Ox Yoke 124

It’s important for every cyclist to bite off a little more than you can chew.

Often, this takes the form of the century. A challenge put forth to any who throw their leg over the top tube, whether they attempt it or not, it’s there. 100 miles is 100 miles: there’s no cheating, there’s no easy way out. Stories of adventure and sometimes grand defeat come out of these attempts and successes. I haven’t met a cyclist yet who has undertaken a century hasn’t come out of it with something of value, humor or a new outlook.

At the Musette, we’ve decided to put our own little twist on those 100 miles. Namely, by adding a few on top – as well as forgoing pavement for the harsh reality of gravel and horse trail for just about half of the ride. In what is quickly becoming the great tradition of gravel races/rides in the MPLS area, we’re throwing our hat in the ring and we hope you’ll come and join us for the inaugural event.

The Brass Tacks:

This is a ride – Not a race. One or two groups will form, but the idea is to complete the route as safetly and as quickly as possible. Three stops will be enforced for regroup, one in Wayzata, Hutchinson and Excelsior on the way back.

If you do not feel up to doing 124 miles on pavement, you’re probably not going to feel up to doing 124 miles with gravel and horse trail mixed in.

The Map

May 8th is the ride – start time to be 6 AM with meet up for coffee and preride doughnuts (5:15 AM) at The Fix Studio who have graciously come on to help sponsor the ride as well as provide a place to start and finish. Parking is available at the Studio.

Food will be provided at the midpoint stop in Hutchinson, but feel free to bring along as many bars and gels that you may require to make it through the day. I feel like I should not have to write this, but endeavor to eat and drink as much as possible. Bonking is a horrible sensation and I don’t want it befalling any who choose to undertake this.

It’s free, no cost to participate, but there is a rider cap of 20. If you are interested in doing this, please email me at mplsmusette@gmail.com and let me know so I can get you on the list ASAP.

You are responsible for bringing along tubes/tires/kit to keep yourself going. A full extra tube (not just patches) is recommended as the Luce Line tends to be an unwilling accomplice.

Speaking of gear, this is doable on road bikes with tires of 25c or greater. They are recommended, but CX rigs should do the job just as well (gears if you’d be so kind).

Any other questions/concerns please feel free to email me at mplsmusette@gmail.com and I’ll answer promptly.

A *big* thanks to everyone who is making this possible. The Fix Studio, Banjo Brothers, Freewheel Bike and Cupcake & Co. out in Hutchinson have provided time, money and product to make sure this goes without a hitch.

So who’s with me?

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8 comments
  1. Mongo said:

    I’m with you if you’ll be so foolish to have me.

    • Aaron Smith said:

      Of course! Love to have you, sir.

  2. Rob Byers said:

    I think I’m interested too… how many spots left? Might get some friends along.

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