Another Year of Uncertianty

Like everyone is saying, this year is going to be unique. Definitely a recovery year in many ways. By now you have see the rides and events we are planning on doing. They're all going to be low-key in terms of no pre-registration required, no fees, no swag, no sponsors, no stress.

We are remaining flexible and planning multitple options

These are unsupported rides where you are responsible for yourself, your own safety, the safety of others, etc. It's all in the waiver.One waiver to sign once to cover all rides.

We will require that everyone to respect others and wear a mask or typical neck gaiter/buff at gathering spots, and when close to others, i.e. water stops, resting, fix-a-flat etc. I don't want anyone sending me feedback that someone did so-and-so and now I won't ride with you guys. Be kind, gentle, and respectful as we get through this new season.

Another word about our group. We are grass roots. That means we decide what to do and how and when. Our prevailing opinion is that gravel roads are free to ride on and shouldn't require a high fee for an event. This year we are taking the 'cash in a jar approach' for the 3 main events. The LymeGrinder will go directly to the Mn Lyme Assoc. The other 2 events, L-M-L Bootleg, and Sunrise Century we will decide later who we will donate to.

We feel like this is the heart of what riding gravel is about. Having fun, working hard, doing good in our local community.

Now get training. Rides are starting soon.

Inspiration

Our love for gravel bike riding and racing came from some of the great races in MN. The grass roots nature of Almanzo, Dickie Scramble, Lakeville-Milltown-Lakeville, and the Fiddlin’ Fifty. Pieces of each of those events have made its way into this one. Mainly the grass roots, charitable, do something good and have fun doing it.

Additionally, Paul’s wife and son were diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2017 with help from Aalfa Family Clinic in White Bear Lake. We struggle for 3+ years to figure out what all of her weird symptoms were about until the doctor finally said ‘let’s test for Lyme.’ Fortunately it came back positive and we tested our son too. Since then we have been on a difficult journey of treatment and cycles to improve their health. However, if it was not for the doctor recognizing the signs of Lyme Disease, we may still be fighting those symptoms. Riding my bike with so many people and talking about Lyme has made me even more aware of how many people are affected by this horrible disease.

We live in an epicenter of Lyme disease and need to encourage more doctors to get education on how to detect it in their patients. The MN Lyme Assoc. provides education materials, training, seminars, and support groups for those affected by Lyme disease and their doctors. Doctors can apply for grant funds to attend ILADS training through the association and our money for this event will go to further their cause.

MN Lyme is a non-profit organization that seeks to to provide a supportive environment for people affected by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and to educate the public and health professionals in the prevention, diagnosis, and effective treatment of these diseases.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It can involve any system in the body. The brain and central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and musculoskeletal systems are most commonly involved.

Lyme produces a wide array of symptoms. These symptoms vary from patient to patient and an individual’s symptoms often fluctuate – intense one day and almost nonexistent on another.

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