Monday, April 13, 2015

Thanks again!

So it was another wonderful Ragnarok! This time with actual nice weather too!

Before we get too far away from the fun day, I wanted to get down a few thoughts. Most will be messages of thanks.

In no particular order:
  1. Thanks to the riders! The time, money and energy put forth to run this goofy thing is all worth it seeing everyone smiling and being just generally great folks out on the course. You are the biggest reason why we keep coming back for another year.
  2. Thanks to our families!
  3. Thanks to Mississippi National Golf Links! The proximity to the traditional Lehrbach climb makes them the ideal location. We didn't know that they have re-opened their grill... so sorry if we didn't let you know that burgers and beer would be available! We also discussed the bathroom situation and got some sincere apologies. We needed to be louder in the days coming up to the race, so hopefully that will be better next year.
  4. Thanks to Angry Catfish! Parker forgot his shoes, so didn't make it to the lot before the race, but they were intending to donate a bunch of coffee. But they did have some nice swag that folks towards the back of the pack got to peruse.
  5. Thanks to Twin Six! Some nice bottles and shirts for those finishing towards the back of the pack! They have been supportive of gravel rides all over the state for a while now, so give them a look-see next time you are looking for some kit or casual wear!
  6. Thanks to the City of Zumbro Falls. We use their park every year, free of charge. I talked with the Mayor on Saturday and he was very excited to have us coming through again. He offered to bring in a bunch of tables etc... Thanks to all who may have stopped in their small town. It is appreciated.
  7. Thanks to Goodhue and Wabasha Counties. They are great to work with!
  8. Thanks Larry and Job! Larry has stepped away from the general organization of the race the past couple of years, but the help on race day is SO AWESOME!
  9. Sorry for the bathroom situation at the start. Next year, due to the generosity of folks at the race, I am committing to at least one porta-potty regardless of the golf course situation. Depending on cost... maybe 2!
Feel free to leave a comment about anything you might want to change (seriously... we may not listen, but we're open to listening and thinking things through), or if there is something you really would hate to see changed.

It's easy to say right now, but the general feeling from Ragnarok central is that there will be a 9th edition in 2016. We'll see if we can settle on a date sooner than later so you can pencil it in.

Thanks again and have a great rest of your 2015!


Just the results... attempt #2...

Let's try this again!

FinishedRace NumberNameFinish TimeTotal Time
1122Brenden Bellew13:215:49
2168Sean G Mailen13:326:00
3118Charlie Schad13:366:04
4167Jesse LaLonde13:536:21
5106Brandt Elson13:546:22
6135Chris Schotz14:066:34
7120Tim Hau14:076:35
8187Jason Stukel14:106:38
9172Larry Sauber14:116:39
10146Scott Hippen14:116:39
11158Kyle Sobota14:156:43
12157Jeff Shupe14:156:43
13175Matthew Abel14:156:43
14151Carrie Sansome **1st Female**14:156:43
15185Corey Shouse14:166:44
16164Philip Carlton **1st SS**14:186:46
17131Roger Karnopp14:186:46
18149Ren Stinson14:186:46
19116Thomas "Bud" Woodrum14:206:48
20165Erik Peterson14:226:50
21130Steven Yore14:226:50
22132Melissa Hunter14:236:51
23133Lee Venteicher14:246:52
24119Jeremy Fry14:246:52
25148Sam St. Pierre14:246:52
26162Ryan Carlson14:256:53
27147Ted Loosen14:256:53
28121Josh Roeser14:256:53
29107David Swanson14:447:12
30169Paul Carroll14:447:12
31174David Pramann14:467:14
32163Bruce Anderson14:487:16
33180Megan Barr14:507:18
34152Barry Schmitt14:527:20
35182Charles Denis14:537:21
36176Martin Rudnick14:557:23
37127Jeff O'Neill14:567:24
38103David Bell14:567:24
39190Ben Hey14:567:24
40191Scott Swenson14:567:24
41189Todd Shanafelt14:577:25
42126Tim Kufahl15:057:33
43136Devin O'Brien15:077:35
44186Ted Clausen15:087:36
45159Mick Carlson15:107:38
46160Van Carlson **1st Under-18**15:107:38
47145Brett Swenson15:107:38
48137Leigh Langum15:167:44
49194Parker Roenfranz15:167:44
50183Trenton Raygor15:167:44
51193Herman Cluse15:167:44
52181Charles Parsons15:167:44
53153Grant Braasch15:177:45
54155Chad Millner15:177:45
55154Alan Eastlund15:177:45
56108Ray Nickles15:227:50
57150John Hoch15:247:52
5891Jonas Nygard15:267:54
59117T.C. Worley15:307:58
60129Robert Williams15:328:00
61199James Kauth15:338:01
62197Ben Cox15:338:01
63196Ken Zylstra15:348:02
64109Heath Weisbrod15:388:06
65173Jeff Bushendorf15:418:09
66124Shane Maxwell15:428:10
67105Gary Lindberg15:458:13
68110Eddie Karow15:468:14
69142Chad Kelly15:508:18
70138Jose Perez15:568:24
71112Paul Haberman16:008:28
72102Paul Urbanski16:038:31
73192John Carline16:168:44
74134Chris Stuckman16:178:45
75179Joe Pahr16:228:50
76171Meredith Rambow16:278:55
77139Alex Koppi-Kohn16:329:00
78111Leah Gruhn16:339:01
79188Aaron Olson16:339:01
80198Joel Benton16:339:01
81128Jeff Henkemeyer16:349:02
82125Jeff Haye16:349:02
83104Andy Weinzierl16:399:07
84178Neil Cary16:439:11
85156Michael Casey16:489:16
86123Dennis Grelk & Christina Anthony16:499:17
87161Mara Larson16:499:17
88184Matt Johnson16:509:18
89140Bob Shepherd17:019:29
90141Scott Lenz17:099:37
91144Joseph Wirth17:169:44
92143Jeff Pettes17:3510:03
93101Davis Sundheim17:4110:09
94114Michael Boehnlein17:5010:18
95115Matthew Webb17:5010:18
96170Robert Cure17:5810:26
97166Charly TriDNF LC
98177David StrachanDNF ZF
99195Mike CriegoDNF ZF
100113Peter StockDNF ZF
101200Justin Julian & Ben WittDNF
10290Laura HaraldsonDNF

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Just the Results - 2015

I'll try and post up some thoughts and musings soon... but here is the important stuff.. the results!

well... that was in a less than ideal format... check back in a bit...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Last minute....

Night before check in - Jake and Job will be at the Red Wing Brewery at 7:45 tonight to get folks checked in that want to sleep in that extra bit of time. I believe they are open until 10, but we'll probably look to leave by 9:30 to try and get some early shut eye.

Bathrooms are 50-50 for the start. Nice weather should mean the golf course is open eventually but might not be open right away (we are trying).

Hope all my flights are on time so I can make it! - Isaac

Monday, April 6, 2015

More race week tidbits

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. DO NOT LITTER!!!
  • 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. Make sure that we get your number. L-M-L had a good system this year.... We may go to that? Who knows... Just know we need to know your number.
  • 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 scuttling the official KOM party for the year. Life has made it hard to focus on any one thing and this was the low hanging fruit. LCR will be the judges as to who prevails.
  • 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.

Timeline details

Hi all...

Here are some timing details for Saturday:

Check in (Friday night) - sometime a bit after 7:30 until about 9 at Red Wing Brewery (yummy pizza!)

Check in (Saturday) - we'll be set up in the Mississippi National Golf Course roughly 6:15 - 6:30 am 

Ride starts - we will try to get things rolling as close to 7:30 as possible (so please be checked in by 7:15)

Checkpoint #1 - must be checked in by 11:45 am in Zumbro Falls

Checkpoint #2 - must be checked in by 4:45 pm in Lake City

Finish - must be finished by 7:30 pm