Soggy Trails Saturday

Back view of Thursday's storms. Photo: Todd Nelson

Trails were tacky to damp early Friday morning.  We narrowly missed out on the heaviest rain Thursday night.  Murphy-Hanrehan only received 0.04″ while places just to the south, like Lakeville and Jordan, received over 1″ of rain.

The trails were able to quickly dry out Friday with temperatures near 90.  The respite from rain on Friday was good because it gave the trails time to dry before the next round of rain Saturday.

Showers and thunderstorms Saturday should produce between 0.25″ and 0.50″ of rain.  The heaviest rain, therefore highest rainfall amounts, should fall across extreme southern Minnesota.  Trail conditions may be questionable on Sunday so be sure to keep checking the forum.  Conditions look great early next week with dry, sunny days and above average temperatures.


Saturday: Thunderstorms. Rain ending Saturday evening. H: 80

Sunday: Check trail conditions but otherwise mostly sunny & great for riding. H: low 80s

Monday: Mostly sunny. Warmer than normal. H: low 80s

Tuesday: Could be the warmest day of the week. H: mid 80s

Wednesday: Sunny. H: low 80s

Warmer than normal conditions expected thru Sept. 2

Lance Loses Titles

Big news today in the cycling world.  Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.  The USADA has also issued him a lifetime ban from cycling.  This action resulted from Armstrong’s refusal to settle the USADA’s drug charges out of court.   “If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and — once and for all — put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance,” Armstrong said. “But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair.”  Sounds like a witch hunt to me.  Why not make performance enhancing drugs legal?  Everyone would be on a level playing field…no questionable wins, no skeptics.  If an athlete wants to subject their body to performance enhancing drugs, let them!

Nice Ride

The city of Minneapolis just reached 500,000 Nice Ride bike rentals!  Minneapolis was one of the first cities to receive the Nice Ride bikes and, boy, have they taken off.  I see people riding those green bikes all the time (including myself) and that’s great!

Bike lanes are all over the city.  Some say these lanes encourage biking while others argue they put cyclists more at risk.  “Vehicular cycling” advocates tell cyclists to ride like your a bicycle driver.  In the end, a little strip of white paint offers little barrier to traffic but a physical barrier has been found highly effective in protecting cyclists from passing cars.  The Atlantic Cities has a great article, “The Case for Separated Bike Lanes”, which discusses making cycling safer with designated bike lanes.


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