I was talking to a local bike shop owner in Iowa today and he mentioned that he rode Almanzo last year. I’d never heard of it, so I looked it up and it looks like fun. It’s unsupported and free. The rules are pretty simple. You are responsible for you. No snowflakes, even though it often snows in Minnesota in May.
I sent my entry in via postcard this morning. It will be a good test for Steamboat. I plan to ride the steel Kona Rove on Panaracer Gravel King 35s. If I can average 16 mph or more over 100 miles with 8,000+ feet of climbing, that’s the bike I’ll take to Steamboat. If it’s a mucky mess, I may have to reconsider what I ride.
I’ll worry about that then. For now, it’s enough to have this on my calendar. May 18, 2019. Northfield Minnesota.