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, December 17, 2007

Mad Maxwell Quietly Earns His Cup!

Matt Maxwell, a wrench from Ames, has been steadfastly working all year towards something he didn't even know existed! Alas! He has quietly earned his own Cup O' Mississippi Mud! 7. Count em -7! Just like Lance! 7!

Matt is a glutton for long distance pain - I mean challenges. He is one of the only finishers of the cold and gruelling Arrowhead Ultra (www.arrowheadultra.com). 135 mile bike, ski or running (?) race through waaayyyyy northern Minnesota in the middle of the freakn' winter. Yep. winter. February. Groundhogs day to be exact. 2007? 10 finishers out of 46 starters. He did it in 2006. Finished 7th out of 16 finishers. Crazy. I checked. He signed up again. geez!

This year, Matt earned his miles in the Trans-Iowa race and in the training leading up to it. He didn't finish the TI-V3, but had 4 dirty centuries to his name by the time he went home from Decorah in late April. He added 3 more, most of em gravel hundys, over the summer for a total of 7.

Matt, welcome, unwittingly, to the cup chase!

Now, reguarding slugs like me. Seems that I've but one chance... and that is the week between Christmas and New Years. Work? What's that? I still need 2, and could throw a "Hail Mary". Such a throw would most likely be an overnight trip as far south as possible, nail a dirty one, sleep, nail a 'nuther, then head home. Beyond that - a couple of 55 degree days after Christmas would be a gift... maybe an excuse to break in the new X bike!

Stay tuned! Remember - we all have until midnight on December 31 to log that last mile.... So, Cully - GPickle - Let's go!

Peace - Dave


Anonymous said...

I'm on it, don't worry. Just read a book about a guy who rode 3,000 miles across Siberia in the (-40c) winter. No excuses.


D Mable said...

No excuses!

Except, of course, that I'm a wimp!!!

john said...

New - X Bike????
Are we going to see some X racing next year?