There was a time not so long ago when there were visions of Almanzo wheel sets rolling around gravel roads throughout the US. At one point there was even talk of Almanzo framesets as well. That said, we here at Almanzo headquarters are pleased to announce today that the mention of framesets has passed and the wheel set deal has fallen through the proverbial floor. It may seem counterintuitive to be celebrating these abandoned projects, but we assure you that their departure has done nothing but restore and secure the ideals that the Almanzo 100 was founded on.
So, for the 2011 running of the Almanzo 100 there has been a significant reduction in the amount of sponsorship. We had considered selling advertising space on the blog, the rider packets and along the sides of the start/finish area to offset some of the cost associated with hosting this thing, but after some very serious consideration we have decided against it. This is, and always has been, a genuine, honest, grassroots, Minnesota event. In fact, the businesses listed below are all Minnesota based companies with real, honest cyclists running them. Heck, we wouldn't put them on the list if we didn't know them personally and have complete faith in their products.
You see, here at the Almanzo 100 we are convinced that there is another way. We are determined to see that the cost of cycling be reduced. We are committed to making world-class, free bicycling racing a reality and we intend to do it without selling our soul, or yours.
We are glad you are interested and we hope to meet and exceed what you have come to expect from us. We look forward to meeting you and even more to riding with you for we know that none of this would exist without you.
Without further adieu, we invite you to welcome back the following 2011 Almanzo 100 sponsors. With their help, we intend to make this the best Almanzo 100 ever.