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It has been a busy time! Shuttleguy staff have now returned from BRAN, OK FreeWheel, Tour de Kota, Bike Tour Colorado and WISPRIDE. We hope to see more of you yet this summer on Tri- State, RAGBRAI, Tour de Wyoming and DALMAC.
Shuttleguy partners with TRIPS for KIDS . . . . . . . part twoLast month we told you about one of the results of our winter campaign benefiting TRIPS for KIDS. We split the proceeds between the national chapter in California and the chapter here in our home state of Wisconsin.
Here is the Wisconsin Story from the students' adviser, Matt.
We received your check today and I just can't say thanks
enough for your donation and what this means to our little club. This
donation will go a long way towards helping us reach our goal of 5 mountain
bikes added to the fleet in 2010. I've included a picture of a handful of
our club members.
I hope you understand that the impact of this donation goes
way beyond the financial aspect. When I told the kids that a company in
Dodgeville - which I had to show them on a map - ran a fundraiser for TFK and
was donating $200.00 directly to our chapter you could literally feel the
excitement and amazement in the room. It makes them feel special and that
they are part of something really cool - something that people that they have
never met feel strongly enough about to donate funds to - frankly, your
generosity is humbling. Even with the incredible trail systems that we
have both locally and regionally, hardly any high school students rode mountain bikes before these efforts. Certainly all those fresh driver's
licenses are part of the problem - but we are located in what consistently
ranks as one of the poorest areas of Wisconsin and in truth a large majority of
our families just can't afford the cost of a decent bike shop bike and
helmet. In fact, we have to drive an hour to reach the nearest dedicated
bike/ski shop. By getting our students on bikes and helping them have a
great time on the trails, we feel strongly that a positive influence will be
made in their social and academic life and that they will start to understand
the importance of protecting our natural resources. Sounds a little lofty
I know - but that is what we are shooting for!
Again, thanks so much for the donation and support of
our chapter. I'll be sure to keep you informed of our progress!
helping out on the local bicycle scene
There's lots of riding going on in southern Wisconsin during most of the spring, summer and fall. We like to help out when we are not on the road touring. Many times this involves using our Shuttleguy vans to provide SAG service on larger rides. Staff assisted on the Iowa County Humane Society Quadrupedal by helping mark the course and providing SAG service as well as the Panther Cycling Club's Feed the Need.
Recently the Morning Rotary in Janesville, Wisconsin, needed help for their 700 rider PIE ride. It was the first year for the new century loop and they had free pie!
Type caption text here.Jere Johnson, PIE ride director, (right) and Rick from Shuttleguy help riders collect the "fruits of their labor."
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|It's that time of the year when things are starting to heat up for many of us as we move into summer. Here is a good article about the second most important thing after having air in your tires!
to Hydrate for Better Performance
If it's the summer cycling
season, it's probably hot where you live. Cyclists and other outdoor
athletes are the first to notice rising temperatures. And the hotter
the faster you lose fluids when you ride.
By Fred Matheny
Fluids are crucial to your
performance and sense of well-being. We're really just big bags of
blood contains about 50 percent water. Because water helps keep us
loss of only one percent of our bodyweight as sweat means a
of speed and endurance.
I know you've heard it
before-drink, drink, drink! But it's amazing how few cyclists heed
advice. They forget to drink because of the excitement of the ride,
wilt before the end.
But proper hydration is easy.
Early or Late. You'll need to replace fewer fluids if
when it's cooler. One approach: commute by bike so you ride
the morning and again in the evening when temperatures have
Ralph Phillips, owner of Fairwheel Bikes in Tucson, beats summer
temperatures above 100 degrees with dawn rides.
Drinking On the Bike. If you aren't comfortable taking
hand off the bar to pull the bottle from the cage, practice
in an empty parking lot or lightly traveled road with a wide
Hold the bar with your other hand near the stem to limit
swerving as you
Make sure you're well hydrated before the ride. Most people are
chronically dehydrated because they simply don't drink enough
Keep a bottle on your desk and sip frequently all day. For an
well as fluid bonus, down 16 ounces of a sports drink about an
before the ride.
During the Ride. Because your body's sensation of thirst
behind its need for liquid, always sip from your bottle before
thirsty. When you feel thirsty, it's already too late. Make it a
to reach for your bottle every 15 minutes and slug down a couple
Most riders need one big bottle (about
ounces) per hour but it's highly variable depending on
intensity of the ride, and other factors such as body size.
will help you judge your fluid needs.
After the Ride.
No matter how much fluid you drink while riding, in hot
finish the ride depleted. Your stomach doesn't empty fast enough
keep up with the demand. Weigh yourself before and after the ride.
Compare the figures. If you've lost weight, drink 20 ounces of fluid
each pound of bodyweight you're down. Keep drinking until your
returned to normal and your urine is pale and plentiful.
Those white stains on your clothing and helmet straps after a
come from the salt that you sweat out. It needs to be replaced.
sodium levels are associated with increased incidence of cramps.
sodium losses lead to hyponatremia, a potentially
Your sports drink should contain at least 100
mg of sodium per 8 ounces (check the label). It may also help to
food when you're riding frequently in hot weather.
Theater and Art Ride
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