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Ross Took on the Fat Bike Birkie!


Our pal, Ross Matlock, took on the 47K Fat Bike Birkie last Saturday on one of our APes and had a great result! Facing a field that included a lot of the top fat-bike racers in the US, Ross finished 16th in his age group (Male 18-29) and 103rd overall out of 489 finishers. Congratulations, Ross!



Ross’s APe was set up with 70mm rims, Northpaw 135/170 hubs, 4.0 Husker Dus, a White Brothers/MRP fork and a 3×10 drivetrain.



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Dirty Kanza Results

Congratulations to our good buddy, and Schlick Cycles Dealer, Steven Goetzelman from Iowa City, IA and co-owner of 30th Century Bicycles for his 11th place overall in 2011 version of the 200 Mile Dirty Kanza gravel race in Kansas. Even better he was 2nd in the singlespeed class and one of 65 finishers out of 300 starters.

In his own words!

Brief Dirty Kanza report: 205 miles, 212 for the day including ride to and from start. 30 miles with the leaders. 1 looong stop looking at the map and scratching the head. 2 flats. 1 wrath of dog storm. 0 dabs. 1 effin’ gear. 15 hours 7 mins, 15 mph avg on the bike. 2 chafed butt cheeks!

Sweet, Steve!

Full results here:

Steve’s full story on Bike Iowa here:

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Decorah Time Trial Photos 2011

decorah time trials 2011Race and event photos from the Decorah Time Trials mountain bike race. May 1st, 2011.

This year’s Time Trials were run on a 6.1 mile course up and down the bluffs around Decorah, IA with approximately 60 racers running the course at one minute intervals. While relatively short by Time Trial standards, the course was certainly a challenge.

Trevor Rockwell took the top spot with a time in the 34-minute range. More results when they are available.

The action in Death Valley was also challenging for some!

Greg’s Flickr Photoset of the Decorah Time Trials.

shockey’s recap on his blog

Some pix from Julie Shockey and “reflecting on a SLAM” (or how Death Valley got its name) by Spinner on the Bike Decorah Blog.

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2011 Bike Events in Decorah, IA

Our friends in Decorah, Iowa do several excellent bike races/events each year. Some have been around for a long time including the Decorah Time Trails while others, like the Pugsley World Championships, are new this year. Here is a current list:

Decorah, IA Cycling Events in 2011

Pugsley World Championships: February 26th
21st Annual Decorah Time Trials: May 1st
Dirtburger: June 10th –June 12th
Decorah Night Shift Race: October 22nd

Check out more at:

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Photos Posted from the WORS Alterra 2010 Sport class

Got the photos posted from the WORS Alterra 2010 Sport class during the Alterra Mountain Bike Race at Crystal Ridge in Franklin, WI. Got some good shots, if you are a Wisconsin mountain bike racer and attended this event chances are pretty good I got a shot of you! Over 300 photos.

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Superweek Photos

Shorewood Crit Superweek 2009

I made it to 5 of the Superweek bike races in and around Milwaukee over the last couple of weeks. Lots of great racing, super people to hang with and some decent photos from a couple of the races. Here are pix from the Shorewood Criterium and the Brewer’s Hill Crit Superweek Races. I’d planned to photo the others as well but, for various reasons, did not have the good camera rig at some of the events. There is always next year!

Just before the Downer Ave race we were treated to a performance by the Air Force Demonstration Team Thunderbirds. Show center was just a bit east and south of the Downer Ave race circuit and made the day a good one-two punch for entertainment. Milwaukee in the summer is fantastic!


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Schlick Cycles at the Brewer’s Hill Superweek Race

Schlick Cycles Performance Testing

John and I finished assembling a prototype Smitty just in time to run down to the Brewer’s Hill Superweek bike race near downtown Milwaukee where we watched some great Pro 1/2 criterium racing and engaged in some impromptu product testing with John and Spokes Model Dave goofing around on the Shark and a Smitty in the parking lot adjacent to the racing action.

Schlick Cycles Performance Testing

On our trip from the shop to and from the race I rode the Smitty that is currently set up with Salsa Delgado 29’er wheels, a Shimano Nexus 8-speed rear hub with a coaster brake, a Shimano Generator front hub and super big, 2.35 Schwalbe Big Apple tires. Ultra Cush! In just the short amount of time I had on the bike, about 8 miles, I am already really stoked about how it rides. I knew we had a pretty good design but seeing and feeling the reality of the ride was great.

John rode one of the oldest of our current Shark fleet, the Chip Foose-inspired Interbike show bike from a couple of years ago. This Shark looks great with its two-tone paint and always gets a lot of looks and questions about the bike.

Schlick Cycles Performance Testing

Dave gave the Shark John rode a series of disc brake tests showing that nose wheeling the Shark is one of the coolest sites I’ve seen in cycling recently! It also showed the strength and durability of the design. Product testing in the real world like this is why Dave gets the big bucks!

This year was the revival of the Brewer’s Hill venue for a Super week race and the actual racing action did not disappoint. The course is only about .8 miles but there is a significant hill going up the front straight and down the back. Not a flat course crit this!

Besides the photos in this article check out more pix of the Schlick Shark and the Smitty at Flicker. There are also pix from the Shorewood Criterium and the Brewer’s Hill Crit Superweek Races.

Look for us next weekend at the Great Downer Avenue Bike Race and the Whitefish Bay Criterium!

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Decorah Time Trials

Coming up next week on April 26th, 2009 is a great event called the Decorah Time Trials.

Decorah, Iowa is a town of 8,000 with 500 acres of park land and over 15 miles of off-road biking trails. It is also home to a challenging mountain bike event for ages 14 on up called the Decorah Time Trials. The course winds through the rolling, wooded areas of the Decorah Parks System and includes lots of technical single track, some along the river. In past years, course length varied from 6.5 to 12 miles. Final course length will be determined by race director and trail conditions on the day of the race.

Check it out if you can!