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.

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

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