Friday, August 16, 2013

The Mullet needs volunteers...

The Mullet Fall Classic Volunteer List Sign Up: If you, or if there is anyone you know who would be interested in being a volunteer for the October 5th race, please respond to this thread, send me an email or respond on Facebook. We need 4 course marshals for the day of the race to provide safe crossing of the campground road; 2 - 3 volunteers to help at registration/check-in for all racers; several volunteers to help with course set up on Friday evening October 4th/several to help on Saturday morning October 5th; and volunteers to help with course tear down after the race on Saturday October 5th.
Thank you in advance.  You will receive a free t-shirt, food, and drink for your efforts.
Thus far, a few people have responded.  I have so far, but could still use help in all areas...
Registration Volunteers:  Lisa Seidenkranz, Melinda Reese, Tara Starr
Course Set Up:  Bruce Brown, Al Boone, Ron Cooney, Bryce Gilbert, Bob Matthews, Ed Reynolds, Doc Link
Course Tear Down: Bruce Brown, Al Boone, Ron Cooney, Bryce Gilbert, Bob Matthews, Ed Reynolds, Doc Link
Course Marshals:  Iowa Trail Bombers/SAE
Finish Line Chute Pull Off Tag Collectors/Back Up Scoring:   Iowa Trail Bombers/SAE/TBA
Kid's Race:  Iowa Trail Bombers

Monday, August 12, 2013

2012 Trucker Hats - 2nd batch!!!!

Attention Mullet Mad Hatters: The remaining Mullet Trucker Hats from the 2012 race are in my hands!! It's a rather long story how they ended up in my hands in August of 2013, but no matter what happened with the hats - the buck stops here. I will take the blame. If you pre-registered last year (I have the list) and did not get one of the initial 110 hats that were handed out at registration last year, send me a PM on Facebook or post up here (Eric Larson, Joe Short and Eric Chriswisser - I have your hats). 
I have hats for the remaining 30 riders that pre-registered and are due a hat. A big shout out and thank you to Beaverdale Bikes and their T-Shirt Graphix business. 
This year: everyone gets a shirt at the 2013 Mullet Fall Classic!!! I am ordering enough to put a shirt on everyone's back. Registration is up and running and the first person has registered (way to go Luke!!!).

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Permitting Process underway...

I received the USA Cycling permit and insurance for the October race yesterday.  That allowed me to file a special events permit this morning with the Iowa DNR for holding the race at Lake Ahquabi.

So things are underway and in process...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Trail is trimmed, sight lines open...

I addressed the eastern portion of the trail (the whole section after the pavement climb and into the backwoods) today with the scythe.  It's all clean, open and ready to ride.  I still need to remove the downed tree, but that is on tap for removal after August 11th with Al Boone.  Actually, I could go out with my hand bow saw after looking at it today and determining I could do it the old fashioned way.  Probably do that tomorrow morning.

Edit:  Tree is now removed thanks to my hand held bow saw.

I went searching for a plausible way to get us safely back down the hill to the start/finish area that would make things safer.  Probably the climb will be up the old railroad tie section that is now graveled in nicely covering the ties.

Here's what it used to look like before the new gravel was added...

ItIsSteeperThanYouThink

I've been doing this climb all year and it is not bad at all with the lime chip gravel on it and how baked in it is.  It's more fun than the pavement climb and solves at least one prior unsafe section if we did this.

If we climbed that and turned left into the backwoods section at the top of the climb, it would remove that nasty right hand bender that is so unsafe coming the other way after the pavement climb.  This would take the pavement climb out of the equation and instead, we would use the main Ahquabi hiking trails to get us back over to the top of the pavement climb, and descend back down by the lake to get us back over to the start/finish area.  It would be enough new variety to make this year's route different.

I was over trimming and exploring a descent when I whacked myself with the scythe in the leg.  That stopped my work today, but I will be back out again this week to mark that section out and see what I can come up with that will improve the descent and keep the new route as an option.