Friday, March 21, 2008

News

I have a couple of updates for everybody. First, today is my 30th birthday and, as per usual, it is snowing to beat hell. Second, registration is going to close on April 6th. THIS WILL BE THE LAST DAY TO GET POSTCARDS IN THE MAIL. Third, to solve the "most creative postcard" dilemma, I am going to be putting all of my favorites up here on the blog so that everyone here can take a look. That's it for now.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Official Course Update

This years course is going to be a 100 mile loop starting and ending in Rochester. I spoke with Bob at Bicycle Sports here in Rochester and he has agreed to host the start and finish line at his shop. As far as times are concerned they are going to remain the same, 8am start time and 8pm finish. I will announce more specific times regarding sign-ins and the like as the date gets closer. There will be plenty of on street parking around Bicycle Sports as well as a number of giant parking lots within two blocks. If you are coming in from out of town the night before, let me know and I will guide you to the right/closest/cheapest plot of land to rent a bed or throw down a sleeping bag. Again, the course has changed to a 100 mile loop starting and ending at Bicycle Sports in Rochester, Minnesota.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Route

Pending a consensus and some logistical decisions, the route for this years Almanzo may change significantly. Having lost last years finish line to some unexpected happenings, I am considering changing the race course to a 100 mile loop starting and ending in Rochester. I realize suggesting a change like this may affect some of the riders, but for the most part I believe it should make the riders to-and-from planning for this event a bit easier.

I know last year there was a lot of carpool arrangements that had to made so people could get to Rochester and then to Mankato and then back to Rochester and finally home. Changing this course to a loop would eliminate a giant portion of last years logistical headaches. By eliminating the different finish line, each rider has only to be responsible for getting to and from one location, the start/finish line.

If there is a change to a looped course some things will stay the same, but there will be some new challenges. There will still be 100 miles to ride with the same significant potential for a fresh covering of crushed rock. There will still be only one point where riders can meet their support crew. On this proposed course there would be towns with conveniences at 25, 40, and 70 mile marks. There would be a significant reduction in the potential for headwinds as the course would change directions a bit more frequently. There will be a increase in the number of hills one has to climb and while these hills may not be mountains, there will be more of them.

If anyone has questions or concerns with this proposal, please let me know as soon as possible.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Finally made it out.

Well, I finally made it out onto the road. I put in 70 miles this last weekend and it was a painful treat. All in all, it was nice to get back on the bike and get out of the house. I hope everyone else is getting the opportunity to get out and ride.