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Hope you are having a great winter and are getting in some training miles whether outside or inside on the trainer.
Shuttleguy in the News:
Our new BREW (Bike Ride Exploring Wisconsin) ride was recently featured in a great new paper catering to bike touring, the Bike Tour News.
And for those of you who may be new to Shuttleguy and the services we offer, here is a nice article by one of our clients in his, The blog of dbkguy.
Shuttleguy will offer bus transportation from Chicago to the 2010 RAGBRAIShuttleguy teams with Amlings Cycle for RAGBRAI bus from
More information will be available soon, but we can confirm that there will be a
bus from the Chicago area for our RAGBRAI charter
in addition to our transport from Dodgeville, WI.
|Featured Tour: ShuttleguyTours BREW|
(Bike Ride Exploring Wisconsin)
August 9 - 13, 2010
challenging bicycling, craft beer, artisan cheeses, and local wines. A
great blend of structured tours, select group meals, personal free
time, amazing scenery, quirky attractions and personal attention by
dedicated staff who know the area will make this a great bicycle
vacation. Five great days of moderate to challenging riding This is a camping tour with hotel options.
This five day loop tour begins and ends in New Glarus, Wis., home to
the New Glarus Brewing Company. Take a tour and enjoy a tasting at the
New Glarus Brewing Company and then enjoy the atmosphere of New Glarus,
America's "Little Switzerland."
From New Glarus, head south through rolling hills dotted with small towns,
farms and woodland pastures. Visit a cheese factory in Monticello,
enjoy the beauty of the Sugar River, marvel the art and craftsmanship
at a woodworking studio in Albany, immerse yourself in history at the
Depot Museum in Brodhead, or relax in the old world charm of the
revitalized downtown of Monroe. While in Monroe, take a tour of Minhas
Craft Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in the country.
Leaving Monroe, you head north and west through some challenging
terrain in an area with many organic and community support agriculture
farms. Take a break from the hills in Blanchardville with a stop for
some bakery or organic food or take a tour of an organic farm or wool
producer. Then head to Hollandale, home of Nick Englebert's Grandview,
a collection of concrete sculptures, something one must truly see to
believe. Then it is on to Mineral Point, our host for two nights. Enjoy
Brewery Creek Brewpub, many artists, and great restaurants in this
Today is a layover day. Ride a loop leisurely loop through Wisconsin's
beautiful countryside. See Wisconsin's first capitol in Belmont, barn
quilts, Amish buggies, historic buildings in Darlington like the depot
and the Lafayette County Courthouse, Shullsburg's charming downtown and
some of the best riding you will ever see over low-traffic rural paved
roads. Or take a day off of the bike in Mineral Point and explore
historic Shake Rag Alley or the Pendarvis State Historic Site. Shop in
one of the antique shops in the historic downtown area, explore one of
the many art galleries and working studios in the area, or take in a
round of golf. It is your day. Relax and enjoy. In the evening, take an
optional trip to Potosi, home of Potosi Brewing Company and the
National Brewery Museum where you will enjoy a wonderful tour and a
From Mineral Point head north to Dodgeville, where you can find the
oldest functioning courthouse in the state, a great bakery and an 1827
cabin. Then head to Governor Dodge State Park where you will be wowed
by the beauty of the bluffs, valleys, lakes and waterfall. From there,
it is off through more rolling terrain of the driftless on the way to
Spring Green where you can tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen. Sample
Spring Green's Furthermore Beer as you enjoy a picnic and take in a
show at American Players Theatre, an outdoor Shakespearean professional
From Spring Green, you begin with a journey through some
more of the driftless area of Wisconsin with rolling hills on the way
to Barneveld and Botham Vineyards and Winery. On the way relax next to
the Hyde Mill, a beautifully restored grinding mill tucked next to a
stream. Challenge yourself to ride to the top of the hill in Blue Mound
State Park or admire the view of the valley below from Brigham Park as
you make your way to Mount Horeb, Troll Capital of the World. Take time
to see the many shops, restaurants, and carved trolls along the
"Trollway." From Mount Horeb, head back to New Glarus with five days of
wonderful memories behind you.
routes are available each day for those wishing for additional mileage.
The route is entirely on paved roads. Several sections run close to
non-paved trails if riders wish to use trails.
|Article of the month:|
|For many of us it's almost that time of year to clean
off last years dirt and grime from our stable of trusty steeds and get
ready to hit the trail again. It's also a great time to develop some
good biking habits. (click here for more)
Here is a great article!
"Finding the Time to Ride"by Fred Matheny
shouldn't feel excessive admiration for pro racers who log 600-mile weeks.
They have plenty of time to ride and recover-that's their job. The real
heroes are people like you, who find time to ride while still having a life
away from the bike.
work, family commitments and cycling can be efficiently interwoven into your
busy day. All it takes to schedule everything into 24 hours is maximum use of
where to look for time slots that can accommodate your love for riding:
your bike to work or school and back may be the best way to create time
When you commute by bike, time normally spent sitting in
a car is used productively as part of the training day. An eight-mile
ride to work or school takes about 30 minutes each way. Even if you do no
other riding, that's still an hour of cycling each weekday. The trip home
can be lengthened as much as time, daylight and energy allow.
|Featured Rider: Nicki Hall-Hensley|
Many of you who have ridden the Oklahoma FreeWheel may know Nicki. She has chartered with Shuttleguy several times.
Here is Nicki's story:
"My bikes name is Sara
Ruth. She is a Trek 520, born in 1988. She has taken trips in various states
(including Wisconsin), several providence's in Canada, and 12 countries in
I began riding at age 8. I rode to high school and my bicycle
also went to college with me. I began touring when I worked at a YMCA camp in New Jersey.
They had several cycle trips for teenagers.
I met my Danish tent mate in the
early 70's. Her brother was the other leader on a bike trip I was leading in
Denmark. He brought his sister, Karen Jensen, along and we have been friends
ever since. This will be her 4th FreeWheel. She has led several bike trips in
Denmark for Tulsa cyclists.
I have been a member of the Tulsa Bicycle Club since 1973. I
began the FreeWheel rides in 1979 and have not missed one of them. I also
belong to the CTC in England. My husband and I have been on several of their
I really enjoy using Shuttleguy, especially since I had
to put up my own tent, blow up my air mattress and carry my bags to and from
the luggage truck for many FreeWheels.
I had to leave FreeWheel early last summer because I had
broken my femur in 2007 and it was painful to walk. However, I could ride Sara
Ruth with no problem.
At the end of September I had a complete hip replacement
and now I have no cane and no pain!! I have my life back.
I look forward to using the Shuttleguy again and all the
wonderful services you provide."
| Links of the month:
| Each month we will be passing on a few
links that we thought you might enjoy or find useful.
This rider, Bret Taylor, had a handlebar-mounted camera that
snapped pix along the way during his cross country ride for MS. See the whole route in six minutes. AND it has a GREAT soundtrack!
For you mountain bikers, here is a great trailer of the documentary PEDAL-DRIVEN regarding freeridering in the national forests of the Pacific Northwest. It
examines the shared philosophies of stewardship and sustainability from
both sides and, ultimately, offer examples of the ways in which
opposing factions can find common ground in defense of our common