Every summer there are always a couple storms that bring a few trees down. Whether it was the saturated ground or the shear strength of the wind, we had one storm early July that brought down nearly 200 trees, the time when we were in Iceland. The same storm took down probably hundreds of thousands of trees in northern MN. Some places worse such as the Hill City area. Two weeks after that big storm, we had a few more trees come down. The first time I was on the Laddies Loppet bike course after we were in Iceland, there were probably 75 trees down on the course. Not something you want to come home to when you are on vacation but better now than the day before the bike race or after 6" of fresh snow that has just been groomed out!
I would like to say Hudson helped out but he was the usual side kick like always. This is the last downhill on the Twin Lakes singletrack, took about 3 hours to clear this area.
I said I would never lift service mountain bike!!
Labor day weekend was the 26th Laddies Loppet at Maplelag. It has become a very special weekend for us with so many friends made over the years and humbled by the loyalty of folks that keep coming back year after year. It is neat to see guys that now have kids, many in the mid teens ripping it up. With the Maplelag course being more "classic" or "old school" it is assuring to see the parents introduce and export them to this with the majority of new trail build being flow trail. The race weekend is always a nice time for most of the Maplelag Mountain Bike Racing team to get together. Keeps growing every year. Top notch people that do a lot outside of racing for the mountain bike community.
Jake was back for the week, mixing it up in the racing action, having fun with solid results both days.
If you read the Iceland post, you saw my excitement for the waffle station. It really was a hit to me so I talked to Jonell about doing it for the Laddies Loppet. We served up waffles to the longer races, thanks Deb, Amanda and Carlene and staff for a job well done.