Sunday, April 20, 2014

Final Update- maps, parking, check-in, vital information to know

We are ready to go.  I've rode and rode the course again.  Can't wait to get rolling with each of you.  Here is what you need to know for Saturday.

First things first-  Registration is still open and runs until 9:15 am Saturday.  RSVP by email via or on facebook here if possible.

First things first-  Do not park on Main Street!  We have permission to use three parking lots within the city thanks to the schools.  See the map below (want a copy?).  I won't police this but everyone in Elgin has been great to us and it would be a shame to do anything to change that.  Elgin is a small place and riding from a lot to check-in will be a good way to make sure your bike is ready to go.

Check-in behind JJ Tailgators between 8 and 9:15 am.  I will have some copies of cue cards available here, but it is strongly recommended that you print your own from this link.  Here are links to GPX and CRS files.  If you have a Garmin device, drag and drop that CRS into your "courses" folder.  If you have something else you know better how it works than I.  You will also drop off your potluck items here-  look for my Toyota Sequoia.

We will congregate in front of JJ Tailgators on Main St. at 9:20 for a brief pep talk and roll-out at 9:30 am.  

Throughout this ride you are responsible for  yourself.  No one is going to come get you.  Ride safely and within your limits.  Bring anything you think you will need.  Do not assume what will be around the next corner.  Cars, trucks, ATVs, cattle, and dogs all share these roads.  Follow the law, don't pee in someone's yard etc., 

There is a checkpoint at the halfway point.  It is potluck style.  I have made arrangements to have 15-20 gallons of water at the ready.  Anything else that will be there is up to the you, the riders.  Bring something you might want 40 miles into a ride.  If you bring something gluten free or vegan etc., please mark it as such so other's with the same needs can take advantage.  If you for some reason do not want to take your chances with the potluck or need a real toilet there is a gas station in Elba.  I stop there all the time and it is well stocked.

If you want to finish the course faster than your friend that will be determined by the Elgin town sign sprint.  Do not leave the wide shoulder.  Do not continue to 'race' down past the parking lot on the right and onward toward Main St..  

After you finish buy some food and hang out with the great people you rode with.  JJ Tailgators isexpecting us and have plenty of room.  I'm thankful for how accomodating they have been, without them this would not be happening.  I have ridden the course twice.  I expect finishing times anywhere from 4.5 to roughly 10 hours.  

The Dickie Scramble is solely organized and run by Cyclocarbon LLC.


If you aren't sure what to ride...  pick a bike you are comfortable on, some tires that can handle hitting  rocks and which won't drive you nuts on pavement.  Most likely a cyclocross or heavy duty touring type bike, maybe a mountain bike.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Not the final update but an update

I've ridden the course twice now and made a couple of tweaks.  Excited to share it with each of you.

Expect download links for gps/crs files and cue cards by the end of the weekend along with a detailed list of "things you should know" that I definitely want everyone to read.

Lastly, check out CBS/WCCO in the cities this Sunday night around 10.  The Finding Minnesota segment may be to your interest.

Thank you


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Official course pre-ride Wednesday 4/9

I'll be riding the course next Wednesday with a few people starting around 9 am.  Let me know if you are interested @  expect a 14-16 mph pace.

Here is a teaser image from one of our awesome descents, or is it a climb?  It's April 1st so it's hard to say.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Update: 5 weeks to go!

The weather is finally warming up and we've already had a ton of snow melt.  I'm sure we will have great conditions for riding gravel around here in the next couple of weeks.  That said, this will happen rain or shine (or massive snow storm).  I will not cancel, I will not reschedule and I will not refund your money.

Currently, there are 80-90 riders who have either emailed me or said they were planning to attend via the facebook event page.  Registration remains open and will do so until the morning of the event.  Your guess is as good as mine with regards to the final numbers.

Expect a post in approximately 3 weeks with information regarding a finalized route and where to download GPX/CRS/tulip note files.  There will also be information about parking and registration.

You may want to start thinking now about what you want to bring to the potluck checkpoint.  Just like last year riders will load my truck with checkpoint treats that will be available to everyone.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dickie Scramble 2014: 75 miles 4/26/14

75 miles of incredible roads, potluck checkpoint, great food/drinks/gathering place at the finish line.

Registration is going to run a little bit differently...

In order of preference-

Option A:  join "Dickie Scramble 2014" Facebook event
Option B:  send an email to stating that you would like in
Option C:  show up

Do not be afraid to just show up, but please do use one of the other options if/when you have decided to attend.  The "pre-registered" rider numbers will be used to let the JJ Tailgator's know what to expect.  They are letting us use an incredible space where even 200-300 riders could gather after the ride and eat great food.  They will match their wait staff to my estimate based social media and email registrants.

This is a no sponsors, no money, ride.  The only monetary transactions that will take place will be between hungry riders and the huddle.  I want nothing from you but to force you to ride the hills I train on.

Click here for tentative route.  This event was a late comer to the gravel thing.  I've ridden in more than a few and chose this venue because it is the best...  best and most challenging roads, best place to gather after.

Start time/location-  9:30 am rollout be there between 7:30 and 9 to check in.  Come early and do not park downtown Elgin the schools have been kind enough to offer their lots for our use, there will be a map in my final update.  We ride from JJ Tailgator's right in the middle of Main St.

Check point-  This will be potluck once again-  bring something good to share, load it in my truck at the start.  Homemade things are always a hit, but anything you might want to eat or drink in the middle of an 80 mile ride is great.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2013 Dickie Scramble Results

First some pictures...

Here are the finishers for whom I have ride times (a couple snuck in without a recorded time)


Trevor Olson  7:16
Drew Wilson  7:16
Michael Moriarity 7:17
Jeff Bushendorf 7:23
Roger Paranteau 7:24
David Strachan  8:16
Philip Carlton 8:32
Jonas Nygard 8:32
John Hoch  8:33
Bryce Rasmussen 8:39
Ken Earley 8:39
Ben Oney 8:39
Joe Kjeer 8:51
Stephen Wilson 8:51

The groups other than Trevor and I tied so far as I know.  If you guys sprinted each other, you know who won.  Congratulations to all finishers!  I would be remiss if I did not mention that not only did Trevor win this thing, but he then sat down and finished "The Frankenstein".


Joshua Stamper 4:51
Al Iverson 4:51
Sam St. Pierre 4:51
Ted Loosen 4:55
Doug Nixon 4:55
Tom Puzak 5:26
Justin Bakken 5:26
Brett Swenson 5:33
Matt Johnson 5:42
Joe Pahr 5:44
Kevin Clark 5:44
Jose Perez 5:44
Nate Powell 5:51
Galen Murray 6:03
Samuel Hughes 6:09
Doug Krone 6:11
Robert Tuma 6:13
Scott Harstedt 7:11
Troy Lawrence 7:11
Andrew Wickenheiser 8:33
Shawn Polson 9:07

DNFs will not be listed.  Once again I don't know about the order on the ties other than for the top 5.

Here is my personal blog "write-up"  at rideonpurpose.  If you have one I would love to link it as well.

This would not have happened without some awesome volunteers.  Thanks Mom and Dad, Kim, Chris and James.  

I had a great time.  It was stressful having to change the route last minute, but truly do not think it would have been safe to cross the rapids that was raging Sunday morning.  That said, it was that incredibly fast melt that saved this whole thing.  Never on Thursday morning would I have expected to have such dry, fast gravel three days after over a foot of snow.   Everyone who trusted my updates and still came and rode truly is tough and deserved the excellent conditions.

I heard nothing but good things about all the riders from the Huddle.  I will not change that aspect of this event for next year, nor anticipate doing so in the future.  I'm grateful to the Huddle for their support and excellent food.  Thanks Dawn and the rest of the crew at the Huddle.

The potluck food thing for the checkpoint seemed to work out great from my end.  

Also, the lengths/format meant a nice group of people in the Huddle trading stories together at the end of the day.

Changes I am contemplating:

The route will likely take the 'short' course riders to Wabasha and back and only the 'long' course riders will mess with going into the Whitewater area.

It won't flood so much and it will be dryer such that many more MMRs and back roads will be available.

I would prefer not to have it on this particularly weekend-  will likely move it forward one or two weeks based on the mountain bike and road schedule.

please share feedback on the above or anything else