Sunday, March 24, 2019

Two weeks to go!

Two weeks to go. If I can believe the forecast (both meteorological and river level) I think the course should actually be pretty good. The MMRs most likely will be quagmires, but nothing that vets won't be used to. The roads themselves are awesome right now.

I'm still monitoring the Zumbro and will be ready to make some major adjustments if need be.

I'll be confirming a few things this week, but for those of you who come down Friday night, assume the same plan as always and that night before check-in will be available if you'd like. Most likely 7:30-9:30 or something. Just need to confirm location.

On the big day we'll be set up around 6 am in the LOWER lot of Mississippi National Golf Links. Try and park nice. If the weather stays warm there is at least a non-zero chance that the course could be open... they are happy to have us, but I also want to affect their day as little as possible (unless people are heading in for beer/food/etc.).

Please be checked in by 7:15 or so. We'll have some last minute announcements and then try and start as close to 7:30 as possible. Neutral roll out until we hit gravel.

For those that are new to the event know that we hit the first climb of the day pretty much from the start. This strings things out pretty well, but please be mindful of everyone around you as you begin your descent. It can be a little squirrely and there tends to be random animals wandering around at the base of the hill.

Some notes:

1) The weather and work has kept me from making my normal multiple drives/walks/rides of the course to triple check the cue sheets. This MAY mean we just go with the "standard" course. I'm sure most of you will probably actually like that, and any changes made to the course would really only be to make the Garmin files that are out there obsolete and wrong. We pretty much hit the areas and climbs that I want to showcase....
2) There are a lot of hills and descents. Please ride within yourself! When going around corners or approaching the tops of hills be aware that any oncoming car cannot see you either and will definitely not really be expecting to see you. Ride to the right. Ride safe. Ride smart.
3) Don't litter. The quiet roads that we love to ride may have the random Busch Light suitcase in the ditch, but try and keep the litter to just that. Also, if you happen to need to use the bathroom please don't do it right in front of someone's house. There are plenty of remote places to go #1 (or 2!).
4) YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF! What does this mean? This is an organized ride but we require you to sign a waiver stating that you are responsible for yourself and we mean it. Are you lost? Figure it out. Bike break down? Legs break down? Etc Etc. Have a plan! We cannot be everyone's support vehicle. Obviously we know the area well and will do what we can, but you need to be aware of what is going on and have a plan if things don't go as planned.
5) We require you to have a helmet and prefer you to also have blinky lights.
6) CHECKPOINTS! Zumbro Falls and Lake City are the checkpoints again. Feel free to have someone there with support. These are the two places that we allow outside support. Both towns have convenience stores to use for restocking food and water if need be. The past couple of years there have been no port-a-potties in either place (and in LC the bathroom has been locked). So, if you need the facilities, again CONVENIENCE STORE!
7) Checkpoints part two - PLEASE SLOW DOWN IN/THROUGH THE CHECKPOINT! It makes our day much less stressful if we can easily see your number, write it down, and know roughly where you are.
8) Cue Sheets... I'll resurrect the post on how to read them. Each leg of the ride fits on an 8x11 sheet. We fold them in quarters and voila... easy to stash/clip/read tulip notes.

Post up any questions you might have...

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Official Waitlist - Sorry!

I always feel bad about the waitlist... but I get terrified trying to keep track of everything with more and more people out on the roads, so I don't know that we're going to grow anytime soon... So without further ado... the waitlist.

Historically we have had a lot more drops than we have this year. And this year we have more snow, so I don't know if everyone has a fat bike and is getting extra fit or what...

Please let me know if you cannot make it on the 6th! The people on this list would really appreciate it!

Brady Mueller
Brian Johnson
Jim Garrett
Justin Schuetz
Martha Flynn
Chis Van Ert
Gregory Ivey
Christopher Tallin
Dan Funke
Kevin Greimel
Jeff O'Neill
Scott Klein
Steve Bailey
Jon Kern
Kurtis Wilson
Charles Denis
Aaron Halfaker
Bob Stoltz
Rob Chose
Thomas Erickson
Benjamin Tallin
Dave Katzmann
Tina Olson
Brian Bernard
Sam Tobias
Brett Sloma
Cody Condon
Ted Loosen
Mike Lee
Jared Lewis
Thomas Woods
Erica Mueller
Brenton Jaynes
Matt Christianson
Brad Birkholz

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Official Roster for 2019 - updated 3/24

UPDATED 3/24/19 8:46 PM

PLEASE LET ME KNOW via email isaac.m.giesen@gmail.com if you have to drop out.

So... without further rambling (this time in alphebetical order of LAST name):


Chap Achen
Carmen Aiken
Eric Applen
Daniel Ayala
Erin Ayala
Megan Barr
Rob Belz
Kristine Benjamin
Joel Benton
Sam Berkland
Keith Bianchi
Ryan Birkemeier
Joe Black
Grant Braasch
Luke Brager
Henry Braun
Craig Braun
Randy Brendal
Nate Brennaman
Dave Bucholtz
Brian Buelow
Sam Calkins
Mike Campbell
John Carline
Philip Carlton
Paul Carroll
Michelle Carter
Neil Cary
Joe Clark
Ted Clausen
Colleen Click
Shawn Cotter
Benjamin Cox
Rick Curtis
Kyle Davis
Steven Deckert
Joe DeMars
Dennis Dresler
Brian Dukek
Alan Eastlund
Scott Ehlers
Nate Eide
Nicole Eikenberry
Lukas Eklund
Mark Engen
Hurl Evertone
Johanna Ficatier
Paul Fickle
Todd Foster
Maggie Fournier
Richard Franco
Jeff Frane
Dustin Gaffke
Josh Gamble
Chris Gauron
Greg Gentle
James Goblirsch
Dennis Grelk
Michael Groskreutz
Trisha Groth
Leah Gruhn
John Hammje
Robert Hest
Scott Hippen
John Hoch
Timothy Hoffard
Ian Hoogendam
Angela Hop
Alexandera Houchin
Emily Houser
Veronica Hudacek
Andrew Hudacek
Risa Hustad
Mike Johnson
Jacob Jungers
Eddie Karow
James Kauth
Matthew Kramer
Justin Kremer
Matthew Kurke
Brent Kvittem
Craig Laing
Michael Landreville
Nick Lanners
Matt Lawrence
Nick Lemke
Jon Loye
Tim Lupfer
Bob Lyng
Steve Marshall
Sandy Marshall
Gabe Masiulis
Chris Matthews
Shane Maxwell
Fred Mayer
Nick McCulloch
Kent McDaniel
Garry McFarlane
Joe Meiser
Barry Meitler
Chad Millner
Jere Mohr
Josh Molnar
Marcos Montano
Ron Moore
Rob Mossimann
Chad Myhre
Dan Naef
Andrew Nepsund
Ray Nickles
Andrew Novak
Dan Novak
Jonas Nygaard
Matt O'Laughlin
Judy Olstad
Ben Oney
Charles Parsons
Jeff Pettes
David Pollitt
David Pramann
Char Psihos
Nicholas Quinn
Meredith Rambow
Bryce Rasussen
Trenton Raygor
Jim Ringuette
Franz Rinkleff
Benjamin Roshko
Lisa Rowenhorst
Larry Sauber
Jay Schneider
Kai Schutte
Caruso Shanafelt
Todd Shanafelt
Patrick Sheedy
Jason Sheldrake
Darryl Shoemaker
Corey Shouse
Jeff Shupe
Kyle Sobota
Steve Soltis
David Strachan
Chelsea Strate
Ryan Stringfield
Scott Stroeing
Scott Swenson
Chris Symons
Jeremie Van Ryswyk
Svetlana Vold
Beth Walser
Paul Warner
Todd Watchwaker
John Weatherhead
Matt Webb
Isaac Weeks
Andy Weinzierl
Nathan Wentz
Lindsay Wentz
Danny Whipple
Robert Williams
Drew Wilson
Stephen Wilson
Charles Wolf
Luke Wood
Jerry Wright
Steven Yore
Lee Zettler

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Entries so Far

UPDATED as of 12/28 - now in alphabetical order of your first names.... (no one ever said that I was good at this!)

Amanda Jorgenson
Andrew Nepsund
Andrew Novak
Andy Weinzierl
Benjamin Cox
Benjamin Roshko
Benjamin Tallin
Bill Callas
Bob Stoltz
Brent Bovitz
Brent Kvittem
Brett Sloma
Brian Bernard
Brian Dukek
Bryce Rasussen
Carl Bakker
Carmen Aiken
Chad Myhre
Chap Achen
Char Psihos
Charles Parsons
Charles Wolf
Chis Van Ert
Chris Matthews
Christopher Tallin
Craig Braun
Dan Funke
Dan Naef
Daniel Ayala
Danny Whipple
Darryl Shoemaker
Dave Bucholtz
Dave Katzmann
David Pollitt
David Pramann
David Strachan
David Weeks
Dennis Grelk
Dustin Gaffke
Eddie Karow
Eric Applen
Erin Ayala
Gabe Masiulis
Garry McFarlane
Grant Braasch
Gregory Ivey
Ian Hoogendam
Isaac Weeks
Jacob Jungers
James Kauth
Jared Lewis
Jason Sheldrake
Jay Schneider
Jeff Bushendorf
Jeff Haye
Jeff Henkemeyer
Jeff O'Neill
Jeff Pettes
Jeff Shupe
Jere Mohr
Jerry Wright
Jim Garrett
Joe Black
Joe Clark
Johanna Ficatier
John Hammje
John Hoch
Jon Loye
Jonas Nygard
Josh Gamble
Judy Olstad
Justin Kremer
Justin Schuetz
Kai Schutte
Keith Bianchi
Ken Zylstra
Kent McDaniel
Kevin Greimel
Kurtis Wilson
Leah Gruhn
Lindsay Wentz
Lukas Eklund
Luke Brager
Luke Wood
Maggie Fournier
Marcos Montano
Martha Flynn
Matt Lawrence
Matt Webb
Matthew Kurke
Meredith Rambow
Michael Landreville
Michael Nohr
Michelle Carter
Mike Campbell
Mike Johnson
Nate Brennaman
Nathan Wentz
Nicholas Quinn
Nick Lemke
Nick McCulloch
Patrick Sheedy
Paul Carroll
Paul Fickle
Randy Brendal
Ray Nickles
Rick Curtis
Rob Belz
Rob Mossimann
Ron Moore Jr.
Ryan Stringfield
Sam Berkland
Sam Tobias
Scott Ehlers
Scott Klein
Scott Stroeing
Scott Swenson
Shawn Cotter
Steven Deckert
Steven Yore
Ted Clausen
Ted Loosen
Thomas Erickson
Thomas Woods
Tim Lupfer
Timothy Hoffard
Tina Olson
Todd Foster
Todd Watchwaker
Trenton Raygor
Trisha Groth

Friday, November 30, 2018

Postcards are rolling in

A few handfuls of postcards have started to trickle in. I'll get them entered in hopefully by Sunday night and post up here so if you sent in a card you'll know that I got it. So far so good on people following the rules! Thanks!

The roads are riding nice and fast at the moment! Some spots where studs are nice to have, lots of spots where they are not needed (though if you hit a spot where they are needed and you don't have them... hold on!). Last weekend one particular MMR climb (that isn't on the standard route, but has been included at least once) was ditch to ditch glare ice on the last 1/3... once it got kicked up the only option was riding in the ditch. So just be aware that the conditions change fast out there nowadays. Snow in the forecast for tomorrow/Sunday so it'll be even more variable after that!

Get out and enjoy fresh air and gravel!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

It is almost that time again!

Postcard lottery entry window opens up on Black Friday. So this year it is November 23. I'll need them POSTMARKED by Dec. 31. No exceptions.

For a properly submitted entry....:

1) I need LEGIBLY WRITTEN:


  • Your Name
  • Your email address
  • "I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MYSELF" (need not be in all caps, people miss this somehow and it frustrates me)
2) On a standard postcard! I'm not so picky that a square postcard gets thrown out, but I don't want to see a bunch of hacked up beer cases or cereal boxes. I like that you want to save planet earth, but just drop it off in recycling and spend $0.50 on a darn card.

3) If any card is delivered with postage due, the person that sends said card will never be allowed into the race again. Seriously... find some change under the car seat and get it right.

4) My address:

Ragnarok 105 c/o
Isaac Giesen
5595 Cannondale Court
Red Wing, MN  55066

Race details:

1) April 6th. Starting and ending at Mississippi National Golf Course. Red Wing, MN
2) Unless we have a blizzard the week of the event that dumps feet of snow on the course, it will be back to it's normal MMR filled goodness. I loved starting late and ending early due to the shortened course last year, but it ultimately wasn't the same (not that it wasn't good).
3) It is my every intention to change up the course slightly from the "standard" course. I am very old fashioned and dislike people just using their GPS to tell them where to go. There will be new cue sheets.
4) As of right now, I'm intending to cap the roster at 150 people. If we receive more than 150 cards, we will draw postcards and fill out the roster in that way. It's always a pain in the rear end, but for cards that are received by the cut off time (not a day later) and not pulled in the lottery, we will have a waiting list. Historically gobs of people drop out for various reasons, so usually people can ride if they want to.
5) We're still a free event. I may get insurance (haven't yet, and luckily haven't needed it) but regardless 2019 will be free free free.

There are probably a bunch of things I'm missing... but those are the pertinent details. Feel free to shoot me a question/concern/etc. at isaac.m.giesen@gmail.com if you have one.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Official Results - 2018

Place Number Name Finished Time
1 333 Ian Hoogendam 12:48 4:18
2 351 Dustin Gaffke 12:50 4:20
3 331 Ted Loosen 12:50 4:20
4 374 Drew Wilson 12:51 4:21
5 370 Nathan Wentz 12:54 4:24
6 324 Steve Marshall 12:55 4:25
7 332 Brian Delaney 13:07 4:37
8 389 Sam Berkland 13:07 4:37
9 362 Rick Curtis 13:14 4:44
10 377 Derek Van De Velde 13:16 4:46
11 328 Scott Ehlers 13:16 4:46
12 349 Todd Foster 13:16 4:46
13 388 Franz Rinkleff 13:34 5:04
14 342 Ryan Stringfield 13:36 5:06
15 335 Matt Kurke 13:36 5:06
16 334 Kyle Sobota 13:36 5:06
17 314 Lee Zettler 13:37 5:07
18 348 Aaron Johnson 13:38 5:08
19 308 Aaron Halfaker 13:42 5:12
20 387 Scott Hippen 13:52 5:22
21 322 Steven Soltis 13:52 5:22
22 358 Lukas Eklund 13:56 5:26
23 350 Nathan Kremer 13:56 5:26
24 361 Luke Wood 13:56 5:26
25 378 Paul Carroll 14:02 5:32
26 381 Todd Shanafelt 14:04 5:34
27 343 Shane Maxwell 14:11 5:41
28 357 Ben Mullin 14:22 5:52
29 372 Lindsay Wentz 14:22 5:52
30 382 Randy Brendal 14:23 5:53
31 316 Ted Clausen 14:24 5:54
32 393 Andrew Haala 14:29 5:59
33 363 Jonah William Hudson-Erdman 14:30 6:00
34 315 Zach Guse 14:30 6:00
35 317 Isaac Weeks 14:30 6:00
36 330 David Weeks 14:30 6:00
37 341 Kurtis Wilson 14:34 6:04
38 344 Darryl Shoemaker 14:34 6:04
39 310 David Bell 14:41 6:11
40 326 Eric Hathaway 14:42 6:12
41 327 Mike Watercott 14:42 6:12
42 345 Rob Chose 14:42 6:12
43 352 Rob Mosiman 14:47 6:17
44 390 James Kauth 14:50 6:20
45 379 Matt O'Laughlin 14:51 6:21
46 355 David Strachan 14:57 6:27
47 366 Michael Landreville 15:02 6:32
48 364 Charles Parsons 15:04 6:34
49 313 Eddie Karow 15:04 6:34
50 353 Brian Simon 15:06 6:36
51 391 Robert Green 15:08 6:38
52 367 Jim Garrett 15:08 6:38
53 339 Luke Brager 15:08 6:38
54 306 Ray Nickles 15:11 6:41
55 392 Jeremie Van Ryswyk 15:11 6:41
56 303 Cody Condon 15:11 6:41
57 318 Jennifer Youngwerth 15:11 6:41
58 360 Michael Groskruetz 15:11 6:41
59 301 Joel Benton 15:11 6:41
60 369 Dan Funke 15:13 6:43
61 336 Jay Schneider 15:13 6:43
62 340 Patrick Sheedy 15:13 6:43
63 321 Madalyn Gibson 15:14 6:44
64 368 Jeff Bushendorf 15:14 6:44
65 319 Daniel Ayala 15:23 6:53
66 320 Erin Ayala 15:23 6:53
67 354 Alan Eastlund 15:24 6:54
68 356 Chad Millner 15:24 6:54
69 359 Grant Braasch 15:24 6:54
70 376 Ken Zylstra 15:24 6:54
71 312 Gregory Ivey 15:24 6:54
72 304 Jon Anderson 15:40 7:10
73 375 Nick McCulloch 15:44 7:14
74 307 Matt Webb 15:44 7:14
75 383 Neil Cary 15:45 7:15
76 305 Andy Weinzierl 15:47 7:17
77 380 Chris Gauron 15:48 7:18
78 365 Nicholas Quinn 15:48 7:18
79 325 Leah Gruhn 15:53 7:23
80 347 Amanda Jorgenson 16:01 7:31
81 346 Jeff Shupe 16:01 7:31
82 309 Gary Lindberg 16:02 7:32
83 338 Chris Symons 16:14 7:44
84 337 Nate Eide 16:14 7:44
85 302 David Sundheim 17:19 8:49
86 385 Max Dingemans 17:27 8:57
T-87 323 Nathan Good DNF
T-87 329 Justin Canup DNF
T-87 371 Meredith Rambow DNF
T-87 373 Joe Black DNF
T-87 384 Dave Knox DNF
T-87 386 Ben Cox DNF