Monday, April 23, 2012

Adventure by bike

With the big dance of spring(TI) a week away I've been sorting through my gear again, both for standard gravel events and my multiday setup(since It's basically the same plus camp gear)
* = room for weight savings or other improvement

Gear kit:

Jandd frame pack 176g*(diy Cuban fiber version 40g)
SL Tube 116g(w/valve extender) wrap around mini tool and batteries
Patch kit (glue, patches, sand paper, razor blade) 16g
Needle and thread(floss) 15g Superglue 2g(ampule, for glueing skin and tires back together)
Masterlink 2g
Aleve/Advil 2g
Dumond tech chain lube 20g (15ml bottle)
Spare batteries for GPS 30g(Lithium primaries)
Toewarmers 26g
Phone/camera HTC Rezound w/double capacity battery 196g
Money 10g
Lip balm 4g
Snack bag ziplock for phone/money/lip balm 2g
Mini tool(Leyzne carbon 10 80g)
Leyzne HV drive pump 98g* w/duct tape wrap (carbon version 88g)
Food (shot blocks 62g/100cal)*
Light rain jacket 180g* (cuben jacket 145g)
Wool Buff 52g* (Coolmax Buff 37g)
MLD rain mitts 37g* (zpacks cuben mitts 23g)
Leg warmers(no zippers) 120g*
2-3liters fluid(2 24oz bottles Polar150g*(1L SmartWater bottle 34g)+ 1liter bladder)
200lumen Led lenser headlamp(tied to helmet) 108g
Fenix TK 35 970lumens, 2 18650s (350g w/batteries)
Custom light mount
Superflash taillight(w/rubber band secured) 50g
Garmin Oregon 450 200g

Pretty much all but the bottles and lights fits in the Jandd frame pack. Barely.

Giro Prolight helmet 202g
Oakley Jawbones w/transition lens 26g
Sidi Dominator 5s w/ time cleats
Desoto Forza tri bib 150g
Rab MeCo 120 ls 160g
Swiftwick socks 45g
Giro rivet gloves 44g
Illuminite hat 50g (BikeIA cycling cap 30g)

Add for multi day:
Revelate seat bag 392g*(Cuban fiber model forthcoming)
Pacific Outdoor Classic AC Air mat(full length 430g)
Bilgy tarp tent720g*(sub modded momentum 50 bivy)
Ti stakes 6g ea, alu 12g ea total 98g*
Poles 156g*(carbon poles)
Sea to summit mummy liner 242g
Down quilt 512g*
Cuben fiber stuff sack for pillow(fill with spare clothes) 10g
Light battery charger 172g
Phone/camera charger 70g
Spare shorts/shirt/socks(Desoto Forza tri bib 150g/Rab MeCo 120 ls 135g/Swiftwick 45g
Warmer weight layer:expedition weight wool 272g/fleece 278g*/Patagonia UL down shirt 167g
Post ride Mountain Hardware kilt 372g/ Mountain Hardwear Rifugio pant
Luna Leadville sandals 282g (fivefingers 384g, Nike running flats 322g)
Lightload towels 16g ea
Bronners soap 42g (30ml bottle)
LMF ti spork 20g
Aquamira tabs
Coffee filter
Sawyer Squeeze 68g
Sunscreen (30ml bottle)
Neosporin + 10g
Contact solution 42g (30ml bottle)/container 26g/spares 8g
Bug spray 24g
TP 26g
Brake pads
Mini lock 68g

Rain jacket, Tarp tent, and air mat(stuff that might be wet) go in a roll on the bars, clothes/bedding/camp gear(stuff that needs to stay dry) go in the seat bag, poles and everything else(stuff that may need to be frequently accessed or is heavy)goes in the frame bag.
The bikes:
For all my gravel events:
Trek/GF Cronus CX w/Zipp 404 Firecrests, Specialized Borough Pro XC 700x45 tires, Profile carbon jammer bars.
For multiday mixed terrain and snow:
Fork:Pugsley non offset 100mm customized w/fork leg mount bottle cages.
Headset: FSA orbit x if black
Seatpost: Thompson masterpiece
Saddle: Selle Anatomica
Stem: Thompson x4
Handlebar: Raceface Next SL 
Bar end: Cane Creek ergo
Grips: esi chunky
Brake levers: Paul Love levers
Brakes: Avid BB70 mechanical disc w/160mm rotors
Crankset: Middleburn
BB: Phil Wood stainless
Chain: KMC sl 9 gold
29er Wheelset:
  Front: Stans Flow rim 32hole, Alfine dyno disc hub, double butted spokes 3cross
  Rear: Stans Flow rim 32hole, DT 240 disc hub, double butted spokes 3 cross
  Tires: WTB weirwolf LT 2.55
Revelate frame bag
Supernova e3 triple dyno light
Planet bike superflash tailight
Velo orange bottle cages on fork
Syntace C2 bars

Soon to replace the pugs for all multiday mixed terrain:
Cannondale Flash Carbon 1 (or more likely, Ultimate) 29er


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Tis the season

Time to get my ass in gear and make things happen. Hold tight.


Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hawkeye Downs HPRA Sept 17/18th

For those of you looking for something completely different to do in September.....

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Yard sale 2011

Time to liquidate and fund for future adventures.

Friday, March 18, 2011

2011 Schedule

Rough sketch(all events subject to life, love, and whatever. high priority on adventure)*

Jan 2nd kccx
Jan 3rd

Jan 9th kccx(Series 60, 30plus series winner)
Jan 10th

Jan 16th Triple D(ski)4th skier. My hip adductors hate me.
Jan 17th

Jan22/23 NEIAKDG(North East Iowa Kill DG training sessions)

Jan28-Feb3 Arrowhead(crewing)


Feb 12/13 NEIAKDG

Feb 19/20 NEIAKDG

Feb 26th Cirrem(flatted, 10 bonus miles, ect)
Feb 27

Mar 5/6 NEIAKDG team edition

Mar 12/13 Minor hand injury/rest week

Mar19 Local 100miler. Jefferson Co tour of dirt roads(Pugsley29er)

Mar26/Mar27 Decorah spring training[Cronus]

Apr2/3 NEIAKDG Finale

Apr 9
Apr10 Gods Country duathlon [Pugsley 29er] 5th overall.

April 17th -Bone Bender 3/6 MTB Odyssey-(Smithville Lake, Mo.) [Badger] 24th Solo 6hour(damage control).

April 23rd/24th TransIA [Cronus]1st overall.

Apr 30 Decorah TT [Brew]
May 1st

May7th Smithville Adventure race [KM]
May 8th

May 14th Almanzo 162 [Cronus] DNF hypothermia

May 21 Chequamegon 100 [Badger] 20somethingth

May 28

June 4th Dirty Kanza [Cronus]DNF Heat
June 5th

June 11-12th Waterford HPRA 1st streamliner, 1st stock, 1st in trike.

June 17
June 18

June 25th
June 26th


July 9-10th Northbrook/Kenosha HPRA 1st streamliner, 2nd stock both days.


July 23
July 24th

July 30
July 31

Aug 6

Aug. 13th
Aug 14

Aug 20-21 Manchester HPRA


Sept 2/3/4/5th Dakota 50

Sept. 10
Sept 11

Sept 17/18 Hawkeye Downs HPRA

Sept. 24th
Sept 25

Oct 1 Dirty Wooden Shoe CX [Cronus]
Oct 2 Altoona CX

Oct 8-9 Chicago marathon(crewing)

Oct 15/16

Oct 22
Oct 23

Oct 29/30 Spooky CX [Cronus]

Nov 6


Nov18/19/20 Lincoln CX

Nov25/26/27 Jingle CX[Cronus]


Dec 11


Tuscobia Ultra? [Skate ski]


Triple D? [Skate ski]



Jan28-Feb3 Arrowhead 135 [Skate ski]






Sunday, July 04, 2010


It's taking me a bit to get back in blog mode, so these last two posts here will be a work in progress. The raw data is here, but there is alot to think about behind that data. While all the many races this past winter and spring have had their lessons to be learned, TransWisconsin was the first I've felt warrants a complete writeup. So many things learned. Now to get them on this page...

The pictures(with captions).

The main website and audio updates

The Data(with some description on the Garmin page):
Day 1 112miles
Day 2 120miles
Day 3 120miles The day of sand, missing completely from my GPS. This annoys the crap out of me.
Day 4~90miles?
Day 5 140miles
Long damn day, less to do with mileage more to do with route.
Day 6 160miles
Mother. Rain, rain go away.
Day 7 Fin

Race Schedule: Past and Present

January 9th Triple D snowbike race 60miler, Dubuque IA(2nd place overall)

February 1/2nd Arrowhead 135 135miles snowbike race, International Falls MN(Perfect conditions, flat tire at mile ten, rode from last place bike to tenth overall)

Feb 27th Cirrem(should have taken the studded tires off)

March 13th Bonk Hard Chill adventure race(beating a fitness wakeup call into my head)

March 26/27/28 High Profile Adventure Camp(Awsome)

April 17 Bone Bender 6hr mtb, Smithville MO (Finished 4 of the 6hours. Not a rigid friendly course after all)

April 24/25 TransIA 300something gravel miles Grinnell and surrounding area(Epic conditions, used it all up to get further than most)

May 1st Syllamos Revenge 50mile mtb, Mountain View AR (Epic conditions, again. Crankarm started falling off at mile 2. Ran alot. McGuyvered a finish.)

May 9th Camp Ingawanis IORCA mtb, Waverly IA (A chain dropping good time)

May 15th Almanzo 100, gravel Rochester MN(Fast gravel. 21st overall)

May 22 Chequamegon 100, 100 miles of singletrack in the Cable WI area(Lost in Chequamegon national forest.)

May 29 Balltown Classic(dns, spent the weekend cheering friends at the memorial day weekend races and building bikes)

June 5th Dirty Kanza 200 gravel, Emporia KS (dnf at 100miles due to a crash at 20~30miles in. First visit to the hospital in 3 decades.)

June 12/13th Waterford HPRA races, human powered vehicle races, Waterford MI(1st Streamliner, 2nd Stock, 1st Trike. New trike 200ft record, real close to the course records for faired and unfaired hour races)

June 18-24th TransWisconsin(epic. 3rd person to finish on route)

July 10/11 Northbrook/Kenosha HPRA weekend, human powered vehicle races, Chicagoland

July 17/18 IA games road TT/MTB race

July24/25th Dusk till Dawn adventure race, Perry, KS

July 31st Spolka 6hr adventure race, Prairie du Sac, WI

August 7th Metamora 4x50, 200mile road, Metamora IL

Aug 14th Rapture in Misery 12hour mtb race, Trenton, MO

August 20th Gravel World Championships, 135-150is miles gravel, Lincoln NE

August 28-29 Thunder Rolls 12/24 hour adventure race, Oregon IL

Sept 4/5 Dakota 50

September 11/12th Hawkeye Downs HPRA, human powered vehicle race, Cedar Rapids IA I promote this one, come check it out.

Sept 25-26th Berryman Adventure race 12/36hour, StL MO

October 9/10 Xenia HPRA, human powered vehicle race, Xenia OH
or Milford Extreme 6/12hour adventure race, Milford KS

Some CX races in here

Dec 4th Castlewood 8hour adventure race, StL MO

Some more CX racing

Dec Tuscobia Ultra 75mile snowbike race

January Triple D snowbike race 60miler, Dubuque IA

February Arrowhead 135 135miles snowbike race, International Falls MN

Saturday, March 06, 2010


One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about
humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very
very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear
you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you alright?-
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Don't lose hope, there will be race reports. I've just got to put out some fires and start some others....

In the mean time, check out my yard sale here: