April 8, 2011 Adam Ziskin
Chris Skogen, the founder of The Almanzo 100 endurance race, is flying under the radar as a race event god. The first three rules of his killer free endurance race is:
1. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
2. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
3. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
It all started as an organic & noble idea. 100% dirt, 100% free, 100% self-supported, 100% amazing. It obviously is filling a void in the Minnesota Cycling race community and abroad. It started in spring 2007 with only 20 riders registered, 13 people actually showing up, and only 4 finishing. Forward to spring 2011, the Almanzo 100 has over 700 riders. This has spawned an even greater concept from Skogen, The Almanzo Gravel Road Series: Race for the Cup, which according to Skogen, “was born out of a desire to combine the finest gravel road cycling events in the country and the people that ride them.” The AGRS is currently a free 7 race gravel series. You can find more information on the AGRS blog, which is linked on the bottom of this post.
Spring elements in Minnesota can always be unpredictable. You can still have snow on the ground, you can have flooding, you can have extremely muddy conditions, you could ride the entire race in the rain. With the Almanzo 100, you must be prepared for all elements. This year, The Almanzo 100 race is set for May 14th, 2011.