Sunday, January 14, 2018

Official Roster for 2018

We talked with some folks at Mississippi National and they were excited about hosting again and encouraged us to open it up to a few more people. I sort of can't believe that I'm doing it, but we're going to expand to 200+ riders so everyone gets in. NOTE... there is no waitlist. BUT!!! Every rider is an expense (which I am fine with) so if you know that you will not be there on the 7th. Let me know ASAP!

Anderson, Jon
Ayala, Daniel
Ayala, Erin
Baker, Brett
Bakker, Carl
Barr, Megan
Baskakov, Alexey
Bell, David
Bell, Pete
Belz, Rob
Benton, Joel
Berkland, Sam
Birkemeier, Ryan
Black, Joe
Boehnlein, Michael
Braasch, Grant
Brager, Luke
Braun, Henry
Breen, Luke
Brendal, Randy
Brown, Gary
Brown, Robert
Bruns, Micah
Busacker, Brett
Bushendorf, Jeff
Bushinski, Mark
Callas, Bill
Carline, John
Carlson, Derek
Carroll, Paul
Cary, Neil
Casey, Mike
Chose, Rob
Christiansen, Matt
Clausen, Ted
Cotter, Shawn
Cox, Benjamin
Curtis, Rick
Dana, Kevin
Davis, Kyle
Deckert, Steven
Delaney, Brian
DeMars, Joe
Denis, Charles
Dingemans, Max
Donovan, Jack
Doom, Ben
Earley, Ken
Eastlund, Alan
Egbers, John
Ehlers, Scott
Eklund, Lukas
Emerson-Kramer, Jon
Erickson, Thomas
Evans, Greg
Fandel, Chris
Flynn, Martha
Foster, Todd
Fournier, Maggie
Frane, Jeffrey
Funke, Dan
Gaffke, Dustin
Gamble, Josh
Garrett, Jim
Gauron, Chris
Gibson, Madalyn
Good, Nathan
Green, Robert
Greenwaldt, Tyler
Greimel, Kevin
Groskreutz, Michael
Gruhn, Leah
Haala, Andrew
Hackensack, Gnate
Halfaker, Aaron
Halstrom, Mark
Hathaway, Eric
Haye, Jeff
Hedin, Cory
Henkemeyer, Jeff
Hennig, Kristopher
Hest, Robert
Hey, Ben
Hippen, Scott
Hoch, John
Hoffard, Timothy
Hoogenakker, Kirsten
Hoogendam, Ian
Hoover, Rachael
Houser, Emily
Hudson-Erdman, Jonah William
Hustad, Risa
Ivey, Gregory
Johnson, Aaron
Jungers, Jacob
Karow, Eddie
Kauth, James
Kelly, Chad
Kelly, Justin
Kern, Jon
Kies, Scott
Knox, Dave
Koeneman, Brian
Kremer, Nathan
Kunshier, Jason AND Bohan, Patricia (Tandem)
Kurke, Matt
Landreville, Michael
Lane, Jon
Larson, Ryan
Lee, Mike
Lemke, Nick
Lewis, Jared
Lewis, Tim
Lindberg, Gary
Loosen, Ted
Loye, Jon
Marshall, Sandy
Marshall, Steve
Maxwell, Shane
McCormick, Michael
McDaniel, Kent
Mealhouse, Greg
Millner, Chad
Mohr, Jere
Molnar, Josh
Moore, Cameron
Moore, Matt
Morrow, Andrew
Mosiman, Rob
Nickles, Ray
Nickleski, Todd
Nohr, Michael
Nygård, Jonas
O'Laughlin, Matt
Olson, Tina
Olzer, Rachel
O'Neill, Jeff
Paglia, Nick
Parsons, Charles
Petersen, Andrew
Peterson, Paul
Pettes, Jeff
Pletka, Bruce
Pramann, David
Quinn, Nicholas
Rambow, Meredith
Raygor, Trenton
Riley, Matt
Ringold, Tom
Ringuette, Jim
Rinkleff, Franz
Roeser, Josh "Pork Chop"
Rumley, Justin
Rupnow, Jason
Sauber, Lawrence E.
Schad, Charlie
Schneider, Jay
Schuetz, Justin
Schulz, Thad
Seipp, Carrie
Sheedy, Patrick
Shoemaker, Darryl
Shouse, Corey
Shupe, Jeff
Simon, Brian
Sobota, Kyle
Soltis, Steven
Sportel, Ryan
St. Pierre, Sam
Stephens, Joe
Stinson, Ren
Strachan, David
Strate, Chelsea
Stringfield, Ryan
Stroeing, Scott
Stuckman, Chris
Stunek, Kurt
Sundheim, David
Suurmeyer, Jill
Swenson, Scott
Tiede, Travis
Tobias, Sam
Tri, Charly
Urbanski, Paul
Van Santan, Luke
Ver Steegh, Jonathan
Vold, Sveta
Voltzke, Brandon
Ward-Packard, Ezra
Watchmaker, Todd
Watercott, Mike
Weaver, Ben
Webb, Matt
Weeks, David
Weeks, Isaac
Weinzierl, Andy
Weisbrod, Heath
Welch, Brian
Wentz, Lindsay
Wentz, Nathan
Werst, Kim
Whipple, Danny
Williams, Robert
Wilson, Drew
Wilson, Kurtis
Windschitl, Holly
Winfield, Dee Dee
Wolf, Charles
Woll, Dan
Wood, Luke
Woods, Brian
Woods, Thomas F.
Yore, Steven
Youngwerth, Jenny
Zeigle, Paul
Zettler, Lee
Zylstra, Ken

I'll figure out one or two additional ways to get checked in the day before or something similar to try and make the morning of manageable for us. NOTE: If the extra riders overwhelm, we're reserving the right to pull back. If people aren't on the list and "poach" the course. The same applies. If people are dorks through checkpoints.... the same applies. If people don't come prepared to be responsible for themselves... the same applies... etc. etc.

Friday, December 15, 2017

List of Postcards

THIS IS THE FINAL LIST - PRE-LOTTERY - if you sent in a card and don't see your name, sorry. I didn't receive it. Lottery will commence early/mid next week as the kids are going crazy with this cold weather!

Anderson, Jon
Ayala, Daniel
Ayala, Erin
Baker, Brett
Bakker, Carl
Barr, Megan
Baskakov, Alexey
Bell, David
Bell, Pete
Belz, Rob
Benton, Joel
Berkland, Sam
Birkemeier, Ryan
Black, Joe
Boehnlein, Michael
Braasch, Grant
Brager, Luke
Braun, Henry
Breen, Luke
Brendal, Randy
Brown, Gary
Brown, Robert
Bruns, Micah
Busacker, Brett
Bushendorf, Jeff
Bushinski, Mark
Callas, Bill
Carline, John
Carlson, Derek
Carroll, Paul
Cary, Neil
Casey, Mike
Chose, Rob
Christiansen, Matt
Clausen, Ted
Cotter, Shawn
Cox, Benjamin
Curtis, Rick
Dana, Kevin
Davis, Kyle
Deckert, Steven
Delaney, Brian
DeMars, Joe
Denis, Charles
Dingemans, Max
Donovan, Jack
Doom, Ben
Earley, Ken
Eastlund, Alan
Egbers, John
Ehlers, Scott
Eklund, Lukas
Emerson-Kramer, Jon
Erickson, Thomas
Evans, Greg
Fandel, Chris
Flynn, Martha
Foster, Todd
Fournier, Maggie
Frane, Jeffrey
Funke, Dan
Gaffke, Dustin
Gamble, Josh
Garrett, Jim
Gauron, Chris
Gibson, Madalyn
Good, Nathan
Green, Robert
Greenwaldt, Tyler
Greimel, Kevin
Groskreutz, Michael
Gruhn, Leah
Haala, Andrew
Hackensack, Gnate
Halfaker, Aaron
Halstrom, Mark
Hathaway, Eric
Haye, Jeff
Hedin, Cory
Henkemeyer, Jeff
Hennig, Kristopher
Hest, Robert
Hey, Ben
Hippen, Scott
Hoch, John
Hoffard, Timothy
Hoogenakker, Kirsten
Hoogendam, Ian
Hoover, Rachael
Houser, Emily
Hudson-Erdman, Jonah William
Hustad, Risa
Ivey, Gregory
Johnson, Aaron
Jungers, Jacob
Karow, Eddie
Kauth, James
Kelly, Chad
Kelly, Justin
Kern, Jon
Kies, Scott
Knox, Dave
Koeneman, Brian
Kremer, Nathan
Kunshier, Jason AND Bohan, Patricia (Tandem)
Kurke, Matt
Landreville, Michael
Lane, Jon
Larson, Ryan
Lee, Mike
Lemke, Nick
Lewis, Jared
Lewis, Tim
Lindberg, Gary
Loosen, Ted
Loye, Jon
Marshall, Sandy
Marshall, Steve
McCormick, Michael
McDaniel, Kent
Mealhouse, Greg
Millner, Chad
Mohr, Jere
Molnar, Josh
Moore, Cameron
Moore, Matt
Morrow, Andrew
Mosiman, Rob
Nickles, Ray
Nickleski, Todd
Nygård, Jonas
O'Laughlin, Matt
Olson, Tina
Olzer, Rachel
O'Neill, Jeff
Paglia, Nick
Parsons, Charles
Petersen, Andrew
Peterson, Paul
Pettes, Jeff
Pletka, Bruce
Pramann, David
Quinn, Nicholas
Rambow, Meredith
Raygor, Trenton
Riley, Matt
Ringold, Tom
Ringuette, Jim
Rinkleff, Franz
Roeser, Josh "Pork Chop"
Rumley, Justin
Rupnow, Jason
Sauber, Lawrence E.
Schad, Charlie
Schneider, Jay
Schuetz, Justin
Schulz, Thad
Seipp, Carrie
Sheedy, Patrick
Shoemaker, Darryl
Shouse, Corey
Shupe, Jeff
Simon, Brian
Sobota, Kyle
Soltis, Steven
Sportel, Ryan
St. Pierre, Sam
Stephens, Joe
Stinson, Ren
Strachan, David
Strate, Chelsea
Stringfield, Ryan
Stroeing, Scott
Stuckman, Chris
Stunek, Kurt
Sundheim, David
Suurmeyer, Jill
Swenson, Scott
Tiede, Travis
Tobias, Sam
Tri, Charly
Urbanski, Paul
Van Santan, Luke
Ver Steegh, Jonathan
Vold, Sveta
Voltzke, Brandon
Ward-Packard, Ezra
Watchmaker, Todd
Watercott, Mike
Weaver, Ben
Webb, Matt
Weeks, David
Weeks, Isaac
Weinzierl, Andy
Weisbrod, Heath
Welch, Brian
Wentz, Lindsay
Wentz, Nathan
Werst, Kim
Williams, Robert
Wilson, Drew
Wilson, Kurtis
Windschitl, Holly
Winfield, Dee Dee
Wolf, Charles
Woll, Dan
Wood, Luke
Woods, Brian
Woods, Thomas F.
Yore, Steven
Youngwerth, Jenny
Zeigle, Paul
Zettler, Lee
Zylstra, Ken

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2018 Registration Process

So, we're planning on running this doozy of a ride/race again in 2018. The date that we've picked out is April 7. One whole week later than last year so you can expect 70 degrees and sunny. If you have any questions about what the event is... just peruse this horrible blogspot website. Lots of info to be gleaned. Otherwise feel free to ask here or send me an email at isaac.m.giesen@gmail.com

Here is how you can throw your name into the hat to get into the historic 11th edition:

From November 24 (Black Friday) until December 30 (postmarked by):

1 ) Please send a STANDARD POSTCARD to:

Ragnarok 105 c/o
Isaac Giesen
5595 Cannondale Court
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. Goofy sized cards stack the deck one way or the other...

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

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

I'll start a post that will list everyone who has gotten into the lottery.

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 a total 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) You must send in a card YOURSELF! If I see that the same person has sent in multiple cards for different folks, then those cards are going in the trash. There is a requirement to write out "I am responsible for myself" and it pretty much defeats the purpose of that if you can't even be bothered to send in your own card.

7) We will cap the roster at 150 riders. 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. I will keep all those not pulled in the lottery on a waiting list. Last year EVERYONE on the waiting list got in (though some were very late notice so couldn't make it).

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

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Official Thanks Post

So... I finally got the results posted. It only took a week! Life certainly gets busy!

A few things, since I didn't really do a proper spewing of thanks and thoughts after the big day.

1) 2018....

As of right now, I would say that we're 95% going to hold an 11th edition of this beast. Most likely it will be April 7th. Obviously a lot can happen in a year!

My goal will be to come up with a few changes in the cue sheets. Mainly I am a technological caveman and the rise of folks navigating 100% with their GPS is disconcerting to me in some way. If I'm going to print off 150 cue sheets, I want people to have to use them darn it! (Not faulting those that didn't use them this year, I didn't curtail any use of them in such manner, so no harm done... it's all just me being a curmudgeon.)

2) 2017 Thank you list (not in any order)

A) My wife, kids, and mom and dad. Their patience with me leading up to the race, help at checkpoints, and babysitting assistance all make the day happen.

B) The riders! You all are a joy to put through the agony that is the Rok. It is humbling that folks would keep coming back year after year when we provide so little of the outside stuff (such as actual support, swag, food, water, etc).

C) Mississippi National! I don't know if 1 person actually ended up going in and buying food/beer. They were open for golfers and we used up almost 2/3 of their parking lot. And they were asking what more they could do next year to make it better.... That says a lot!

D) Red Wing Brewery! I totally forgot about the night before check-in until a couple of days before. They were happy to host even with essentially no notice. They are small, and we sort of jam up things... but they are happy to have us every year.

E) Jake! Even though life happened and he had to leave for personal reasons, that he would fly from CO just to help out says everything you need to know. We may be trying to start a ride out in the Front Range sometime in the next couple years...

F) Larry! The help on the day of is always much appreciated! The groundwork that he did in the early Rok editions has made them go smoothly even as he has stepped away from the organizing of it.

G) Mark Stevenson and Chris Skogen! Trans-Iowa was what lit the fire in our bellies, and the first Almanzo was what told us that it could be done.

Anyways... this'll probably be the last blog post here for a while unless I get out on some recon rides for next year. Good luck to all that are planning on doing any of the great rides that are around here. If you have questions about gravel routes, suggestions for making the Rok better, etc. Feel free to drop me an email... isaac.m.giesen@gmail.com

Thanks and have a great year!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017 Results

Here are the results from last week. Sorry for the delay in posting! It was a fun day and I hope that everyone had a goo
Place Rider # Name Time of Day
1 123 Drew Wilson 1:12
2 147 Ian  Hoogendam 1:14
3 144 Mark Lalonde 1:27
4 181 Nathan Wentz 1:27
5 182 Nicholas Lemke 1:27
6 129 Rick Curtis 1:41
7 170 Todd Foster 1:49
8 101 Brandt Elson 1:50
9 184 Dennis Dresler 1:52
10 141 Joe Meiser 1:55
11 187 Christian Sundquist 1:57
12 198 Ben Hey 2:02
13 193 Charles Wolf 2:02
14 196 Ryan Birkemeier 2:02
15 192 Kyle Sobota 2:06
16 188 Scott Hippen 2:06
17 202 Paul Carroll 2:06
18 159 Dustin Gaffke 2:09
19 161 Steven Deckert 2:09
20 185 Matthew Abel 2:09
21 190 Larry Sauber 2:11
22 120 Matt Riley 2:11
23 163 Steve Soltis 2:23
24 199 Jake Jungers 2:29
25 133 Todd Shanafelt 2:32
26 165 Todd Matchmaker 2:32
27 183 Carrie Seipp 2:34
28 149 Tyler Greenwaldt 2:35
29 142 Ryan Stringfield 2:35
30 143 Sean Mailen 2:37
31 136 Josh Roeser 2:37
32 191 Jeff Shupe 2:41
33 112 Ben Cox 2:41
34 208 Jeff Bushendorf 2:42
35 153 Megan Barr 2:43
36 160 Robert Hest 2:44
37 131 David Weeks 2:44
38 135 Ken Earley 2:45
39 111 Joel Benton 2:45
40 162 Ted Clausen 2:47
41 195 Jeff O'Neill 2:54
42 148 Lee Venteicher 3:02
43 175 Bruce Anderson 3:02
44 205 Joe DeMars 3:06
45 169 Chelsea Strate 3:07
46 172 Luke Brager 3:09
47 173 Jim Garrett 3:09
48 138 Jay Schneider 3:14
49 204 Meredith Rambow 3:14
50 128 Eric Hathaway 3:17
51 126 Mike Watercott 3:17
52 178 Rob Mosimann 3:17
53 124 Maggy Fournier 3:20
54 125 Kent McDaniel 3:20
55 104 Sam Tobias 3:24
56 151 Charles Denis 3:28
57 152 Chris Stuckman 3:31
58 107 Eddie Karow 3:36
59 121 Shawn Cotter 3:36
60 137 Randy Brendal 3:38
61 130 Jonas Nygard 3:38
62 116 Jere Mohr 3:39
63 113 Gary Lindberg 3:39
64 194 Kyle Davis 3:42
65 211 Ken Zylstra 3:43
66 115 Leah Gruhn 3:44
67 134 Dave Knox 3:46
68 186 Tom Ringold 3:46
69 167 Michael Landreville 3:49
70 166 Thomas Erickson 3:49
71 110 Heath Weisbrod 3:51
72 155 Bill Callas 3:51
73 201 Matt Engen 3:54
74 118 Jon Loye 3:54
75 200 Rob Belz 3:55
76 145 Melissa Hunter 3:55
77 158 Andrew Carey 3:57
78 109 Ray Nickels 4:01
79 157 Ben Oney 4:02
80 212 Mark Bushinski 4:06
81 164 Charles Parsons 4:06
82 119 Jon Anderson 4:09
83 156 Bob Cure 4:14
84 105 Andy Wienzierl 4:16
85 180 Robert Tuma 4:16
86 179 Jeff Pettes 4:16
87 206 Ryan Bunkmeyer 4:18
88 209 Daniel Backman 4:20
89 108 John Egbers 4:29
90 177 Lindsay Wentz 4:31
91 171 Cole Rogers 4:39
92 168 Mark Seaburg 4:39
93 139 Jim Ringuette 4:42
94 189 Patrick Sheedy 5:04
95 207 Dan Funke 5:04
96 210 Eric Wiesenberger 5:30
97 102 Kurt Stunek 5:46
98 103 Brain Woods 5:46
99 150 Jermey Thornton 5:49
100 114 Bruce Pletka 5:57
101 122 Matt Webb 6:13
102 203 Max Dingemans 6:50
103 106 Scott Kies 6:51
104 132 Dan Woll 7:17
DNF 140 Frank Thueringer  
DNF 127 Charly Tri  
DNF 117 David Bell  
DNF 154 Derek Van de Velde  
DNF 197 Timothy Hoffard  
DNF 174 Mark Engen  
DNF 146 Matt Denis  
DNF 176 Ted Loosen  



Friday, April 7, 2017

Next Year

While it is far from a done deal, the 11th running of the Rok will most likely be on April 7th next year.

Some initial thoughts in that vein:

1) Most likely will have most of the same details (start, finish, checkpoints)

2) I really want to change the course even just a bit. That may mean the Zumbro Bottoms are lost. Maybe not. Or I might stay super busy at work and home and the course will stay the same.

3) Will probably keep the roster limit at 150. This year I don't think we actually ended up turning away anyone, so it was pretty good.

4) I need to contact Zumbro Falls and Lake City next year and inquire about the porta-potty and little bathroom respectively. They have been open/there in the past, but not consistently.

This weekend while the kids are napping (I hope they nap!) I'll tally up the results and get them posted. Sorry for the delay!

And for no reason at all... a picture of our 4 yo son riding some gravel by our new house (not on course)



Friday, March 31, 2017

Some notes as I get excited for tomorrow

I dug this up from years ago... still holds true...

Many of you have ridden in gravel centuries/events before, and those that haven't have probably put on at least a few miles on the dusty/muddy/icy dirt roads this winter/spring... but some things to have in the back of your head while riding this weekend:

- Please obey all road signs. If the sign says stop. Please do so.
- It's a long race so be smart about bombing down hills and whatnot.... it's a gas, but always ride within yourself.
- When cresting a hill, or going around a blind corner always ride to the right side of the road.
- Gravel is a very inconsistent surface to ride on. For the most part the roads of Goodhue and Wabasha counties are premium surfaces to ride on. Patches of frost heaves, loose gravel, mud will still pop up though, so be prepared! Right now ice is even a possibility, though the temps this week should help in that respect.
- Dogs. In general the dogs we've ran across while riding this spring have been well behaved. Watch out though. Even when they are just trying to be friendly they can cause a crash.
- Be respectful of others. We're using the roads, but they are not closed and they are not solely ours. Don't litter. Smile at folks. Wave. Goodhue and Wabasha counties have been happy to give us permission to run the race so far. Let's not give them reason to change their minds.
- Be prepared. There is roughly 40-45 miles between civilization and in some of the valleys you probably will not get good cell reception/coverage. The organizers of the race also are not responsible for providing you with a way out if you get in trouble.
- You are responsible for you. We won't have piles of tubes, water, gel packs etc. We will not drive all over picking people up who have to drop out for whatever reason.
- Please have a working blinky red rear light and some sort of blinky white front light.


Do you have any questions about cue sheets? Well... here is a great primer...

http://ragnarok105.blogspot.com/2011/03/cue-sheets-101.html

See you tonight or tomorrow!