Wednesday, March 28, 2012

2012 Timetable

Notable dates and times for this year's event:

April 8th, midnight
   The deadline for withdrawal from this year's event without penalty.

April 13th, 7:00 - 9:00pm
   Early sign in at Wheelhouse Cycles (1932 Old West Main street, Red Wing, MN)

Day of:
6:15am  Sign in opens
7:15am  Sign in closes
7:20am  Rider meeting
7:30am  Riders depart
11:45am Cut-off for Zumbro Falls (@ 36 miles)
4:45pm  Cut-off for Lake City (@ 82 miles)
7:30pm  Cut-off for finish (@ 107 miles)

Monday, March 26, 2012

How the finish is going to work this year.

The official finish for placings this year will be on the top of the Lehrbach climb. This is the last hill before the finish. We will have someone there to record the placings for the top few riders. For the rest of the riders, if you want to race for a finishing spot, you should use that location as your finish line and keep your finishing order til you reach Mississippi National. Your finishing time will be determined by when you reach Mississippi National.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A few more notes

For those biking the Ragnarok 105 this year who haven't done an event that uses "tulip" style cue sheets, here is a basic explanation: Cue sheets 101

We will be using Mississippi National Golf Links as our start and finish again this year. A few rules:

  • Only park in the "lower" lot (the one furthest from the club house)
  • No bikes left by the club house. Walk there and back if you are going to head over.
  • No normal food or drink is allowed that is not purchased from MNGL. (bike food is obviously ok)
  • They will be hosting a wedding reception in the afternoon. PLEASE go out of your way not to disturb them.
  • Because of the wedding this year, will have something setup downstairs for food and drink purchases and we will need to stay downstairs.
  • Make sure the parking lot is cleaner than you found it.
  • Be sure MNGL is glad they allow us to use their facilities. Purchase a pop or burger after the ride.
If you are signed up and unable to ride this year's race, please let us know so we can give someone else your spot or reserve spot. You can email me at larryboberry (atgmaildatcom) if you need to drop out

We have been able to bike most of the course and things are looking good. There is one road that is "closed" due to a bridge replacement, but they have a bypass road that a bike can get across.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Some early pre-race notes

April is quickly approaching, I hope everyone has been taking advantage of the mild winter to ride your bike. Some early notes:

We are 99% sure that we are using Mississippi National Golf Links as the start location again this year. They are hosting a wedding reception later in the day, but they are willing to work with us to make it  happen. They promised to have the doors open so we have access to the bathrooms this year.

The route will be split into 3 legs, like last year. Distances for each leg will be 36, 46 and 26 miles respectively. 

Unless we hear tremendous outcry, the King of the Mountains competition will take a year off. It wasn't well contested last year and it requires a fair amount of work to pull off.

Lake City will now be a full checkpoint with optional outside rider support, just like Zumbro Falls. It will be at a new location, however. 

For the top 5 or 10 overall riders, we are planning on using a "mountain top" finish at the top of the last climb (on Lehrbach road) this year. 

A reminder to all that are entered to let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend so we can fill your spot with someone from the standby list. Anyone taking a start spot that doesn't show up will likely be excluded from future events. If you take a spot, we expect you to show up, even if it's 35 and rainy the day of the event. We will post a final withdrawl date as the race date gets closer.