So the day before yesterday Highland Forest did something extremely lame and told us 3 days before our event that we could pretty much use none of the trails we’ve used for our race the past 5 years. Not only did they force us to bump the date up a month, but apparently everything East of the main park road is to be used for horseback riding only. Bicycles scare the horses.
After quelling our initial inner rage, and spending a few hours in the woods, we all calmed down, and made some dang tasty lemonade out of the basket of lemons we were handed.
This year’s course is completely different, but we are pretty excited about it. Less road, more woods, and some very neat classic cyclocross features (creek bed crossing!). You’ll be riding virgin trails we literally cut, shoveled, and raked yesterday. The more aggressive sections are generally less rooty, and since we are avoiding the main trails, there will be exponentially less horse poop!
It’s gonna be rad! Remember the race is rain or shine!
Don’t forget to bring your furry friends to participate in the just for fun Doggie Dash benefit for Cuse Pit Crew. A special thanks goes out to Brian Nilsson for rushing out and riding with us Wednesday, Neil Hueber for building trails on his day off, and Wes Hadzor!
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO RACE, BIKE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAY 10/1
SYRACROSS VOLUNTEER MEETING TONIGHT, 7pm at the shop! Syracross is swiftly approaching – this SATURDAY, Oct. 1st at Highland Forest! Come join the fun and new Doggie Dash! We still need volunteers for set-up, clean-up, and course marshaling. Volunteers can race for free, plus get a new Syracross VI t-shirt and custom embroidered patch.
We will be finalizing volunteer details tonight. If you haven’t already RSVP’d or contacted me, let me know if you’d like to volunteer Saturday and attend tonight’s meeting. Need a head count for pizza ordering! Thanks!!
We’ve been working with Syracuse University’s Student Association for a while on this, and we are so happy to announce the success of SU’s Bike Share pilot program! The bikes are the awesome step-thru commuter Kona Coco that we had powder-coated the obligatory SU orange, and outfitted with rear racks and baskets, dynamo lights, wheel locks and u-locks.
We love this bike for commuting. It’s lightweight aluminum frame has a comfy yet zippy feel, and it comes equipped with disc brakes and fenders, perfect for Syracuse weather. With 9-speeds, it’s super simple and low-maintenance. The chainring has a built-in guard help prevent pants tangles.
We also love installing dynamo lights — makes us feel for a moment like we’re in Amsterdam or Copenhagen! Such a low-maintenance option. They’re always on and you never have to worry about batteries because they’re powered by magnets! If you’re not a student, stop by the shop and give the Kona Coco a test ride today!
Shop is CLOSED Wed. August 31st!
RIDE FOR $5! DAY sponsored by Mello Velo Bicycle Shop
Visit us at the Great New York State Fair! We will be to the right of the Main Gate by Toyota’s exhibit.
Details are available here. 9:30AM Group Ride departing from the Salt Museum at Onondaga Lake Park. All day 8/31: half price Fair Admission if you ride your bicycle there! Free Bike Valet within the Fair Gates. UPSTATE helmet giveaway!