Thursday, April 12, 2012

AntiEpic Race Results, Pictures, and Thoughts

Thanks to all of you for making this what it was - a great time and a good challenge with some crazy, like-minded, cool ass people.

Ok, first....

The Results.

This list does not include the people that opted for less than 150 miles. Although going 100 miles or more is pretty damn good, it wasn't technically the recommended 150. Good job to Adam and Chad - those are the two that I know of that did it. We started with 30-35 people I think (didn't get a total accurate count).

Sorry to any of you that I forgot first or last names. I had a lot going on and met a ton of new people in the course of a day.

We officially started at 6:45ish. For the times, I just noted the time that you came in approximately. We didn't want to sit out at the intersection any longer because it seemed to be windier over there and we didn't want to deal with it any longer. Plus, the party was back at the lot, so we hung out with some people there afterward. Please note that the time that you came in is only approximate, based on what I could gather best. I have the order correct, so it really doesn't matter too much anyway. Also, if you're really that worried, you may want to head over to the disaster of a discussion among the roadies over at . Seems that they don't like the timing chips... anyhow....
  1. Jonathan Davis, 3:50 pm
  2. Trapper Steinle, 5:21 pm
  3. LeRoy Popowski, 5:25 pm
  4. Pat Coady, 5:44 pm
  5. Kevin Thomas, 6:10 pm
  6. Eric Schraufnagel, 6:30 pm
  7. Trent Hovenga, 6:30 pm
  8. Brian Sells, 6:31 pm
  9. Shane DeMars, 6:40 pm
  10. Aaron Weinsheimer, 7:25 pm
  11. Dan Miller - Lionberg, 7:40 pm (fixed gear)
  12. Raphael Cletero, 7:40 pm (fixed gear)
  13. Chris Hall, 7:40 pm (singlespeed I believe)
  14. Bill Ruth, 8:30 pm
  15. Mike Beck, 8:35 pm (singlespeed)
  16. KT DeSantis, 8:40 pm
  17. Marc Kriewaldt, 8:40 pm
  18. Brian Behn, 9:15 pm
  19. Pete Schuster, 9:30 ish pm
  20. Dan Hickstein, 9:52 pm (singlespeed)
I don't have the list of 100milers or dnf's.


The day started with a beautiful sunrise and moonset with fantastic views of a snow-capped Pikes Peak...oh, and temperatures hovering in the upper 20's. While we had been experiencing temperatures in the 60's and 70's, Mother Nature decided to turn the air conditioning on and keep the thermostat stuck in the mid 50's for the majority of the day. As riders filled the parking lot and quickly kitted up in the cold, there was a good sense of prerace nerves and uncertainty of what the day would bring.

Many of the racers had never ridden 150+ miles in one continuous push. Some of the riders that showed up are experienced endurance athletes, having competed in 24 hour races, the Dirty Kanza 200 gravel race, Vapor Trail, and multiday races like the Colorado Trail Race. Other riders treated this as a great opportunity to prepare for the 2012 Dirty Kanza in June. We even had a group of 8 travel all the way from Salida!

I led them out on a 2ish mile rollout out of the parking lot to the official start. I always like races with rollouts, so I wanted a chance for all of us to roll down the road before everyone went tearing down the road. Once we got to the starting spot, I stopped the group to remind them about the gate at the "B" road (it can be tricky because it doesn't look like a legal road). It must have been a good time to stop, because a bunch of guys to the stop to make it a nature break.

As soon as I said go, it was a blur. The leaders were off and tearing down the gravel road. I hung back to take some pictures and talk to some of the guys that weren't going down the road at 25 mph. It was nice to ride and talk and not race. There are some good perspectives from cool people out there. Everyone has a different background and come together with a common goal.

It seemed that most people rode in groups for the first part of the ride. Some groups would stop to strip off layers as the sun quickly warmed the treeless landscape and others would then join them. Then, hills would pull people apart and others would join. I bounced around the groups to talk to people and after the first couple hours, I turned west as the route turned easy to finish off a 5+ hour loop for myself so I could get back to the parking lot, eat, and get out on course to offer up cookies, licorice, and coca cola and take pictures.

I managed to get out on the last 30-40 miles of the course to catch the top people as they headed for the end. There was a good mix of emotions out on course - some were totally suffering, while others were suffering with smiles on their faces. Fun does indead hurt.
For a better perspective from actual racers, check out these stories:
Shane gives a really good report:
Noah rehashes his DNF experience:
Shane and I talk about his thoughts on Mountain Bike Race Minute:

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Jason and I also discussed the AntiEpic in the first episode of the XXC Magazine Podcast.


Thanks to everyone for coming out and plan on AntiEpic II on April 6th, 2013. Same place, same time. Stay tuned to the next XXC Magazine issue for a story about the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder.

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    sneak peak

    I have placings and finishing times for 20 people.
    If you want a little primer, Shane did a writeup from his perspective here:

    Sunday, April 8, 2012


    Thanks to everyone that came out to the first AntiEpic Gravel Grinder.
    Before I get to posting more, I'd like to see if anyone is interested in joining me to have a short discussion about your race on here:

    If you are, let's get it scheduled very soon. Email me:

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Final Post

    About 10.5 hours left until go time....the final post before the ride starts....

    If you are questioning anything, you should be!
    6:30 we roll out of Greenland Open Space.

    First off, I really want to thank everyone for all of their interest so far. I hope that your day goes well and I look forward to seeing you all out there. I look forward to hearing what you have to say when you are done too, so we can do this again next year.

    Now...on to being a little cocky...ha...
    Weather? There will be sun, there may be clouds, there may be wind or there may not be. Check out your trusted weather forecast and come prepared.

    I've received a lot of emails and questions about things - weather, course conditions, tires, water, wind, time, course. I've happily answered them, but I'm a little nervous about doing this because it's supposed to be a self supported event. The beauty of it is that everyone is allowed to figure out how they want to do it. No big boss man laying down a bunch of rules.
    Some goods for tomorrow. I would appreciate any donations - a $1 or 2 would be cool just to cover what you see here. Everybody won't get a cookie, but I'm sure that you'll all get at least one of something.

    In case you're a little nervous and wondering about yourself.....
    here's some motivation.

    Thanks to Shane for this one:

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Another Map Update

    I will not be providing a 100 mile version map. There is some talk over on the registration site about it though:

    Thanks to Shane, here is another link to use to download the map for Saturday. is good for mapping rides, apparently doesn't play well with the Garmin Edge 800.

    Shane added the route to Garmin Connect to help some of you load this monster to your device.

    AntiEpic course in Garmin Connect: