Shaun McNally
First time doing this one.....what's the gravel like in this part of the state? I've been looking at pictures of the race and it looks pretty hard and well packed. Is it class V or something like crushed limestone? Looking at the weather report it looks like there will be plenty of rain the 2 days prior. How are these roads when wet?

I come from western MN, class V gravel country, our roads can stay quite soft and spongy for a few days after a lot of rain. 
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scotjonscot
As you now know, the roads were great!
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Shaun McNally
Yes they were! Except for the few spots with hard potholes that led to waterbottlearmegedon. 
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Zurichman
Shaun McNally wrote:
Yes they were! Except for the few spots with hard potholes that led to waterbottlearmegedon. 


Lol on the waterbottlearmegedon. Did the water bottles survive?


Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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Shaun McNally
Nope, I lost one of mine at about mile 1.5. There was still too many riders packed together to even think of stopping and turning around. I was kind of worried since the first water was at about mile 30. So 30 miles on one bottle? But it was ok. Made it to the church with a gulp to spare. 
Good thing that I won a water bottle in the meat raffle!
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Shaun McNally
Holy crap! the winning time was 1:52!
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scotjonscot
That time is not legit.
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Volsung

If Drew Wilson did it in 2:31 in 2016 then 1:52 is a car.

I wasn't able to do it this year because of knee surgery or last year because of school, but in 2015 I did it in 5:12 on a Big Dummy.

       
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scotjonscot
Yeah, just shy of 27mph average speed? No.
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Shaun McNally
Just got a facebook posting from them and they said they took the times and placings down for correction.
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Zurichman
Volsung wrote:

If Drew Wilson did it in 2:31 in 2016 then 1:52 is a car.

I wasn't able to do it this year because of knee surgery or last year because of school, but in 2015 I did it in 5:12 on a Big Dummy.

       


Well I have seen speeds of 20 mph for rides which just baffles me. I see there is a guy out in Kansas that is the American Olympic track/velodrome which is doing gravel racing which is really fast. I think he won Gravel Worlds this year.

Ashton Lambie

Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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scotjonscot
20mph is fast, but not unrealistic. The real winner did over 21 I believe. (I averaged just over 18)
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