Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Funk Bottoms 100K\ 200K Final Instructions

2015 Funk Bottoms 100K\ 200K Final Instructions

It look like we are going to get wet tomorrow, bring your fenders

Important Funk Bottoms 100\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

7:00-7:50 Rider check-in, map & cue sheet to be handed out. Shirts will be available for purchase at start for $15.

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  if you plan on racing. 

There will be additional parking  and bathrooms in the town of Lakeville about 1/2 mile from the start. Lakeville Elementary has kindly allowed us to use their parking lot for overflow parking. Please be respectful and clean when using the bathrooms located behind the school.

Winners awards

Case of Yuengling also goes to the winner

Ride ' em kwick cook'em kwick. Finish the Funk 200 under 12 hours you get a hobo stove.

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 store around mile 20 in Killbuck to purchase food and water and a park at approximately mile 50 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.

0.9Slight L  on Co Rd 1001
1.1Sharp R on TWP Hwy 5082.1
2.7R on TWP Rd 4734.8
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1.6R on OH-514 S6.5
0.1L on TWP Hwy 5036.7
0.9R on TWP Hwy 5017.6
1.8L on TWP Hwy 2179.4
0.5R on TWP Hwy 2189.8
1R on Co Rd 28010.8
0.5 Lon TWP Hwy 22111.3
3.3Continue on TWP Hwy 25114.6
0.8Continue on TWP Hwy 3615.4
0.1R on TWP Hwy 25215.5
1.9R on TWP Hwy 5517.3
2.2L on TWP Hwy 5419.6
1.1R on TWP Hwy 6420.8
0.8L on OH-52021.5
1L on Co Rd 62122.5
0.3R on S Water St22.8
0.1L on Grover St22.9
0.2Continue  Co 35/S Railroad 23.1
2.5R on TWP Hwy 8625.6
1.3R on TWP Hwy 7926.9
0.1Slight Lon TWP Rd 8427
0.8Continue on TWP Hwy 8427.9
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1.4R on TWP Rd 8529.3
0.2Continue on TWP Rd 12929.5
0.7R on Co Rd 1930.2
1.5L on State Rte 60 S31.7
0.3R on TWP Rd 49032
0.1L on Co Rd 1932.1
0.3R on TWP Rd 32432.6
1.4R on Co Rd 32334
0.1L on TWP Hwy 32434.2
0.1Continue  Twp Rd 32434.3
1.3Continue  TWP Rd 32435.6
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1.8R on Co Rd 1938.1
0.3R on TWP Rd 1938.4
0.1Slight R on TWP Rd 2238.4
1.7L  TWP 130/TWP  32440.1
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2R on Co Rd 13242.7
1.3Continue on Co Hwy 2744.1
0.4R on US-62 E44.5
1.6L on TWP Hwy 3446.1
1.2R on Co Hwy 648.3
0.2L on TWP Hwy 2948.5
2.1Slight R on Co Hwy 2550.6
0.3L on OH-520 W/Main 50.9
0.3Slight R on TWP Hwy 2051.2
1.5L stay on TWP Hwy 2052.6
0.4 R on TWP Hwy 22553
1L on Co Hwy 5054
2.1L on TWP Rd 21356.1
0.6R on TWP Hwy 46656.7
0.1L on TWP Hwy 21256.8
1R  stay  TWP Hwy 21257.8
0.3R on TWP Rd 21158.1
1L on TWP Hwy 46659.1
4L on OH-179 N63.1

Getting through Killbuck

There will be blue survey tape on the signs where you turn. READ YOUR CUE SHEET!

Questions, comments, concerns? Post here or send me an email
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.

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