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.

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

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