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, February 25, 2008

Who's In?

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Now, who's in?

A Busy Weekend!!!

I am humbled! There is just a ton of action goin' on for the Cup'O Month Club! I can see that I'll actually have to find sumthin cool for those nailin' a hundy-a-month! Impressive! Here's the skinny on a weekend of fat-ridin:

Norbert Koenigfeld - 107.93 miles of dirt... all alone! 7350ft elevation gain - eat yer heart out you central Iowa flatties! 3200 feet - whateva! 10.9mph Ave. Quite impressive. In his own words:

"This one about killed me…14 different kinds of slush, 12 different kinds of ice, 5 different kinds of mud, sunburn, gravel roads that I’ve never ridden with hills throughout."

Guess who this belongs to? Yep, Mr. Bikeiowa hissef. Well, I suppose he drilled out his 2nd hundy - and on a fixie to boot! Sounds like Squirrel, Grelk, Sumpter and Rick all nailed the full hundy, while Fuller got a metric in. - I'll confirm and edit as needed. Anyway - sounds like a full-on day. Mechanicals, tacos... more tacos. Beer. Caseys. Peanut Butter. Frozen beards. Yep. A good day. Click Here for the fine print

More frozen beard pics here

Paul Jacobson was out and about for the day as well, enjoying the beautiful sites that Central Iowa gravel riding affords. Paul found his way around the countryside, completing his 2nd metric century. Jam out. Now, the thing about Paul riding around so much, all alone with his thoughts... is that he gets time to think. He dun came up with this hair-brained idea - a gravel ride across the great state of Iowa - in a day (or two!) His first annual GRAID is slated for March 29-30 - so ya best start ridin if yer gunna join him!

Great job to one an all - I'm hopin' to heal my butt enough in the coming months to actually join some a ya on these rides - but for now, 35 miles on pavement is about all I got!

Peace - Dave

Monday, February 18, 2008

One-A-Month Club

Warm (?)temps this heart-felt weekend, sent folks out onto the gravel by the (1/2)dozens! A couple of solo hundys and a group ride around Cedar Falls gave 6 riders another check mark towards the dirtiest cup of all - and here are their reports:

Dennis Grelk
The DsM Sunday century was canceled due to the impeding weather, so I ended up riding solo Saturday. I swear I pushed headwinds for 70 of the 100miles, and the other 30 were spent walking/riding at 5mph on level b's and iceskating rink hills.
Motionbased Ride Report

Mike Johnson, Paul Meyermann, Kathleen Porter and John Adamson - four
of the five members of Bike Tech Racing who are going to Leadville this
year headed out for a 100 miles of dirt on Sat. The roads were snow
packed and fast, the temperatures were fine and the winds were steady
and strong out of the south. Out route took us West to New Hartford -
rode our favorite hills - Parkersburg, and beyond Aplington. It was a
good time riding slow and steady with lots of conversation and stops for
food and drink. After 8 plus hours of riding and falling temperatures we
got home with about 130 - let's see - 130 - that would be 130 K's and
we were glad to be home, warm and eating.

Tom Anderson:
After Sunday’s ride was called due to weather, I knew that I’d have to take a drastic step in order to reach my goal of riding a gravel century for each calendar month in 2008. I also knew that I needed to redeem myself from what felt like a beating during the January Hilly Hundy with the boys.

So with that in mind I set my alarm for 5am, I wouldn’t need it as I woke at 4am in anticipation of the ride. I took my time getting ready in the morning and ultimately hit the road around 5:45am with a balmy 9 degree temp. My route would first head north to Granger for a stop at the Casey’s to lose a layer (Dennis Grelk was in my head remind me to not sweat out the jersey’s early in the ride). A quick 10 minutes later and I was headed to Woodward. Another Casey’s, a Gatorade and quick call to check in with home before hitting the road. The next leg went west and then north for 10 miles into Ogden. I felt great on the northbound leg and was moving along at 17-18mph without really working. I spent a good 30 minutes in Ogden for pizza and choc milk before heading out again.

Then the fun began as I had to start working my way south. After 11 miles, I was at the Northwest corner of the route (X Ave and 230th) for a few pictures to document the accomplishment. Heading south, I was only averaging 9 mph and it was taking a toll on the body and mind. I kept working through it and the route headed east every 3-5 miles which gave some relief from the wind. Just north of Perry I decided to drop the loop into town and head to Woodward. It would be a good decision due to the time restraints I was under (I had promised to be home in time to clean-up and leave for a Drake game by 5:30). A few more roadside stops for food and stretching had me into Woodward around 2:30. At my current average I should make it home in time.

However, the gravel wasn’t going to let me off that easy. Just outside of Woodward the road turned to mud. It wasn’t too bad at first, but it was getting progressively sloppy towards Granger. Just south of Granger it got worse and turned into peanut butter. There was about 7-8 miles of being lucky to maintain 8 mph. My GPS was in the pack so I didn’t have the speed, but it was probably closer to 6mph the majority of the time. Just when I thought it would never end, I hit the pavement and the final 2 miles to home. I had to ride another .6 in the neighborhood to hit 100 exactly. I jumped off the bike at 5:10 and into the shower. To my wives surprise, we left the house on time for the game.

Overall, it was a good ride with some good accomplishments. I did a century solo (I don’t think that any of my road centuries were solo), I learned a lot more about packing and clothing choices, and I learned how to push my body and mind through some of the hard times. I struggled with food choices as something was haunting me most of the day.

By the way, the route needs some work but is not too bad. The first 20 miles are relatively scenic, but from 20 to 60 is boring and wide open. Once on Deer trail it gets scenic into Perry, then boring back towards Woodward. This route is also very flat. I have yet to upload the GPS data, but I’ll be surprised if it has more than 1000 feet of total gain.

Pics are on flickr.com, start with the pic of the computer screen, my commentary is on the pics as well.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Cup O' Snow???

Lots O' Riding been going on this year - cuz those cups are so cool.

Norbert Koenigsfeld, from Cedar Rapids area entered the chase on January 27th with a 103 mile ride on a 46X18 Fixie!!! With 7:32hrs of ride time - his average speed on the lonley hundy was nearly 14 miles an hour - impressive considering it's A)January B)he was on dirt C)he was alone and D)he was riding a fixie!! His data is pictured>

Meanwhile, Dennis Grelk is going for all three cups - the Cup O'Dirt, the watered down version of a Cup O'Mississippi Mud and the metric verstion 1/2 Liter O'Dirt! His latest info is posted below - and counts for his 2nd metric century of 2008!
Dennis Grelk's Ride

Paul Jacobson, a Cup O'Mississippi Mud recipient in 2007 nailed a metric century this weekend (Feb 2nd) as well.

Mostly, what I'm wondering is this: Did Dennis and Paul see their shaddow while riding on Groundhogs Day?

By the way - in case you are wondering - you could earn all three cups - but you'd have to ride 18 full centuries and 12 metric centuries.... all in one year! You can't count the same century for 2 different cups... in other words, if you want the Cup O' Mississippi Mud AND the 1/2 Liter O'Dirt - you'd have to do a full dozen metric centuries PLUS 6 full dirty centuries. Make sense???

Keep riding! Peace - Dave