Tomorrow, here in Minnesota, the Almanzo 100 takes place. The event has grown over the years to become a huge gathering of cyclists looking to ride (or race) 100 miles on gravel.
Salsa is proud to be a sponsor of the event.
A few folks here in the building had their Almanzo bikes with them today, so I asked if I could shoot a quick photo or two, and let them tell you about their bike setups, but more importantly, why they’re doing the Almanzo and what they hope to take from the experience.
My Casseroll is set up for all-day comfort; carbon fork, Thudbuster seatpost, and 40mm tires.
I turned 60 years old in April and the Almanzo 100 is one of the events on my list of things to do this year. My goal is to beat my time from several years ago, which was the last time I did the Almanzo.
I’m riding my La Cruz Ti. I rode this bike in two gravel events last year, and since then, it’s become my go-to bike. For Almanzo this year I’ve taken off my commuting wheels and put on some bombproof Fulcrum Racing 1 wheels that look very sweet with the Ti frame. I’ve moved my water from my back to a Revelate Designs Tangle Bag.
For me, doing gravel races gives me a chance to feed my competitiveness. I love racing, but with two little kids, I don’t have the time to train for road racing every weekend. Most of my training has been on my daily ride to work. Last year at Almanzo, I suffered hard in the heat and wind, had a broken chain, and it ended p being a much longer day than I expected. This year my goal is to finish faster than last year.
I recently moved back to Minnesota from Utah, so I’m eager to explore the Midwest cycling events that have good cultural aspects. Pounding gravel sounds a lot more fun than road centuries, and I like the self-supported nature of the event. Oh yeah, and it’s free! My goal for the event is simply to finish comfortably, feel accomplished, thoroughly enjoy the riding, and hang out with some cool people.
To all of you taking on the Almanzo tomorrow, we wish you the best of luck. Stop by our tent and say “Hi” to Andy. Ride safe and enjoy the journey.
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.