Category Archives: Upcoming Races
I know we’re all still basking in the greatness that is/was Dirty Kanza, but there’s something else everyone should be very excited about. I am of course referring to Bonk Hard Racing’s Perfect 10 Rogaine. We all know Bonk Hard is legendary for their adventure races, so the thought of a 10 hour rogaine at the Lake of the Ozarks…well, let’s just say it’s probably going to be pretty challenging.
I’ll be there, and hope to come back with a lot of photos that look like this:
And none that look like this:
So, who’s in??
We will be sending 5 of our finest Virtusans and Adam to Emporia Kansas this weekend for the 2012 version of The Dirty Kanza 200. Robby “The Darkness” Brown, Kate “Rage Kage” Geisen, Bob “BLD” Jenkins, Casey “The Anchorman / Pace Center” Lamb, Adam “The Prospector” Laffoon, and me, Luke Lamb will take on 200+ miles of gravel this weekend.
Robby and I teamed up last year, and Robby completed his half of the ride. However, I was not man enough to thwart Mother Nature (read about it here), and we got a big, fat DNF. Bob has attempted this race twice, in 2010 and again in 2011, and both times he pulled out at the second checkpoint at roughly 100 miles. The rest of our rag-tag group of riders has never attempted the DK200 before.
We’re as ready as we’re going to be at this point, but can you really ever be ready for this event? We’ve trained much more this year than we have for anything before, as evidenced by the video below, but will it be enough?
At least watch this video at the 5:20 mark for a good laugh:
At the Dirty Kanza, the heat, wind, and (God-forbid) rain can end even the strongest rider’s day. Roughly only 20% of the riders finished the race last two years, so the odds are definitely stacked against.
One thing going for us, though, is our awesome support crew. Austin Lamb (Casey’s son), Michell Hughey (Adam’s common-law wife), and Becca Lamb (my amazing wife) will be helping us at every checkpoint, and we can’t thank them enough. They’ll have their work cut out for them, but we have the utmost confidence in them.
If you want to check in on the race, you have a few options. First, you can check out our Facebook page and/or our Twitter page. We’ll try to update it as often as possible. You can also go to www.dirtykanzalive.com to see live coverage of the starting line, commentary, and other great stuff with a concentration on the final 40 miles of the race. This should be very cool, so be sure to check it out. Also, an Emporia radio station will be broadcasting live from the Checkpoints throughout the race, and you can listen to it live online by going to http://kiss1031.net/.
You should also keep an eye out for lots of our friends riding the Dirty Kanza on Saturday: Jim Smith from Monster Bicycle Co., the Orange Lederhosen Boys, Justin Nemeth, Travis Hammons, Jim and Wendy Davis, the Team Red Wheel crew, and I’m sure there are others that I’m forgetting.
We’re pretty damn excited. Let’s just hope we have good weather. Wish us luck! We’ll definitely need it.
P.S. – For those of you new to this blog, I’d like to point out that we really like to have a good time at Adam’s expense. We fire him from the team constantly, and he is the butt of many of our jokes. I would like to make it known publicly that he is an asset to our team, and we really do love the guy. It’s just too much fun busting his balls. So he’s fired again for asking me to write this disclaimer.
Okay, so I just got done cleaning my bike up and getting it ready for tomorrow’s Cedar Cross (It’s TOMORROW!!!!). If all goes well tomorrow, this will also be my bike setup for the Dirty Kanza 200 on June 2nd. Here are the deets…
Frame: 2008 Specialized Tricross Singlecross. Why am I riding a singlespeed? Is it because I’m a badass? Of course! Actually, it’s because I can’t afford a cross bike with gears, and I got a great deal on this bike. Gears would probably increase my odds of finishing both races, but I’m really starting to love this bike more and more every time I ride it.
Tires: Specialized Borough XC 700 x 45c
Bars: Salsa Bell Lap Drop Bars
Other: Stock wheels, stock chain, stock cranks, stock saddle (although I’d love to have a Brooks B-17 leather saddle), stock brakes, and stock pretty much anything else you can think of.
Storage: Revelate Designs Tangle Bag, Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag, Minoura Double Water Bottle Cage Holder, Backcountry Research Awesome Strap-Race
With this setup, I’ll be able to carry roughly 160 ounces of water, plenty of food, and all the necessary tools, tubes, patch kits, etc. And the best part is, I won’t have to wear a hot, sweaty backpack.
Although I haven’t named this bike yet, here she is in all of her glory:
After the Cedar Cross, I’ll let you know how it goes, and I’ll let you know if I decide to change anything. But as of now, I think this rig will work just fine.
So, what are you going to be riding?
The time has finally come! Tomorrow, 13 teams will descend upon the Mid-Mo area for the greatest Adventure Non-Race in the history of adventure non-races produced by Team Virtus on April 21st, 2012. Be excited. Be very excited.
Tomorrow Bob and I will place the last 22 CP’s in the woods and finalize setting up the course. Everything should be ready to go by the time anyone gets to the Pine Ridge Campground. I just wanted to give a few last minute details to all of you non-racers and any other Virtusites out there.
First of all, for all of you that can’t make it (or are too scared to make it) to the CAC this weekend, we’ll be tweeting updates as often as we can, provided we have cell phone service which is hit or miss out there. If you want to follow along, be sure to follow us on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook.
Now, on to the info regarding the actual non-race…
There is an area that Bob and I like to call the Bermuda Triangle of Cedar Creek. If you’re not very careful, you will become completely lost. This part of the trail is not marked very well at all. Nor is it maintained very well… as in, not at all. Bob and I have marked the worst part of the trail with small strips of bright pink tape. And where the trail has been re-routed, we marked it like this:
For the rest of the CAC, though, you’re on your own. This will be the only help you’ll receive. We just want to make sure that nobody’s race is ruined because of a poorly maintained trail.
One other thing about the trail. There are a lot of fences out there. You may cross almost all of them. You see, even though you will be non-racing through Mark Twain National Forest, cows are allowed to graze in the area. Most of the fences you will see are not on property lines. They are simply to prevent the cattle from, oh say… drowning in a deep pond… or doing a header off of a cliff. So unless you see a “private property” sign or a blaze of purple paint, assume you are indeed on National Forest land.
The above photo shows part of the “Bermuda Triangle” area. The “Keep Out” sign is a bit misleading. At first glance, it looks like you’d be trespassing if you continued on your way, right? Well, you’d be wrong. To the right of the sign is private property. To the left of the sign is public property. And if you look closely, you’ll see the pink tape that we used to mark the trail.
One last note on the non-race. Your feet may get wet. I just thought you might want to know that.
I think that was all I really needed to share with everyone. The forecast looks great as of now, so keep your fingers crossed on that front. Get it? On that “front”… Get it? I was talking about weather and then said something about a “front.” I know. Pretty hilarious.
We’ll have more info for you at the pre-non-race non-meeting on non-race morning. If you have any non-questions between now and then, feel free to email us or post a comment for us.
I hope you’ve all been training hard, and I hope you’re ready for the time of your life. See you soon, friends. See you soon.
Get excited, everybody. The CAC is only a few short days away! What’s the CAC, you ask? Well, if you don’t know what the CAC is, then you really need to get out more. You can get caught up here, here, and here. All caught up? Great. Let’s continue.
Bob and I have been working really hard on the CAC. Day in and day out, we’ve been slaving over this CAC. Why? Well, to bring you the best non-racing experience ever, of course!
Scouting for and planning the course for this year’s adventure non-race has been a ton of fun. Setting the course up, however, has been a struggle. It took us just a wee bit longer than we thought it would. Bob and I were in the woods for seven days straight just placing all the CP’s in the correct locations. We battled heat, rain, cold, hunger, thirst, wild animals, and each other over the last week. Don’t believe me? Well look at this:
Now do you believe me? After all the hard work and several near-death experiences, we only have a few control markers left to hang, and we’ll take care of those in the next day or two. And in case you missed it on our facebook page, the control markers will look like this:
After we were finally done, Bob and I finally got to reward ourselves with a long-awaited packrafting trip down storm-swollen Cedar Creek. It was the perfect ending to a long, hard CAC preparation expedition.
What else could possibly make the CAC better? How ’bout a potluck? Rumor has it that Todd from the Hoosier Daddies is going to bring some brats, Kage is bringing some cookies, and we’ll be providing some baked potatoes and toppings. If you wanna bring a dish too, that’d be fantastic, but definitely not mandatory.
Anyway, I hope you’ve been training hard. This just might be the best adventure non-race of all time, and I’m not exaggerating at all. It’s going to be amazing.