Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Registration Information


Here are the details, after Thanksgiving:

1 ) Please send a STANDARD POSTCARD to:

Ragnarok 105 c/o
Isaac Giesen
428 Franklin St.
Red Wing, MN    55066

2) NOTE that I said STANDARD POSTCARD. This does not mean a randomly sized chunk of cardboard, or a slip of paper in an envelope. Go out to countless places and buy a postcard. We will be holding a random lottery style drawing and no one will get preferential treatment (outside of the previous winners or those who have been through all of the editions of the 'Rok.

3) On the postcard, please LEGIBLY write out the following:

Your Name
Your Email Address
and the statement "I am responsible for myself"

I will attempt to let everyone know that they card has been received. Only one entry per person, so please don't flood the mailbox with cards.

4) Black Friday is the first day that I'll "accept" cards, and you have until December 31 to have your card postmarked and on its way to Red Wing.

5) I'm not actually that much of a stickler for the rules, but we really do appreciate not getting random little bits of paper with names, oddly shaped chunks of cardboard, etc. It just makes things easier for us.

6) We will cap the roster at 150 riders. Last year we didn't have that many150 cards. So there is a chance that the lottery will not be needed. If we have more than 150 cards, the drawing will take place a week or so after the new year.

7) Previous winners still need to send in a card. You just won't go into the drawing (this goes for Men and Women)

8) I think that is it. Ask questions if you have any.

9) Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Primo Conditions!

No real race updates or anything. I did get out for a short gravel and singletrack jaunt yesterday afternoon (thanks for watching the kids Grandma and Grandpa) and the roads were PRISTINE!

Haycreek was rolling fast (watch out for the massive washboard sections!), Old Church was like concrete, Flueger was awesome, and Lehrbach was like a magic carpet. Sections of the climb up Memorial to get to the little sections of singletrack that I did were a bit damp... but even they weren't too bad. Any 2 hour ride that ends with a descent of the Cow Path is a good one. Note that I suck at descending in general, and when the descent is wet, rocky, those rocks have moss, and it is fairly leaf covered... that descent takes way longer than it should!

NOTE to self... contact the farmer(s) right at the base of Lehrbach. There isn't the chicken menagerie anymore, but there are now 4-5 dogs that are very interested in messing with a passing biker. Note that we haven't gotten bit yet, but they see you from a long ways away and like to be right up in your grill (and there are so many that they are tough to completely just sprint past cleanly... not to mention the stupid hill you are trying to sprint up while they chase).

Everyone's Favorite Sign

The Sheep were Happy to See Someone
Crappy Picture of the Cowpath