Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Results from Dirt Bag 2015

Thanks to all who came out and participated in the Dirt Bag last Sunday. The temp started out a little cool and quickly picked up and so did the wind making it something to talk about.
It was fun to meet many of you while hanging out and sharing a meal.
Gravel grinders are good people and it's becoming almost like a family reunion out there. We see each other just enough...
Here are the results and if you are not listed (Shaun Flynn) please let me know so I can make the correction:
85 Mile Results
1. Ben Doom 4:13
2. Jon Peter 4:16
3. Ian Hoogendam 4:25
4. Kyia Anderson 4:25 1st Woman
5. Jim Bell 4:25
6. Cory Hedin 4:53
7. Brett Sloma 5:02
8. Michael Latsch 5:14
9. Jeff Buschendorf 5:15
10. Dave Markman 5:32
11. Kurt Stunek 5:37
12. Leah Gruhn 5:40 2nd Woman
13. Gary Lindbergh 5:45
14. Jay Dellis 5:45
15. Pamela Gonzales 5:45 3rd Woman
16. Greg Knoll 6:06
17. Tony Bell 6:11
18. Ryan Terpening 6:12
19. Bonnie Gagnon-Moebeck 6:12
20. Erik Rike-Coleman 6:24
21. Jere Mohr 6:24
22. Rudy Schoolderman 7:10
23. Tavis Westbrook 7:12
24. Jodi Gruhn 7:16
25. Steve Enger 8:02
26. Jason Johnson 8:02
27. Noah Middlestaedt DNF
63 Mile Results
1. Charles Wolf 3:22
2. Emily Flynn 3:22 1st Woman
3. Patrick Kinney 3:23
4. Frank Thueringer 3:28
5. Jim Ringuette 3:28
6. Rich Zvosec 3:43
7. Tim Boyd 4:38
8. David Horstman 4:38
9. Cody Condon 4:38
10. Sarah Hurst 5:41
11. Frank Huben 5:46
35 Mile Results
1. Eric Nelson 2:17
2. Mark & Gina Halstrom 2:18 Tandem
3. Shaun Flynn 2:19
4. Rob Madgwick 2:23
5. Joel Dahlin 2:23
6. Aaron Blumke 2:23
7. Josh Fiedler 2:23
8. Tess Hohman 2:30
9. Andrew Gruhn 2:30
10. Marilyn Crandell 4:03
11. Corbin Elmer DNF Mechanical

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dirt Bag Sunday

The plan and the weather is coming together nicely for Sundays Dirt Bag.

Check in opens at 8 AM. Early arrives can park at Sportsman Hill which is the Start/Finish area.
Additional parking can be had at Riverside Park or, if needed, back at the Coborns store off of CR 24.

Rollout will be at 9 AM.

Cue sheets will be provided and the course gpx file can be downloaded from MapMyRide here:
Dirt Bag 85 Mile     Dirt Bag 62 Mile    Dirt Bag 35 Mile
or Strava here: Strava DB 85 Mile    Strava DB 63 Mile    Strava DB 35 Mile

Instructions will be given prior to start but most of you have heard it all before.

The course should be still relatively hard packed and fast. No leg busting climbs except that one to Corkys Bar.
There's a gas station around 17 miles, a rest stop around 33 miles, Lanttos at 52 miles (roller dogs, pizza, etc...) and Corky's at 62 miles (Fulton on tap I think).

You will be fed at the finish. No one goes home hungry.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Heck With It!

Heading up to the Heck of the North this weekend. Just hoping to finish and enjoy myself while doing it.

The registration is still open for the Dirt Bag and the cards are coming in. The cards are fun but there will be day of registration as well. I don't want to turn anyone away who can't work the snail mail technology.

The 63 Mile course was ridden last Sunday and it is fast. Most of it is hardpacked with a sheen on top. Some sections do have a few loose stones and there is little wash-boarding and potholes. But remember... Gravel roads are dynamic and can change overnight as witnessed by the GravelFest participants. So past reports do not necessarily predict future conditions.

We have procured some Holy Spirit Bouja again and my wife will be making some additional bowls of hot goodness for the post ride nutrition.

Off to get my Fargo ready...


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Dirt Bag Jersey Store Closing Sunday

Just a reminder to friends and fans of DirtBag that the Podium Wear storefront will be closing at Midnight on Sunday 9/20.

We have a long sleeve jersey that is merino wool on the inside and polyester on the outside. I've seen a sample of this material and it is a lightweight and stretchy fabric which will move well and provide good warmth for an active ride. Full zipper for temp regulation. The short sleeve is the standard silver line and also moves well.

Here's the link: DirtBag Jerseys and Caps   and the password is "gravel"

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dirt Bag Jerseys and Cap

Dirt Bag has got some new threads!
We brought back the old DB logo and are currently taking orders for a long sleeve Woolie and short sleeve jersey from Podium wear. The wool jersey is merino inside and a blend on the outside. This is great quality wear made here in MN.
Visit the storefront and place your order before 9/16 so we can have these items available for the DirtBag on 10/18.

The password is "gravel"

 Cap $30
 SS Jersey $70
LS Wool Jersey $120

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dirt Bag 2015 is Open for Registration

Registration is now open for the Dirt Bag Gravel Grinder.

When:  Oct 18th, 8 AM Check-in, 9 AM Start

Where: Sportsman Park NW of Clearwater Sportsman Park

Cost: FREE

Distances (approx): Race 88 mile, Ride 60 and 30

You can register via postcard by sending your:
     Category (Men / Women, Multi-speed / Single-speed / Fat)
     E-mail address

To: Dirt Bag 2015
       c/o John Egbers
       800 12th Ave South
       St Cloud, MN 56301

Details will continue to follow.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cold Front Blows In.... Dirt Bag is not Far Behind!

What a difference a day makes in Minnesota weather. We're 2 months/60 days/8 weeks from the Dirt Bag gravel.

Once again, there'll be a 30 and 60 mile ride as well as the 80 mile race (distances approx.). I'll be taking entries beginning Sept 1. More info to follow.

It's been a good year for gravel grinders with many new ones having popped up on the schedule and good numbers of riders participating.

I'll be doing the Heck Epic this weekend which should be a fun adventure in the north woods.

The Gravel Worlds field looks real strong this year with a good contingent of riders making the trip from St Cloud, including our own Dirt Bag founder Ben Doom, and the return of the GW 2013 champion as well as this years Dirty Kanza champ.

The Inspiration 100 is still open for registration for their penultimate year.

These are but a few that are on my radar. Check with Riding Gravel for a complete schedule of national and even worldwide grinders.

Exciting times. Good times. Challenging times. Live to ride. Ride to live.