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RACE # 1 - St. Croix Valley Woolly - May 5th, 2019

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Ben Mullin

Ben Mullin

Woolly Bike Club

Phone: 651-261-9649

Old 2018 Race Information

Stay tuned for updates for the 2019 race.  Everything below here is information from last year's race that you can use as a rough reference for now.

Race 1 - ST CROIX VALLEY WOOLLY - MAY 20, 2018

Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Woolly Race - CyclovaXC


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 10 - 2, 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.


Preregistration is closed - see you on race day!


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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 $13 $18
Citizen 9:30 AM 10 miles 2 $24 $34
Marathon Open 10:50 AM 4 hrs $33 $44
Sport 11:00 AM 14.5 miles 2 $29 $40
Kids Comp, Citizen Awards 11:15 AM
Kids Fun Race** 12:45 PM _ - Free** Free**
Elite Men 1:10 PM 28 miles 4 $33 $44
Elite Women 1:12 PM 21 miles 3 $33 $44
Comp SS Open/Fatbike Open 1:15 PM 21 miles 3 $29 $40
Comp Age Groups 1:20 PM 21 miles 3 $29 $40
All riders 18 and under - - - $18 $24
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.


Courses are unchanged for 2018, so if you raced last year, you know what to do this year.


***SPORT/COMP/ELITE/MARATHON*** We will run the same courses as last year, so no bloody shins from the rock gardens in Riegel Park...this year.

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 to 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 by May 12-13 weekend..

***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.


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.

Cyclova XC - The Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 St Croix Valley Woolly

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The Official Bike Shop of the Woolly Bike Club

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  CyclovaXC has new ownership this year in Steve Hamlin and Jim Kelley, but they are just as committed to their partnership with the Woolly Bike Club and silent sport enthusiasts all over the area.  Steve Hamlin brings a big passion for fitness, endurance, adventure, cycling and racing to the shop; along with an engineering background if you want to dive into the details of bike fit and geometry, among many other nerdy topics.  Jim Kelley brings a great deal of ultra endurance experience to the table, including 20 Birkie finishes, Ironman triathlon racing and ultra distance trail running!  This combination along with their existing great staff will continue to deliver the highest level of customer service for all you cycling, nordic skiing and trail running needs.  PLEASE check them out next time you are in Woollyland.  

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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Why should you buy from Johnson Motors St. Croix Falls? Our unmatched service and diverse Buick, Chevrolet inventory have set us apart as the preferred dealer in St Croix Falls and surrounding area. Visit us today to discover why we have the best reputation around.   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.  Help us support those that make our trails possible.

Sponsored by Northwoods Roasterie & Coffee Shop - Official Coffee Shop of the Woolly Bike Club

Northwoods Roasterie & Coffee Shop - Official Coffee Shop of the Woolly Bike Club

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Driven by his love of an exceptional cup of coffee, John Renaker has made it his mission to provide freshly roasted coffee to the lakes area in Lindstrom, MN and beyond.

Northwoods Roasterie opened it's doors in Nov. of 2006 with little more than a roaster and a few air pots. Through John's Christian foundation of honesty, integrity & his "fairness for all" approach - he found success with his idea of bringing coffee as close to it's origin as possible.

Now in his new location, with an espresso machine, patio and cozy quarters overlooking a full glass pane window into the roasting room, John strives to source only the best fairly-traded and organic beans and has created his own personal roasting style, which results in an adventure in every cup!


Fresh Roasts, Sustainability, and Exceptional Environment

Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank

MidWestOne Bank

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One of our founding sponsors and they have partnered with us since the very first Woolly Race.  They are a full-service bank with branches all over the Midwest.  Checking, saving, mortgages, etc... if you need it, they have it.  You will receive unmatched customer service and you will be supporting a bank that works hard to make every community that they are in a better place to live.

Sponsored by Edward Jones Financial Advisor - Matt Fisk

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.

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 9 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 since the beginning...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


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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 Kinisi Institute

Kinisi Institute

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We have been lucky to partner with our local hospital, St Croix Regional Medical Center, for a long time.  This year they are sponsoring us through their exciting Sports Medicine arm.  If you want to be sure your body is running in tip-top shape, you should check out the Kinisi Institute.

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.

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!!

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.



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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 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’s mission is to make the arts welcoming to all people as an essential part of their well being and for the vitality of the community. It was founded  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 back as a partner in 2018!!

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 back as a partner in 2018!!

Sponsored by Genius Of Fun

Genius Of Fun

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Woody is the man that challenged Keith Velaski and Mark Fisk to host a mountain bike race.  That challenge developed into 12 years of mountain bike racing, the founding of the Woolly Bike Club, 9+ miles of singletrack, etc...., etc...., etc...  Plus Woody teamed up the club a few years ago to offer great kid's events at the race venue through Spring Awakening, a celebration of Spring that Woody organized.  He has been with us since the beginning and he keeps helping us be he puts on TONS of other great events throughout the area and throughout the year.

For 20 years Genius Of Fun (Woody McBride) has been a full service Pro Sound, Light & Event Producer based in the Twin Cities/St Croix Valley producing St Paul Oktoberfest, TC Burger Battle and numerous city festivals and countless shows at First Avenue.

Sponsored by RIDGE SUPPLY - The Stoke Lives Here

RIDGE SUPPLY - The Stoke Lives Here

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SHAKE THE DUST.  It is hard to believe it has been two years since September 15, 2014.  That day, I was hit from behind by a pickup truck traveling at 55 mph while on a solo training ride.  It put a bunch of things into perspective for me.  Realizing that nothing was a given in this life, I chose to pursue a passion of creating the cycling apparel that swirls in my head.  I was reimbursed for the pieces of kit lost in the accident... I invested those few hundred dollars in THE SKYLINE ORIGINAL... the first socks landed in late July of 2015.

The name RIDGE SUPPLY is named after both my son, Ridge, and my home Blue Ridge mountains.  The Blue Ridge is home to some of the best cycling terrain in the world.  If you have been fortunate enough to take in that view or ride those roads and trails, it stays with you forever.  Our first offering THE SKYLINE sock is homage to those shades of Blue.

RIDGE SUPPLY is striving to produce the finest cycling apparel to help provide WATTS FOR THE SOLE.

We are excited to have RIDGE SUPPLY as a first year partner with us for the 2018 season!!

Sponsored by County Cycles, ATV and Rokon

County Cycles, ATV and Rokon

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We are a True Off Motorcycle Dealer with the World Class Leading TM Motorcycles as our flag ship lines. TM offers you motorcycles in MX and off-road racing from 85cc-450cc,  two and four-strokes. Plus,  our "work horse" motorcycle, the world renowned ROKON 2-wheel drive Moto-Tractors!

We are now proud to offer the Wolftrax Fat Tire Bicycle line-up to complement our racing motorcycles. 

Another new addition is UBCO Electric Motorcycles.  Two wheels, two motors, no gas, no noise.  The UBCO 2x2 will redefine how you ride, work and play.  

County Cycle has Off-Road Motorcycle's and Bicycles for all ages and abilities.  Everything is priced on principle, not profit! We want everyone to enjoy the countless benefits of Off Road Motorcycles and Bicycles.  County Cycle Pitstop also stocks many OEM parts and aftermarket parts to complement our off road and MX motorcycles and ATVs.

Sponsored by Northwire


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FOUNDED in 1972, Northwire is a privately held contract manufacturer reaching an international market. We are your premier partner for the design and manufacture of custom technical wire and cable, retractile cords, cable assemblies, connectors, and harnesses for diverse applications in life sciences, energy, aerospace/defense, industrial and more. NWI leverages professional certifications in Six Sigma®, Lean, Project Management and the American Society for Quality to optimize design, manufacturing and quality to achieve the highest quality and shortest lead times for any volume.

Sponsored by Bike Jacket

Bike Jacket

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Protect your two-wheeled investment

Corroded chains, stuck cables, and pitted disc brakes wreck your ride and your bike. Bike Jacket is an easy, simple way to protect your bike from the elements that could damage it.

Avoid road crud

Bikes are often on the back of a vehicle being transported somewhere. Driving along the road less traveled can be great—but what dirt and gravel do to bike components is no good.

No more hassling with offhand solutions

Hey, we’ve been there and done that. We’ve messed with plastic bags that flew off on the road and other crazy mishaps. You want to spend your time biking and not hassling with protecting your bike on the road. That’s why we created Bike Jacket! Easy, fast and effective.


 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


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

Minnesota Interstate Park  651-465-5711

Wildwood Campground  651-465-6315

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.