Wednesday, March 8, 2017

April 1 is coming up!!

Sorry for the bit of radio silence, work has been (and continues to be) crazy busy and we just moved across town this past weekend. So there has been a lot of stuff going on!

But!

We're under a month away to the big day now. Hopefully you've been logging those miles... or eating those donuts to give you the energy to persevere over the nasty roads that the Rok has to offer.

Course Update!:

The course will be the same as in the past few years. As always life gets in the way of making changes. There is a small change to the end of the course that I hope to get into the 2018 running (if there is a 2018 running) that would add in some not even minimum maintenance road. Just a little nugget.

The main roads should be fast and good to go like normal. We got a foot of snow a week and a half ago so things at the moment are sloppy on the MMR sections. The storms, rain, and then incessant wind we've had the last couple days will be helping dry everything up. Minnesota weather is fickle though so who knows what is in store for the weeks leading up to the race.

Checkpoints will be at the same locations as always. Zumbro Falls (a bit under 40 miles in) and Lake City (right around 80ish miles in). There are convenience stores on the route fairly close to the checkpoints (in Zumbro Falls the one actually on the course is after, though there is one before too... in Lake City is just a bit before the checkpoint).

Other notes:

As I always say: You are responsible for yourself! This is a ride on open roads.

You MUST ride within your limits, obey all posted signs, not trespass, stop at stop signs, etc.

Please don't litter! I know that you'll see a few discarded Natty Ice cans along the way, but don't make more of a mess. I (and those who help me out) like to ride on these very same roads, and don't want to give anyone a chance to think "those darn cyclists".

If you have a mechanical, or need to drop out.... HAVE A PLAN! We are not responsible for any sort of taxi service. We are a small rag tag crew that has to be all over the course for other reasons. We ask that you call me to report that you are dropping out, but other than that you need to have a bail out plan. I cannot stress this enough. You need to be ready for any situation, no matter the weather, etc.

Start and Finish:

We'll be at Mississippi National Golf Links again for the start and finish. Try and park in the "lower" section of the lot. Try and just take one space as well. If the weather is nice they will also want to be golfing so I don't want to affect them too much as they don't ask for anything from us in return. Note, I believe that they now have made to order food along with beer, pop, etc. So your post-ride refueling may have gotten easier.

Night before check in:

I need to confirm the location, but we will have some night before check-in somewhere in Red Wing (either Downtown or at the Brewery or something... details are being hammered out).

What am I missing? Feel free to ask in comments or on whatever social media I'm not ignoring at the moment...

Thanks

Isaac

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Official Rok Roster - 2017

So, I tried a new way of doing the lottery this year. And with the small number of unlucky people this year (earlier race date? getting bored with it? sick of not just getting in like many other races? who knows) I just pulled up www.random.org and started pulling numbers (since Excel had the rows numbered... it was easy!). If your number came up, you were put on the waiting list. Sorry! If it makes you feel any better I think we went through about 50 waiters all told last year. So I would be shocked if I didn't end up notifying all of the waiters that they are in by the end of Feb.

Having said that... if you are on the official roster and can't make it. LET ME KNOW by emailing isaac.m.giesen AT gmail DOT com. I can then get you off of the list and move someone in.

I will not be accepting any email requests to be added to the waiting list. So if you aren't on either the Roster or Wait List... you are out of luck. Lots of other great rides though. So don't sell your bike just yet!

Without further ado:

ROSTER

Abel, Matthew
Anderson, Bruce
Anderson, Jon
Backman, Daniel
Bakker, Carl
Barr, Megan
Bell, David
Bell, Pete
Belz, Rob
Benton, Joel
Berhane, Hanah
Berkland, Sam
Birkemeier, Ryan
Braasch, Grant
Brager, Luke
Bushendorf, Jeff
Bushinski, Mark
Callas, Bill
Carey, Andrew

Carroll, Paul
Cary, Neal (O)

Clark, James
Clausen, Ted
Condon, Cody
Cotter, Shawn
Cox, Ben
Cure, Bob
Curtis, Rick
Davis, Kyle
Deckert, Steven
DeMars, Joe
Denis, Charles
Denis, Matt
Dingemans, Max
Donovan, Jack
Doom, Ben
Dorow, Linda
Dresler, Dennis
Earley, Ken
Egbers, John
Eikenberry, Nicole


El Medkouri, Mohammed
Elson, Brandt
Engen, Mark
Engen, Matt
Erickson, Thomas
Estes, Lynn (???)
Everstone, Hurl

Foster, Todd
Fournier, Maggy
Funke, Dan
Gaffke, Dustin
Garrett, Jim
Greenwaldt, Tyler
Gruhn, Leah
Hamlin, Joe
Hathaway, Eric
Haye, Jeff
Hedin, Cory
Hest, Robert
Hey, Ben
Hippen, Scott
Hoffard, Timothy
Hoogendam, Ian
Hunter, Melissa
Johnson, Kirk
Jungers, Jake
Karnopp, Roger
Karow, Eddie
Kern, Jon
Kies, Scott
Knox, Dave
Kueffer, Dan
Kueffer, Fred
Kvittum, Brent
Lageson, Andy
Lalonde, Jesse
Lalonde, Mark
Landreville, Michael


Larson, Mara
Lee, Mike
Lemke, Nicholas
Lewis, Tim
Lien, Brent
Lindberg, Gary
Loosen, Ted
Loye, Jon
Mailen, Sean
Mandel, Jeff
Matalamaki, John

McDaniel, Kent
Meiser, Joe
Meulebroeck, Scott
Mohr, Jere
Mosimann, Rob
Nederloe, Tryg
Nichols, Joel
Nickles, Ray
Nygård, Jonas
O'Neill, Jeff
Oney, Ben
Parsons, Charles
Perez, Jose
Peterson, David

Peterson, Paul
Pettes, Jeff

Pletka, Bruce
Rambow, Meredith
Rasmussen, Bryce


Riley, Matt
Ringold, Tom
Ringuette, Jim
Roenfanz, Parker
Roeser, Josh "Pork Chop"
Rogers, Cole
Sauber, Larry
Schad, Charlie
Schlinz, Kyle
Schneider, Jay
Schneider, Joshua
Schulz, Thad
Seaburg, Mark
Seipp, Carrie
Shanafelt, Todd
Sheedy, Patrick
Sheldrake, John

Shouse, Corey
Shupe, Jeff
Sobota, Kyle
Soltis, Steve
St. Pierre, Sam
Strate, Chelsea
Stringfield, Ryan
Stuckman, Chris
Stunek, Kurt
Sundquist, Christian
Thornton, Jeremy
Thueringer, Frank

Tobias, Sam
Tri, Charly
Tuma, Robert
Van Ryswyk, Jeremie
Venteicher, Lee
Vold, Sveta
Watchmaker, Todd
Watercott, Mike
Webb, Matt
Weeks, David
Weinzierl, Andy
Weisbrod, Heath
Wentz, Lindsay
Wentz, Nathan
Williams, Rob
Wilson, Drew
Wolf, Charles
Woll, Dan
Woods, Brian
Worley, T.C.

Zylstra, Ken

WAIT LIST (with horrible formatting... hooray for blooger!)


empty... closed up.... no more...


Thanks again and get training! OR not! As long as you remember that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU I'm good with any level of readiness!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Two days to get your card postmarked!

Just two days to get your card postmarked so you can get in the lottery.

I'll probably wait until January 7th or so to actually do the lottery (assuming we get over 150 cards) just to make sure we don't miss any one.

At this time, I won't be accepting any late cards or email grovels this year. I tried to accomodate as many folks as possible last year and (mainly due to my own bad organizational skills) it became a headache keeping things straight. Depending on how the last bit goes maybe I'll come up with something, but not a given.

Have a great rest of the year 2016 and a boffo start to 2017!

Friday, December 23, 2016

List of Lottery Entrants

**Update** The final list of entrants... deciding if I bother with the lottery pomp and circumstance or just let everyone in. I know for a fact that 20-30 people will invariably dropout before the day... so we'll always end up below the 150

To those that sent in a card late. You'll get put on the waiting list and I'll pop you onto the roster as people drop off.

NOTE THAT THIS ISN'T THE OFFICIAL RACE ROSTER YET!

in alphabetical order of your last name:


Abel, Matthew
Anderson, Bruce
Anderson, Jon
Backman, Daniel
Bakker, Carl
Barr, Megan
Bell, Pete
Belz, Rob
Benton, Joel
Berhane, Hanah
Berkland, Sam
Birkemeier, Ryan
Braasch, Grant
Brown, Derek
Bushendorf, Jeff
Bushinski, Mark
Callas, Bill
Carey, Andrew
Carlton, Philip
Carroll, Paul
Cary, Neal (O)
Casey, Mike
Clark, James
Clausen, Ted
Condon, Cody
Cotter, Shawn
Cox, Ben
Cure, Bob
Curtis, Rick
Dana, Kevin
Davis, Kyle
Deckert, Steven
DeMars, Joe
Denis, Charles
Denis, Matt
Dingemans, Max
Donovan, Jack
Doom, Ben
Dorow, Linda
Dresler, Dennis
Earley, Ken
Egbers, John
Eikenberry, Nicole
Eising, Scott
Eklund, Lukas
El Medkouri, Mohammed
Elson, Brandt
Engen, Mark
Engen, Matt
Erickson, Thomas
Estes, Lynn (???)
Everstone, Hurl
Fetzer, Matt
Foster, Todd
Fournier, Maggy
Funke, Dan
Gaffke, Dustin
Greenwaldt, Tyler
Gruhn, Leah
Hamlin, Joe
Hathaway, Eric
Haye, Jeff
Hedin, Cory
Hest, Robert
Hey, Ben
Hippen, Scott
Hoffard, Timothy
Hoogendam, Ian
Hunter, Melissa
Johnson, Kirk
Karnopp, Roger
Karow, Eddie
Kern, Jon
Kies, Scott
Knox, Dave
Kueffer, Dan
Kueffer, Fred
Lalonde, Mark
Landreville, Michael
Larson, Mara
Lee, Mike
Lewis, Jared
Lewis, Tim
Lien, Brent
Lindberg, Gary
Loosen, Ted
Loye, Jon
Mailen, Sean
Malanaphy, Maury
Matalamaki, John
Mayer, Fred
McDaniel, Kent
Meiser, Joe
Meulebroeck, Scott
Mohr, Jere
Mosimann, Rob
Nederloe, Tryg
Nichols, Joel
Nickles, Ray
Nygård, Jonas
O'Neill, Jeff
Parenteau, Roger
Parsons, Charles
Peterson, David
Peterson, Erik
Peterson, Paul
Pettes, Jeff
Phernetton, Michael
Pletka, Bruce
Rambow, Meredith
Rasmussen, Bryce
Raygor, Trenton
Reitz, Andrew
Riley, Matt
Ringold, Tom
Ringuette, Jim
Roenfanz, Parker
Roeser, Josh "Pork Chop"
Rogers, Cole
Sauber, Larry
Schad, Charlie
Schlinz, Kyle
Schneider, Jay
Schneider, Joshua
Schulz, Thad
Seaburg, Mark
Seipp, Carrie
Sheedy, Patrick
Sheldrake, John
Shepherd, Bob
Shouse, Corey
Shupe, Jeff
Sobota, Kyle
Soltis, Steve
St. Pierre, Sam
Strachan, David
Stringfield, Ryan
Stuckman, Chris
Stunek, Kurt
Sundquist, Christian
Thornton, Jeremy
Thueringer, Frank
Tiede, Travis
Tobias, Sam
Tuma, Robert
Van Ryswyk, Jeremie
Venteicher, Lee
Ward-Packard, Ezra
Watchmaker, Todd
Watercott, Mike
Webb, Matt
Weeks, David
Weinzierl, Andy
Weisbrod, Heath
Wentz, Lindsay
Wentz, Nathan
Williams, Rob
Wilson, Drew
Wolf, Charles
Woll, Dan
Woods, Brian
Worley, T.C.
Yore, Steve
Zylstra, Ken

For sure waiting list:

Jungers, Jake
Lageson, Andy
Lemke, Nicholas
Mandel, Jeff
Perez, Jose
Strate, Chelsea
Vold, Sveta

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The 2017 Registration Post

Hi all!

This will be mostly a copy/paste job since no actual details have changed to get into the lottery.

Here are the details, from now until December 31 (postmarked by):

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. 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. Don't be worried yet, I'll try and do it this weekend (work is crazy busy).

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.

10) Happy Holidays!

Friday, October 14, 2016

2017 Ragnarok...

So... our little ride/race turns 10!

The plans as they sit right now:

When: April 1, 2017

Details: Pretty much same as always. Work, little kids and potential new houses mean that the free time to tweak the course is about zero. But that isn't really a bad thing anyways. I do have some feelers out about some private property less than minimum maintenance roads that I may be able to easily incorporate towards the end of the course... so maybe some new crap for y'all!

I'll post up registration lottery details in the next month.

Thanks!

Isaac

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Some photos

Larry and Andrew took a few photos of the event... some are pretty solid!

Here is a link: Ragnarok 2016 photos