|Credit: Dr. John Hokanson|
Many of the early season gravel grinder races (Ragnarök 105, Dickie Scramble, Almanzo 100, The Royal 162 & The Westside Dirty Benjamin) have now closed for registration. If you missed out on these or would like to add another opportunity to crush some gravel there is still time to register for the Dirty Lemming Gravel Grinder.
The Dirty Lemming is a free race that will take place on Saturday, July 20th in Watertown, MN. There are two route options to choose from, a 100 mile century and a 62 mile metric century. Postcard registration opened April 1st and will remain open until the roster is filled.
There is a new route under consideration for 2013 and cue sheets & a GPX file for GPS users will be provided. The course will not be marked so pay attention and refer your GPS or odometer for mileage turns on your cue sheet. The race organizer recommends cyclocross or mountain bikes due to the changing conditions of the rutted, loose gravel roads of the route. For more information on details for the race, visit the Ride Details page on the Dirty Lemming blog.
Like most long distance gravel races, this one is unsupported, so make sure you bring the necessary equipment to assist you if you run into trouble. Chris Skogen, organizer of the Almanzo 100, has put together a list of recommended supplies that you should consider carrying for an unsupported gravel race.
For those that finish there will be an after party with brats and beer provided. I'll see you there July 20th. Crush Gravel!
Diirty Lemming (The Movie)
Here is the 2012 route with elevation profile.