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January, 2011

The staff at Shuttleguy hope all had a fabulous holiday season! January is a good time to set some goals AND lay out a conditioning program for spring.
What's New?

Shuttleguy Tours Early Bird Discount now in effect!

January is a good time to start developing plans for this year's bicycle trips. At Shuttleguy we help make it easy by offering our annual Early Bird Specials.

Sign up for WISPRIDE, Tri-State, BREW or the Mississippi River Trail ride, before Jan. 15 and receive great discounts.

And don't forget about our group rates. When you and three of your friends sign up together you each receive a $50 discount.

See the Fees & Benefits section of each specific ride for more details. 

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Shuttleguy will be at RAGBRAI route announcement bash
For the second year in a row the RAGBRAI organization will be holding a Ride Announce- ment Party, Jan. 29, at the Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines. Live music will be provided by the Johnny Holm Band, a group of RAGBRAI's favorite entertainers. Also featured will be a live auction, door prizes, a "Guess the Route" raffle and lots more. Last year the party was a sell out and it is expected to sell out again this year.

The route is one of the best kept secrets in the bicycle business with only TJ, Wes and a few others knowing the closely guarded secret.

But. . . if you can't make it to the party watch the website for live streaming of the event and announcement.


With only 198 days left until the start of RAGBRAI, don't wait to sign up for the ride and for Shuttleguy. We provide you all the services necessary to make your cycling EASY!  We'll wake up in the morning and get you on the road and be waiting for you in camp with the awnings, a lawn chair, a cold beverage and a pile of snacks.

And don't forget those fresh Lands' End towels everyday! 

In 2011, Shuttleguy will have bus service from Dodgeville and again from the Chicago area. Leave the driving to us!

Featured Tour: ShuttleguyTours Tri State Ride

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This ride highlights many of the most scenic areas of Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. As you ride the challenging route, you will experience spectacular hilltop vistas, ride along meandering streams, and enjoy small town charm.

And the riding is only part of the draw. Riders will enjoy visiting many local highlights.

You start in McGregor, Iowa, nestled along the Mississippi River between towering bluffs.  Come early to explore the natural beauty, learn about the local history and experience a great mix of small town charm with a touch of big city flair. Get a taste of the local flavor at the winery and brewery. Visit the local casino or experience local culture at the Mar Mac Arts Center. Hike to unmatched views at Effigy Mounds National Monument and Pikes Peak State Park.

Then it's on to Potosi, Wisconsin. Visit the local museum,bike200X127 Passage Thru Time, and learn why Potosi is known as the "The Catfish Capital of Wisconsin". You won't want to miss the newly opened Transportation Museum, the National American Breweriana Museum (ABA) and the new opened National Beer Museum, see how beer is made and sample some of the local brew!

The next day, you are on to Galena, Illinois, where you'll spend two days giving you plenty of time to explore. Kayak and canoe, visit local museums and meander through downtown Galena's shops, galleries and restaurants. Discover why Forbes Traveler named Galena one of the "ten prettiest towns in America". Then it's on to Dyersville. The rich history and the beauty of the area can be seen in the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier. This Catholic churches gothic architecture will take your breath away and is only one of 52 in the United States. Of course, Dyersville is also proud to be the home of the Academy Award nominated film Field of Dreams.  Have your photo taken as you run the bases or on the pitching mound as you wind up to throw that special fastball. Leave time to visit the Farm Toy Museum, the Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum and Becker Woodcarving

We'll complete the loop by heading back to McGregor, biking along the Mississippi River visiting Guttenberg and Pikes Peak State Park.

Lots to do and see on this 230 mile tour. Click here for the complete itinerary!

Register by JANUARY 15 to take advantage of the Early Bird special rate!

Topic of the Month: Conditioning

It's getting to that time of year when folks, in many parts of the country, start joining health clubs and work out centers to start shedding the  pounds that came along with the holidays.

Why not put a twist on your exercise routine to help get your body in shape for the upcoming cycling season.

Here are a few links to some great tips!

                Off Season Training

       Training 4 Cyclists - Winter Cycling Tips

Ned Overend's Winter Training Tips

   Body Conditioning for Competitive Cycling

Featured Riders: Team Jeske

Tom, Neil & Curt Jeske

To bike or not to bike?  Are you kidding?  Not biking is NOT an option for the Jeske family of Central and Northeast Wisconsin.  If this trio, dubbed "Team Jeske", is out and about you'll most definitely find each of them on two wheels. 

Curt, Neil and Tom

Dad, Tom (63), has been bicycling since 1975.  He was a frequent commuter to his job at Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point, trekking 15 miles round trip from early spring until the first snow flew.  He has since retired but that only gives him more time to pedal his way around town, down the Green Circle Trail, take on a weekend metric century or enjoy a week long ride like the Tri-State Tour with his two boys.

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Tom's oldest son, Neil (43), saved up to buy his first "real" road bike at the age of 14.  It was a Ross Super Grand Tour.  He's been hooked ever since.  Neil currently owns two road bikes, two mountain bikes (one converted to a commuter) and a tandem.  He commutes 9-miles each way from his home in Appleton to his job at CelluTissue in Neenah from early spring until late fall.  In winter, Neil keeps his legs moving with his bike balancing on rollers and watching movies in the basement simultaneously.  A leisurely ride with the family is fun but Neil much prefers the challenge of his Wednesday rides with Wheel and Sprocket where the group usually averages about 20mph.   Neil is credited for getting his dad and brother into week long rides and while Curt may complain a bit as he's rubbing his legs down with Bengay after, riding is a passion they all share.  Neil also took on Race the Lake for the first this year.

Younger brother, Curt (39), was a runner in high school but also likes the challenge of taking on two wheels for a long ride.  Curt also commutes via bicycle to his job at the Waupaca Foundry with a 10-mile round trip. He enjoys going to various metric centuries with his dad and brother on weekends but was captivated by week-long tours after tackling his first GRABAAWR with them in 1997.  Tenting might have been a bit to get used to, but this trio has made it a point to attend at least one week-long cycling event every summer.

The first organized ride the three ever did together was the Door County Century in 1983.  It's an event you're sure to find them at annually as illness or work conflicts have kept them away only a handful of times in the last 27-years. 
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Remember, the family who bikes together stays together and you can be certain "Team Jeske" will be rolling along for many years to come.

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 Shuttleguy Tours