Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2018 Registration Information

Time to break out your boogie shoes as the Funk Bottoms Gravel is on the move again. The 8th edition of the Funk Bottoms Gravel 100K/200K race will be 8:00 am on June 16, 2018 at the Lake Park in Big Prairie, OH. We are moving the race 2 miles away to Big Prairie since we are finally able to reserve the pavilion.  The new start location will have a much larger pavilion, plenty of parking for everyone and real bathrooms.  Don’t worry there still is an outhouse for the Funk Bottoms purist. The only downside to the new start location at the Lake Park is that we had to move the race to one week earlier.


The 8th edition of the Funk Bottoms Gravel 100K/200K race will be 8:00 am on June 16, 2018 at the Lake Park in Big Prairie, OH.



Another plus to the new start location is the course is only a quarter mile from the first hill and gravel, looks like it will be a very short neutral roll out this year. Funk Bottoms Gravel will once again challenge cyclists to Ohio’s Toughest Gravel Grinder. Two races, one brutal course!  A one lap 100K race and for the ultimate challenge, a double lap 200K race. The course will take riders through some of Ohio's most scenic roads.  On each lap, riders will be challenged with over 7,000 feet of vertical climbing! Road conditions are a mix of paved, chip & seal, gravel, and dirt roads. The Funk 100K/200K is a self-supported event and riders must be prepared for any mechanical and nutritional needs. No outside support is allowed. Our good friends at Hammer Nutrition will once again be providing support with Hammer HEED before the race, and at the secret checkpoint. As usual the course will have sections from the previous year’s races along with some new sections.   This is a cue sheet race. The course is NOT marked, and the roads are open to normal traffic in the area.  Expect to encounter cars, trucks, horses, buggies, farm equipment, ATV's, buzzards, road kill, and the occasional farm dog at any given time. Rain or shine, it’s Funk time! 



Registration opens Friday December 1, 2017. To enter send a postcard with your name, hometown, email address, and category (see below) for the event to:


Funk Bottoms Gravel
150 Bellus Rd
Hinckley, OH 44233

Category
Funk 100
Open Men
Open Women
Single Speed

Funk 200
Open Men
Open Women
Single Speed

Winners of each category will receive a handmade trophy and a case of Yuengling beer. Any racer doing the 200K in under 12 hours will receive the coveted Cook'em Kwick Hobo Stove.



Since there are people who don't understand how to mail a postcard.  …

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 Funk Bottoms Gravel Results

Mens 100K
Brett McKay, James Pooler, Brett Thompson 4:22


 Mens 100K Single Speed
Markley Anderson 5:06

 Womans 100K
Daniela Mehech 5:16

Mens 200K 
Scott Morman 10:15

 Mens 200K Single Speed
Jordan Caverly

FUNK 100K MENS OPEN
NAME TEAM\ CLUB  TIME
1 MCKAY, BRETT BIKE OHIO 422
2 POOLER, JAMES 422
3 THOMPSON, BRETT SUMMIT FREEWHEELERS 422
4 HERSHBERGER, AARON RIDE ON WOOSTER 427
5 SMITH, CHRISTOPHER STARK VELO 433
6 LACHER, CHAD 438
7 SCHIMMERLING, ERNEST 439
8 PORTER, JOHN 441
9 AUGUSTINE, JONATHAN BIKE OHIO 446
10 GANSER, JAY BIKE OHIO 446
11 ZOLLARS, JARED THE BICYCLE HUB 451
12 JAEGERS, CARL BC SHRED MOBB 452
13 OCHOCKI, BRIAN TEAM LAKE EFFECT 503
14 SMEDLEY, RON 512
15 MILES, PAUL RIDE ON 512
16 EVANS, SCOTT TEAM SPIN/LITZLER AUTOMATION 516
17 MELLION, ZACHARY 516
18 CHAPMAN, MICHAEL 518
19 BINKLEY, DAVID PARADISE GARAGE RACING 519
20 KATTERHEINRICH, JORDAN MONDAY NIGHT RIDE 519
21 KNOPF, RYAN 519
22 BOLTZ, BRIAN 523
23 MANCINI, MARC PIRATE CYCLING LEAGUE 525
24 KULE, KARL 526
25 PANDY, LARRY STRAY DOG 526
26 KARPOWICZ, CHRIS HAMMER NUTRITION 537
27 LORSON, JOHN JOHN LORSON MULTIMEDIA 540
28 HAYES, DOUG FOREST CITY RACING 546
29 STRATTON, JOE 547
30 BREZO, BORIS 605
31 THOMPSON, RICK 606
32 DEPIETRO, THOMAS BIKE OHIO 607
33 MCENROE, TODD 609
34 BURNETT, MICHAEL 611
35 DUNHAM, GARY 613
36 NOLAN, DANIEL 617
37 MARSI, DAVID 621
38 WILLIS, DAN FLATLANDERS 624
39 MCNEILL, ADAM BFRB CYCLING APPAREL 627
40 METZGER, DOUGLAS KNUCKEL DRAGGERS 642
41 BURKS, NATHAN 651
42 NIEZGODA, MIKE 653
43 MARQUARDT, CHRIS 655
44 BORISCH, JEFF 703
45 FIDLER, CHRIS 703
46 HAMAD, PAUL SPIN BIKE SHIP 711
47 ANDERSON, RICK 722
48 BORTZ, CHUCK BLUE SKY BICYCLES 736
49 DARR, JAMES 749
50 MEISER, MICHAEL FLATLANDERS BICYCLE CLUB 749
51 BRENNEMAN, BRYAN 802
52 SCHMITT, DARRELL THE NEIGHBORHOOD ACADEMY 802
53 SMITH, PAUL 802
54 BARTELME, BRADLEY 821
55 LIRA, PETE PIRATE CYCLING LEAGUE 916
56 HAAS, RYAN DNF
57 SACKETT, JONATHA DNF
58 SCHMIDT, JOEL RIDE ON WOOSTER DNF
59 SMITH, BRADFORD BC SHRED MOBB DNF
60 WHITE, PAUL PIRATE CYCLING LEAGUE DNF
61 ALLESEE, RICHARD MAUMEE VALLEY WHEELMEN DNS
62 ARON, JOHN DNS
63 BAUER, CHRISTOPHER IBOBIK RACING DNS
64 CATALANO, ANGELO TEAM BIKE OHIO DNS
65 CUNNINGHAM, THOMAS DNS
66 FORTNER, NATHAN RESER DNS
67 GALVAN, LUIS DNS
68 HENELY, MATTHEW WARD 1 RACING DNS
69 JONES, WESLEY DNS
70 KRISCHAK, TED DNS
71 KROPOG, KYLE DNS
72 MAGANJA, JIMMY DNS
73 PAWAR, CHRIS BLUE SKY BICYCLES DNS
74 PAWLAK, GLEN DNS
75 PIETRANGELO, ANTHONY BLACK OPS RACING DNS
76 ROACH, MICHAEL LAKE ERIE WHEELERS DNS
77 ROGERS, BRAD Y-NOT RACING TEAM DNS
78 SARGIOVANNI, JAMES BIKE OHIO DNS
79 SCHMITT, NEAL TEAM SIXONEFOUR DNS
80 SCOTT, JONATHAN JOY MACHINES RACING DNS
81 SHERRY, TOM CHAMOIS BUTT'R DNS
82 STEIGER, DAVID OLD DUDES RULE DNS
83 STONER, KYLE DNS
84 TWINING, STEVE LAKE EFFECT RACING/TRU WHEELS DNS
85 UNDERWOOD, BILL DNS
86 WAUGH, ZAC DNS
87 WOODRUFF, PAUL PELEE BLUE RACERS DNS
FUNK 100K Womans OPEN
NAME TEAM\ CLUB  TIME
1 MEHECH, DANIELA BIKE OHIO 516
2 PORTER, JUDY FIT LIVIN 546
3 DEYO, YVONNE 618
4 METZGER, KATHY FLATLANDERS 958
5 SARNS, CHRISSY FLATLANDERS 958
6 INGERSOLL, CHRIS 1147
7 WALLROFF, CHER THE CREW DNS
FUNK 100K Single Speed
NAME TEAM\ CLUB  TIME
1 ANDERSON, MARKLEY TEAM CRANK 503
2 VALIGOSKY, ALEX BLAZING SADDLE RACING 627
3 VALIGOSKY, ZACK 627
FUNK 200K Mens Open
NAME TEAM\ CLUB Lap 1 TIME
1 MORMAN, SCOTT RESCUE RACING 441 1015
2 CURRY, MATT TEAM NEBO RIDGE 504 1112
3 WHEELER, ALLEN GRAND RAPIDS BICYCLE COMPANY 441 DNF
4 BOYER, CHUCK TRAILSIDE BICYCLE RACE TEAM DNS
5 GLOWACKI, STEPHEN DNS
FUNK 200K Single Speed
NAME TEAM\ CLUB Lap 1  TIME
1 CAVERLY, JORDAN ROLL MODELS RACING 447 1023
2 SCHROEDER, CHRIS ROLL MODELS RACING 509 1105

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Funk Bottoms Gravel 100K\200K Final Instructions

The 2017 Funk Bottoms Gravel 100K/200K will start at 8:00 am  at a roadside park on SR-179 outside of Lakeville.  There will be a pavilion and an outhouse.  Google maps directions can be found here

Race Day Parking

Please car pool if possible the parking lot at Lakeville Boosters Park is small with limited parking. Lakeville Elementary has kindly allowed us to use their parking lot for overflow parking. Please be respectful and clean up when using the parking lot.  The elementary school bathrooms may not be available before the race; however, the bathrooms at Lake Park 2 miles from the start is always open. 



6:45-7:50  Rider check-in, everyone will be required to sign a waiver and will receive a course map & cue sheet along with some Hammer Endurolytes and Hammer Gel. Each racer must sign a waiver. There will be a limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at start for $15.

7:50 Rider meeting final instructions, course notes

8:00 Race starts at the railroad tracks.

There will be a neutral roll-out for the first mile.  Once we ride past the cemetery on TWP 472 it's Funk Time.

The course will be marked at all intersection where you turn.  The color of the signs match the cue sheet. Think like a pirate as you navigate the gravel seas of Ohio and you will understand the course markings.



Weather looks good for Saturday with a high of 80. The Funk Bottoms Gravel race is self-supported and no outside support is allowed. There is no SAG, you are responsible for you.  There will be a park with bathrooms and water along with a store in Glenmont around mile 13. There will be an aid station with water along with Hammer Nutrition HEED at the Tiverton Twp. Park around mile 29.  The town of Danville will have a park with bathrooms and water and several stores at mile 40.  There will be two natural spring along the side of the road at mile 46 and 48. There will be an oasis with water along the course watch out for the sign.  



Awards will be given to the overall winner in Men's 100K, Women's 100K,  Single Speed 100K, Men's 200K, and Single Speed 200K.  Winner's will be given awards when they finish. The winners of each category will receive a custom trophy, a case of Yuengling beer, and a pair of DeFeet socks.  Any racer doing the 200K in under 12 hours will receive the coveted Cook'em Kwick Hobo Stove.


Expect to encounter farm dogs, cars, trucks, horses, farm equipment and ATV's along the course at any time. Any racer doing the 200K race starting the second lap after 6.5 hours must have lights with them. There is a cutoff of 7.5 hours for 200K racers to start second lap. A cue sheet will be distributed prior to the event. All riders are required to have a cyclocomputer that can track mileage - Yes, we will verify that you completed the entire distance at the end.


Leg Dir Type Notes Total
Left Slight left onto Co Rd 100 0.1
0.5 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 470/Township Rd 470 0.6
0.3 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 472/Township Rd 472 0.9
1.2 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 471/Township Rd 471 2.1
0.6 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 508/Township Rd 508 2.7
0.7 Right Turn right onto Township Rd 473 3.4
0.2 Left Turn left onto Township Rd 478 3.6
1.6 Right Turn right onto OH-514 S 5.2
0.1 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 503/Township Rd 503 5.3
0.9 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 501/Township Rd 501 6.2
1.8 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 217/Township Rd 217 8
0.5 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 218/Township Rd 218 8.5
1 Right Turn right onto Co Rd 280 9.4
0.5 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 221/Township Rd 221 9.9
1.1 Right Slight right onto Township Hwy 222/Township Rd 222 11
1.3 Left Turn left onto Co Hwy 52/Co Rd 52 12.3
1.5 Left Turn left onto Garland St 13.8
0.1 Right Turn right onto Co Hwy 25/Clifton St 13.9
0.4 Left Slight left onto Township Hwy 29/Township Rd 29 14.2
2.1 Right Turn right onto County Hwy 6/County Rd 6 16.4
0.2 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 34/Township Rd 34 16.5
2.1 Right Turn right onto US-62 W 18.6
0.2 Left Turn left onto Township Rd 28 18.9
1.5 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 130/Township Hwy 324 20.4
0.6 Right Turn right onto Township Rd 22 21
1.7 Right Sharp right onto Township Rd 19 22.7
2.5 Right Turn right onto Co Rd 33 25.2
2 Straight Continue onto Co Rd 401 27.1
0.7 Right Slight right onto Co Rd 20 27.8
0.1 Left Slight left to stay on Co Rd 20 27.9
1.3 Left Turn left onto OH-206 S 29.2
0.4 Right Slight right onto Township Rd 358 29.6
2.2 Right Turn right onto County Rd 368 31.8
0.2 Left Turn left onto Township Rd 364 32
1.8 Straight Continue onto Chestnut Ridge Rd 33.8
3.6 Right Turn right onto McGinnis Rd 37.4
0.8 Left Turn left onto Flat Run Rd 38.2
2.5 Right Turn right onto S Market St 40.7
0.1 Right Turn right onto W Washington St 40.8
0.2 Left Turn left onto East St 41
0.2 Right Slight right onto Mohican Valley Trail 41.2
1.9 Right Turn right onto Tiger-Valley Rd 43.1
0.6 Straight Continue onto Hunter Rd 43.7
0.3 Left Turn left onto US-62 W/Millersburg Rd 46.7
0.6 Right Turn right onto Brinkhaven Rd 47.3
5 Left Turn left onto OH-514 S 52.3
0.3 Right Turn right onto Wally Rd 52.6
0.2 Left Turn left onto Beam Rd 52.8
0.8 Left Turn left to stay on Beam Rd 53.6
0.1 Right Beam Rd turns right and becomes Stumbaugh Rd 53.7
1.1 Left Turn left onto Big Hill 54.8
0.4 Left Turn left onto Gessling Rd 55.2
0.4 Right Turn right onto Jericho Rd 55.6
0.6 Right Turn right onto Temple Rd 56.2
1.6 Straight Continue onto Township Hwy 549 57.8
0.4 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 3352 58.1
0.1 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 539 58.2
0.9 Straight Continue onto Township Hwy 209 59.1
0.3 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 210/Township Rd 210 59.4
0.2 Right Sharp right onto Township Hwy 208/Township Rd 208 59.7
0.6 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 211/Township Rd 211 60.2
2.4 Right Slight right onto Township Rd 211 62.6
1.5 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 466/Township Rd 466 64.1
4 Left Turn left onto OH-179 N 68.1
0.6 Finish 68.7

Course Maps




Mile 13.8 Getting through Glenmont


Mile 18 Hike a Bike (Twp 28)

There is a Hike a Bike section about 1 mile long on closed Rd. Keep going straight dont take side trails.

Mile 22.7 Sharp right

At mile 22.7 there is a sharp right hand turn on to Twp 19 at the bottoms of the hill.


Mile 40.7 Getting through Danville


Mile 46.4 Hunter and Mohaven

Your GPS may send you up Mohaven then down Hunter.  Stay to the left on Hunter



Mile 62.6 Twp Rd 211 and County Rd 22

Slight left/ right to stay on Twp 211


Course Markings

Thanks to the generous rider who have made donations and help keep the Funk Bottoms Gravel a free race we will be marking the course again this year. 

 As you navigate the gravel seas of Ohio you will be making Port and Starboard turns.
Port

Starboard

Arrows on ground

Don't rely on course markings as the locals may remove them after the course has been marked.  Each rider will receive a map and cue sheet that will be accurate. Email me if you need a gpx file.  


Gravel Etiquette & Safety


This is common sense stuff, but needs to be mentioned. There are several things folks must do on a gravel ride that will keep themselves and others safe which will ensure a fun and rewarding experience.
  1. Stay to the right and don't ride in the opposite lane especially up climbs/rollers! If I catch or even hear of anyone riding in the opposite lane up a climb, they will be disqualified. No questions asked. Why? If a vehicle comes blasting over the top, you and/or everyone behind you will most likely get hurt and/or killed. Not cool. Stay to the right. Stay to the right. Stay to the right.
  2. Remain attentive to your surroundings! Please keep your head up and be sure to be on the look out for traffic, dogs/animals, loose gravel, wheel sucking ruts or cracks in bridges, soft sand, large white rock, or anything else that can potentially take you or someone else down. Look at your cue sheet when it is safe. If you need to stop to view the cue sheet, stop. There's no time limit on this bad daddy.
  3. Call things out! If you see or go through something sketchy be sure warn your colleagues by calling it out and pointing to it if you can safely do so. Yes, you can say "car up" on a gravel ride. In fact, it's the courteous thing to do. Also when passing, please do so at a safe juncture and kindly and loudly proclaim "on your left". If you plan on slowing or stopping be sure the folks behind you are aware prior to taking action.
  4. Stop if someone needs help! This is all about fun folks. So if you see someone stopped or in need of assistance, please ask if they need help and offer a helping hand if possible. The bike Gods will smile upon you if you do.
  5. Let the dust settle if you get dusted! If you get dusted by a vehicle, and this is highly likely right now do to the lack of moisture recently, slow down and let the dust settle. First off this will prevent a potential collision from another vehicle traveling through the dust cloud who is unable to see you until it's too late. Secondly it's a lot better on your lungs, trust me.
  6. Keep a straight line and call out/signal when changing position! If you find yourself in a group or even with another rider, please keep a straight line and avoid dramatic lines changes. Also signal with your hand or call out when you plan on making changes in your line. The crushing of gravel is louder than you think and you may not hear a rider behind or even beside you on occasions.
  7. Don't be a dick! If I hear of any dickish behavior by any rider, they will be disqualified. Remember this ride is about fun.
  8. Obey the traffic laws!Please obey all traffic laws. That includes stopping at stop signs, signaling when turning.
  9. Come prepared!First off, be sure to have everything you need to ensure you can deal with a mechanical issue (broken chain, flat tire, etc.). Secondly, plan your food and fluid consumption needs prudently.  So bring some cash along! The minimal things you should have on you during the ride include: helmet, eye protection, , a minimum of two water bottles or a hydration pack, snacks, cyclocomputer, tools, tubes, cell phone, cue sheet holder, your wits and climbing legs!
Thanks to the Pirate Cycling League for the Gravel Etiquette and the inspiration for the event.