Monday, March 25, 2013

A few reminders and additional info.

A few reminders 

  • First and foremost, we expect you to be responsible for yourself. Don't ride beyond your ability and have a plan in case things go wrong.
  • This event isn't very fancy pants. We hope the roads and the adventure make up for our lack of professionalism. 
  • We generally put this event on for the folks who are looking for a fun day on the bike. We enjoy you fast guys (and gals) at the front and hope you enjoy the event, but please don't take it too seriously. 
  • This event takes place on some roads that don't normally see many bikes. You may get honked at, you may get chased by a dog and you may come face to grill with drivers that use the whole road. Be sure you expect those things and you won't have any issues. 
  • Please represent cyclists well. Don't blow through stop signs or take a nature break in view of folks.
  • We can't do drop bags for you, sorry. But, you shouldn't have a problem finding someone else who can bring something to a checkpoint for you.
  • We won't be able to give you a ride back to Red Wing. Be sure to have someone in mind to help you out if you or your bike isn't up to the task.
  • You must wear a helmet during the event.
  • Here is a google map with some important locations marked. Let's be sure knowing where the local hospitals are isn't needed.


  • There are two checkpoints. One in Zumbro Falls and one in Lake City. These are the only places you are permitted to get support from someone not biking in the event. Both towns have convenience stores right on the route.
  • At the checkpoints we will record your number and time and give you a new sheet of cue notes.
  • Each checkpoint has a cut off time. If you don't arrive to a checkpoint before that time, you won't be given a set of notes for the next leg and you will be officially out of the event. 
  • Cut off times are based on an average speed of about 9.5mph or the speed it would take you to complete the whole event in 12 hours. 
  • We are going to resurrect the King of the Mountains competition this year.
  • The first 6 major climbs will count towards this, the most prestigious award this side of Zumbrota.
  • We will score each of the first 5 riders across the line at each location.  
  • We are going to do a "mountain top" finish again this year for the first 5 or so overall finishers. 
  • It will be on the last climb of the course, approx 3 miles from the start/finish area
  • All riders after the first 5 or so will be scored back at the start/finish.


Anonymous said...

I'm not part of this event, however, can I ride my bike around the area the day of the event without being too much of a hassle?

SPH Larry said...

They are open public roads, so we can't prevent you from riding them.
That said, We would prefer you don't poach the event by riding along with the riders.
Riders that poach and the riders they ride with will not be allowed in future events. I can understand peoples frustrations when a friend makes it in and you don't, but we ask you respect us enough to not poach.

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Dawn said...

Thanks for organizing. Please consider this post as my withdrawal from the event, as requested prior to midnight tonight.

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Nicholas Garbis said...

I think you should give up the anti-poaching stance. Nobody's using any of your resources except the course you have laid out. Nobody slowing anybody down or otherwise wrecking the event. Sure, only 100 riders can count it in their AGRS scores, I get that. If you get in and your friend doesn't, then it's actually more of a competition/exclusive event than your anti-elitist ethos would suggest. Sometimes when you opposite very hard to be something you end up being the opposite of it (the tip of the yin eventually crosses into the fat part of the yang). You can remove me from the reserve list. Thanks.

Nicholas Garbis said...

Correction: "when you TRY SO very hard"

SPH Larry said...

the reason for the anti-poaching stance is in part due to our agreements with Goodhue county and Wabasha county. Despite being open, public roads, we have to get a permit for using the roads. That permit includes a number of riders allowed in. If we didn't disallow unregistered riders our numbers would swell beyond that number and our ability to put on the event would be in jeopardy.

Anonymous said...

can u please post the course in electronic form so we don't have to use que cards?!?!?

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmmm, luckily there was the "sometimes" disclaimer before that comment. SPH tries to put on the BEST event in their power, and they succeed. Time and time again.
AND, without que cards there would be no tulips. And no tulips might mean no spring. And no spring might mean.........more winter!?!?!


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Gravel Lemming said...

Cue Cards? I think we will only have to follow the fast guy tracks. Assumes they are not so far ahead that the tracks drift over. Also assumes that fast guys never get lost.....