1200 Miles & a Cup O' Dirt & a little Mississippi Mud!

Take the year long challenge of completing a dozen or half a dozen dirty centuries and join the fun in December! Everybody who completes this challenge will be rewarded with a custom hand-made stoneware mug as well as be in a drawing for other prizes. Read the FAQ for details, and welcome to the fun!

I've increased the fun to give some more folks a shot at the cup - a bit 'watered down' - We'll have the 1200 Mile Cup O' Dirt and a 600 Mile Cup O' Mississippi Mud and new in 2008 is the 1/2 Liter O' Dirt - earned by completing 12 metric centuries in the year! A special award will be presented to anyone completing either a dirty century or metric century in each month of the year.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cully is on a roll!

Cully Todd isn't just earning a Cup O' Dirt with a bunch of gravel road centuries... He's racing them! He just finished an impressive 14th at the Lumberjack 100 in northern Michigan the weekend of June 16-17. His time of 7 hours 49 min is impressive given the challenging course.

Mark your calenders as Dee and I are hosting a dirty hundy on Saturday, July 15th here in Central Iowa as we prepare for the Leadville 100 in August. Watch here for details. I have also mapped out a gravel century for the Monday of RAGBRAI that passes through most of the 'pass-through' towns on that days route. I'd love the company - the more the merrier!

Monday, June 11, 2007

John Leads The Chase!

Here we go again. Mike Johnson and I had another near perfect day to
ride some really long gravel. The temperatures were moderate, there
wasn't much sun and the wind was forecasted to be 10 out of the south.
Mike had a great route for us to ride west with the towns of New
Hartford, Parkersburg, Ackley on the way to Iowa Falls for our turn
around. We got to Ackley and figured we could turn around and still get
the 100 miles The return trip went really well on slightly different
BUT - we had 3 flats, the wind started coming out of the southeast, the
temperature was raging, we started to feel the effects of riding 100
miles of dirt the week before and racing the huge Lisbon TT yesterday,
and the return miles were not going to get us to 100 miles - I hate
getting back to town and not having the miles that you expected. Riding
around just to get your goal miles is always the hardest riding I do.
So, the near perfect start to our gravel grinder turned into a hard day
when we reach 102 miles in 61/2 hours of riding time
Thanks, John

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Cully Todd racks up another!

Cully Todd headed out to Ohio for the Mohican 100 this past weekend (june 2/3). He had a great race placing 16th overall in 8 hours 40 min. The Mohican 100 is held in Southeastern Ohio - where the Allegheny Mountains begin - and is known for it's long and steep climbs.


As the promoter and founder of this Cup 'O Dirt idea and challenge... I suppose it would be a good thing for me to actually work to attain said Cup - at least the watered down version of a Cup Of Mississippi Mud! So, at last, my first.

Lake Tahoe, NV/CA - All I'm going to say is this - one of the best slices of singletrack I've ever had the privilage to ride - Powerline, Corral Loop, High Meadows Trail - and - the Rock Garden of Death!

And finally, appropriately, I'll conclude with a little John Muir:

"And after ten years spent in the heart of it,
rejoicing and wondering, bathing in its glorius floods of light,
seeing the sunbursts of morning amoung the icy peaks,
the noonday radiance on the trees and rocks and snow,
the flush of alpenglow,
and a thousand dashing waterfalls, with their marvelous abundance of irised spray,
it still seems to me above all others
the Range of Light."

Gettn' Faster!

Details of another Dirty Century:

#2 in the books

John Adamson and I completed another Dirty Hundy today getting us well on our way towards a Cup O' Mississippi Mud and some great Leadville training. The two of us started our journey at 6 am heading south with hopes of not getting wet. The first stop, Traer, after 3 hrs of saddle time we replenished water and headed east. This portion of the ride had us traversing minimum maintenance gravel roads for many miles until we hit the final stop, La Porte City, at 5 hrs 20 min with 79 miles in the legs. After a brief refueling John and I were off for the final leg, back into Cedar Falls. After 6 hrs 15 min of ride time John and I completed the 100 miles however, the ride was not complete John and I had a few more miles to go before reaching home. As I rolled home and put the bike way the skies opened up.

Official Time – 6 hrs 15 min
Distance 100 miles
Towns along the way – Cedar Falls, Hudson, Traer, Dysart, Mt. Auburn, La Porte City,
Evansdale, and Waterloo.

Mike Johnson
Aka Striker - http://gettin-faster.blogspot.com/
2007 Leadville Hopeful