What you need to know:

-the dates: march 26th and 27th, 2011
-the place: decorah, iowa
-the plan: ride a gravel century saturday followed by a gravel metric sunday
-the reason: i prefer company while training for spring gravel racing
-who's invited: anyone that gets it
-lodging: free to the first 8 that register
-registration: send me an email at springtrainingdecorah@hotmail.com
-what to bring: every cycling related thing you own and a willingness to suffer
-food: far less organized this year...we'll figure it out

Friday, January 15, 2010


ok, so far there's been two questions coming up with some regularity that i'll try to answer without rambling on unnecessarily.

1. concerns about being too slow/holding the group back: thursday night will be sort of a meet everybody, get the blood flowing after driving here, chill kinda ride. we're just gonna cruise for a few hours. saturday's century will be self-supported so there won't be anyone to hold back. early finishers will probably collect at my place and get cleaned up before eventually moving to a bar. everyone will have directions to the bar and my cell number so feel free to join us when you finish. that only leaves friday's metric. i have a hard time expecting to hammer this thing knowing that we've got a century to do on saturday and my intentions are for it to be a no-drop ride. obviously this is within reason. as stated before, you will have cue sheets should you get split from the group. however, i still don't expect this to happen. some of us will be capable of riding faster than others, that's natural, but if you can average 12-13mph on gravel i figure we'll be doing okay. most likely the metric on friday will be an out and back to harmony, minnesota which has a few good hills but certainly isn't as grueling as what we're capable of around here.

2. what if i can't make it for all three days? come anyway. PLEASE. i love having people to ride with and the more the better. a heads up if you're planning on coming would be great but i will make plenty of extra cue sheets for friday and saturday so come along for the ride and bring some friends. i'm pretty sure we'll be having a number of locals join us for some, if not all of the rides also. the only difference for people not making the whole thing is that i'll leave what space i have available for sleeping for those committing to all three rides. as of right now i only have one or two spaces left anyway. i have had a couple of local riders mention that they might be able to help house so the number of free housing spots might be going up also. again, just email me with any questions.

i'm am doing these rides to get in miles, not to set any sort of speed records. i would rather ride with slower people that enjoy the ride and the possibility of suffering through some really nasty conditions than hammer out a 6 hour century with some total d-bag racer boy. come ride your bike and have fun.


  1. I am checking the schedule with the spousal unit and work. Would love to get this in.

  2. I've got room in my house in Waukoon if anybody needs a place to stay. As long as they're cool and not a hooker with head lice.

  3. Ben, Email me the route sheet for Saturday when you get it done. I want to join for part of it, but probably won't catch up with you before that morning. ELENSCH@yahoo.com