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.

Friday, October 19, 2007

A Lurker Emerges From The Shadows!

Paul Jacobson (http://happytraining.blogspot.com) has been working all year for the Cup - and with some very impressive rides! - The dude loves gravel! What's not to love? We live in Iowa!!! - anyway - on to Paul...

In his training for Trans-Iowa V-IV (that is confusing... 'Version Four') he hit a 107 miler - for his first log towards said Cup. He also put a 94 miler in - ooooo soo close - let's have a vote - to count or not to count? You decide! Vote with a comment - your vote will be public, so Paul and his 'thug' friends will see just how we all voted. As keeper of the Cup - I will refrain from voting, except in the case of a tie. Vote by 10/31/07. Editors note: This voting thing was MY idea!!! Paul had nothing to do with it - didn't ask for it - In the spirit of Leadville - where it is always up to the finishers to allow a 12:01 (or close to it) finisher the honor of the buckle, and last ass over the pass - this was my idea to allow a 'so close I could taste it' ride into the cup chase - so - you decide!

Next - 200 miles at the Trans Iowa - impressive. And finally - 200 miles of Dirty Kanza. I call that 5 (rules stated that you can do them in quick succession)

So - Paul - welcome to the chase! The rest of you - sound off!

Peace and happy riding (and when - oh when - will this rain stop??!!?) - Kercove - you laughing? Hey - it's snowing in Colorado!



john said...

Hey - it's fine with me - we had to be rather creative with the definition of some of our "dirty " 100's
Welcome to the team.

Anonymous said...

Worth a count of 100

Anonymous said...

I say negatory on the 94 miles counting. Go ahead and call me a stickler, I can take it. This is not supposed to be punishment, you are supposed to do it because you want to, thus you should want to ride another to make up for the one you missed. I rode a training ride before Kanza hoping for 100+ gravel miles and was having a tough day and only managed 85, then I saw that one of my canti springs had come off and the opposing spring had pulled the brake into the rim for the duration of the ride. That sucked but no big pig as they say, and no 100 miles, either. I say keep riding and having fun Paul, that is just my opinion, and my vote.


ps: you coulda just lied which to me is the same counting 94 as 100. Hell, you still can, the challenge is personal after all...

Paul said...

I was never asking for the 94 to count. I will be honest, I was getting closer and closer to home knowing I wanted to do a hundred and when I got home and the computer said 94 I said screw it and quit. I will certainly suffer those consequences. I will be doing 100+ next weekend with the TI training ride so I will get my 6 that way. Hopefully, I will get at least a few more in by the end of the year.

Paul said...

Dave, I rode number 6 this past weekend during the Trans Iowa Tune Up down in Marengo. The Iowa River Valley certainly has some great hills that we are lacking around Ames! Great times were had!