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May, 2010

Hope your riding is going well this spring.

What's New?

Shuttleguy to offer Saturday night camping on Bike Tour of Colorado!

Still thinking of signing up for Bike Tour of Colorado? Shuttleguy is happy to announce we will be offering pre-ride camping the night of Saturday, June 19th. Registration and camping for all Shuttleguy riders will be available Saturday afternoon at the Gunnison Middle School.


RAGBRAI conducted their lottery yesterday and the results are now posted online.

Please email Shuttleguy your new official rider number. If you are registered with Shuttleguy for services and are not listed on the winning board, please email Rick at

Featured Tour: ShuttleguyTours Theater and Art Ride

Theater and Art Ride

August 20 - 22

There is great riding available to all, as you ride through the beautiful SW corner of Wisconsin and take in some great theater.theater2

Each day you will have a choice of routes ranging from intermediate difficulty to challenging. This is a camping tour. Hotels are optional.

The tour begins Friday, Aug. 20, when you will enjoy a delicious dinner thater1and a chance to explore local artist studios and galleries. Enjoy an exciting outdoor theater production at Mineral Point's Alley Stage. This quaint outdoor theater is in its fourth season.

On Saturday you will travel from Mineral Point to Spring Green. You will have opportunities to visit some rural artist studios along theater1the route and take in some local historic sites. Saturday evening, enjoy a picnic on the grounds of Tony-nominated Amer- ican Players Theater (APT) in rural Spring Green. Enjoy a dynamic show after the meal in the outdoor theater.

On Sunday you will head back south on another great route back to Mineral Point. There will be plenty of time today to visit galleries, tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, or explore the House on the Rock before you head back home.


You will have the opportunity to visit artists in their home studios along the route. You can enjoy the many "living artists" who have made their studios and homes in the historic buildings of Mineral Point. While in Spring Green you will have time to browse the many beautiful art galleries.

This intimate tour has a maximum of 50 riders. You will not wait in long lines for food and restrooms.

You will also enjoy the special attention you will receive from the Shuttleguy Tours staff.

Article of the month

Not only is it the first time out on the road for many of us this year but many of our little four legged friends are starting to get some much needed exercise. Here are some good ideas on how to handle one of their "visits".

How to Deal With Bad Dogs
By Fred Matheny and Ed Pavelka

Dog attacks are high on the list of cycling fears. Maybe you can't stop Fang from giving chase, but you can outsmart him if you know how dogs think-assuming that stinkin' mutt even has a brain!

*     Know dog psychology. The majority of dogs who chase cyclists are merely defending their territory. When you pedal off the section of road that they consider their turf, you no longer pose a threat to their ancestral instincts and they lose interest. Incidentally, this is why you'll rarely be chased by a dog you encounter way out in the boonies. He's not on his turf so he couldn't care 1ess about you.

*     Know dog tactics. Dogs want to attack from the rear, coming up from the hindquarter. Even one who sits up in his yard ahead of you may wait till you pass before giving chase. You can use this to your advantage in the next tip because it gives you a head start.

*     Sprint! You often can outsprint Fido when he's more interested in fooling around than in actually attacking. You can tell his intent by how hard he's running and his expression. An easy gait with woofing and ears and tail up, no problem. A full-out sprint with ears back, tail down and teeth out, problem.

Featured Rider: Mark Epperson

Mark grew up on a small farm located near Rockford, Illinois.  His nearest friend lived about a mile away and the nearest town was about 3 miles away, so before getting his driver's license the only way of visiting his friends was a gold 5-speed bicycle with a banana seat, wheel-generator light, and playing cards in the spokes.  That bike was cool, but once he got his license the bicycle was set aside until after college.  Shortly after school Mark married his college sweetheart and they moved back to Rockford and began riding with the Blackhawk Bicycle Club.  Their most common ride was the 20 mile Saturday Breakfast Ride, but occasionally they joined the club for longer rides including the Haldeman Hundred, which is where his wife Sara became involved with the Ultra Marathon Cyclists.
Sara on her 
Wedgie frame

It was Sara who first wanted to try a weeklong tour and she set out by herself to ride one of the first GRABAAWR tours along the Wisconsin River.  It was one of their hottest years with triple digit temperatures, but she was hooked.  Later, she rode Wisconsin's SAGBRAW with their daughter and finally convinced Mark to join them. 

As Sara became more addicted to cycling, Mark's health under went a few changes.  He was diagnosed and cured of kidney cancer and then diagnosed as a type-II diabetic.  The net result of several surgeries was he was not comfortable on traditional bicycles so he purchased his first recumbent, a long wheel-based Burley Koosah.  That first year on a recumbent was great and he agreed to join Sara on a week-long tour of Wisconsin. 

The Eppersons realized if they were going to  continue touring, and remain married, they needed help with the tent set up and tear down as their ideas on when to leave camp were drastically different. Shuttleguy to the rescue!

The following year, Mark purchased a new Bacchetta Gyro 26 "high racer" recumbent and the Eppersons signed up with Shuttleguy for their Comfort Camper package.  "What a difference," Mark says, "No hassles finding bags, selecting tent sites, dealing with busted air mattresses, and more importantly.... coffee!!!"

And because Shuttleguy sets all of their tents up in the same area it was easy to establish lasting friendships with the other cyclists.  The  first year they became fast friendsjalo with "J-Lo" and "T-Lo" and later with their daughter Megan, who now crews for Shuttleguy.

Today, Mark and Sara both ride Bacchetta Recum- bents.  Since Mark's Type-II diabetes  progres- sed into insulin-dependent diabetes he has increased his focus on exercise, ramping up his initial annual mileage of 400 per year, to almost 2,000 miles per years.  Mark says, "If a 260 pound diabetic with 1 kidney can complete a week long tour then with the proper training, you can too."


This year will be Mark's fifth RAGBRAI with Shuttleguy. He has also ridden Oklahoma Freewheel, BRAN, and  this year has reserved the 3rd week in June to ride either BRAN or the Tour de Kota.  "And of course, I'll use the Shuttleguy Comfort Camper for both my tours this year... and for many years to come," says Mark.

Sara and Mark celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary

Mark caught fiddlin' around on the Trails and Thrills ride near Jefferson, Iowa.


 Video Links of the month

Each month we will be passing on a few links that we thought you might enjoy or find useful.

Here is a great video trailer for a feature length movie created by two brothers who biked 16,000 miles from Alaska to the end of South American. The trip was dedicated to their mothers who died from brain cancer. 


For you mountain bikers, here is a great trailer  that is sure to teach you a few new moves. Make sure to wear your helmet!


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