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Sunrise commute, Approaching Winter Storm and Snowbike Racing

Posted Dec 22 2009 6:54pm
What's that strange reddish-orange glow on my front wheel?

It's this mornings sunrise over the Duluth Harbor. I've really been enjoying my bicycle commutes this week so far.
It's been pleasant weather with little wind and temps in the lower 20's/upper teens. The studded tires, you see in the top picture, have kept me upright on the patchy sections of ice and snow mixed in with wet and even dry sections of pavement.

Things will change for the better, imho, this Thursday-Saturday. We are under a Winter Storm Watch. Since I love winter and snow, I'm very excited about this development. We've had very little snowfall this season. This storm looks like it will track south of us. But for right now, we are still expected to get 10 or 12 inches of snow out of it. Locations further south are expected to get 12-20 inches of snow. Looks like the Pugsley will be getting a Christmas Day ride.

More new things happening in the snowbike ultra event world. The Tuscobia Ultra was run this past weekend. Sounds like it was a successful event. The amazing Dave Praman pulls out another win on snow. That man seems to be unaffected by bad conditions. Word is being put out of a 200 mile event next year starting in Superior, Wi and ending on the Tuscobia Trail route.

Anyone looking for some snowbike action in Idaho should check out Dave Byers race, Togwotee Winter Classic. This will be it's third year. Snowbiking at 7,000-9,000 feet. For 2010 he has a two-race series put together. The first race is on January 9, 2010. the second race is on March 6, 2010. Should be a fantastic event.
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