Hi. I’m Kelly Mac, Art Director and new kid on the block here at Salsa Cycles. I recently celebrated my first week in the office by saddling up with some of the Crew for the Ragnarök 105 gravel race.
97 riders decided to test their legs with a healthy heaping of early-Spring gravel
This year’s Ragnarök course was actually 111 miles long due to a revamped start location, and featured nearly 8000 feet of climbing. The event kicked off the 2011 AGRS (Almanzo Gravel Race Series). Starting and finishing in Red Wing, Minnesota, the race course followed portions of the Zumbro River, tackled several minimum maintenance roads, and featured plenty-o hardy climbs.
Mile upon mile of the gravel. Some of it thawed...
...some of it still slightly chilled...
...and lots of it hilly.
Salsa sponsored rider Tim Ek and product designer Joe Meiser fought the good fight all day long and came in second and third respectively, finishing in 6 hours 40 minutes. That’s an average of 16.7 mph. Hauling. I was surely still pedaling (or fixing flats) by the time these guys were well on their way home.
The next stop on the AGRS is the Almanzo 100, on May 14th. Registration is closed, but for those that signed up I hope we see you there.
Thanks to the Ragnarök organizers for a great FREE event! You put a smile on my face.
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Origins: San Francisco Bay Area Location: Minneapolis, MN (Harrison!) Likes: Bikes, Arturo Bandini, large metal sculpture, photography, design, anything jalapeño, denim, albino squirrels, bock beer, and my backyard fire pit. Dislikes: Television and beets.