Cannon Valley Velo Club adds support for gravel rides and mountain biking; git yer 2012 membership now

Scott Klein, Evan Watkins, Sue Welch, Tom Bisel and Kevin Keane. (Northfield News photo by Shane Kitzman) Cannon Valley Velo Club Griff Wigley, pretender 
I had lunch earlier this week with Kevin Keane, race team director for the 1 year-old Cannon Valley Velo Club (CVVC). (That’s Kevin on the right in left photo above – photo by Shane Kitzman, Northfield News.)  We discussed all things mountain biking and I’ve signed on to be the club’s new mountain biking ride coordinator—hence, the staged photo in my front yard yesterday. (I’m on a borrowed fat bike, as I’m on my way to the Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout up in Crosby-Ironton for my first-ever race this weekend. More on that here on my Mountain Bike Geezer blog.)

I’ll only be coordinating the CVVC mountain bike rides, primarily on singletrack. Others will be coordinating the mountain bike racing and the gravel rides. On some really good mountain bikes.

March 1 is the official start of the club’s annual membership term and Scott Klein, CVVC Secretary, posted this announcement this morning to the CVVC Google Group email list (open to anyone, not just members):

The club is officially one year old and we’re excited to keep growing the club and offering more rides and activities for all riders.  For this year, we are planning to offer more ride options with better organization (ie maps and short cuts for those of us with time constraints) and expand the awareness of off-road routes for gravel rides and mountain bikers. 

Cannon Valley Velo Club 2012 membership packageAdditionally, we will be working with the Mill Towns Trail organization to promote the completion of this bike trail from Red Wing to Mankato.  If you have any other ideas to help promote safe bicycling in our community, we’d love to hear about it. To keep offering these activities and to maintain our insurance policy for group rides in 2012, it’s time to update our list of active members and collect membership dues. 

The membership dues are the same amount as last year, so please take a look at the attached document for exact pricing. For existing members, please sign the insurance waiver and release form (even if you filled one out last year) and include it with your payment.  Both of these items can either be mailed to our club treasurer, David Foster, or dropped off in person at Tom’s shop, Fit to be Tri’d in Northfield.

For more about the CVVC, see this March, 2011 article in the Nfld News:  Cannon Valley Velo gears up for its inaugural season.


  1. john george said:

    I saw that balloon tire bike at Tom’s a week or so ago. If you put helium in those tires, you could traverse the tree-tops. Looked like a motor-bike without the motor!

    March 6, 2012