Winter Bike Expo 2013: my first MORC booth duty stint


Freewheel Bike held their Winter Bike Expo 2013 at their Midtown Bike Center this weekend and I was around both mornings, primarily wearing my MORC/IMBA member hat (unlike last year), as I did my first ever booth duty stint.

Jeff Leech, Matt Andrews Matt Andrews, Larry Marx, new MORC member Larry Marx, new MORC members, Matt Andrews Matt Andrews with chick magnet Earl

On Saturday I got some lessons from MORC Executive Director Matt Andrews and watched fellow MORC members Jeff Leech and Larry Marx use their charms to sign up new members. Matt had his dog Earl (‘the Girl’) with him and she seemed quite effective at attractive female mountain bikers to the table. I’m going to remember that strategy.

Steve Tigner, Griff Wigley Katie Johnson, Rori Stumvoll, Steve Tigner Aaron Hautala

This morning I was on official duty as was Steve Tigner at the adjacent Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails table. Unfortunately, my love for Cuyuna prevented me from handing Steve his ass in the how-many-new-members-did-you-sign-up competition but I guess that’s not all bad. Cuyuna Crew members Katie Johnson and Rori Stumvoll took over from Steve around noon. I later asked Cuyuna president Aaron Hautala for his assessment of the Crew’s booth performance and he said they were more than marginally adequate.

Some new faces among the familiar:

Gomez Lake Raven and David Gabrys Matt Andrews, Ben Hovland, Hansi Johnson Rich Travis and son Oliver

Left photo: Gary Lake (AKA Gomez Lake Raven),, with David Gabrys, 45Nrth.

Center photo: IMBA Midwest‘s Matt Andrews and Hansi Johnson with Ben Hovland, Freewheel Bike.

Right photo: Rich Travis, Uncle Dick’s Bike Shop, and son Oliver.

Michael Knoll, John Seery Aaron Hautala, Don MacNaughton Griffin Myslivecek, Chris Chavie

Left photo: Michael Knoll and John Seery, Michael’s Cycles

Center: Aaron Hautala (CLMTBC) with Don MacNaughton, MORC member

Right: Griffin Myslivecek (GRIMBA) and Chris Chavie, MN Bike Trail Navigator

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  1. Matt Andrews said:

    What an excellent weekend. Thanks, Griff, for sharing your experience- maybe others won’t be as intimidated to give it a try next time!

    December 9, 2013
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    You’re welcome, Matt. I’m looking forward to doing it again.

    December 9, 2013

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