I met the family who owns and runs Ya Betcha, Deb Bieganski, and her two daughters, Jamie Lynn Drewlow and Meranda Mosher. Like Maureen and Jim Christopher at the Heartland Kitchen Café, they’re quite pleased with the increase in business since the park opened last summer. It’s pretty clear to me that their outgoing personalities have something to do with that. I will be back.
John Schaubach, a fellow geezer and a volunteer with the CLMTB Crew (responsible for maintaining the Trout and Man Cage trails) was one of many local volunteers helping to put on the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival this weekend. Evidently he’s been one of the many Cuyuna locals who has put in countless volunteer hours to help make the park a reality.
So a big cheer went out on Saturday night when his name was drawn for the raffle of the Trek X-Caliber 29er. Nice bike. I have one and love it.
Yep, another mountain biker named Griffin was at the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival this weekend, Griffin Myslivecek, from Grand Rapids. He took 1st place in the Time Trial (Sport Class, 18-28 group) and the Hillclimb (Sport, 18-35). I took 2nd place in the Time Trial (Sport, 41-55) and 1st in the Hillclimb (Sport, 51+). Griffin’s leg and I think other body parts were tattooed with Cuyuna red, a small price to pay For Glory. For Honor. Cuyuna.
Classy looking medals: Ride Hard. Eat Dirt. Have Fun. And some nice prizes for the podium.
In the waning hours of yesterday’s Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, I reminded CLMTB Crew president Aaron Hautala that he said he was definitely going to do the big jump into the US Airbag that was set up in the center of Crosby. I thought he was going to play the I’m-too-busy-running-this-festival-to-have-time-for-that-kid-stuff card. But I was wrong. He put on his game face and did it. Here’s the play-by-play in 9 photos: