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, August 27, 2007

G Pickle Makes It 3

"Morning Dave, I did the deed yesterday, (8/25) 124 miles and change in about
8 hours, 90 or 95 on gravel. Saw lots of dogs, a few Elk (really!)
saved a large turtle from certain death, rode a good and nasty B road
for fun, got lost, realized I had not needed to ride so far south from
Pella to insure 100 miles, had a pickup truck spray me with gravel and
got home just after dark, really dirty. All in all a fine day, I look
forward to rolling more gravel this fall and getting one of them cups!
The digital camera is on the fritz so I may not be able to get a
picture of the cyclo-puter but I assure you I did the ride!"

ed. - Steve - no pic necessary - your word is a good as dirt! By the way - nice bike - send us a pic for all Cup readers to salivate over!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Adamson Attains The First Cup!

Saturday, August 11th, John Adamson completed his sixth dirty century, earning him the coveted Cup O' Mississippi Mud!

The occasion was the Leadville 100, an epic adventure for anyone, much less a grizzled old man in his 60s.... not only that, but he completed the race in an astounding 10 hours flat - and this was his 9th buckle earned! (earned by those completing the race in 12 hours or less). John is a master of the bike, a spirited young man and an inspiriation to us all. Congratulations, John, on your accomplishments and being the first one to earn a Cup O' Dirt!

Others who gained a notch in the stick at Leadville include Mike Johnson, from Cedar Falls - He rode a strong race and took 20+ minutes off his 2005 time! He is one century away from the Mississippi Mud. Dave Mable, who, along with his wife, Dee, rode a tandem to 2nd place at Leadville. This was Dave's 4th century and Dee's 2nd. Dee may complete one more century this year, but it will probably be on a road bike at the Dr. Bob Double Metric in October. Another coffee mug in our cupboard is not much of a motivation for her, though it is for her husband!

Jason Alread, who rode a strong 9:26 and Brian Benson, who took 11 min off his previous time, both earned another notch.

Ben Garrett hammered the course at Leadville logging the fastest time by an Iowan ever with a time of 8:34! An astounding feat for anyone, much less a boy from Iowa! In the results, Ben was definitely in elite company, mostly from Colorado and the surrounding mountain states!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Leadville Nearing!

Well, off tomorrow to Leadville for the Leadville Trail 100 - North America's highest 100 mile mountain bike race! There should be a good number of updates after this weekend as more than a handful of Cup Chasers are toeing the line at Leadville.

Notable this year is Tour DeFrance Champion Floyd Landis is scheduled to compete. Lance Armstrong has been rumored to be racing, but has denied it. Some speculate whether that is a cover.. or not. His friend and long-time coach, Chris Charmichael will be racing in his 2nd Leadville, and the two have talked of a bet - dinner to the winner!

Other notables are 3 time winner Dave Weins and Mountain Bike Marathon Pro - Nat Ross.

Should be some good competiion up front... as well as the race against the clock - as one (or two... tandem) must finish under 12 hours in order to earn the covetted silver belt buckle. Typically only 50-60% of starters make the time cut - It is a tough race. Stay tuned!