Friday, May 25, 2012

Burleigh County Cup: Recap 1 of 2

I'll start off the recap of the Burleigh County Cup on a serious note. The results, the thanks, the truth, etc.

Here are the long awaited times and results from the first Burleigh County Cup gravel road bicycle event:

Burleigh County Cup (75 miles total)

1. Adam Bergman 4:08:55
2. Chris Knoll 4:20:14
3. John Goeddertz 4:20:17
4. John Morgan 4:38:24
5. Syd Lahtinen 4:38:39
6. John Struchynski 4:40:46
7. Timmy Crawford 4:51:22
8. Mark Liebig 4:53:47
9. Ted Clausen 4:59:17
10. Dave Simmons 5:05:30
11. Steve Wenzel 5:09:17
12. Chris Heid 5:11:59
13. Blake Preszler 5:15:31
14. Greg Ames 5:18:25
15. Keith LoMurray 5:27:02
16. Brian Fried 5:33:33
17. Matt Engen 5:38:08
18. Chad Bergan 5:44:10
19. Lance Larson 5:55:53
20. Martin Knoll 5:55:56
Lynn Glock DNF
Gerry Lannoye DNF

1. Bianca Bergman 5:34:08
2. Katie Knoll 5:36:34
3. Kelly Jean Hanlon 6:10:04

Sippy Cup Results (35 miles total)

1. Dave Burns 2:19:28
2. Jamison Kautzman 2:21:45
3. Ryan Fisk 2:29:29
4. Travis Ness 2:35:25
5. Mike Backes 2:39:39
6. Tony Keys 2:41:55
7. Phil Helfrich 2:45:00
8. Pete White 2:45:18
9. Ryan Holzer 2:51:06
10. Jeff Miller 3:01:19
11. Travis Helfrich 3:12:00
12. J.D. Nash 3:23:14
Colin Kemmesat DNF
Corey Richter DNF

1. Ashly Benson 2:36:13
2. Kari Fried 3:21:31
3. April Bergan 3:21:32
4. Benji Lillestol 3:44:04
Karen Wilhelm DNF

1. Alex Felderman and Mike Fitzgerald 2:12:06

Enough thanks can not be said to everyone who showed up that day and rode their a**es off in the hills of Burleigh County. Thank each and every one of you.

A big thanks also goes out to the sponsors who made this event possible. Please support the sponsors who supported the Burleigh County Cup. Without them it would be impossible to have a FREE bicycle race, with great food, prizes, beer and everything in between. Go into their businesses, tell them thanks for supporting the cup and support them in return.

Stay tuned for post 2 of 2, where we'll take a trip down memory lane, share some photos, laughs and maybe even get a little rad.

- BCC Staff

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A final Word

With just a couple days until the Burleigh County Cup takes stage there are a couple last minute details and such to cover:

• For the BCC 75 mile option, you will have access to your drop bags at a little over 30 miles. Around 30 miles after that (60 miles, roughly into the 75) you will be passing through the Eagles park that we roll out from for the last leg of the ride. If you would like to have anything stashed there to grab for the last 15 miles, feel free.
• For those of you who are unaware of where the Eagles park is, click HERE for a link to it. Camping is free both Friday and Saturday night. It is primative, though there is room for campers, you just will not be able to plug them in. There will be a lot of local people camping Saturday night, including the BCC staff, and you are welcome (encouraged) to hang out and have a good time.
• One of the BCC staff has volunteered to act as support for riders who need a bailout. We will be giving his phone number out to anyone interested in having it if you'd like it, and he will have a vehicle ready if needed.
• A couple of us will be offering our own personal showers to out of towners who would like to get cleaned up after the race. If you are interested we will surely help you out.

Thank you,

BCC staff

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

10 Days and counting...

With just under two weeks to go until the first ever Burleigh County Cup I hope you're finding yourself on top of a lot of miles and in good health. The gravel riding in Burleigh County has been nothing short of amazing the last few weeks and with any luck the weather will cooperate with us and show us a great day to ride on May 12. While the Burleigh County Bicycle Cult is moving it's headquarters and things have been hectic I wanted to stop from the chaos and make sure a few things were clear for the Burleigh County Cup and Sippy Cup. First of all, if you recieved this email then you are registered. If you talk to someone who thinks they are registered but did not recieve this, either it's in their junk folder or I mis-typed their email. Also, being in our first year, we have decided to take day-of registration. I have recieved a couple of emails in the last few days from people who are just hearing about the event, wondering if it is too late to get in. I think it would be unfair to leave these people behind. This is the only year we will be doing this.
For ride/race day: The Burleigh County Cup and Sippy Cup will both roll out from Eagles Park (North of Bismarck, on River Road) at 9:15 CST. We will start handing out packets with the route map and take any late registrations at 8:00 at Eagles Park prior to the race and I will make the announcement to line up @ 9:05. As we've said before, we are renting the entire Eagles Park for Friday - Sunday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the park, it has primative camping and can handle smaller campers also. We welcome all to stay at the park both Friday and Saturday night free of charge if you'd like. A number of local cyclists are planning to stay there Saturday night and it may be a good opportunity to share some stories of the ride, meet some new riders and have some good times. However, there is no shower facility on the campground.
For the ride itself: Please come prepared. This ride will be a challenging 75 miles or 35 miles depending on your category. For those of you doing the 75 mile option, if you are expecting a walk in the park, you are going to be in for a big suprise. And while the 35 mile option is shorter, and not quite as hilly and intense, it is still a challenge and a little bad weather could turn it into a real tough day. Have your bicycle in tip-top shape. A bicycle faliure is nearly as bad as a human one on a ride like this. Hydrate heavily days prior to the ride. Bonking and dehydration are not good. BE SAFE. These roads are not closed for this event, and some times have people driving extremely fast on them. Look out, check intersections before crossing and make the right choice. You are responsible for yourself.

A quick list of rules:
- All riders must wear a helmet.
- All riders must have a properly calibrated cycling computer (necessary to read the maps)
- All riders must carry a minimum of 2 24 oz water bottles on them (for Burleigh County Cup riders, you may have smaller bottles if you choose to have a dropbag. More on that below)
- All riders must carry food on them. This one is hard to enforce, but your burning calories, you gotta replace them.
- All riders must help another rider in distress, at the very least asking if they are OK before moving on.
- Any littering on purpose results in a DQ.
- Any course cutting results in a DQ.
- You are responsible for yourself. We do not have people standing by to pick you up. If you have a mechanical, or cannot finish because of fatigue, no one is coming to get you unless you have prior arrangments.

A quick list of recommondations:
- A map holder. Banjo Brothers makes a nice one. It attaches to your handlebars and you can look down at your map and match it up with your cycling computer. Simpl.
- A couple of spare tubes, pump and tire levers. Almost every ride I go on in this area results in at least one flat. Your not immune. And know how to change a tube.
- Muli-Tool. May be heavy, but I've seen a broken chain turned into new again in a few minutes with a small chain-breaker on a multi tool. Save yourself the walk.
- Drop-bag. For the 75 mile Burleigh County Cup you will have the option to hand in a small bag prior to the race (think lunch-box size, not backpack) filled with anything you'd like. These will be driven to a little beyond the halfway point and available for you to grab and re-fuel. Take advantage of this.
- Be responisble for yourself. Have someone ready to come and get you. Take your cell phone with on the ride to call if you need help. No one is coming to get you unless yo have prior arrangments.

Following the ride/race there will be free food and beverages for all riders courtesy of The Northside Market, The Sports Page Bar and McQuade Distributing.

Spectators are welcome to come out, cheer on riders and have a good time!

We look forward to seeing you all May 12! Spread the word! Get out and ride!

- BCC Staff

Thursday, April 12, 2012


We drove the route a few days ago, and while we are not releasing the entire route, we thought we'd give those of you who are doing the Burleigh County Cup a sneak peak at one of the rugged climbs that will be testing your chain pins. This will not be on the Sippy Cup course, rest easy.

Those who have registered will be getting a confirmation email in the next week or so to confirm attendance and cover some last minute details, start time, etc.

Get riding! See you May 12!

- BCC staff

Saturday, March 31, 2012


With only 6 weeks left until the Burleigh County Cup there are some things to be covered. First off if you have not yet registered you can still get in. All you have to do is follow these simple instructions:

Purchase or make a post card and write this info on it:

Your Name
E-mail Address
Distance class (35 mile Sippy Cup or 75 Mile Burleigh County Cup)

Send them to:

BCC / Tyler Huber
1518 East Avenue F
Bismarck, N.D. 58501

Simple as that. The event is free to all participants, thanks to our awesome sponsors. Then show up at Eagles park (just north of Bismarck, N.D. on 1804 see map) on Saturday May 12th for the fun. We have not finalized a time of the start, so stay posted and we will email all individuals registered to confirm you are still coming. As we've said before we have the Eagles park campground for the entire weekend, and everyone is welcome to stay there (free of charge) on Friday night before the race and also Saturday night following. We will have a postride meal provided by local sandwich experts North Side Market. There will also be post ride beer available for the 21+ provided by The Sports Page bar and McQuade distributing, along with prizes donated by our genrous sponsors and awards for top finishers of the day.

A few things to make sure you have for race day:

1 - Properly calibrated cycling computer - This is a mapped out route, and you will want this to determine the distance in between turns. Sure you can try to follow the pack, but some roads are double backed on and looking for tire tracks may result in your getting lost. Have a cycling computer on your bike and ready to go.

2 - Cue card holder - You will be given cards with the map of directions on them the day of the ride. You can stuff them in your pocket or bag, but having one of these makes life and the ride a lot easier.

3 - Drop bag - If you are doing the 75 mile option you will be able to surrender a drop bag that we will be hauling to the midway point for you to have access to. Keep these small, and pack them with items to re-fuel.

4 - Extra parts - Having an extra tube and pump is just common sense. What about an extra chain link or a multi tool though? Carrying a heavy load stinks, but not as bad as walking 30 miles back to the park.

That's all for now. Email any and all questions you have to


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Midway bag drop

We are adding a midway break point for the Burleigh County Cup! You will be allowed to hand in a small (not backpack sized) bag with water, food, energy bars, etc. in it to event personal at the beginning of the ride if you are participating in the 75 mile option. It will be taken to a point roughly midway through the ride where you can have access to it. Any other outside help is banned from the event, unless it is from another rider so this is an opportunity to take advantage of. HeidCo Creative Carpentry of Bismarck is donating the time and use of one of their work trucks to make this possible!

Friday, March 16, 2012

A big THANK YOU to our first major sponsors who have stepped up to support the BCC - The Sports Page, McQuade Distributing / New Belgium Brewing,  Northside Market - Lander's Conoco, Schwab Chiropractic, and The Walrus! Support these local businesses!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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We are busy riding bikes. You should be too. Less than two months until the first Burleigh County Cup / Sippy Cup gravel road bicycle event. We are still taking postcards, and will leave registration open for a little while yet. The route is laid out nicely and the starting point is set. We have rented out the entire Eagles Park just north of Bismarck, and this will serve as the start and finish point. There is primitive camping available and we welcome all cyclists to camp friday night before the ride and saturday night after also. If camping is not your thing there are plenty of hotels in the Bismarck area that will suit your needs. Stay tuned for specific times and details.

Are you prepared? Do you have your Cue sheet holder waiting patiently to be used to hold the route cards? Do you have extra tubes and your food picked out? Is your cycling computer ready and properly calibrated so you can find the route and not get lost? Get out, get riding and get ready.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Burleigh County Cup with monetary donations or prizes please email us at Your efforts are greatly appreciated and crucial to the success and sustainability of the event.

If you haven't registered yet here are the details:

This will be a self supported event (though the 75 miles option will get a drop bag, see post above) on the gravel roads (very hilly at times) of Burleigh County, just outside of Bismarck, North Dakota. There will be two distances: 35 miles (The Sippy Cup) and 75 miles (Burleigh County Cup). There will be a list of requirements and rules to follow (much of which are similar to Minnesota's Almanzo 100) as well as suggestions and details of the ride.

This is a free of charge event.

If you would like to enter the event and plan to join us on May 12 for a great day of riding, please send a post card with the following information on it:

Your Name
E-mail Address
Distance class (35 mile Sippy Cup or 75 Mile Burleigh County Cup)

Send them to:

BCC / Tyler Huber
1451 Omaha Drive

Bismarck, ND 58504
Thank you.