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March, 2010

Hope you are having a great winter and are getting in some training miles whether outside or inside on the trainer.

What's New?

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 RAGBRAI

Shuttleguy teams with Amlings Cycle for RAGBRAI bus from Chicago area. 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

Experience 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. brew1Take 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 brewcornchallenging 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 historic town.

Today is a layover day. Ride a loop leisurely loop through Wisconsin's beautiful countryside. brewpicnicSee 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 great meal.

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. brewsamplerThen 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 theater.

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.

Optional 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.

Here is a great article!

"Finding the Time to Ride"
by Fred Matheny

We 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.

Full-time 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 time-budgeting techniques.

Here's where to look for time slots that can accommodate your love for riding:

Riding your bike to work or school and back may be the best way to create time cycling 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.
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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 Europe.


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 trips.

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 nicki2many 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 grounds.


Shuttleguy specializes in superior bicycle touring services for bicyclists with discriminating taste. Let us make life easy for you this summer on one of the many tours we support.
Tym Allison
Shuttleguy and ShuttleguyTour Bicycle Tours