Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Raising the bar.

Here at the Almanzo World Headquarters we've been milling over the future of things for the last six months. So far we've examined plans to walk away from everything and let it all live on as a memory. We've discussed potential plans to limit the number of riders to offset organizational costs. We've considered having one more full swing at things and then turning it into an annual ride that just sort of happens (a la Critical Mass). We've poured over all of it and what we came to was scrapping all of our previous ideas and raising the bar.

This year, for the first time ever, we are offering two simultaneous events. The original Almanzo 100 and the Royal 162. What is the difference? We're happy to explain.

First, the Almanzo 100

100 miles of rolling gravel roads through Southeastern Minnesota.
No outside support.
12 hour window to finish.

Second, the Royal 162

162 miles of rolling gravel roads through Southeastern Minnesota.
No outside support.
15 hour window to finish.

Why the addition of the 162? When the first Almanzo 100 was raced in 2007 the field was 12 people (4 of whom finished) and the reviews were unanimous that the course was difficult. The following two years the numbers grew and the times got faster. Last year we had 34 people finish under 6 hours...that is simply amazing! With the faster finishes and growing numbers we've gathered that while still difficult for the likes of us, there are riders out there that can finish 100 miles with ease. So, this year we've decided to raise the bar and try to make a portion of the Almanzo more difficult for those looking for that extra challenge. Sure, 162 miles isn't for everyone and we don't expect everyone to sign up for it (that's why we've kept the 100 and always will), but we know that there are racers out there looking for more and that's why we've decided to add on.

The registration process will remain the same, we only ask that when filling out your cards please make a note as to which event you'd like to enter. A simple "100" or "162" would be fine, but go at it as you wish.

Questions? Let us know.



jnorton said...

When 100 just isn't enough gravel to chew... Impressed, but I'll stay where I (barely) belong, in the mid-pack toodling along. Glad you didn't yield, Chris.

rideonpurpose said...

Almanzo had a brother named Royal...

Royal 162 anyone?

He is buried in spring valley. We could visit his grave.

Fonk said...

Whoa. Way to take it up a notch! Now I've got a decision to make...

Buckshot77 said...

I love it! I always suffer on the 100, but have been meaning to up my game. I'm not quite down for 200+ miles ala DK or TI, so this is perfect.

Shaun said...


Justin Schuetz said...

haha oh boy. I like this. If I get something other than an old fat tire mountain bike to ride, I might go for the big distance!!

Anonymous said...

@rideonpurpose wtf are you talking about?

Calhoun Cycle said...

Oh Yeah, 162 suits me and Derek perfectly.
How'd you know?
Love It,

Neil said...

@Anonyomous 10:01am - History lesson: Almanzo -> Almanzo James Wilder was the husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder who was the author of the Little House on the Prairie books. Almanzo had an older brother named Royal. The Wilders had a farm in Spring Valley, MN and after moving to SD, Royal returned to Spring Valley.

Filling in this info makes Drew's (RideOnPurpose) post coherent. And it sheds light on why the big brother version of the Almanzo 100 is named Royal 162.

rideonpurpose said...



Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT BRILLIANT You continue to impress...The DBD will be riding the 162 miles....


Brian D said...

Very cool. I see the Royal as the gravel equivelent of a 12 hour MTB race. It is as much riding as you can get in before daylight gives way to dark, before lighting and safety start to become a big issue.

Though if you have a tendency to pile up at mile 11 like I have recently it doesn't matter much if the finish is 90 miles off or 150!

Anonymous said...

Where is the start?

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