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Photos: Kids bicycle races at the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival. How about for Northfield?

The kids bike races at last weekend’s Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival in Crosby, MN were a huge hit: lots of kids participating, lots of people watching and cheering with big smiles.

The kids were grouped into four age categories (something like ages 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10) and they rode one loop on the grass around the edge of Crosby Memorial Park, adjacent to the bandstand and cook shack. The top three finishers in the two youngest classes then ran a second race, as well as the top three finishers in the two oldest classes.  The parents of those 12 kids then raced each other, competing on their kids’ bikes.  Hilarious.

I think kids bicycle races would be a great addition to one of Northfield’s community celebrations, most obviously the 4th of July when the bike criterium is held downtown, or on the Saturday of the Defeat of Jesse James weekend when the Northfield Rotary Club holds its Jesse James Bike Tour.

Could one of the local bicycle shops take on the organization of the event, or maybe some other non-profit or association?   It could be held close to downtown, eg, Ames Park, Central Park, Riverside Park, or Babcock Park.

See my album of two dozen photos of the kids bike races, view the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Former Northfielder John Gaddo and Hans "No way" Rey dazzle the crowd at the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival

Hans Rey, Griff WigleyAs I got ready to dig into my plate of lasagna at Maucieri’s in Crosby last Friday night, in walks Hans “No way” Rey, “considered the world’s leader in extreme mountain biking… a former trials riding world champion, a showman, a stuntman and an adventure mountain biker.”

He was the featured stunt rider for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, brought to the event courtesy of GT Bicycles, with financial support from MORC, IMBA, and Bloomington, MN-based QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), one of the largest bicycle parts distributors in the world.

Gary Sjoquist, Hans Rey, John Gaddo, Jeff VerinkHans is a god, even in my world of motorcycle trials, so I was thrilled to be invited to join him and some other mountain bike industry guys for dinner and beers. In the photo, L to R: Gary Sjoquist, Advocacy Director for QBP; Hans Rey; John Gaddo, Inside Sales rep at QBP; and Jeff Verink, sales rep with GT Bicycles and the talented master of ceremonies for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival.

While chatting with John Gaddo, I learned that he grew up in Northfield.  Many locals might know his dad, long-time general manager at the former WCAL-FM. John mentioned that he was also a trials bicycle rider but I had no idea the level of his skills until he teamed up with Hans for the bicycle trials exhibition on Saturday night.

See my album of a dozen photos of the John Gaddo bike trials exhibition, view the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

See my album of 28 photos of the Hans Rey bike trials exhibition, (and photos of Hans signing posters and speaking about his Wheels 4 Life non-profit), view the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:I think Northfield should feature a bicycle trials exhibition by John Gaddo, right on Bridge Square, during the Milltown Cycles 4th of July criterium. How about it, Ben Witt?

Italian cuisine in Crosby, MN. Why not Northfield?

I’m in Crosby, MN this weekend for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival and the grand opening of the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail System in the five-thousand acre Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA).

Jenny Smith, Cycle Path  and Paddle Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Bar & Deli Tony Maucieri and son, Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Bar & Deli Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Bar & Deli
Last night I paid a visit to the Cycle Path and Paddle store and met the owner, Jenny Smith. When I asked for her recommendation on a good restaurant with wi-fi, she promptly referred me to Maucieri’s Italian Bistro, Bar & Deli.

Tony Maucieri has created a terrific little restaurant (and a similar one in Crosslake).  I was pleasantly surprised to experience great food (lasagna, cannoli), fine wines and beers, and great ambiance.

Northfield needs a restaurant like this.