Ride Saturday, Mar 17

It looks like Saturday is going to provide us a nice Spring day, so we can do a little riding. We'll meet at Starbucks for the ride at 1:00 PM and follow the Orchard Lake route counter-clockwise for 35 or 45 miles. The wind is predicted to switch during the ride, so we may get a light tail wind for both the beginning and end of the ride.

Mountain Bike Coach Wanted

The District 196 (Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan) High School Mountain Bike Team is looking for an assistant coach for the upcoming 2018 fall season. Ideal candidates should have experience with mountain biking, endurance training and coaching student athletes. Race experience not necessary. Practices will be evenings on Tuesday and Thursday, and candidates must commit to five Sunday races, which take a majority of the day. To learn more about the team visit https://196mtb.shutterfly.com/. For more information, or apply, contact Community Education, 651-423-7920, or email Team Manager, Marisa Schroht or Coach Plantz.

Remember, GP's Annual Party is Tuesday.

Club Kit Order Update

Today, I received a report of our club's orders from Garneau and I'm happy to report that we exceeded the minimums for all items and everyone has paid for the items they selected during the pre-order period. Thank you for your participation and attentiveness throughout the ordering process. Garneau received orders from 35 people for a total of 98 items. Some of you ordered both men's and women's items and others order multiple items. I think you all appreciated how our sponsor dollars helped cut the prices. In fact, you took full advantage and used all of the available funds and then some.

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Wolf Tooth Open House

Wolf Tooth is a local bicycle-component manufacturer and they are celebrating their fifth anniversary at their location in Burnsville on February 10, 4 – 8 PM. They have invited anyone in RCC who has an interest in seeing how locally made bike parts are manufactured or simply enjoys socializing with other bike people of similar interest while drinking free beer.

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It's Time to Pre-Order 2018 Club Gear

Garneau's store for RCC will re-open soon. We are setting the final pricing before we open the store again around February 6.

There was a two-step ordering process, so we can estimate interest and final pricing:

  1. Select the items that you plan to purchase, and check out.
  2. About a week later you will return to the store to see the final pricing and pay for those items.
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New Club Kit is Coming

During the off-season, we've been working with Grand Performance and Louis Garneau to design and prepare a new club kit for you and we are ready to share the result. As you can see, we kept the same four colors and a few of the design elements from the previous kit. Overall, the new design is cleaner, brighter, and — featured prominently on the front and back of the jersey and vest — has the same new club logo as our web site.

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Off-season Maintenance

Winter is here and it's been quite cold so far this season. I've been cleaning, waxing, and maintaining my bikes. I'm also riding on my trainer and exercising indoors to strengthen my core and keep in shape. I bet many of you are doing the same.

During this off-season, I've also been busy moving our web site to a new hosting provider, so it can be more modern, fresh, and connect with social media. The web site features our new logo, which adds recognizes Gary's work to build and lead the club over the last 15 years. The new logo will also be on our new kits, which will be available to order soon.

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