Monday, October 27, 2008

2009

Hey everybody. Just a heads up for the 2009 race. I am working on a new site for this year as well as securing some liquid sponsorship. When the new site is up I am going to be sending out some thank you/invitations to those of you that participated in the 2008 Almanzo. The plan is to have all of the changes made by December 1st so that everyone has time to read through the site in time prepare themselves mentally for a January 1st registration. In an attempt to challenge each rider to compete against themselves as well as their compatriots, the route for 2009 is slated to be almost identical to 2008. The only major difference would be an out of town finish to allow for a more "rider friendly" sprint. Keeping these changes in mind I would like to put this idea on the table for discussion. My plan is to run the race on the same course for two years and then change the third and run two identical courses and change in the fifth year.

Example:
2008 - Course A
2009 - Course A
2010 - Course B
2011 - Course B
2012 - Course C
2013 - Course C

Let me know what you think of this idea. My hope was that riders from the previous year who didn't finish with the crazy fast guys in the front could compete against their time from last year and so on and so forth. Keep in mind this is just an idea and that things have not been locked down for 2009. Your opinions are definitely wanted.

6 comments:

Z said...

Not a bad idea at all Chris. Could make it more of a "race" for those not able to average 20 mph on gravel with the added organizational benefit of not needing to come up with tulip notes and a new course absolutely every year.

Buckshot77 said...

Chris, I like the idea. At least to me, I love being able to benchmark my rides and try to improve upon them. A 100 mile gravel grinder is great, but being able to compare times would be sweet and the course this year was nothing short of spectacular.

Gunnar said...

I think it's a good idea. in fact I'm down for repeating the course a total of 3x before making a new one. And eventually going back and revisiting prior courses in the future.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing this...I thought it was a totally blast!!!! Maybe you should charge a little fee to help off-set the expenses...Or at least take some donations.
Best Regards,
Charlie

andrew rosenberg said...

fair enough, i won't miss this year, slated for ragnarok as well

Anonymous said...

Can't wait. Hope I don't get too soft over the winter.

Regarding keeping this race free: You should stick to that, but I would like to suggest you put a "tip jar" on the registration table on race day. You will probably be surprised at the gratitude people have for your effort in organizing this race.