Thursday, September 30, 2010

For Sale

The time has come to sell the gem of the house. The 2008 Electra Amsterdam 3spd step-through. It might have 50 miles on it. It as clean as the day it came home (minus a small tear in the seat) and it can all be yours. First $475 takes it home.



Got questions? Let me have 'em.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Essay Question


With the first season of the AGRS series coming to a close this weekend up in Duluth it’s almost time to wrap up a wonderful year of gravel road racing. Starting all the way back in April with the Ragnarok 105 and working our way around the state, over 600 riders have already experienced what these wonderful, grassroots events have to offer. As an organizer, as well as a rider/racer, I have my very own collection of experiences, but I am afraid they are one sided. Having said that, it would be great to hear from you.

I know that some of you keep blogs and have already captured your experiences with both words and photos. For those that I have seen, I am genuinely delighted to have been a witness. As I sit here thinking about this last year and the three years that led up to it I cannot help but think about all of the different people who have helped build the Almanzo 100, as well as the other events in the AGRS into such a successful collection of community effort.

So it is with genuine interest that I ask to hear your story. In 1000 words or less please capture how you found this gravel road racing business. Whether you rode in the Rag, the Almanzo, the Dirty Benjamin, the Gentlemen's Ride or have plans to attend this weekends Heck of the North, please tell your story of how free gravel road racing has, or has not changed cycling for you.

As the entries come in, a few of them will be selected and placed right here on the Almanzo 100 blog and two lucky contestants will get a free 'Crush Gravel' t-shirt.

Thanks and I look forward to reading,
Chris Skogen

Please send your story to:
Almanzo 100
1217 7th Ave NW
Rochester, MN
55901

*Please no electric/digital copies

The Gentlemen's Ride results

Alowishous Rhino Horn & the Dreamers - 6hrs 46min
Me, My Mama & My T.V. - 6hrs 51min
The Ingalls Family - 7hrs 4min
Team Carbo Load #1 - 7hrs 38min
Steampunks - 8hrs 13min
Fo Shizzle - 8hrs 28min (no time bonus for goods returned from mile 47)
The Fucking God Damns - 8hrs 55min
Idiotic Metamorphic - 9hrs 2min
Double X - 9hrs 2min
Team Carbo Load #2 - 9hrs 6min
Team Sinkhole - 9hrs 20min
Team NIBU - 9hrs 31min (entire team did not finish)
Redjacket ADV - 9hrs 31min
Gravelocipede - 10hrs 9min (entire team did not finish)
Four Foot Meat Rope - 10hrs 51min
Team Sag Wagon - 11hrs 30min
Meat Mane - Abandoned course somewhere near 183rd after cooking themselves dinner and then shearing off a seat bolt.

Here are some photos from my wifes point of view at the center point. http://www.flickr.com/photos/53282206@N06/

And a few from Mister Kruck. http://www.flickr.com/photos/smartsareforlosers/sets/72157624916461749/

Friday, September 24, 2010

Water issues.

I just got back from driving the lowest parts of the route and here is the deal. For the most part the route is dry and dusty. The lowest parts, including the road through Foretville State Park and the "water crossing" are wet. How wet you might ask? I'll tell you.

First, the Forestville road: Once you cross the bridge there is a puddle about 40 yards across. At it's deepest right now it is about 8 inches. My guess will be that by tomorrow at 11:00am or noon (when people start rolling through) it should be down to four or less. Which will be easy to roll through. Just keep your head up and ride smart as the pavement underneath might be muddy and slippery.


Second, the water crossing: As of today it was moving pretty swiftly. My guess will be that by tomorrow morning it will have receded pretty well. From what I could see it had already dropped about four feet from where it was when it was raining last night. As a precaution, I am going to be driving out there very early tomorrow morning to check it. If I think it is too bad, I will reroute that section.


All in all the roads looked great. They county was out doing some work on a couple of the hill sections and what was left seemed to be a pretty chunky mess, but there were certainly good lines.


My best advice for tomorrow would be to ride smart, keep your head up and remember that this is all just for fun anyway. Oh yeah, and keep the rubber side down.

Best,
Chris

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Weather reports.

It's raining...a lot. In fact, its flooding...a lot. I have spoken with some folks from Spring Valley and they said it wasn't bad enough to call in the back-ups so we should be good for Saturday. Truth be told, the worst of the flooding is in a town called Pine Island which is 15 miles northwest of Rochester. Where we're headed is south and east.

That said, I am planning to drive out to the lowest parts of the course tomorrow sometime to take a look at things. I expect to find peanut buttery roads with plenty of squish. My hope is that the water hasn't worn away any of the actual road, but I won't know until I see it tomorrow.

As of right now the ride is still on and will not be canceled. The only way I would consider a cancellation would be the introduction of some irreversible act of nature that makes the roads completely unrideable and I don't see that happening.

With high winds and no rain expected for late tonite and all day tomorrow I think we'll be in the clear. However, plan for water in the creek. I'm sure that'll be unavoidable at this point.

If anything changes, I'll put it up here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Simplicity

The Almanzo 100 started in 2007 as a simple, free gravel road race. Today it makes a return to that business model. Today, the focus of this race is going back to what it was intended to be; a simple, free gravel road race. In a few days the Facebook and Twitter accounts will be closed. Please continue to check back here for updates and I'll see you on the road real soon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rawland's Gravel Rig

Sean over at Rawland asked me to pass this along. He's working on getting a new gravel rig built up and he's looking for input from YOU! That's right! Have a say in how this whole thing gets done. Check it out on the Rawland blog over here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Gentlemen's Ride details.

Here’s the skinny. (psst…please pass this on to your teammates)

Friday:

-I’ll be around all day cleaning up the campground, straightening the house and picking up the keg, so you're welcome to come by whenever.
-At 7:00pm I’m going to head over to Bicycle Sports (the shop that I work at) to check out this weeks outdoor, bike-in movie ‘Quicksilver’. The show starts at 7:15 and should run until about 8:45.
-After the show I’ll be heading back to the house to tap the keg and get the party started.
-Everyone is welcome to one or the other or both.

My House:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1217+7th+ave+nw+rochester,+minnesota&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=39.099308,76.904297&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1217+7th+Ave+NW,+Rochester,+Olmsted,+Minnesota+55901&ll=44.035977,-92.472632&spn=0.008685,0.018775&z=16&iwloc=A

Bicycle Sports:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=bicycle+sports+inc+rochester+minnesota&sll=43.687984,-92.389977&sspn=0.008736,0.018775&ie=UTF8&hq=bicycle+sports+inc&hnear=Rochester,+Olmsted,+Minnesota&ll=44.029389,-92.482481&spn=0.0166,0.037551&z=15&iwloc=A&cid=10213436343683541384

Saturday:

-The ride/race will start at 8:30am and will leave from the High School in Spring Valley (the start/finish from May). I’ll be parking downtown and hitting up the Spring Valley Bakery beforehand and I would encourage everyone to do the same. Just make sure you park on the street someplace and get over to the High School by 8:20am.
-I will have a notebook for each team to sign in. We will all start with the same time.
-When your team returns, just sign back into the book and note your time. Remember, the official time is that when your final teammate returns.
-Also, if it strikes your fancy, drop by the A&W for a treat on the way out of town. Kathy and her husband (the owners) have been incredibly instrumental in getting the race to Spring Valley and making it such a success.
-Share the love.

The Spring Valley Bakery:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=bakery+spring+valley,+minnesota&sll=44.035977,-92.472632&sspn=0.008685,0.018775&g=1217+7th+Ave+NW,+Rochester,+Olmsted,+Minnesota+55901&ie=UTF8&hq=bakery&hnear=Spring+Valley,+Fillmore,+Minnesota&ll=43.687984,-92.389977&spn=0.008348,0.018775&z=16&iwloc=A&cid=8839296398384671623

The High School:
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Kingsland+Senior+High+School&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=39.099308,76.904297&ie=UTF8&hq=kingsland+high+school+spring&hnear=&t=h&cid=9061184889024950349&ll=43.695067,-92.389398&spn=0.004367,0.009388&z=17&iwloc=A

Questions?
Call me or email me.

Best,
Chris

p.s. Please try and carpool when possible and remember to be polite and considerate when traveling in and out of Spring Valley. The people there have welcomed us with open arms and it would be a real shame to blow it now.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Holzinger Hot Pants

October 9th. 9 miles. Time Trial. 6 pack entry. We'll be there, will you? Link.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mail bag.

I found this in my inbox this afternoon.

Conversation with my 8 year old this morning:

Him: Dad, when can I get a cyclocross bike?
Me: Maybe when you are 10.
Him: Once I get one, do you think I could do Almanzo?
Me: Sure. That would be fun to do it together.
Him: Should I go geared or single speed?

I hope life is finding you well.

-J-No

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A photgraphic history.

I am currently in the process (more coming soon) of gathering and posting some (or most) of the photos that have been captured since the Almanzo 100 began back in 2007. Here is a link to those images.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It ain't Champions Day quite yet but...

I just got word that the 2009 Almanzo winner Jesse Rients is getting in some miles...across the pond. Check it out here.