We'll do a full post with results and race/ride report within the next week. Sorry for the wait, but we're still picking up the pieces while trying to get in rides and prep for Almanzo this weekend. Here are a couple of our favorite shots from the Cup to hold you over. Click on them for larger version.
The roll out along the Missouri River on a brisk spring morning. Photo by Terry Easton.
Minimun maintenance, maximun dustiness. 15th St. N. Photo by Josh Aleson.
Thanks to Twin Six for the awesome prizes that just showed up. Quality stuff that makes you look good. Also Fitzwerks has been on the scene helping as usual which is much appreciated. More on the Fitzy Roll bike ride taking place June 1 Bismarck to be announced later.
Trevor Lettman over at Space2Burn, responsible for such websites as Almanzo is writing songs as well as website code. He laid some of his band's (Highchair Kings) singles on us a while back and what better time then a week before the Burleigh County Cup to jam out to Crush Gravel?
Allow us to introduce some supreme human beings to you. We think it is important to keep gravel racing/riding free to anyone who has a bike, time and a little determination. These people make that happen. Monetary donations, prize donations or time and services. These people are the local, giving folks who make the Burleigh County Cup happen. We ask that you support them, thank them for supporting this event and know they are some of the good guys.
As spring temps finally showed up in Burleigh County just two weeks before the second running of the BCC there are a few things to go over. We're gonna try to cover it all here, any questions please send us an email: First off, we will be extending the time to get cards in until next Friday, May 3.
For ride/race day: The Burleigh County Cup and Sippy Cup will both roll out from Eagle Park (North of Bismarck, on River Road) at 10:00 a.m. CST on May 11. Registration/sign in/packet collection will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Eagle Park. We are starting it a little later this year due to the unusually cool temps we've been experiencing. 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 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. There is no shower facility on the campground, but the Ramada has donated use of their shower rooms following the race. There will be a shuttle going there if needed. There is also a block of rooms at the Ramada reserved for us if you are from out of town and would like to stay at a hotel.
For the ride: 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.
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 you're 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. - Accepting help from anyone outside of a fellow rider or your drop bag will result in a DQ.
- Any littering on purpose results in a DQ.
- Any course cutting results in a DQ.
- You are responsible for yourself. However we will have a volunteer on hand to pick you up if you are in a condition where finishing is not an option. This will result in a DNF.
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. You're 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 available for you to grab and re-fuel around the 30 mile mark. 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.
Spectators are welcome to come out, cheer on riders and have a good time! It is a park, so there is plenty of room to hang out, roam and have a good time.
We look forward to seeing you all May 11! Spread the word! Get out and ride!
With only 2 weeks left to register and a little over 4 weeks until the second running of 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 Gender 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, N.D. 58504 Simple as that. The event is free to all participants, thanks to our awesome sponsors (we'll be covering that great group of folks in a separate post in a few days). Then show up at Eagles park (just north of Bismarck, N.D. on 1804 see map) on Saturday May 11th for the fun. We will email all individuals registered to confirm you are registered as well as post a list on this blog for you to check and contact us if you do not see your name. This year we again 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. Saturday night people tend to camp out and have a good time around the campfires, and we encourage this. 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. For those wanting to wash up after the race the Ramada of Bismarck has generously donated rooms for riders to clean up in. There is also a block of rooms set aside at the Ramada for those who will not be camping out Saturday night or driving home. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.
While old man winter has more than wore out his welcome in much of the midwest, the 2nd running of the Burleigh County Cup is sneaking up quickly and will have little pitty on those who choose the couch over saddle during these next few weeks. With a little over 7 weeks to go the time is now to get out and get riding.
We have received requests from a couple of our sponsors (who are completely awesome and will feed and nourish each one of you and most likely give you a prize of sort for free) for a head count. With that we have made a decision to have a cut off date for registration this year. Please have your post cards in the mail no later than April 25, 2013. See the post below for instructions on how to register.
A few shots from last year to prove that summer really does exist (click to enlarge):
The time is here, get your post cards mailed, your wheels trued and your legs ready. We are taking registration for the second running of the Burleigh County Cup effective NOW.
This will be a self supported event (though the 75 miles option will have a drop bag option) 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 event is FREE of charge. If you would like to enter the event and plan to join us on May 11, 2013 for a great day of riding, please send a post card with the following information on it: Your Name Gender 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, N.D. 58504
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact us at BurleighCountyCup@gmail.com. Thank you.