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Second Saturday Century Series, Ride #4: Mark O's South Metro "Urban Ironman"

*** UPDATE THURSDAY 8/8/13 ****

Here are basics:

* Start / finish is Rahn Park in Eagan 8:00 a.m.  Arrive to allow time to get bike and body ready for action at that time.

* Plan to be able to ride a bike at 17-18 mph for 6 hours, with a few breaks.  It looks like[masked] minute water and restroom stops, and 2 longer food stops.

* First extended rest stop is mile 19 at bakery in Prior Lake, about 9:15.

* Rest stop in New Prauge at mile 39; about 11:00 a.m.

* Another longer food or rest stop in Northfield, about mile 67.  We should be there about 1:00.

* Final stop mile 89 in Farmington to get ready for final road home.

* With no major mechanical or physical breakdowns we should be back to Rahn Park at 4:00.

* The route is mostly flat, just a few rolling hills.  A good course for anyone ready to try their first century ride.  Here is the link:

What to bring:

* As always, bring your safety gear (helmet, gloves, etc.), water bottles, sunscreen.

* Extra bicycle tube(s) and basic bike repair tools.

* Bring bike lights - just in case.

* Appropriate clothing; weather forecast is just about perfect, but double check when packing up.

* Some extra $; we will be stopping at or near convenience stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, and bike shops.  No need to pack too many snacks or food, we can get what we need on the way.

* A positive attitude and sense of adventure!

Important! These rides are intended for experienced riders only, and will NOT include SAG support (unless mentioned elsewhere). Naturally we will watch-out for one another (flat tires, etc.), but all riders will be expected to be self-sufficient (food, water, tubes/patch kit, tools, money, etc.), as well as have an adequate back-up plan in case they should need to SAG out. Although you will be able to ride your own pace, riders should understand that extended delays and/or frequent stops by one are unfair to the rest of the group, and those that cannot keep a reasonable pace, or experience problems that are beyond our ability to fix quickly, will be asked to SAG out, otherwise you could compromise the safety of all the riders.

With regards to weather, the plan for these rides is simple: Should there be a “rain delay” on the scheduled day of the ride, the same ride will automatically be rescheduled for the following weekend (3rd Saturday). Should it rain on that weekend as well, the ride will be canceled entirely.


We will hand-out a detailed map of the route at the beginning of the ride that will also show the stopping points, and we will try to limit all stops to no more than 20 minutes so that we can complete the entire ride during the daylight hours. However, it would behoove you to have appropriate night-lights for your bike should the ride finish after dark. This is a serious safety issue, so please consider all environmental impacts.


Jim & Mark

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  • paul l

    Great ride and companies, thanks for the planning for the route!

    August 14, 2013

  • Mark O

    All the links and deets have been updated!

    August 8, 2013

  • Goran

    Sorry for backing out this late. After test ride yesterday, I don't feel I am ready for century ride yet. Have fun.

    August 8, 2013

  • Mark O

    The correct finished route is linked to the web site, along with map for stating place of Rahn Park in Eagan. I will do a final edit of the deets this evening, but route, starting place and time (8:00 a.m.) are set.

    August 8, 2013

  • paul l

    I wonder whether you might consider shorter distance for this ride since we have less participant.

    August 8, 2013

  • Jim K.

    I've been busting my butt trying to get myself moved, but I need this weekend to complete the job (have to be out by Sunday). I feel really bad about canceling out, but I have to do it. Too bad the ride isn;t the follwing weekend....

    August 7, 2013

  • Ken B.

    Don't think it's in the cards for me. Still surprisingly sore from my little spill on Saturday.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Mark
    Yep plan to ride... will rsvp thurs once I know anyone from my side is joining.
    Better be less hill , I got the count from tdt for century ride :)

    August 6, 2013

  • Bryan N

    I'm probably not going to make this ride.

    July 25, 2013

  • Mark O

    See plan updates.

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Moving to Chicago.

    June 7, 2013

    • Jim K.

      WHAT???? As in, "permamently"?­

      June 8, 2013

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