The Almanzo 100 is this weekend in MN. It’s a 100 miles of gravel with seven handfuls of elevation change, one river crossing, no support, and heaps of love.
A couple of us around NCC town have been riding in prep for it all winter and we’re stoked to go (get it over with).
If you’re into this sort of thing, here’s my setup:
I’m over the moon about this new MOOTS PX. I had an extra cage mount added under the down tube for just such occasions. The Revelate Tangle bag (size small), leaves me ample room for bottle access. I could have gone with the medium, but the small has more than enough space to hold what I need. Not pictured is an Arkel Seatbag (magical) that I’ll be using to hold my fix-it-kit (Topeak Ratchet Rocket, Co2 inflator, spare tube, masterlink).
This drivetrain is geared a little high for the steep pitches on the course, but I’ll get over them eventually. Ideally, I’d have run a 11-32 in the back and changed to a mountain derailleur. Oh well.
The Clement PDX tires have been great for most everything around here, so I’m going to stick with them. They’re a little aggressive for a dry course, but they don’t feel slow at all. If there’s fresh gravel, I’ll be glad to have them.
I’ll carry three bottles on the bike and one in my jersey pocket. I’ll rotate between Skratch and Nuun in the bottles. For foodstuffs, I’ll be carrying 3 Tobietillas™ (large flour tortillas with crunchy peanut butter, Nutella, sunflower seeds, and honey), 2 Tbird bars, 2 gels (espresso).
The weatherman says there’s a 100% chance of good times, so I’m not too concerned about clothing.