Monday, July 21, 2014

Making the final recon of the long course in the morning to QC the trail portion of Stanley-Eddy. More folks are signing up and expressing their newbyness but willing to try which is just what we want. More converts to the gravel! 
Here is the latest from Weber's Deck FB for the show located across the street from our finish line... "Looking forward to our Sunday July 27th show at Weber's Deck!! 1pm-5pm!! Family friendly, so bring the kids, a lawnchair or blanket, and a cooler of your favorite beverages!!! Bands will be: Peewee Moore & The Awful Dreadful Snakes (Chatanooga, TN), The Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank (Holyoke, MN), and Javier & The Innocent Sons (Minneapolis, MN! Looking forward to seeing y'all out for a great day of music, and friendship!!!!"
This is the first running of this course and coupling with Weber's. It will make for a full day of fun so come prepared.
Stay tuned... JJ

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dirt Bag
presents
Gravel Grinder Music Fest

Sunday, July 27th

Put this date on your calendar and send me an email (JavaJohn) for entry with the usual info:

    Category - Geared/Single Speed/Tandem/Fat
    Gender
    Age
    Distance - Long/Longer

This is going to be a laid back, music in the grass, drinks in the cooler at the end of our gravel ride event. Route and distance is being plotted but plan on 60 miles with a turn off for a shorter ride. Short by grinder standards but this is a good opportunity to bring out the kids/friends/people interested in checking out the fun without having to commit to a long grind.

Start and finish in French Lake at Lantto's. They have made parking available to us in the field on the south side of the store. They are well stocked and the rollerdogs are a staple.

Weber's Deck is right across the street and will have music starting at 1 PM. It's an outdoor venue, literally a deck on the back of his house, and it's lawn chair seating. Some info on what Casey Weber is doing for the Americana music scene can be found here ReverbNation  and here Weber's Deck FB.

Planning on a 9 AM rollout which should give us enough time to wrap up this activity and get  you set up for the next.

I'll be updating via this blog and FaceBook.

Gravel on,
JJ

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Here is the MapQuest link to the park off of CR 75... Dirt Bag Start  It's the first left after the Clearwater river about 1/2 mile NW of town.

There is parking and bathroom facilities there. Grocery store and Nelson Bros. is just off I-94 to the north.

Text or call 320-224-7938 if you have questions.




Monday, May 5, 2014

Training Ride on the Dirt Bag course

We're 5 months away from the 5th running of the Dirt Bag. Greg and I took off on a beautiful, sunny and warm day to run the course from last year. It is a wholly different experience when it's not cold, windy and blowing sleet.


We stopped at mile 65'ish at Corky's in Fairhaven  for a PBR, it seemed like a good idea. Then I had another idea... We make Corky's the finish line and use a shuttle bus to haul everybody back to the start.
Probably the PBR talking.

Another idea... There will be a training ride on the Dirt Bag course this Saturday, May 10th.
Meet at the same park and we'll plan on rolling out around 9-9:30am. The weather forecast looks like partly sunny and 67. We should roll back in around 5 hours later.

It's short notice but perhaps a good warm-up for the following weekend happenings in Spring Valley.

Gravel on friends,
JJE

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dirt Bag 2014

Hello friends of Dirt Bag,

I've volunteered to run this years event so Mr. Doom can go on sabbatical. But don't worry, he's promised to make himself available for consulting and will not be far away.

Thinking that there will be plenty of time to get this years edition into the planning stages, I just got looking at the calendar on GravelGrinder and surprised to find that October weekends have quickly filled up. Not wanting to make anyone choose between events I consulted the Farmers Almanac for MN (slightly warmer and drier than average) and decided to go for the 25th of Oct. So far this puts us as the last gravel ride of the season.

Not planning on re-inventing the wheel on this one. Look forward to the same course as road conditions/changes allow but hope to find the funds to open up the shelter and have a hot meal and beverages when you finish.

As always, the emphasis will be on fun so perhaps you could wear a costume but if not, please wear something just in case the Farmers is wrong.

What's the internet equivalent of "stay tuned"?

Keep cranking,
John


Sunday, October 20, 2013

2014 Results...Dirt Bag IV.

Year number 4 is in the books!  Thanks to those that braved the cooler temps and toed the line once again.  Always a humbling experience.  Brian and I both are bit saddened this is our last year, for a bit...not forever, of running the Dirt Bag.  It's not going away but to new, excited hands.  It will live on and only get better....stay tuned.

It appears, to be cliche, that is was an epic year of gravel in Minnesota.
  • Almanzo was ushered in with two days of solid rain to only give way to sunny skies the day of the race.  However the ankle deep creek crossing turned into a raging mountain river, sending riders and their bikes down stream!
  • The Dirty Benjamin started out THICK.  The humidity was not wanting to go anywhere.  The majority of the race was fine but many of the riders got caught in a torrential downpour.
  • The Inspiration 100 riders battled soft, dusty roads with increasingly high temps.  Forcing many into the hurt locker...myself very much included.
  • The Heck of the North is epic by itself but toss in cooler temps and all day rains and you have a true rider and bike beat down.
  • The Dirt Bag has been hosted on 3 sunny, average temp days.  This year the riders were escorted around Wright County by rain, sleet, and snow.  The sleet at times felt like sand paper on the face.
Yep, and epic year.

Below are the results.  Hoping they are correct.


1.) Josh Roeser 4:27
2.) Jim Bell 4:27
3.) Monika Sattler 4:27 (1st women)
4.) Sean Mailen 4:27:30...disc brake failure!
5.) Jon Kern 4:32
6.) Brent Kvittem 4:32
7.) Corey Shouse Torino 4:34
8.) Tim Oolman 4:35
9.) Sam St. Pierre 4:38
10.) Steven Yore 4:46
11.) Jay Dodig 4:50
12.) Jeff Bushendorf 4:51
13.) Darryl Shoemaker 4:59
14.) David Strachan 4:59
15.) Steve Cragle 5:02
16.) Justin Pitts 5:12
17.) Brett Sloma 5:16
18.) Peter Gustafson 5:18
19.) John Egbers 5:20
20.) Galen Murray 5:28
21.) Craig Gustafson 5:29
22.) Jared Gazda 5:31
23.) Mark Nestande 5:32
24.) Matt Reeve 5:37
25.) Bob Mueller 5:38
26.) Quinn Williams 5:38
27.) Greg Knoll 5:40
28.) Monte Dirks 5:42
29.) Justin Schuetz 5:47
30.) Gary Lindberg 5:47
31.) John Carline 5:57
32.) David Knox 6:10
33.) Steve Schoo 6:10
34.) Aaron Blumke 6:17
35.) Mike Rathlisberger 6:20
36.) Steve Van Vleet 6:20
37.) Willie Humke 6:22
38.) Kristine Larsen 6:22
39.) Ben McCoy 6:22
40.) Jessica Baltzley 6:22
41.) Adam Turman 6:22
42.) Chris Kvaal 6:28
43.) Bronwyn Cole 6:28
44.) Aaron Olson 6:40
45.) Ed Matthiesen 6:47
46.) Jere Mohr 6:51
47.) Leah Gruhn 6:51
48.) Craig Rittler 6:58
49.) Joel Dahlin 6:58
50.) Ryan Newman 6:58
51.) Kris Ensrud 7:05
52.) Jim Smith 7:09
53.) Carol Markham-Cousins 7:12
54.) Bryon Amo 7:37
55.) Sheila Amo 7:37
56.) Geoff Archibald 7:38
57.) Eric Younger 7:38
58.) Adam Curtis 8:00
59.) Barbra Curtis 8:00
60-86.) DNF

Thanks everyone...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Two More Days!

The running of the Dirt Bag IV is just around the corner.  My excitement is mounting!
Reminder that early packet pick up is today, Thursday, at Revolution Cycle and Ski from noon-8.  Packet pick up race day will start at 8 with the race starting around 9ish.  Nothing is set in stone!

The location of the start is in a previous post.  Please note that there is not a shelter so whatever mother nature throws at us we will be exposed to.  There are a set of restrooms but with the cooler temps they may have them shut down so plan accordingly.

Again, we will have coffee and sweets in the morning and again at the end, if left overs are available.  The checkpoint is no longer mandatory, but will be there around mile 34 or so.  It's early but one of the few spots available.  Water and cookies will be there.

We will also have previous year shirts, etc on sale.

Thanks and see you Saturday.