Saturday, April 4, 2020

2020 Ragnarok

To all Ragnarok riders on the roster this year, an email has been sent out about the cancellation of this years race. Some of your addresses were rejected, so slide into my DM on social media if you need the email sent to a different address or email us.
We have added an option to do your own 105mi ride April 18th (all surfaces excepted). Record your route and send it to us.  Do not ride with others and ride directly from your home...or start your ride down the street so others don’t have your address.
If you don’t have a tracking device, email me and we will get you one. If you don’t have a gps or a device that you can download the route, take a pic of the screen. If you want to ride it on a trainer that’s cool too.
Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun, but only riders on this years roster will be eligible for one of three prize packages.
This is anything but your traditional Ragnarok 105. We wanted to have a gathering point for our gravel community to come together even if it’s in a non traditional way.
Thanks for all the support along our journey!

Monday, March 16, 2020

The 2020 'Rok has been indefinitely postponed

I doubt I need to go into any great detail here, but given national and international guidelines for groups/gatherings at the current time (and just looking as a human at the state of the world) it is looking highly likely that we will not be able to responsibly hold our event as planned in April.

This most likely means that we'll just have to do a reset and do everything again in 2021. If I find a nice big gap in my schedule that also jives with a gap in the "cycling calendar" I could maybe see trying to get in a Rok ride this year, but with a couple of young kids and crazy busy work (likely to get crazy busier) I wouldn't count on it.

What are the odds of a blizzard on or just before the 18th of April now? Oh well.

Be safe everyone and do what you can to prevent the spread of this virus (or any virus really). Thank you.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Ragnarok 2020 Rider List

This year was great for Isaac and me, we didn't have to have a lottery!  Believe it or not we are actually decent humans' and don't like to turn people away.  

That means if you sent in a card your name will be on this list and you will be riding Ragnarok 105 on April 18, 2020.

If you have a situation you cannot get around and need to drop out please email asap.  

If you are positive you sent a card, and are not on the list, send us a message.  Please don't email us if you forgot to send in a card, please don't email us to get in.  There will most likely be more years to come, or join one of the other many great events throughout the area!

Without further is the list.

Chap Achen
Zach  Anderson
Shane Armstrong
Keeth Badger
David  Baldus
Jenny Barr
Megan Barr
Brian Behrendt
Pete Bell
Kristine Benjamin
Ryan Birkameier
Joe  Black
Veronica Bond
Gregory Bond
Jamie Boyle
Grant Braasch
Craig Braun
Randy Brendal
Joe  Bruentrup
Dave  Bucholtz
Bill Callas
Mike  Campbell
Kenny  Carlson
Paul Carroll
Joe  Clark
Ted  Clausen
Cody Condon
Shawn  Cotter
Timothy  Creyts
Robert Cure
Rick  Curtis
Eric Dabbert
Kyle Davis
Steven Deckert
Charles Denis
Max Dingemans
Zach  Dolinaj
Alan Eastlund
Scott Ehlers
Lukas Eklund
Thomas Erickson
Greg Fields
Dan Funke
Dustin  Gaffke
Josh Gamble
James  Garrett
Tyler  Gilbert
Tyler  Greenwaldt
Scott Gregory
Michael  Groskreutz
Trisha Groth
Leah Gruhn
Aaron  Halfaker
John Hammje
Eric Hathaway
Ryan Haug
Jeff Haye
Jeff Henkemeyer
Ben  Hey
Scott Hippen
John Hoch
Timothy  Hoffard
Bart Hollaren
Ian Hoogendam
Angie Hop
Laura Hrubes
Gregory Ivey
Philip Jamielita
Raymond  Jick
Amanda Jorgenson
Jacob Jungers
Eddie Karow
James  Kauth
Jon Kern
Scott Klein
Brett Koplin
Matthew Kramer
Brent Kvittem
Michael  Landreville
Mara Larson
Nick Leisz
Nick Lemke
Scott Lenz
Maureen Lin
Gary Lindberg
Ted  Loosen
Patrick Magnusson
Dustin  Marsh
Fred Mayer
Nick McCulloch
Greg Mealhouse
Scott Meulebroek
Shawn Miller
Josh Molnar
Cameron Moore
Pat  Morton
Jessica  Myer
Eric  Nelson
Daniel  Nelson
Andrew Nepsund
Ray  Nickles
Patrick Nieszner
Jonas Nygard
Matt O'Lauglin
Aaron  Olson
Tina Olson
Charles Parsons
Lucas Pedersen
Richard Peet
Erik Peterson
Jeff Pettes
David  Pollitt
Charlynn Psihos
Todd Rasmussen
Bryce Rasmussen
Trenton Raygor
Nate Rhode
Cole  Rogers
Shaun Sava
Eric Schluttner
Jay  Schneider
Mark Seaburg
Charlie Shad
Todd Shanafelt
Caruso Shanafelt
Patrick Sheedy
John Sheldrake
Jeff Shupe
Jayden Siegle
Chris  Skogen
Jordan Skophammer
Harlan Smith
Steven Soltis
Alex Stenerson
Ren  Stinson
Bob Stoltz
Danny  Storm
David  Strachan 
Ryan Stringfield
Scott Stroeing
Jay Swenson
Andy Tetmeyer
Kevin  Thum
Charilie Tri
Nick Undis
Aaron  Voreis
David  Wargin
Larry  Warrington
Todd Watchmaker
Mike  Watercott
Matt Webb
Isaac Weeks
Andy Weinzierl
Lindsay Wentz
Nathan Wentz
Andrew Westberg
Danny  Whipple
Robert Williams
Kurtis  Wilson
Charles Wolf
Luke Wood
Steven Yore
Lee Zettler
Ken Zylstra
Remember, you are responsible for yourself during Ragnarok 105!

See you in April!

-Rok Crew

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The 2020 Postcard Post

Hello All -

So we're back on again for 2020! Pretty much the same details as always...

What: Ragnarok 105
When: April 18, 2020 (hoping for no blizzards this weekend!)

Where: Red Wing, MN


We're going to be doing registration pretty much the same as we always have. We will be capping the registration at 150 riders as we have the last couple of years, and will be utilizing a lottery, again as we have in the past. Unless less than 150 folks send in their postcard... if that is the case if you properly get a postcard into our hands then you'll be in.

Where do you send the postcard? This year we're actually going to have you send the cards in to Jake, so if you are local to Denver, CO maybe you can drop them off... otherwise here is his address:

Ragnarok 105 
c/o Jake Huot
1243 Adams Street
Denver, CO 80206

Some "rules" for the cards:

1) Try to have them actually be post cards. They aren't that hard to find. Much easier for us to manage.
2) One postcard per person. If you start to send in multiple cards they will all be thrown out.
3) Don't send in a card for anyone but yourself. A key point of this event is that as a rider you are responsible for yourself. This begins with the post card. (Note... obviously we won't be able to tell if your significant others or kid sent in a card for you, but if we get 6 cards for you and your friends in the same pen, same handwriting, all at the same time... that isn't cool... again a postcard isn't that hard).
4)Make sure your handwriting is legible.

On the card need to be three things:

email address
"I am responsible for myself"

Postcards will be received starting Black Friday (November 29, 2019) and must be postmarked by December 31, 2019.

To let the straggler cards in we'll probably do the lottery on or around January 11.

Any questions? Post them up here (or however you want to try and contact us... we have a facebook page... instagram... etc...)

Thanks - Isaac

Monday, November 11, 2019

Get those Postcards Ready!

The traditional post-Thanksgiving registration open is fast approaching! Details will follow about where and what to send to get your name on the lottery list. But we always open things up the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Reminder for folks though that may have missed it:

Ragnarok 2020 - April 18, 2020
Same start/finish. My intention is always to change up the course in minor ways to force people to actually navigate but kids, work, and the weather generally conspire to cause me to hit the easy button and use the tried and true course and notes. No guarantees that your old GPS file will be accurate!

Thanks and talk to you soon!


Sunday, April 7, 2019

2019 Results!!!

I'll probably try and organize some thoughts in a few days... but more important than that...


2019 MEN'S CHAMPION - Rick Curtis!!!


Great job to everyone that showed up though. It was pretty chilly and wet at the start and for the first couple of hours.

Let me know if anything is out to lunch (other than my wonky formatting).

Place Bib Rider Time (H:MM)
1 442 Rick Curtis 6:06
2 405 Josh Molnar 6:07
3 429 Nathan Wentz 6:30
4 445 Danny Whipple 6:33
5 425 Scott Ehlers 7:03
5 466 Dan Naef 7:03
7 437 Steve Yore 7:17
8 446 Kyle Sobota 7:19
9 452 Scott Hippen 7:29
10 401 Chap Achen 7:36
11 455 Lukas Eklund 7:36
12 444 Luke Wood 7:36
13 453 Ben Oney 7:36
14 394 Shane Maxwell 7:56
*15* 433 Lindsay Wentz 8:05
16 430 Kyle Davis 8:10
17 450 Caruso Shanafelt 8:12
18 409 Ray Nickles 8:13
19 449 Todd Shanafelt 8:13
20 482 Dan Novak 8:25
21 408 Craig Braun 8:25
22 491 Dennis Dresler 8:39
23 468 Mike Campbell 8:44
24 428 Chelsea Strate 8:45
25 422 Ted Clausen 8:45
26 441 Erin Ayala 8:46
27 439 Michael Groskreutz 8:54
28 440 Scott Stroeing 8:54
29 479 Charles Denis 8:54
30 419 Dave Bucholtz 8:55
31 427 Rob Mossimann 8:56
32 435 Alan Eastlund 8:57
33 434 Grant Braasch 8:57
34 471 Charles Parsons 9:01
35 472 Trenton Raygor 9:01
36 469 Matt O'Laughlin 9:03
37 470 Justin Kremer 9:03
38 458 Thomas Erickson 9:04
39 424 Jonas Nygaard 9:04
40 465 Scott Klein 9:07
41 474 Joe Clark 9:07
42 415 Eddie Karow 9:08
43 457 Todd Watchwaker 9:08
44 464 David Strachan 9:09
45 443 David Pollitt 9:12
46 461 Nick McCulloch 9:12
47 460 Henry Braun 9:26
48 426 Jay Schneider 9:45
49 478 Meredith Rambow 9:46
50 400 Andy Weinzierl 9:50
51 396 Chris Symons 9:50
52 414 Joel Benton 9:51
53 459 Nate Brennaman 9:53
54 475 Randy Brendal 10:13
55 483 Alexandera Houchin 10:13
56 432 Chad Myhre 10:24
57 448 Tim Lupfer 10:26
58 454 Paul Fickle 10:28
59 406 Greg Ivey 10:40
60 456 Dan Funke 10:40
61 462 Char Psihos 10:41
62 487 Svetlana Vold 10:41
63 484 Dave Katzmann 10:43
64 417 Nick Lanners 10:44
65 410 Shawn Cotter 11:23
66 411 John Hoch 11:23
67 423 Luke Brager 11:39
68 477 Michael Landreville 11:39
69 421 Jim Garrett 11:39
70 397 Kai Schutte 12:25
71 416 Kristine Benjamin 12:25
72 485 Nicholas Quinn 12:25

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!