Sunday, November 10, 2013

2 days of Gravel- MN State that is...

Beyond cooked... Means burnt. But I don't hate my bike(s)...

Today's race was 86 miles of some great Rice and Goodhue (Utopa) Gravel...

More rookie moves today... For a non-rookie sure have rookie tendencies.

Decided with temps in 30's I was going to the next level of cold weather dress (long term mistake). Lake winter boots, needed to adjust the seatpost. Problem, didn't tighten post properly and off the start I felt like I had one of them new dropper posts without the hydraulics hooked up. Lead pack, gone.

Once again fight from the back... Allgood, it's more of an MTB way of riding on the road anyhow. Was trying to lure the Twins into an all Sauber train, they wernt having it.

First 20 miles were the easiest, but most difficult. Get it? After pretending to be Jens Voigt yesterday, I had nothing in the tank for the first 20, top that off with going thermonuclear. Had a ricoh stop and shed clothes moment. Got rid of the -10 proof tights, down to the lacra, relief.

Once the thermal was regulated to a proper temp, back in business. Caught a group including SPH Jake (Ragnarok founder was riding strong for not riding!). Everybody for themselves it was. Me and local Calvin worked for the next 40. Had no extreme efforts since I was already well done, ticked over the ups and downs to finish on Radar Love Hill, south of Northfield. Good spot.

Thanks goes out to the group of Northfield riders that put on these 2 days of grinding. Also LBS Fittobetrid, much appreciate it all...

Another reason to visit the town Jesse James tore up... 
NOTE- How'd I do? Ahhh, 10th for the day. Was informed I mentioned nothing on results for yesterday. 7th in TT, 3rd in stage race. Add that all up, 4th overall. Not bad for a former cheesehead roadie that's really a mountain biker in disguise.


  1. Not a bad job for an elderly. Way to represent Southern Dakota while in Utopia!


  2. Roadie cheesehead, not a cheesehead roadie!