mat Fisk

Mat Fisk

Woolly Bike Club

Phone: 651-335-4650

St. Croix Woolly 2015: Stormy Weather Followed by Perfection

Nearly 400 racers turned out for a day of stormy weather, followed by near perfect racing conditions.‚Äč

By Troy Melhus

 

Let’s just get it out there right now: Sport racers pretty much took one for the team at the 2015 St. Croix Woolly.

Put another way: Around 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, organizers of the annual St. Croix Valley race — which takes place just around the outskirts of St. Croix Falls High School — sent out this message via Facebook:

Good Morning! The Woolly bike race is going on as scheduled. We had a conversation with the race director, and the Woolly Bike Club decided collectively that the race will go on as planned rain or shine. See you at the race!”

“Some people questioned it, but we didn’t,” said Race Director Matt Fisk. “We pretty much said if Noah doesn’t go by in an Ark, or lightning, the race is on. The mud wasn’t going to stop us.”

And then came the storms. What could effectively be called "torrential rain" hit during the first lap of the Sport and Marathon races.

“During the Sport Class it was pouring for a while. And that got ugly,” Fisk said. “Apparently there was water running down the trails. The Sport Class and the Marathon riders...it was a little rough for them.” 

Maplelag marathon racer Matt Schultz — covered in mud from head to toe — didn’t mince words.

“The first lap was horrible. It was so muddy, I had to keep stopping because there was so much goop in my drive train,” Schultz said. “That first lap almost killed me.”

But a funny thing happened by the 1:15 Elite/Expert/Comp races: trail conditions were as well as could ever have been expected:  A few greasy rocks here and there, but overall a great, tacky, roller coaster ride.

“Even with some big rain, our trails shed water pretty well,” Fisk said. “If you look at the Elite class this afternoon, bikes are clean. They’re going to pretty much ride the water out of it. The trails are going to be the best conditions of the year!”

Nearly 400 racers eventually turned out for the St. Croix Woolly — putting it close to last year’s turnout.

Marathon racer Sandy Schreyer said racers were remarkably upbeat given the challenging conditions. She complimented the Woolly Bike Club for keeping things so positive through the rough weather.

“Everybody was so wonderful,” Schreyer said. “There was just such a collective good spirit out there. It was a lot of fun and a great race.”

Troy Melhus is a former expert racer for the Peace Coffee Bicycle Racing Team and former reporter and editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He still occasionally throws his helmet into the ring as a Comp single-speeder. You can reach him at troy.melhus@gmail.com.