The meeting room at Crosby's Heartwood Center was filled to near capacity Thursday, January 8 for the annual meeting of the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Crew, where they presented their Master Vision for the future of one of the country's best mountain bike trail systems.
Their vision: Ride three days without repeating a trail.
The Status Quo
From: Springfield, MN
Occupation: Student in the ninth grade, Eagle Scout, and proprietor of Andy's Bike Shop.
Seen: Night Hiking with his family at Flandrau State Park.
Gear: Spy goggles, Grenade gloves, Sessions coat
Why do you come here? My mom Mary and my dad Lynn have been taking my brothers Joseph and James, and me to the same cabin at Flandrau for the last three New Years eves. We usually have a bonfire, go for night hikes and hang out at the cabin.
Home: Brainerd, MN
Occupation: Instructor in the Natural Resources Department at Central Lakes College and volunteer ski coach at Brainerd Junior High School.
Home: Eagan, MN
Occupation: Photo stylist
Seen: Bouldering at Eldon Boulders, soon to be part of Banning State Park.
Gear: FiveTen climbing shoes, Organic crash pad and chalk bag, a brush for cleaning rock and a file for calluses.
Right now, construction crews are clearing brush and moving dirt for new mountain bike trails, but Shelly Stowman’s full attention is focused on November 28, the opening day of the new Detroit Mountain Ski and Recreation area in Detroit Lakes.
At an August open house, more than 1000 visitors snuck a first look at the new lodge and warming house, complete with a bar, fireplace, and guest services area.
“We were thrilled to see so many curious people come to check things out. “said Stowman, Marketing, Events and Snow Sports Director.