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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Nap??!!??

Hi Dave,

I rode a really mixed up slow metric with a nap in the middle Saturday. Link. Started riding at noon, piddled around riding a 15mile hilly gravel loop with my banker, then did another lap of that on my own, then headed into the forest for sixteen miles of bushwhack/buff equestrian trail, then I rode home for a snack and a nap. Woke back up at 3am and finished out the metric with another 16mile gravel loop. The 3 am loop felt really good, hope that means I'm in shape for the 24hour then. Hopefully I'll have a metric and a hundy of pure dirt to report after this weekend.


Monday, August 25, 2008

A Dirty August

Headed out from Johnston at 7AM on Sunday with Scott Sumpter (LeMond
Poprad), Rick Blackford (Bianchi Axis), and myself (Surly Karate
Monkey) in the group. We met Tom Anderson (Specialized Stumpjumper) on
the way and headed west with no particular route in mind. After
passing by some gas pipelines north of Redfield and brief foray into
adventure racing courtesy of a bridge construction project, we were in
Panora for lunch after about 60 miles. After lunch we stopped briefly
to let Sumpter fix a slow leaking tire. Tom wasn't feeling quite like
himself after lunch so he told us to go ahead to Adel and he'd keep on
at his best pace. Rolled into Adel, snagged some drinks at the Casey's
and after a rest in the shade Tom came around the corner with a
Gatorade in hand and a smile on his face. We rode by Tom's house and
then Scott, Rick and I finished up the ride. 103 miles in total. 7:40
ride time.

Steve 'Mr. DSM Register' Fuller

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Perfect '10'!

Dirty Man, John Adamson made it 10 for 10 at this years Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race - earning himself, not just a silver buckle for finishing - but the BIG one for finishing his 10th - the coveted 1000 Mile Buckle!

An he did it in style - finishing in a fast 10:05:13 - a great finish for anyone - much less some old dude in his 60s! He placed 3rd in his age group of geezers - We, at ye ol' Cup O' Dirt, solute you, Mr. Adamson. You have proven that 60 is the new 30! Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us!

Now - to the Cup chase - Others who knocked off another notch on the chase include Mike Johnson, who finished hand in hand with John at Leadville, knocking about 20 minutes from his previous PR and who now has 7 on his way to the full Cup. Doug Keiser who finished in a very fast 9:34 at his first Leadville race, being the 19th fastest guy from folks east of Colorado! Paul Meyermann finished his first Leadville, coming in under the 12 hour mark. Paul is halfway to his 1/2 Liter of Dirt! Congratulations to all of you Bike Tech folks for your race - and for having the guts to sign up, especially Kat, who put all those miles in and toed the line in the Nation's toughest 100 miler!

Then there's Dee and I, who, in November, had a momentary brian lapse, and decided to sign up again, for our 3rd ride on tandem. With Dee's racing this summer, we were curious how that would effect our results, and were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves battling for 2nd place in the tandem division agian - managing to hold on for 2nd in the closest tandem race in Leadville history and shave 17 min from our 2007 time, finishing in 10:24:33. So, we nailed another hundy, took home a buckle and some swag, and are looking forward to our next race at Chequamegon.

Oakley Rob finished his first Leadville, earning a 2nd century, in 10:24:05, enjoying the day and is already looking forward to next year. Brian Benson gutted out the last half of the day, not having 'it' at the halfway point - but, being spurred on by Langer at the 2nd Twin Lakes (TL2) aid station - rode on and finished in a PR 11:28! Way to gut it Benson!

Brian Duffy and Dave Fish fell behind their expected cut-off times at TL2 withdrew - but did manage a metric century in the process - a very difficult metric century!

Again - congratulations to all for toeing the line in a historic Leadville Trail 100! See you next year?

Peace - Dave

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Grelk Adds Another 100k

Dennis Grelk and Squirrel loaded thier gear... like - everything... from trail tools to camping gear and a race bike (you gotta see this!) and headed to Boone for the IMBCS #6 at Seven Oaks. They spent the day working the trail on Saturday - enjoyed an evening under the stars and then enjoyed the race on Sunday... - Dennis enjoyed all 3 laps of it it while Squirrel, lacking enthusiasm, bagged it after one lap - and joined the crowd to watch.

This counts as Grelks 7th metric - seems he's on his way to add a Half-Liter O' Dirt to his recently earned Cup O' Dirt! This will be Squirrels 3rd either metric or full.

Myself - I'll be heading off to Leadville with a crew from Central Iowa tomorrow - including Oakley Rob, Brian Benson, Dave Fish, Brian Duffy and my bride - Dee Mable. This is Robs first attempt at Leadville, while Fish and Duffy are working to earn thier first buckle and Benson hopes to better his PR. Dee and I are hoping to have an uneventful day - and if we do - are also hoping for a PR and maybe finish top 3 tandems again. That would be fun.

Other Iowans, and Cup chasers, include John Adamson and Kat Porter from Cedar Falls - John is a longtime vet - in fact will be looking to earn his 10th buckle this year, and Kat is attempting this gig for her first time. They are joined by Pb'ville veteran Mike Johnson. Good Luck to all Iowan's toeing the line!

Big news for this year is the fact that Lance is reportedly racing this year- I guess he and Charmichael still have that bet going from last year - and Landis is officially out - so there is no "Yellow Jersey Throwdown" or anything - Lance just wants to beat Charmichael - and maybe finish top 10 along the way. This author doesn't think that Dave Wiens, last year's winner, has anything to worry about from Lance - but we'll see - I could be wrong. Reguarding Landis - he's got this little suspension thing - and Leadville is a USAC sanctioned race - so he can't do it without adding time to his suspension, which is up in January of 2009.

I will be calling the Kim West Radio Show on Sunday evening at about 6:50pm CST for a brief report - and the August 17th show will feature Leadville with full results and stories from riders around Iowa, and the country! Tune in to 1460 KXNO!

We'll see ya on the flipside of the weekend!

Peace - Dave