Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2010 Gentlemen's Ride

Ladies and Gentlemen,

One month from today on the 25th of September we will once again take to the gravel roads that thread their way across Southeastern Minnesota on the 2nd annual Gentlemen’s Ride. As I’ve said before, this is a very bare-bones version of the spring classic come to be known as the Almanzo 100. This is my opportunity to ride the route and share the experience with those that rode in May as well as ride with some folks that I’ve not yet met. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to it.

Here’s how it’s going to work. The plan is to depart from downtown Spring Valley around 8:30am on Saturday the 25th of September. I’ll be at the Bakery getting some fuel so we’ll try to meet somewhere near there (more specific instructions coming soon). From there we’ll ride out en-masse to get to the same gravel start that we saw in May. After that it is a free for all. Please remember that the roads are not closed, the event is completely self-supported (no outside support, no drop bags, no nothing…fend for yo-self!). Oh yeah, and the first downhill can be a bit much for large groups at high rates of speed…so watch it!

Somewhere along the way there will be one checkpoint where each team will be required to check in. Since you are only as fast as your slowest rider, each team must have all four members present before leaving the checkpoint. Once your team is back together and leaves the checkpoint, you’ll be on your own again until the finish line back in Spring Valley. When your entire team has crossed the finish line, you will be responsible* for recording the time of the last team member across the line on a clipboard that will be provided. When it’s all said and done, the times will be recorded and the info will be posted. *This is a Gentlemen’s race so please be honest, ain’t nobody gonna call you on it but you!

As far as afterwards goes, we’ll play it by ear unless somebody has some master plan. Last year we just went back to the house for a couple around the fire and we can certainly do that again.

Thanks again for the interest and I’ll see you real soon if not before.

Best Always,
Chris Skogen

Friday, August 20, 2010

AGRS Jersey

The design has been finalized and the order date has been set. Reserve yours today! Check it out over here.

Monday, August 16, 2010


So one of the members of the famed DBD has been after me to get an AGRS jersey drawn up. Well, here it is. Keep in mind it is just a rough draft so if there is something you'd like to see, let me know and I'll do what I can.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Swap/Demo/Registration for 2011

I am currently working on setting up a Swap Meet/Demo/Registration/Art Fair camp for the Friday before (May 13th) next years race as well as for the morning of the event. If you, or any of yours friends/relatives/shop owners/neighbors/etc... own or operate a bicycle related organization and/or creative/handmade crafts & goods type business and would be interested in having a tent at the 2011 Almanzo start/finish/grounds, have them get a hold of me at the following address:

This is currently an idea in motion and I am looking for interested parties to see if it is worth making a reality.

Let's do this!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gentle men...

I have received a few cards already and things are falling into place nicely for the Gentlemen's Ride. I know there are a few people looking to ride, but haven't been able to form a team. They've posted comments on here and I am not certain as to their success. If you're in need, please get together and figure this out.

As it stands here are the teams:

Team Sinkhole
Four Foot Meat Rope
Double X
The Ingalls Family
The Four Moustacheskateers
Red Jacket - ADV Cycling
Idiotic Metamorphic
Team Sag Wagon
Me, My Mama and My TV
Team Carboload
The Fucking God Damns
11th Hour
Meat Mane
Search 4 Surreal
Velo Syndikat
The Whirling Dirvishes
Fo Shizzle
Alowishous Rhino Horn and the Dreamers
Ross' Reluctant Riders

There is still an open acre (minus 3 spots) in the yard if anyone is interested in camping the night before/of. Let me know.