Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Done Full Up

We have reached and crossed over the 200 rider threshold. We will honor any postcards that arrive the next few days but the address has been pulled from the interwebs. I emailed everyone who provided an email address so if you see your name on the registered list and didn't get a notification, I typed your email incorrectly. You can shoot us an email at westsidedirtybenjamin @ gmail.com to correct that for future info. Thanks for all the great postcards!! I will make some moves to post some on the FB

Monday, March 10, 2014

Almost There

A list of the just shy of 200 riders is posted so I figure that at this rate, the address will be up for only another day so get your entry sent!! Hit the link above stating 2014 Riders if you want to check it.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

2014 Registration Information

OK, registration is officially going on! Everybody clap your hands like the Cha Cha Slide. First 200 postcards we receive are going in the 5th riding of the Westside Dirty Benjamin. We have Schimelpfenig park reserved in Chaska on June 14, 2014. Plans are getting laid, contacts are being massed and spirits are getting high! The categories are as follows:

Open Men
Open Women
Singlespeed
Master 50+
Maybe a fatbike if enough folks show up for that, TBD

Last year, we received the 200 postcards in less than three weeks so you know what to do. Write down your name, category, and email. If you will be under 18 on June 14, 2014, let us know that too. We really like the postcards and frown on that cut up box of Eggo's with your info on it so get your art on and show us some humor, art or what you got. Send it to:

2014 REGISTRATION CLOSED

I'll be updating the list weekly and look forward to seeing you! Oh yeah, our take on this event is for you to ride your way be it as fast as you want, as entertaining as you want, as a goal to get 60 miles in and feast on half a dozen White Castle slider, or whatever. As long as you enjoy it, it is a success! One of the changes though is that we may not be offering the bag drop for the checkpoint. Our checkpoint organizer will be rolling her first century this day so unless we get some volunteers to ferry bags, we may 86 the option. That may change depending on the energy we plan on putting into that so consider the possibility. If the drop bag option gets pulled, we will note where one can get a tasty beverage while rolling the Carver county gravel.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WDB 2014!

The Dirty Benjamin is back for 2014!  Schimelpfenig Park in Chaska has been reserved for June 14th. We will likely be taking postcards in March so stay tuned.  More info coming soon!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shout outs and results

Thanks everyone for coming to crush gravel with such an outstanding attitude! All the smiles, maybe smiles of relief, the thanks and vows to return encourages us to get to organizing next year's event. Thank you all for the donations too! Your generosity has enabled us to have some seed money for next year's event so we won't be running out of coke, buns, pulled pork and vegetarian sloppy joes so quickly. We had 192 starters and 170 finishers!! Word!! Shouts out to all who showed up and rode! Shouts out to Karyn, Joan, Kristie, Philip, Kat and crew who volunteered and worked the checkpoint! They are really key to the success of the event. Big shouts to all who donated to the event:

HED - Every year we are fortunate enough to have support from the best wheel makers. They provided an Ardennes wheelset that was raffled off and congrats to Jon Friedell. He will be leading the pack on those!
Penn Cycle - Huge thanks to the support provided by Jim in the Penn Cycle mechanics van. He had the set up at the beginning and at the checkpoint. I know more than a few people got some issues taken care so it is good that they got your back!
Planet Bike - Each year we get a box of goods and this year the lights, patch kits and bags are greatly appreciated! Thems some good people over there!
Twin Six - T6 not only hook you up with the goods, they have gathered a group of supermen and wonder women who ride and rock thier goods. The waterbottles with discount coupon and an ever needed pair of quality socks went fast!
Banjo Brothers - The seat bags and the phone pack with handlebar mount never fail to disappoint. All there goods look great, work great are top notch! Every endurance ride and race I do with the help of Banjo Brothers!
Behind Bars - Not only does Behind Bars pop up in videos of the Y.N. Rich Kids, but they got the hook up when you are northeast. Check them out, give them a shout and thank them for the socks, shirts, hats and water bottles!
Caps Grille - You want some barbeque, hit Cap's up. It is the real deal as evident in the pulled pork that late comers fingered through since the buns ran out. Everything was finished and we will surely be getting more next year!
Hollywood Cycles - For every Dirty Benjamin, Hollywood has been there setting the bar. He kills it steady and brings some awesome goods to share. I had to hold back from grabbing something for myself. If you on the greenway, hit Hollywood up. You need a bike fit, hit Hollywood up. He is high on the cool kid list!
Barbieri PNK - A few randonneur bags were provided and scooped up!
One on One - Good coffee, great peeps, awesome stuff, always on, etc. Thanks for the megaphone hook-up!!
Chrome - They brought their RV and Hamm's for some beer flavored recover drink. They also provided some cover for us to log the returning riders. Thanks Dan and Amanda!!
Donkey Label - They gave us a stack of their handy phone protectors. A plus when riding gravel in the rain!


All the goods were gobbled up quickly so we will put the word out to get a few more donations for those that only saw empty tables once they arrived.

Category first finishers are:

Ted Loosen in 5:39 - Men
Ben Doom in 5: 51 - Singlspeed
Angie Kell in 5:53 - Women
John Thompson in 6:06 - Masters 50+

With all that written, don't forget to check the results by hitting the link there or up at the top of the page. There were a few errors in logging so if you do not see your name and know when you came in or with whom you rode, let us know and we will fix it.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Let's See...What Have I Forgotten?

So what is on the checklist to remind everyone of...

Print and bring:
Cue Sheets 1
Cue Sheets 2
Also print out and sign the release form. If you are under 18, get at your parents or guardian and get that signature. Release Form

OK...start location and timing
Schimelpfenig Park (Click on the Start/Finish push pin on left)
Chaska, MN
6:15 am - 7:45 am - Registration
7:46 am - 8:00 am - Staging
8:01 am - 8:00 pm - 100+ miles
10:00 am - 2:30 pm - Checkpoint is open
2:00 pm - Cap's Grille sliders till they gone


There is a posse riding out from Minneapolis bright and early...not sure of all the details but FB probably has some info. For those in the know though, if you have a bag, you can stash it in the park building while you are out crushing gravel. Word! Some things to remember are water, SUNSCREEN, snacks and your pedal power! Any support from friends, family, others can be had at the checkpoint as identified in the map above. You just gotta click the links on the left of the map and you will see where it's at. The Penn Cycle mechanic van will be at the checkpoint so if you need some fixin, they got your back. We will bring out a small bag of items if you need so no coolers, please.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cue Sheets, Release Form and Ramblings

We have the cue sheets saved so please download, print out, memorize, whatever you need to get from the start to the finish. I am not sure how many we will have printed out so to be sure, bring your own. There are two links for now, we will work on getting them into a single document but it is not high on the priority list right this second
Cue Sheets 1
Cue Sheets 2

Also print out and sign the release form. If you are under 18, get at your parents or guardian and get that signature. Release Form

One last thing, we ask that if you are planning on using a drop bag, please make it a plastic bag. We want to keep it all collapsible and easy to transport. No coolers or suitcases or anything like that. You can do it without the drop bag option. There is a water pump at the check point as well as stores in Watertown. We will check out other convenience options and post them.