Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

SPECIFICS

Here are the important notes.

WHO: Any able bodied bicycle rider who can willing accept the challenge to ride miles and miles of gravel
WHAT: 100, 162 or 380 miles of self-supported gravel road bicycle race(ride)
WHEN: Events will be taking place the weekend of the 16th & 17th of May, 2014
WHERE: Start/Finish will be located in the downtown business area of Spring Valley, Minnesota
WHY: Because

Saturday, December 26, 2009

To Vic Chesnutt

Saturday, December 19, 2009

CHANGES (2010)

So I've changed a couple of things for 2010. The checkpoint that has been located in Spring Valley for the past two years has changed. The "halfway" point will now be at the concrete pavilion in the valley with the "S" turn. Those of you that have ridden the Almanzo course before may remember the sheer limestone wall that sits directly behind this shelter, those that haven't...you'll see it soon enough.

The second change is the elimination of the single speed and fixed gear categories. I have given this a great deal of thought for the last couple of years and I have decided to break the race into two categories, one for the gentlemen and one for the ladies. What you ride is your choice, how you ride it is your business...besides, it's all in the engine anyway. (The only exception to these changes would be with the entry of a tandem in which case the bicycle, and it's riders, will be entered into their own category)

REGISTRATION

*2014 events will be held in Spring Valley, MN on the weekend of the 16th, 17th and 18th of May.*

So you wanna come out and race, ay? Here's how you get yourself signed up.

STEP 1. Get yourself a postcard (buy it, make it, whichever as long as it'll travel by USPS/FED-EX/UPS/CARRIER PIGEON/ETC)

STEP 2. Fill out the postcard with the following information:
- Name
- Gender
- Email address
- Which event you're entering (100, 162 or 380)

STEP 3. Get a stamp and put it on the postcard.

STEP 4. Send the postcard to the following address anytime during the month of January:
-Almanzo 100
c/o Chris Skogen
1217 7th Ave NW
Rochester, Minn.
55901

Fin.

RULES

We've got a couple rules we'd like you to follow. Here they are.

1. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
2. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
3. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
4. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
6. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
7. DO NOT PEE IN FRONT OF OTHERS.
8. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU.
9. RIDE SAFELY. DO NOT BE AN ASS AND RESPECT THE LAND YOU TRAVEL ACROSS AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE YOU MIGHT MEET ALONG THE WAY.
10. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY ON YOUR OWN.
11. THIS IS A SELF-SUPPORTED EVENT.

I hope these are clear. You are entirely on your own during this event. As the race director, I will supply you a course, directions to navigate it and a finish line. I will not come and get you if you become stranded. I will not change your flat tire or bring you a tube. I will not be held responsible for your injury. I will, however, be there to welcome you across the finish line and be the first to congratulate you on your accomplishment. That's that. Those are the rules. Questions? Concerns? Let me know.

Best Always,
Chris

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2010 final jersey design

Here it is. This is the final jersey design for 2010. I will have sizing and ordering info up after the first of the year, which, by the way, is also the first date the postcards will be accepted for registration. In fact, the entire month of January will be open to anyone and everyone that is interested in coming out for the Almanzo this year. I'll have more about all of that business in the next couple of days, for now though, let's get back to the jersey...


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Please Stand By

What with the holidays and some recent stresses, I've decided to take a couple days off.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Micro Machines.

Well, that was fun. I'm tired and sore and I barely rode. Thanks to everybody that came out today and made number three a success. It was truly a magnificent time. I'll leave you with this.

12.12.09 CX Race

It's on. Shoveled out the course and it looks pretty rad. Kind of short, but considering there was twelve inches of snow EVERYWHERE, you like what you get. It's down to the grass for the most part with a couple of "sand" sections and a pretty gnarly "off the bike" part. Bike choice? You make the call.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Jersey Proof #5


I got a lot of excellent suggestions regarding the 2010 version of the Almanzo 100 jersey and this is what I've come up with so far. Let me know what you think.

Blatzard.


The skies opened up today and dumped the mother load on Southeastern Minnesota. The snow started this morning and it hasn't stopped as I write this (1:35am). While I know I'll have to shovel till my back breaks tomorrow, I'll take some serious comfort in knowing that not only did I get a ride in on this incredible first significant snowfall, but I had a bonfire and a group ride too and I did it all in my trusty green rubber boots.

Monday, December 7, 2009

2010 Jersey Proof

Here is the first proof for the 2010 Jersey. Things may change slightly, but this will most likely be the final product. I dropped the white collar from '09 and am considering a full zip option as opposed to the 3/4 in 2009. Thoughts?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Micro CX #3


-Saturday, December 12th
-10:30am pre-ride
-11:00am race
-Run what ya brung
-No entry fee
-BYOB

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Click it to win it!?

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