This year’s running of the Heck of the North took place on October 3rd, spanning 107 miles through the back country of northern Minnesota. Although the majority of the 200+ riders appeared to be from the Duluth/Two Harbors area, three Sh!tgoose riders, Ed Hahn, Andy Lageson, and Paulie Glatt, made the trip up to do battle with the gravel roads, bouldered ATV paths, and rugged state trails of the north woods. The race started at a nippy 34 degrees, but the sun kept us warm throughout the day with no clouds or precipitation in its way, topping out around 55 degrees for a day of great riding weather. The race was well organized and laid out with flowing transitions between gravel sections and brutal state trails. The gravel ranged from hero to straight up rocky with the sun and shadows playing tricks on our vision, exposing massive stones at the last second. The state trails were grass covered paths with hidden boulders and occasional mud baths of unknown depths, waiting to swallow up your front tire. Throw in over 3000 feet of climbing on every type of terrain imaginable, as well as an un-rideable river crossing to soak your socks, and you’ve got the 2015 Heck of the North. Despite two flats, Andy still managed to crush most of the competition in just over 7 hours while Ed and Paulie finished neck and neck at around 7:45. Overall, big ups to founder and Heck organizer, Jeremy Kershaw, who had coffee and a campfire at the starting line, as well as raffle prizes and a cheering section at the finish. We managed to start and finish the road trip at race sponsor Castle Danger in Two Harbors with some delicious beers, Sh!tgoose-style. See you next year, hopefully with an even bigger flock!
Sh!tgoose Presents – The 4th Annual Rad Race Alleycat
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We had a great time racing in 2014. Thanks to our 2014 sponsors for making this happen. Sunrise Cyclery Bryant Lake Bowl Memory Lanes Dangerous Man Brewing Fyxation DZR Wheelhouse Mpls Instrument Company Unknown Bikes
Shiiiiiiiiiiit, where did fall go? We’ve been too busy getting weird to notice. On the racing side of the game, Team Shitgoose has been killing it in gravel, cyclocross and alleycats all season. Here’s the score: +1: We welcomed Nikki Munvez to our shitty sorority in October. Slayer of all things cyclocross and alleycat, she recently returned from our northern neighbors with three 1st places at La Course Des Morts (1st female and 5th overall in the out-of-towner Friday night race, 1st female fixed and 1st overall female in the main race). Canadian Rob also brought Team SG glory at the out-of-towner alleycat at La Course Des Morts with a solid podium finish.
+2 Earlier in the fall, we also welcomed Kat McCarthy and Sveta Vold to the flock. Kat is a veteran alleyKat rider and organizer (she’s organized Babes in Bikeland the past 4 years!), and this fall she gave ‘cross racing a spin for the first time, racking up experience at Metal Cross, Green Acres, Red Barn and the Tuesday Night series. Sveta seeks challenges like no other- Attempting the Winter Triple Crown of fatbike racing, riding Almanzo on a fatbike, and a slew of other off-road and endurance events. Welcome!
David. Fucking. Smith. After completing a strong season at the ‘drome, David’s taking the ranks of cat 4/5 cyclocross by storm. He’s racked up six top-5 finishes, including a win at Jackson Meadow CX and three additional podiums.
Oh yeah, and unsanctioned racing? David finished 2nd at Scaredy Cat and 1st at Track or Treat. Overall, Team SG had 7 riders finish in the top 16 at Scaredy Cat. Ben Lazer and Robbie took 7th and 8th, respectively, and Drew, Ben H., Andy and Jana (3rd female) finished shortly after. Jana and Ben Lazer took home respective 1st places in the Civilian category at NACCC, as well as 1st overall and 1st woman at No Name 103. Drew did us proud and selfied his way into first place at CRACCC.
Paulie, Ben Lazer, Chris H, Sveta, Max and Ed flew the SG banner at the Filthy 50 this year, with Lazer and Paulie sneaking in to round out the top 50 out of several hundred finishers. Back on the ‘cross circuit, you can find a flock of Geese at any given weekend CX race. Kat, Corey, Drew, David, Bryan, Ed, Max, Andy, Ben H, Ben W and Chris G have all contributed to multiple team wins at local races.
Ben H managed to beat a couple 15-year-olds at Green Acres CX, and maybe a few others. Those juniors, man. PHEW. That does it, for now. Team Shitgoose will be out ruffling feathers at VeloCX in Blaine and the MN CX State Championships a few weeks later. Thanks for tuning in. Get rad, stay weird.