Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cold Front Blows In.... Dirt Bag is not Far Behind!

What a difference a day makes in Minnesota weather. We're 2 months/60 days/8 weeks from the Dirt Bag gravel.

Once again, there'll be a 30 and 60 mile ride as well as the 80 mile race (distances approx.). I'll be taking entries beginning Sept 1. More info to follow.

It's been a good year for gravel grinders with many new ones having popped up on the schedule and good numbers of riders participating.

I'll be doing the Heck Epic this weekend which should be a fun adventure in the north woods.

The Gravel Worlds field looks real strong this year with a good contingent of riders making the trip from St Cloud, including our own Dirt Bag founder Ben Doom, and the return of the GW 2013 champion as well as this years Dirty Kanza champ.

The Inspiration 100 is still open for registration for their penultimate year.

These are but a few that are on my radar. Check with Riding Gravel for a complete schedule of national and even worldwide grinders.

Exciting times. Good times. Challenging times. Live to ride. Ride to live.




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dirt Bag GravelFest Results

84 Mile
Rider                                         Time

Kyia Anderson                             5:50          1st Women
John Carline                                6:09          1st Men
Michael Latsch                            6:09          1st Men
Sue Schroeder                            6:13          2nd Women
Derek Radtke                             6:24          2nd Men
Charles Wolf                               DNF
Emily Flynn                                 DNF
Brian Boehmer                            DNF  
Steve VanVleet                           DNF
Matt VanVleet                             DNF
Cory Hedin                                 DNF
Sean (can’t read last)                  DNF

60 Mile
Rider                                         Time

Bob Mueller                                4:47          1st Men
Jay Dellis                                    4:52         
Jake Fons                                   5:19
Greg Knoll                                  5:44
Shaun Flynn                               DNF
Bruce Weinke                             DNF  

30 Mile
Rider                                         Time

Jon Kern                                    1:40          1st Men
Kurt Stunek                                2:04
Dan Cruser                                 2:24
Ed Shaw (?)                                2:24
Michael Houghton                        2:48
Brian Hart                                  2:48.30     
Zach Gilbert                                3:01
David Peterson                            3:03
Rebecca Peterson                        3:03          1st Women
Roger Landis                               3:17
Marilyn Crandell                          4:04

Bruce Berwald                            DNF

GravelFest Results

Below is the results for the 2015 Dirt Bag GravelFest out of French Lake. Please let me know if there are any corrections.
A hardy well done to all those who showed and attempted and especially those who finished. The road conditions literally changed overnight with the rains as the hardpacked gravel became soft and the going got tough.
That's the beauty and dynamics of gravel racing as the road can change just like the scenery.
I hope you all had fun and were challenged.
Dirt Bag GravelFest Results

84 Mile
Rider                                         Time

Kyia Anderson                             5:50          1st Women
John Carline                                6:09          1st Men
Michael Latsch                            6:09          1st Men
Sue Schroeder                            6:13          2nd Women
Derek Radtke                             6:24          2nd Men
Charles Wolf                               DNF
Emily Flynn                                 DNF
Brian Boehmer                            DNF  
Steve VanVleet                           DNF
Matt VanVleet                             DNF
Cory Hedin                                 DNF
Sean (can’t read last)                  DNF

60 Mile
Rider                                         Time

Bob Mueller                                4:47          1st Men
Jay Dellis                                    4:52         
Jake Fons                                   5:19
Greg Knoll                                  5:44
Shaun Flynn                               DNF
Bruce Weinke                             DNF  

30 Mile
Rider                                         Time

Jon Kern                                    1:40          1st Men
Kurt Stunek                               2:04
Dan Cruser                                2:24
Ed Shaw (?)                               2:24
Michael Houghton                       2:48
Brian Hart                                  2:48.30     
Zach Gilbert                               3:01
David Peterson                           3:03
Rebecca Peterson                        3:03          1st Women
Roger Landis                              3:17
Marilyn Crandell                         4:04

Bruce Berwald                            DNF

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dirt Bag GravelFest Update

Just letting you all know that I'll have info up at least by early evening for the ride tomorrow.
Here is the link to the MapMyRide file if you want to download and/or look at the courses.GravelFest Courses.

I am taking walk up registrations.

More to follow,

JavaJohn

ps: Cue Sheets are done

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dirt Bag GravelFest Course Update

My grandson and I did a little recon of the course this morning and we can report that the previous course as posted on MapMyRide had a couple of errors on the long course which will be corrected by COB Friday. Look for the GPX file then.

Gravel conditions: mostly hardpack with loose stones on top. There are some soft sections and washboard as well. Only a couple ruts from the washouts of Sundays rain. So far not too much dust was kicked up by the vehicle but if there is no precip between now and Saturday, expect some dust.

Views great, corn shoulder high, traffic minimal, no dogs came out to challenge.

Lanttos store knows we are coming. Roller dogs available.

Parking will be in the Town Hall lot the entrance being off of CR 3 south of the main intersection on the west side of road. Hopefully, I'll remember to post a sign.

Bring water. First Thirst station for the long riders will be when you roll through the Start/Finish 30 miles in.

French Lake Mapquest

Out,

JJE

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

GravelFest Update

I'll be heading up to Winnipeg for the folk festival in a couple days then plan on pre-riding the course to assure all roads and bridges are still there.
Parking is available in the town hall lot and Casey Weber has graciously allowed us to use his lawn and shade for chillin'.
Rollout will be 9am for both courses. 
Hope to see your bright shining faces.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

New Gravel Grinder on the Schedule

Here is another gravel ride coming up in the central MN area on Aug 1.


Take a look.