Sunday, October 31, 2010

2011 Sponsors

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.

Banjo Brothers
Cars-r-Coffins
Hiawatha Cyclery
Surly Bikes
Salsa Bicycles
Twin Six

Friday, October 29, 2010

Genius

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Official 2011 Invite


Dear Everyone,

Racers, riders, event promoters, industry professionals and everyone in between or otherwise, I would like to extend to you a most sincere invitation to what I believe to be America's greatest gravel road bicycle race. On Saturday, the 14th of May, 2011, riders from around the USA will join together in the small hamlet of Spring Valley, Minnesota to ride the beautiful, yellow rock roads of the Upper Midwest. My hope is that with your presence, we could build upon the great history that is American cycling and further promote the bright future that I see for cycling in the years to come. I extend to you my services in making your visit a reality.

Post-card registration will begin on the 1st of January, 2011. Upon receipt of your postcard, I will most certainly reserve your place at the starting line. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,
Christopher S. Skogen
founder/director
Almanzo 100
1217 7th Ave NW
Rochester, MN, USA
55901

*photo courtesy Craig Linder.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Micro CX: Season Two



Last year I decided (after riding the Glenwood Crap Cross in Minneapolis) that Rochester needed to share in the bliss that is underground cross racing. The turnout for 2009 was pretty good and I was hoping for the same this year. Yesterday, my hopes came true.

Last night we had 15 riders take the start for what was, by far, the best course to date. We got a couple pictures, but nothing to great as we were more focused on enjoying the whole event firsthand. Here is the photo wrap up and to hoping that the next one is even better.







Thursday, October 7, 2010

Invitation

Just got this from a friend regarding Italy's history of gravel road riding. I thought it might be appropriate to invite the man who got it all started over there. So here it is, an open invitation to Mister Giancarlo Brocci.

Mister Brocci,

I would like to extend to you a most sincere invitation to what I believe to be America's version of L'Eroica. On Saturday, the 14th of May, 2011, riders from around the USA will join together in the small hamlet of Spring Valley, Minnesota to ride the beautiful, yellow rock roads of the Upper Midwest. My hope is that with your presence, we could bridge the gap between the pure history of bicycling's roots and the bright future that I see for cycling in the years to come. I realize that you may never see this, but should your eyes fall upon it, I extend to you my services in making your visit a reality. I will hold a spot at the front of the group especially for you and make clear your presence to all in attendance.

Sincerely,
Christopher S. Skogen
founder/director
Almanzo 100
1217 7th Ave NW
Rochester, MN, USA
55901