Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016 Inspiration 100: Everything You Need for Saturday

IMPORTANT: This Saturday you will line up for the 2016 Inspiration 100! To get your race packet, you will need to download, print, and sign the waiver. To follow the course, you will need to download, print, and attach the cue sheets to your bike. If you are looking for suggestions, I usually laminate the cue sheets, punch two holes in the top, and zip tie them to my handlebars. You can then pull them off as you go (taking care not to litter, of course).

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THESE DOCUMENTS




Safety First: You will be riding open public roads, so you will be responsible for following all applicable traffic laws. Stay to the right, obey all traffic signs, be aware and alert of others on the road. You may not encounter much traffic, but what you do encounter will not be looking for you, so watch yourself.

The Inspiration course has many blind turns, corners and climbs. Stay to the right, follow the rules of the road, and you will eliminate much of the risk inherent in riding these gravel roads.

I know, you are an experienced rider and can handle yourself, but if it can happen to the organizer of Trans-Iowa, it can happen to you. BE SAFE!

Take Care of Yourself: The Inspiration 100 is a self-supported ride. Once the race begins, you may use only those resources that are available to everyone on the course. The convenience store at mile 59 will have fluids and food. Plan accordingly.

You may offer and accept assistance from other riders. Help your fellow riders!  Having been on both sides of that equation, it feels good to both get and give assistance. You may be the difference between someone ending their day early or continuing to ride.

There is no SAG wagon. Please have a bail-out ride arranged in case you end your day early.

In addition to the above, be respectful to the land and people in the area. Don't litter, be discrete when heeding nature's call, wave to the locals. The people I have encountered along the course have all been extremely kind. Let's not give them a reason to change their opinion of cyclists.

We are all grown ups, and trust that you will follow these very simple rules. The challenge comes from completing the course under your own power. Accept that challenge!


COURSE NOTES
This is the same course as Year 2, but rides much different going in the other direction. A few things to keep in mind:

  • The roads are open, and you are required to follow all traffic laws, regulations and rules. Stay to the right, stop at stop signs. You are just another traveler on the road.
  • You are responsible for yourself. Carry everything you need to get you through 100 miles of gravel, including tools, tubes, and anything else to keep you rolling.
  • The convenience store will be at mile 59. Plan your nutrition and fluid needs accordingly.
  • The first 7-9 miles are tight. You will encounter many turns, hills, stops and some traffic as you wind through a residential area and cross two major county roads. Be patient and smart, the course will open up.
  • Both feature sections are in the second half of the race. You will be tired going into these potentially treacherous stretches of road. There are many hidden (and not so hidden) obstacles in both the MMR and the road formerly known as the grass two track. Proceed with caution.
  • There are a number of left turns onto busy roads. Going the opposite direction has us turning left where we used to go right, and there are a number of left turns that have limited visibility in either direction. Look twice and make sure it is clear.

SCHEDULE
Registration: You will have two opportunities to register this weekend. To register, you will need to be on the roster and have a signed waiver (see link above). If you are under 18, the waiver will have to be signed by your parent/guardian.
  • Early Registration: This will happen on Friday night, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, in the parking lot of Jake's Bikes. Jake is once again offering a 10% discount off anything in the store, so bring your bike wish list.
  • Race Day Registration: Saturday morning from 6:00 - 7:45 at the Garfield Elementary School
Race Day: All of this happens in the parking lot of the Garfield Elementary School.  
  • Staging (7:45 AM - 8:00 AM): We will line you up, say a few words, and start the race. FOR THE LAST TIME.
  • Race (8:00 AM - 8:00 PM): Yacht Rock your way over 100 miles of gravel, enjoy the day. Be smart and safe. 
  • Food/Drink (1:00 PM - ????): Post-race recovery is waiting for you at the finish. 

Facilities: The race will start and finish at the Garfield Elementary School in Garfield, MN. Parking will be in and along a grass playground next to the school. There will be no running water in the parking and staging area, so make sure you arrive at the start with everything you need. Garfield does have a convenience store that is just a few minutes away if want to purchase your water/food as close to the start as possible, or if you need any last minute items.

We will have 2 portable toilets in the staging area, but if you can take care of business beforehand, that would probably be best.

There will be volunteers on hand, so if you have any questions flag one of them down.

Once the race starts, there will be a controlled roll-out from town for just under two miles. Everyone will have jitters and adrenaline, so ride carefully. After that, you hit gravel and are off, on your own on the open public roads. We will see you at the finish!

What You Need: This list is cribbed straight from the Almanzo 100, and it works for getting your stuff together before any gravel century, so I am going to just give it to you straight from the source, with edits where applicable:
  • Yourself.
  • A bicycle in good working order.
  • An extra tube, some way to inflate it and some tools to make the job easier.
  • Enough food and water for at least 55 miles.
  • A cell phone for emergencies or to report that you will not finish.
  • Cash, a credit card, and an ID (in case of emergencies).
  • Appropriate clothing (check the forecast).
  • A helmet.
  • A signed release form.
  • Cue sheets
  • A way to hold your cue sheets.
The above checklist should get you to the start as ready as you are going to be.

I think that is everything. If you still have questions, please let me know in the comments below. Travel safe, and we will see you soon! 

THIS IS A COMPLETELY UNSUPPORTED RIDE.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF.
THE ORGANIZERS AND SPONSORS ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR THIS RIDE.

Friday, September 2, 2016

2016 Inspiration 100 - Weekend Schedule

We are just over one week away from the final Inspiration 100. We hope you have been riding, training, and getting ready for one last spin through the gravel of Otter Tail County. This year's course will be the year 2 version, but in the opposite direction. Below is a few course notes, a schedule for next weekend, and a few reminders on supplies to get you to the finish.

Check the updated roster to make sure you are on it. 

Waiver and Cue Sheets will be posted Tuesday, September 6th. You will need both to ride next Saturday.


COURSE NOTES
This is the same course as Year 2, but rides much different going in the other direction. A few things to keep in mind:

  • The roads are open, and you are required to follow all traffic laws, regulations and rules. Stay to the right, stop at stop signs. You are just another traveler on the road.
  • You are responsible for yourself. Carry everything you need to get you through 100 miles of gravel, including tools, tubes, and anything else to keep you rolling.
  • The convenience store will be at mile 59. Plan your nutrition and fluid needs accordingly.
  • The first 7-9 miles are tight. You will encounter many turns, hills, stops and some traffic as you wind through a residential area and cross two major county roads. Be patient and smart, the course will open up.
  • Both feature sections are in the second half of the race. You will be tired going into these potentially treacherous stretches of road. There are many hidden (and not so hidden) obstacles in both the MMR and the road formerly known as the grass two track. Proceed with caution.
  • There are a number of left turns onto busy roads. Going the opposite direction has us turning left where we used to go right, and there are a number of left turns that have limited visibility in either direction. Look twice and make sure it is clear.

SCHEDULE
Registration: You will have two opportunities to register this weekend. To register, you will need to be on the roster and have a signed waiver (available Sept 6). If you are under 18, the waiver will have to be signed by your parent/guardian.
  • Early Registration: This will happen on Friday night, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, in the parking lot of Jake's Bikes. Jake is once again offering a 10% discount off anything in the store, so bring your bike wish list.
  • Race Day Registration: Saturday morning from 6:00 - 7:45 at the Garfield Elementary School
Race Day: All of this happens in the parking lot of the Garfield Elementary School.  
  • Staging (7:45 AM - 8:00 AM): We will line you up, say a few words, and start the race. FOR THE LAST TIME.
  • Race (8:00 AM - 8:00 PM): Yacht Rock your way over 100 miles of gravel, enjoy the day. Be smart and safe. 
  • Food/Drink (1:00 PM - ????): Post-race recovery is waiting for you at the finish. 

Facilities: The race will start and finish at the Garfield Elementary School in Garfield, MN. Parking will be in and along a grass playground next to the school. There will be no running water in the parking and staging area, so make sure you arrive at the start with everything you need. Garfield does have a convenience store that is just a few minutes away if want to purchase your water/food as close to the start as possible, or if you need any last minute items.

We will have 2 portable toilets in the staging area, but if you can take care of business beforehand, that would probably be best.

There will be volunteers on hand, so if you have any questions flag one of them down.

Once the race starts, there will be a controlled roll-out from town for just under two miles. Everyone will have jitters and adrenaline, so ride carefully. After that, you hit gravel and are off, on your own on the open public roads. We will see you at the finish!

What You Need: This list is cribbed straight from the Almanzo 100, and it works for getting your stuff together before any gravel century, so I am going to just give it to you straight from the source, with edits where applicable:
  • Yourself.
  • A bicycle in good working order.
  • An extra tube, some way to inflate it and some tools to make the job easier.
  • Enough food and water for at least 55 miles.
  • A cell phone for emergencies or to report that you will not finish.
  • Cash, a credit card, and an ID (in case of emergencies).
  • Appropriate clothing (check the forecast).
  • A helmet.
  • A signed release form.
  • Cue sheets
  • A way to hold your cue sheets.
The above checklist should get you to the start as ready as you are going to be.

I think that is everything. If you still have questions, please let me know in the comments below. Travel safe, and we will see you soon! 

THIS IS A COMPLETELY UNSUPPORTED RIDE.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF.
THE ORGANIZERS AND SPONSORS ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR THIS RIDE.

Friday, August 12, 2016

2016 Inspiration 100 Roster


We are about 30 days from the final Inspiration 100 on September 10, 2016. I have gone through all the postcards and put together the roster. If you don't see your name and you sent a card (or if your card got lost between your house and the mailbox and you want to ride /wink wink) please let me know. If I managed to butcher your name, even though you wrote it out so nicely for me, I can change it.

I will have registration and route info next week. For now, keep riding and, if your name is listed below, plan on riding on September 10!

Roster Updated 09/04/2016


Albrecht, Rich
Alexander, Greg
Anderson, Bruce
Andrews, Craig
Atkinson, Chris
Bavelli, Lucio
Bergman, Adam
Bergman, Bianca
Birkemier, Ryan
Blumke, Aaron
Bridges, Bradley
Brown, Chris
Bushman, Brendon
Cardinal, Craig
Dahlin, Joel
Davis, Jason
Demars, Joseph
Doom, Ben
Dorow, Linda
Egbars, JJ
Fetzer, Matt
Fredrickson, Debra
Hahn, Edward
Hale, Todd
Halstead, Corey
Hanson, Boyd
Hanson, Harley
Haug, Ryan
Hawes, MIke
Hoogendam, Ian
Houghton, Mike
Janson, Sarah
Kern, Jon
Klein, Scott
Kniper, Jens
Knoll, Greg
Kosloski, Mike
Kvaal, Chris
Larson, Ryan
Latsch, Michael
Lehmkuhl, MIchael
Lindberg, Gary
Loosen, Ted
Mansour, Michael
Markley, Aleasha
Markman, David
Menninger, Lisa
Mensinger, Zack
Middlestaedt, Noah
Moody, Peter
Mueller, Bob
Murray, Galen
Odio, Jorge
Pahr, Joe
Peterson, Dan
Pokorney, Jeff
Rasmussen, Baleigh
Rathlisberger, Mike
Ringuette, Jim
Roepke, Chuck
Schad, Alex
Schad, Charlie
Schulz, Thad
Shaw, Ed
Shouse, Corey
Simpson, Bob
Skelton, Ellie
Sloma, Brett
Smith, Aaron
Smith, Ross
Sobota, Kyle
St. Pierre, Sam
Stewart, Liam
Stinson, Ren
Stulen, Kevin
Sundheim, David
Sundquist, Matt
Swenson, Bryan
Tank, Dennis
Tassava, Christopher
Thomas, Tony
Thompson, Andrew
Thueringer, Frank
Vacinek, Brent
VanVleet, Matt
Vetter, Nick
Wagster, Mike
Wallingford, Jamie
Ward, Denise
Weber, Adam
Weisgram, Chris
Wellbrock, Jim
Yunis, Bryan
Zaayer, Suzanne

2016 Inspiration 100 Roster


We are about 30 days from the final Inspiration 100 on September 10, 2016. I have gone through all the postcards and put together the roster. If you don't see your name and you sent a card (or if your card got lost between your house and the mailbox and you want to ride /wink wink) please let me know. If I managed to butcher your name, even though you wrote it out so nicely for me, I can change it.

I will have registration and route info next week. For now, keep riding and, if your name is listed below, plan on riding on September 10!

Albrecht, Rich
Alexander, Greg
Anderson, Bruce
Atkinson, Chris
Bavelli, Lucio
Bergman, Adam
Bergman, Bianca
Birkemier, Ryan
Blumke, Aaron
Bridges, Bradley
Brown, Chris
Bushman, Brendon
Cardinal, Craig
Dahlin, Joel
Davis, Jason
Demars, Joseph
Dorow, Linda
Egbars, JJ
Fetzer, Matt
Fredrickson, Debra
Hahn, Edward
Hale, Todd
Halstead, Corey
Hanson, Boyd
Hanson, Harley
Haug, Ryan
Hawes, MIke
Houghton, Mike
Janson, Sarah
Kern, Jon
Klein, Scott
Kniper, Jens
Knoll, Greg
Kosloski, Mike
Kvaal, Chris
Larson, Ryan
Latsch, Michael
Lehmkuhl, MIchael
Loosen, Ted
Mansour, Michael
Markley, Aleasha
Markman, David
Menninger, Lisa
Mensinger, Zack
Moody, Peter
Mueller, Bob
Murray, Galen
Odio, Jorge
Pahr, Joe
Peterson, Dan
Pokorney, Jeff
Rasmussen, Baleigh
Rathlisberger, Mike
Ringuette, Jim
Roepke, Chuck
Schad, Alex
Schad, Charlie
Schulz, Thad
Shouse, Corey
Simpson, Bob
Skelton, Ellie
Sloma, Brett
Smith, Ross
Sobota, Kyle
St. Pierre, Sam
Stewart, Liam
Stinson, Ren
Stulen, Kevin
Sundheim, David
Sundquist, Matt
Swenson, Bryan
Tank, Dennis
Tassava, Christopher
Thomas, Tony
Thompson, Andrew
Thueringer, Frank
Vacinek, Brent
VanVleet, Matt
Vetter, Nick
Wagster, Mike
Wallingford, Jamie
Ward, Denise
Wellbrock, Jim
Zaayer, Suzanne

Monday, February 1, 2016

2015 Inspiration 100 - Results

Hey everybody! I am sorry for the delay in posting race results for the 2015 Inspiration 100. It is not our fault, we just got the blood test results back from the lab and we can now certify that the race is 65% drug free, which is good enough for us.

Men's Top Three: The 2015 Inspiration 100 men's field was stacked, with all prior winners going head-to-head. Andrew Thompson became the first repeat champion of the Inspiration 100, only two years removed from riding his first gravel century at the 2013 race. Adam Bergman placed second for the second time, the first being the 2013 race. Charlie Schad made it back to the podium, after just missing it last year, by placing third.

Adam Bergman (2nd), Andrew Thompson (1st), Charlie Schad (3rd)

Women's Top Three Two: Local favorite Debbie Peterson vaulted to the top of the 2015 Women's Podium after finishing second in 2014. Julia Jenkins has racked up the most frequent flyer miles traveling to and from Garfield for the Inspiration 100, and she has taken home a trophy each time. If you want to know how to get one of our trophies past airport security, talk to Julia.

Julia Jenkins (2nd), Debbie Peterson (1st)

Single Speed Champion: Todd Hale keeps showing up, and he keeps dominating the course on one f###### gear. This is Todd's third year in a row winning the single-speed class. I think Todd's bike is motivated by the fear that Todd will break it over his knee if it displeases Todd. Do not cross Todd!

Todd is actually a really nice guy.

DFL Honorable Mention: Baleigh Rasmussen entered the Inspiration 100 the Wednesday before the race. Baleigh Rasmussen finished assembling his bike for the Inspiration 100, his first gravel century, at 11:00 p.m. the night before the race. Baleigh Rasmussen had not ridden more than 30 miles at a time prior to taking the line at the Inspiration 100. Baleigh Rasmussen was 15 years-old when he pedaled away at the start of the race but he crossed the finish line, almost 11 hours later, a man. Mozel tov, Baleigh!

Yes, we did give a photo of beer-drinking cyclists to a 15 year old.

As always, there are too many stories and encounters to recount in this limited space. Without a doubt, we have the best damn participants, volunteers, sponsors and spectators of any gravel race in these United States. We appreciate all of you taking the time to support the Inspiration 100. Let's do it one more time on September 10, 2016.

Congratulations to everyone who took on the course. This is the full list of finishers.

Thompson, Andrew5:35
Bergman, Adam5:38
Schad, Charlie5:44
Peter, John5:45
Vetter, Nick5:51
Weber, Adam5:51
Schneider, Joshua6:06
Hanson, Harley6:06
Larson, Ryan6:07
Garcia, Jesus M. Gonzalez6:18
Shouse, Corey6:18
Stenson, Ren6:24
Murray, Galen6:35
Anderson, Bruce6:55
Sloma, Brett7:04
Moody, Peter7:10
Johnson, Joe7:24
Yunis, Bryan7:24
Kniper, Jens7:25
Latsch, Michael7:27
Pahr, Joe7:35
Schulz, Thad7:36
Haug, Ryan7:37
Peterson, Deb7:41
Strachan, David7:42
Markman, Dave7:44
Klein, Scott7:44
Hale, Todd7:46
Jenkins, Julia7:48
Olson, Aaron7:48
Lindberg, Gary7:57
Bentrup, Scott8:01
Smith, Ross8:01
Halstead, Corey8:11
Schad, Alex8:31
Sandquist, Matt8:34
Smith, Patrick8:38
Tassava, Christopher8:43
Roepke, Chuck8:44
Albrecht, Rich8:50
Vacinek, Brent8:50
Atkinson, Chris8:52
Fetzer, Matt9:03
Tank, Dennis9:10
Sundheim, David9:23
Mansour, Michael10:25
Bridges, Bradley10:25
Rasmussen, Baleigh10:53

 *Todd Shanafelt finished some version of the course in around 7 hours. He got mixed up in the last 25 miles, and was very forthcoming about it as soon as he crossed the line.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

2015 Inspiration 100 - It is Go Time!

We are just days away from the 2015 Inspiration 100! This post will contain everything you need before taking the line on Saturday morning. 


COURSE NOTES
This is the same course as last year but rides much different going the other direction. A few things to keep in mind:

  • The roads are open, and you are required to follow all traffic laws, regulations and rules. Stay to the right, stop at stop signs. You are just another traveler on the road.
  • You are responsible for yourself. Carry everything you need to get you through 105 miles of gravel, including tools, tubes, and anything else to keep you rolling.
  • The convenience store will be at mile 55. Plan your nutrition and fluid needs accordingly.
  • The first 7-9 miles are tight. You will encounter many turns, hills, stops and some traffic as you wind through a residential area and cross two major county roads. Be patient and smart, the course will open up.
  • Both feature sections are in the second half of the race. You will be tired going into these potentially treacherous stretches of road. There are many hidden (and not so hidden) obstacles in both the MMR and grass two track. Proceed with caution.
  • There are a number of left turns onto busy roads. Going the opposite direction has us turning left where we used to go right, and there are a number of left turns that have limited visibility in either direction. Look twice and make sure it is clear.


SCHEDULE
Registration: You will have two opportunities to register this weekend. To register, you will need to be on the roster and have a signed waiver (see link below). If you are under 18, the waiver will have to be signed by your parent/guardian.
  • Early Registration: This will happen on Friday night, from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, in the parking lot of Jake's Bikes. Jake is once again offering a 10% discount off anything in the store, so bring your bike wish list.
  • Race Day Registration: Saturday morning from 6:00 - 7:45 at the Garfield Elementary School
Race Day: All of this happens in the parking lot of the Garfield Elementary School.  
  • Staging (7:45 AM - 8:00 AM): We will line you up, say a few words, and start the race. 
  • Race (8:00 AM - 8:00 PM): Ride 105 miles of gravel, enjoy the day. Be smart and safe. By the end of the day, you should know the answer to this question about yourself and the course. Dig deep!
  • Food/Drink (1:00 PM - ????): Post-race recovery is waiting for you at the finish. 


Waiver and Cue Sheets: You will need both of these to ride on Saturday. Don't rely on your fellow rider, have your own set of cues so you can find your own way. 



Facilities: The race will start and finish at the Garfield Elementary School in Garfield, MN. Parking will be in and along a grass playground next to the school. There will be no running water in the parking and staging area, so make sure you arrive at the start with everything you need. Garfield does have a convenience store that is just a few minutes away if want to purchase your water/food as close to the start as possible, or if you need any last minute items.


We will have 2 portable toilets in the staging area, but if you can take care of business beforehand, that would probably be best.

There will be volunteers on hand, so if you have any questions flag one of them down.

Once the race starts, there will be a controlled roll-out from town for just under two miles. Everyone will have jitters and adrenaline, so ride carefully. After that, you hit gravel and are off, on your own on the open public roads. We will see you at the finish!

What You Need: This list is cribbed straight from the Almanzo 100, and it works for getting your stuff together before any gravel century, so I am going to just give it to you straight from the source, with edits where applicable:
  • Yourself.
  • A bicycle in good working order.
  • An extra tube, some way to inflate it and some tools to make the job easier.
  • Enough food and water for at least 55 miles.
  • A cell phone for emergencies or to report that you will not finish.
  • Cash, a credit card, and an ID (in case of emergencies).
  • Appropriate clothing (check the forecast).
  • A helmet.
  • A signed release form.
  • Cue sheets
  • A way to hold your cue sheets.
The above checklist should get you to the start as ready as you are going to be.

I think that is everything. If you still have questions, please let me know in the comments below. Travel safe, and we will see you soon! 

THIS IS A COMPLETELY UNSUPPORTED RIDE.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF.
THE ORGANIZERS AND SPONSORS ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR THIS RIDE.