One of the biggest gravel grinder races of the year, the Almanzo 100, will get a big boost January 5 as riders and fans will gather in Minneapolis for a party to offset some of the cost of organizing the race which charges no entry fee.
Intermedia Arts will host the party from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are just $10 at the door. Expect a family-friendly event for cycling fans from fanatic to casual.
Festivities will include the introduction and pre-ordering of the 2013 race kit, and short films from Salsa Cycles and event sponsor Royal Antler Films. HED Wheels will be on hand, and Challenge Tires will unveil a new Alamanzo tire inspired by the race. There will be a raffle with swag giveaways from other sponsors, including Dirt Rag. Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without live music, food, and beer, too.
Since 2007 the Almanzo 100 and Royal 162 have provided a premier platform for gravel endurance racing in the United States. Financed solely out of pocket and with help from a dedicated family of volunteers, race organizer Chris Skogen continually sets the bar high. Eschewing entry fees, the Almanzo attracts upward of 600 entrants to the rolling hills and farmland around Spring Valley, Minnesota. Registration opens January 1, 2013 and ends January 31. The race is scheduled for May 18, 2013. You can find more details at www.almanzo.com.