Monday, February 1, 2016

Just over 2 months away!

Into February!

Remember, if you are on the race roster and need to drop out, please let me know ASAP. The folks on the waiting list will be grateful! isaacmgiesen@gmail.com or send a message on the Facebooks.

I got out for a quick ride with the warm weather. I wasn't really on too many Ragnarok roads, but the general state of the gravel roads were assessed. Predictably, they sucked. So it was fun (for a non-100 mile ride). Ice, packed snow, mashed potato snow, mud, water, grossness. We haven't had a ton of snow in SE MN yet, so unless we get hammered in Feb I would predict dry and fast gravel for the big day. (note that the pictures below were the softest, but practically the nicest section (climb) of the route.

Even if you aren't on the roster, the roads around Red Wing are awesome to ride. Come on down!



Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Race Roster


Ok. Here is the official race roster for the 2016 edition of the 'Rok. I am making the call to cap it at 150 and have a waiting list. I'm VERY confident that anyone that is on the waiting list will get in unless we have a much smaller dropout rate than previous years. I figured it's better for my sanity if I don't have a sliding scale for the roster...

How did I get to the final roster? I yanked out about 20 cards. These people are on the wait list in the order that they were pulled.

Some other notes:

We had a decent sized pile of folks who didn't get the cards postmarked by the 31st. Sorry, but regardless of if the post office screwed up, or what... 2017 will be your friend.

I was VERY close to throwing out a pile of cards that obviously were not filled out by the person submitting the card. The only thing that saved them was that I didn't know who actually sent in the cards... so at least one person actually was "responsible for themselves". Seriously. You can call me a grouch but if you are committing to a long and hard race is it that freaking hard to send in your own darn card? Eventually I'll get over it, but I just do NOT get it.

So... now that that is done with...

Please, please PLEASE - if you cannot make it to the race on the 9th of April for any reason (I don't judge!) please let me know at isaacmgiesen@gmail.com . 1) I can then give your spot to someone on the waiting list, and 2) I don't have to make lots of extra copies of cue sheets etc. They add up and are not free.

Here is the 2016 Roster...

Abel, Matthew
Anderson, Bruce
Anderson, Jon
Arquin, Mike
Backman, Daniel
Bakker, Carl
Barr, Megan
Bell, David
Bell, Pete
Benton, Joel
Birkemeier, Ryan
Braasch, Grant
Breckon, Royce
Brown, Robert
Callas, Bill
Carlson, Mick
Carlson, Van
Carroll, Paul
Cary, Neil "O"
Casey, Mike
Clark, ,Kevin
Clausen, Ted
Cotter, Shawn
Cox, Ben
Denis, Charles
Dingemans, Max
Doom, Ben
Dosse, Rob
Early, Ken
Eastlund, Alan
Eckert, Seth
Eklund, Lukas
Elson, Brandt
Elson, Samuel
Endres, Chris
Englund, Erik
Erickson, Thomas
Evanoff, Nick
Everstone, Hurl
Floden, Amy
Flynn, Shaun
Fosler, Bryan
Franzone, Carolyn
Fry, Jeremy
Funke, Dan
Gaffke, Dustin
Gonzales, Kevin
Grant, Jennifer
Gruhn, Leah
Haberman, Paul
Hamlin, Joe
Hanka, Matt
Hansen, Boyd
Hau, Tim
Haug, Ryan
Haye, Jeff
Henkemeyer, Jeff
Hippen, Scott
Hoogendam, Ian
Hudson-Erdman, Jonah
Hunter, Melissa
Hurd, Wendy
Irving, Craig
Johnson, Joe
Johnson, Matt
Johnson, Wade
Karow, Eddie
Kauth, James
Kelly, Justin
Kern, Jon
Kies, Scott
King, Susannah
Koeneke, Andy
Koppi-Kohn, Alex
Kusler, Dean
Kvittem, Brent
LaLonde, Jesse
Langum, Leigh
Larson, Mara
Landreville, Michael
Lee, Mike
Lindberg, Gary
Loosen, Ted
Loye, Jon
Mach, Elizabeth
Mailen, Sean
Meiser, Joe
Meitler, Barry
Messer, Adam
Millner, Chad
Moeding, Andrew
Mohr, Jere
Morgan, April
Nederloe, Tryg
Newberg, Carl
Nickles, Ray Ray
Nikodym, Matt
Nygård, Jonas
O'Neill, Jeff
Oney, Ben
Pace, David
Parsons, Charles
Pettes, Jeff
Pramann, David
Rambow, Meredith
Raygor, Trenton
Rhoads, Dan
Roenfanz, Parker
Roll, David (looks like Devil, but my guess is David)
Sauber, Larry
Schacht, Ryan
Schad, Charlie
Schmitt, Barry
Schneider, Jay
Schotz, Chris
Schuetz, Justin
Schwinghamer, Jack
Seaburg, Mark
Seipp, Carrie
Sheedy, Patrick
Shelley, Dirk
Shepherd, Bob
Shoemaker, Darryl
Showalter, Charles
Shupe, Jeff
Smith, Harlan
Soltis, Steve
St. Pierre, Sam
Strate, Chelsea
Stuckman, Chris
Stukel, Jason
Sundheim, David
Swenson, Brett
Tiede, Travis
Urbanski, Paul
Vaith, Jake
Venteicher, Lee
Vick, Jon
Vold, Svetlana
Ward, Denise
Watchmaker, Todd
Webb, Matthew
WeinzierL, Andy
Weisbrod, Heath "Red Squirrel"
Williams, Rob
Wilson, Drew
Worley, TC
Yore, Steven

Here is the waiting list... in order... I will send you an email as soon as you are in. Thanks for sending in a card and again, don't fret too much. We typically have 25-30% of the folks drop out at a minimum.

Rasmussen, Bryce
Zylstra, Ken
Sobota, Kyle
Rogers, Cole
Sloma, Brett
Gaz, Dan
Criego, Mike
Kelly, Chad
Bahls, Don
Schneider, Joshua
Russell, Luci
Gerten, Bob
Hop, Angie
Larson, Patrick
Frane, Jeff
Carlton, Philip
Staufenberg, Adam
DeMars, Joseph
Johnson, Eric
Piech, Dawn
Bujold, Sean

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Lottery Entries Post

Hi all... in lieu of individually emailing everyone... I'm going to just make a running list here in this post of folks that have sent in postcards. I will update this post and try and update it at least once every couple of days at least. Remember, unless you have entered all editions or won a previous running you aren't still for sure in unfortunately. We're still capping the final roster at 150. If you don't see your name, I haven't seen your postcard.

For any questions/concerns/etc. - isaacmgiesen@gmail.com

Thanks!

Alphabetically (Last Name, First Name):

Abel, Matthew
Anderson, Bruce
Anderson, Jon
Arquin, Mike
Backman, Daniel
Bahls, Don
Bakker, Carl
Barr, Megan
Bell, David
Bell, Pete
Benton, Joel
Birkemeier, Ryan
Braasch, Grant
Breckon, Royce
Brown, Robert
Bujold, Sean
Callas, Bill
Carlson, Mick
Carlson, Van
Carlton, Philip
Carroll, Paul
Cary, Neil "O"
Casey, Mike
Clark, ,Kevin
Clausen, Ted
Cotter, Shawn
Cox, Ben
Criego, Mike
Denis, Charles
DeMars, Joseph
Dingemans, Max
Doom, Ben
Dosse, Rob
Early, Ken
Eastlund, Alan
Eckert, Seth
Eklund, Lukas
Elson, Brandt
Elson, Samuel
Endres, Chris
Englund, Erik
Erickson, Thomas
Evanoff, Nick
Evans, Greg
Everstone, Hurl
Floden, Amy
Flynn, Shaun
Fosler, Bryan
Frane, Jeff
Franzone, Carolyn
Fry, Jeremy
Funke, Dan
Gaffke, Dustin
Gaz, Dan
Gerten, Bob
Gonzales, Kevin
Grant, Jennifer
Gruhn, Leah
Haberman, Paul
Hamlin, Joe
Hanka, Matt
Hansen, Boyd
Hau, Tim
Haug, Ryan
Haye, Jeff
Henkemeyer, Jeff
Hippen, Scott
Hoogendam, Ian
Hop, Angie
Hudson-Erdman, Jonah
Hunter, Melissa
Hurd, Wendy
Irving, Craig
Johnson, Eric
Johnson, Joe
Johnson, Matt
Johnson, Wade
Karow, Eddie
Kauth, James
Kelly, Chad
Kelly, Justin
Kern, Jon
Kies, Scott
King, Susannah
Koeneke, Andy
Koppi-Kohn, Alex
Kusler, Dean
Kvittem, Brent
LaLonde, Jesse
Langum, Leigh
Larson, Mara
Larson, Patrick
Landreville, Michael
Lee, Mike
Lindberg, Gary
Loosen, Ted
Loye, Jon
Mach, Elizabeth
Mailen, Sean
Meiser, Joe
Meitler, Barry
Messer, Adam
Millner, Chad
Moeding, Andrew
Mohr, Jere
Morgan, April
Nederloe, Tryg
Newberg, Carl
Nickles, Ray Ray
Nikodym, Matt
Nygård, Jonas
O'Neill, Jeff
Oney, Ben
Pace, David
Parsons, Charles
Pettes, Jeff
Piech, Dawn
Pramann, David
Rambow, Meredith
Rasmussen, Bryce
Raygor, Trenton
Rhoads, Dan
Riley, Matt
Roenfanz, Parker
Rogers, Cole
Roll, David (looks like Devil, but my guess is David)
Russel, Luci
Sauber, Larry
Schacht, Ryan
Schad, Charlie
Schmitt, Barry
Schneider, Jay
Schneider, Joshua
Schotz, Chris
Schuetz, Justin
Schwinghamer, Jack
Seaburg, Mark
Seipp, Carrie
Sheedy, Patrick
Shelley, Dirk
Shepherd, Bob
Shoemaker, Darryl
Showalter, Charles
Shupe, Jeff
Sloma, Brett
Smith, Harlan
Sobota, Kyle
Soltis, Steve
Staufenberg, Adam
St. Pierre, Sam
Strate, Chelsea
Stuckman, Chris
Stukel, Jason
Sundheim, David
Swenson, Brett
Tiede, Travis
Urbanski, Paul
Vaith, Jake
Venteicher, Lee
Vick, Jon
Vold, Svetlana
Ward, Denise
Watchmaker, Todd
Webb, Matthew
WeinzierL, Andy
Weisbrod, Heath "Red Squirrel"
Williams, Rob
Wilson, Drew
Worley, TC
Yore, Steven
Zylstra, Ken

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Registration Information

Alright...

Here are the details, after Thanksgiving:

1 ) Please send a STANDARD POSTCARD to:

Ragnarok 105 c/o
Isaac Giesen
428 Franklin St.
Red Wing, MN    55066

2) NOTE that I said STANDARD POSTCARD. This does not mean a randomly sized chunk of cardboard, or a slip of paper in an envelope. Go out to countless places and buy a postcard. We will be holding a random lottery style drawing and no one will get preferential treatment (outside of the previous winners or those who have been through all of the editions of the 'Rok.

3) On the postcard, please LEGIBLY write out the following:


Your Name
Your Email Address
and the statement "I am responsible for myself"

I will attempt to let everyone know that they card has been received. Only one entry per person, so please don't flood the mailbox with cards.

4) Black Friday is the first day that I'll "accept" cards, and you have until December 31 to have your card postmarked and on its way to Red Wing.

5) I'm not actually that much of a stickler for the rules, but we really do appreciate not getting random little bits of paper with names, oddly shaped chunks of cardboard, etc. It just makes things easier for us.

6) We will cap the roster at 150 riders. Last year we didn't have that many150 cards. So there is a chance that the lottery will not be needed. If we have more than 150 cards, the drawing will take place a week or so after the new year.

7) Previous winners still need to send in a card. You just won't go into the drawing (this goes for Men and Women)

8) I think that is it. Ask questions if you have any.

9) Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Primo Conditions!

No real race updates or anything. I did get out for a short gravel and singletrack jaunt yesterday afternoon (thanks for watching the kids Grandma and Grandpa) and the roads were PRISTINE!

Haycreek was rolling fast (watch out for the massive washboard sections!), Old Church was like concrete, Flueger was awesome, and Lehrbach was like a magic carpet. Sections of the climb up Memorial to get to the little sections of singletrack that I did were a bit damp... but even they weren't too bad. Any 2 hour ride that ends with a descent of the Cow Path is a good one. Note that I suck at descending in general, and when the descent is wet, rocky, those rocks have moss, and it is fairly leaf covered... that descent takes way longer than it should!

NOTE to self... contact the farmer(s) right at the base of Lehrbach. There isn't the chicken menagerie anymore, but there are now 4-5 dogs that are very interested in messing with a passing biker. Note that we haven't gotten bit yet, but they see you from a long ways away and like to be right up in your grill (and there are so many that they are tough to completely just sprint past cleanly... not to mention the stupid hill you are trying to sprint up while they chase).


Everyone's Favorite Sign

The Sheep were Happy to See Someone
Crappy Picture of the Cowpath

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Registration "Details" - or semi-details

Hi All -

Long time no type.

Anyways... We here at Ragnarok Central are happy to be in the "gettin' things ready" phase of next year's Ragnarok 105ish.

Quick bullet points since my brain works in little chunks and not rolling soliloquies:

  • The big day will be April 9th. Starting time will almost certainly be 7:30.
  • Planned starting location is the Mississippi National Golf Links, but that has yet to be confirmed (to be fair I haven't asked yet)
  • Any previous winner who submits a valid postcard will be in
  • Anyone who has shown up for every edition and who submits a valid postcard will be in (this is about 6-10 people... the actual finishers of everyone is smaller)
  • Everyone else will get thrown into a lottery.
  • With the % of no-shows, and the odds of early golf not being too great... I think we'll cap the roster at 150 folks. Note... this is about the size that gives me a bit of heart burn but not an ulcer... We will not expand in the foreseeable future.
  • Entering this race will still be free.
  • "Real Life" takes precedence and is crazy at the moment (only to get crazier), so course will be similar to, if not the very same as the previous two years. If work and home permit, we may try and change up a few small things just to make people use their cue sheets instead of a previous Garmin map or memory
What am I missing? Oh... Registration Details:

I'll have another post (we'll try and be more active leading up to April this year) with firm details, but quick summary... 

Postcards will be accepted from the day after Thanksgiving until December 31 (postmarked date). We'll have a new address to send them to, which will be detailed out in a couple of weeks.

Feel free to post up if you have any thoughts, concerns, questions, etc.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Thanks again!

So it was another wonderful Ragnarok! This time with actual nice weather too!


Before we get too far away from the fun day, I wanted to get down a few thoughts. Most will be messages of thanks.


In no particular order:
  1. Thanks to the riders! The time, money and energy put forth to run this goofy thing is all worth it seeing everyone smiling and being just generally great folks out on the course. You are the biggest reason why we keep coming back for another year.
  2. Thanks to our families!
  3. Thanks to Mississippi National Golf Links! The proximity to the traditional Lehrbach climb makes them the ideal location. We didn't know that they have re-opened their grill... so sorry if we didn't let you know that burgers and beer would be available! We also discussed the bathroom situation and got some sincere apologies. We needed to be louder in the days coming up to the race, so hopefully that will be better next year.
  4. Thanks to Angry Catfish! Parker forgot his shoes, so didn't make it to the lot before the race, but they were intending to donate a bunch of coffee. But they did have some nice swag that folks towards the back of the pack got to peruse.
  5. Thanks to Twin Six! Some nice bottles and shirts for those finishing towards the back of the pack! They have been supportive of gravel rides all over the state for a while now, so give them a look-see next time you are looking for some kit or casual wear!
  6. Thanks to the City of Zumbro Falls. We use their park every year, free of charge. I talked with the Mayor on Saturday and he was very excited to have us coming through again. He offered to bring in a bunch of tables etc... Thanks to all who may have stopped in their small town. It is appreciated.
  7. Thanks to Goodhue and Wabasha Counties. They are great to work with!
  8. Thanks Larry and Job! Larry has stepped away from the general organization of the race the past couple of years, but the help on race day is SO AWESOME!
  9. Sorry for the bathroom situation at the start. Next year, due to the generosity of folks at the race, I am committing to at least one porta-potty regardless of the golf course situation. Depending on cost... maybe 2!
Feel free to leave a comment about anything you might want to change (seriously... we may not listen, but we're open to listening and thinking things through), or if there is something you really would hate to see changed.


It's easy to say right now, but the general feeling from Ragnarok central is that there will be a 9th edition in 2016. We'll see if we can settle on a date sooner than later so you can pencil it in.


Thanks again and have a great rest of your 2015!


Isaac