Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2014 Funk Bottoms 100K\ 200K Final Instructions

2014 Funk Bottoms 100K\ 200K Final Instructions
Important Funk Bottoms100\200 information and final instructions. The race will be 100K or 200K  on each 65 mile loop riders can expect paved, chip & seal, gravel, and dirt roads with over 6,500 feet of climbing expect some new sections of gravel along with roads that have been on the Funk Bottoms race since 2011.

The race will start at 8:00 am sharp at The Lakeville Boosters Park 8587 Ohio 179 Lakeville, OH 44638

7:15-7:50 Rider check-in, map & cue sheet to be handed out. Shirts will be available for purchase at start for $12.

7:55 Rider meeting final instructions, course notes

8:00 Race starts

Awards will be given to the overall winner in Men's 100K, Women's 100K, Men's 200K, Women's 200K and Single Speed.  Winner's will be given awards when they finish.

There have been a few inquiries about race day registration.  Yes you can register the day of the race, please send an email to funkbottomsgravel@gmail.com  if you plan on racing. 

There will be additional parking in the town of Lakeville about 1/2 mile from the start.

Route information can be found http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4295685

0.9Slight L to stay on Co Rd 1001
1.1Sharp R on TWP Rd 5082.1
2.7 R on TWP Rd 4734.8
0.2 L on TWP Rd 4785
1.6 R on OH-514 S6.5
0.1 L on TWP Rd 5036.7
0.9 R on TWP Rd 5017.6
1.8 L on TWP Rd 2179.4
0.5 R on TWP Rd 2189.8
1 R on Co Rd 28010.8
0.5 L on TWP Rd 22111.3
3.3Cont on TWP Rd 25114.6
0.8Cont on TWP Rd 3615.4
0.1 R on TWP Rd 25215.5
1.9 R on TWP Rd 5517.3
2.3 R on TWP Rd 5419.6
0.6 R on OH-520 W20.3
1.5 L on TWP Rd 3121.8
0.8 R on Co Hwy 622.6
1.7 R on TWP Rd 2924.2
2.1Sharp L on Co Rd 2526.4
2.1R  on Co Hwy 628.4
0Cont on Co Rd 2528.4
1.7Cont on TWP Rd 1330.2
L on Co 5 for 100 yards31.2
1.1 R on Holmes County Trail31.3
4.8 L on Clifton St36.1
0.1 L on Galatian St36.2
0.1 L on OH-520 W/Main St36.3
0.4 L on TWP Rd 1436.7
2.8 R on TWP Rd 3239.5
0.5 R on Co Hwy 7540.1
0.2 L on TWP Rd 1740.3
1.8 R on Co Rd 77/Brinkhaven Rd42.1
1.3 R on OH-514 N/Nashville Rd43.4
0.5 R on Heaton43.9
0.7Cont on TWP Rd 1544.5
0.7 L on TWP Rd 1645.2
1.3Slight R on OH-520 E46.6
0.6 L on TWP Rd 2047.2
0.9 L on TWP Rd 22548.1
1 R on Co Rd 5049.1
1.1 L on Co Rd 5250.2
2 L on TWP Rd 22452.2
1.6 R on Co Rd 5053.8
1.1 L on TWP Rd 21354.9
0.3 L on TWP Rd 22855.2
1.2 R on Co Hwy 2256.4
0.7 R to stay on Co Hwy 2257.1
0.6 R toward TWP Rd 21357.7
0.1 R on TWP Rd 21357.8
0.9 L on TWP Rd 46658.7
0.1 L on TWP Rd 21258.9
1 R to stay on TWP Rd 21259.8
0.3 R on TWP Rd 21160.1
1 L on TWP Rd 46661.2
4 L on OH-179 N65.1
The Funk 100/200 is a self supported event you must be prepared for any mechanical or nutrition needs. No outside support is allowed. There will be a park at approximately mile 36 in Glenmont that will have water. The course will NOT be marked, and open to normal vehicle traffic. Expect to encounter 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 7 hours must have lights with them. 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. Additional course notes, videos, maps can be founds here.

Questions, comments, concerns? Post here or send me an email funkbottomsgravel@gmail.com

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.

Please send me an email funkbottomsgravel@gmail.com with any questions. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hammer Nutrition Support

Hammer Nutrition has shipped a nice little care package for the Funk 100\200.  There will be Hammer Heed available at the start, and each rider will receive a Hammer Gel and sample pack of Endurolytes.

Visit this link to learn more about Hammer Nutrition and save 15% off your first order

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ride'em Kwick=Cook'em Kwick

Finish the Funk Bottoms 200k under 12 hours and you go home with a cook'em kwick hobo stove.
Just in case you want to pack up the back pack and escape life's realities, you'll have a stove to take with you too.