COURSE NOTESThis 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.
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:
- 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.