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March, 2011
March . . . sort a shoulder season between skiing and biking. Some have already started biking!

What's New?

Shuttleguy at Winter Bicycle Expos  


Shuttleguy staff love to talk bike touring and what better place to do it than at many of the Midwest's premier winter bicycle expos.  


We've staffed our booth at the Chicago Bicycle Show, Madison's Bike Swap and pictured below,  the 34th Bike Ride to Rippey (BRR) ride held rain or shine, (or below zero temps). Over 1,300 riders rode the 25 mile course and braved the 34 degrees temps. Known as the "Winter RAGBRAI Reunion" the BRR was a good venue for Shuttleguy to see some old friends and make some new ones.


 photos by Mark Epperson


  If you are at Madison's Bike O'Rama over March 11-13 or at Milwaukee's Wheel and Sprocket Show April 7-10 be sure to stop by the Shuttleguy booth and say Hello, and to sign up for our drawing, a Tri State Ride registration for two.  


Featured Tour: ShuttleguyTours Tri State Ride

(Wisconsin State Parks Ride)

WISPRIDE is filling fast . . .  don't wait to sign up!

You are invited to participate in our newest Shuttleguy Tours adventure, the Wisconsin Parks Ride, or as we have come to know it, WISPRIDE. We offer you six days of biking in some of the most scenic areas of Wisconsin. wispride4aWe have also worked closely with the Wisconsin Depart- ment of Natural Resources, Bureau of Parks, to secure camping accommo- dations in five "gems" in the crown of our state park system.

WISPRIDE offers you beautiful vistas and scenery of the southwest five counties of the state, superb camping accommodations in five of Wisconsin's state parks, great small town hospitality, warm spring temperatures, a challenging route AND friendly and knowledgeable staff.

We will start and end our six day loop tour at Governor Dodge State Park. You'll want to arrive early to enjoy all that Dodgeville, has to offer. As the Madison Capital Times describes the city, "Dodgeville has always been one of the prettiest towns around, with its old courthouse and brick storefronts lining North and South Iowa streets, the main business district. Lately it's blossomed into a wonderful destination for anyone who likes good food, great art, history, architecture and a wealth of shopping possibilities."  At Governor Dodge Park, hike around Cox Hollow and Twin Valley Lakes. Don't miss  . . .

go here for all WISPRIDE details

Featured Riders: Mark Maffitt

How Cycling May Have Saved My Life

by Mark Maffitt


mark"Like most of us, my love affair with bicycles started with a fat-tired one speed. Perhaps that bike would have value today as a "retro" if I still had it. Alas, my mom gave it away and it fell victim to an artist's acetylene torch. Bless her heart, for she knew not the pain of my loss, but I digress.


I bought an entry level Peugeot "10 Speed" in 1973 with money that I had earned by mowing the lawns of neighborhood widows. Since mountain bikes had not yet been invented, nobody would have thought to describe such a bike as a "road bike" but that is what it was. In 1979, I upgraded to a Peugeot PX10 (with cutting edge Reynolds 531 frame). I kept both road bikes away from my mother and they currently take up rafter space in my garage.


During my college years, I rode a lot. There were multi-day bicycle tours, weekday training rides and occasional century rides. Graduate school really put a crimp in my riding style, and after graduate school came a job, three kids, soccer games, an even busier schedule, fast food and about 60 extra pounds around my gut. A month before my 48th birthday I stepped onto the bathroom scale and was somehow shocked to see that it read 250 pounds. I had not been diagnosed with any other health problems, but I was clearly headed towards disaster. 


I still don't know why the 250 pound milestone was so momentous to me, but I am glad that something finally caught my attention.I resolved that I would reach my ideal weight by my 50th birthday. Despite public opinion, there are no magic bullets for curing obesity. Over the course of about 18 months I shed nearly all of the excess baggage by doing some very un-American things, like eating less and exercising more. None of the lifestyle changes were radical, for I know myself well and I know that draconian deprivation would only have been followed by hedonistic relapse. Perhaps I should share that insight with Oprah.


I rediscovered my love of cycling during the weight loss phase of my life, and once I returned to the sport, I was indeed smitten. The 2006 MS150 marked the dfishebut of my return to long rides. Since then, I have been riding more and more centuries each year - 12 in 2009 and 15 in 2010. The highlight of my 2010 season was riding the 300k Dairyland Dare with my friend Craig.  One of the keys to maintaining a healthy weight is to engage in activities that are enjoyable to you. I love to ride, and cycling may have saved my life.


I also bike to work, year around. In the last two years, I have missed fewer than 6 commuting days.   



Editors Note: When I took this photo it was 20 above zero. The week before, Mark rode all week to work with an average temp of - 6F degrees!

I rode about 6500 miles in 2010, and 3500 of those miles were from my commute. The miles really add up when you get religious about commuting. This is not as heroic as it may seem at first, for much of my ride is on the Capital City Trail where the deer outnumber motorists and my thoughts are free to wander. If I had to contend with cars, I would probably be much less zealous about it. 



My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in 2008 by purchasing a Co-motion tandem. Since then, we have missed very few of the Wednesday Night Bike Rides.  




In 2009, we rode the Bicycle Tour of Colorado on the tandem. We signed on with the Shuttleguy for that trip and had a terrific time. We did the 2010 GRABAAWR together and we are already registered for the Shuttleguy's 2011 Tri State Ride.   


Perhaps we will see you there!"


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