Sunday, July 31, 2011

Reviews of the ride

Tim Lupfer, interesting idea..
Hey Jim,
I enjoyed the Dirty Lemming immensely, but I started thinking, How could this be better? Longer. More extreme. Introducing the first draft of the minneapolis-lemming-minneapolis gravel-rando-thing:




I finished some time just before you and ed. I didnt do a full elapsed time. I also didnt look at the time when I finished. I was just happy to be alive.

Scott Hippen, Scott rode out front from the start and left the rest of us in the gravel dust.
I finished at 2:25, so my time was 7 hours 25 minutes. The course lived up to the name "gravel grinder". It had lots of exposure to sun, wind, loose/deep/challenging gravel.

My computer indicated my time in the saddle was 6:34 yesterday, whereas my saddle time in the Almanzo 100 was 6:55. My opinion is the Dirty Lemming road surfaces are more challenging than Almanzo 100.

I lost my cue cards at Almanzo, so I had a double back after a couple of wrong turns and had to wait-up for riders a few times. I also struggled a bit with cue cards at Dirty Lemmnig during the first 30 or so miles, but after that I seemed to do much better.

Thanks for your work on this.


Chuck led the 100K ride
Hi Jim,
It was a great ride. We finished at 11:58 so 4:58? Steve and I finished at the same time. 

P.S. I've read stories on how Native Americans would wander out on the prairie until they were delirious and named themselves after their visions. Did you see lemmings? It looks like you might have. I saw frogs but then I only went 100k.

Greg Fields
Hi Jim,

Thanks again for putting on such a fun ride! After having my manhood striped of me after failing to finish the Almanzo I needed to complete a gravel century to get the monkey off my back. The route was perfect with great scenery, the stop at the bar with the amazed Harley people, and the fast finish on the Luce Line.  I learned that gravel rides are fun when it is dry! I finished with John at 9:40.

I have tried to watch the video but it comes back and says "This video is private". I can see sitting there but I get that message when I hit play.
[editor, video should be fixed] 
Thanks again! I will be back next year for this one. The group was really fun.


Steve P.

Thanks Jim for your hard work and a great riding experience....I did not expect to have a better time than you until I saw what you looked like at mile 70 at the bar...

I will start saving my $$$ for next years fee's...I heard they are going up to 500.00... Due to a very strong Interest In this classic gravel grinder...
I hope the $$$ pay's the state attorney and mayor of Watertown to keep them off your back...Not to mention the guy who drive's the road grader....Hey, all joking asside thanks, as Arnold would say I'll be back....

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