Tuesday, June 16, 2015

An Outstanding Day

The 6th rendition of the Westside Dirty Benjamin was a great day on the bike! The day started misty which turned a few folks away but they missed a good ride. The sun stayed behind the clouds and the wind was virtually non-existent. This made for fast times! Charlie Schad took the top spot in 5 hours and 24 minutes. Jim Bell, 2011 winner, had the same time to take the top spot for the Master 50+ category. Phillip Carlton took the top singlespeed two minutes later at 5:26. That is no joke!! Denise Ward came in for as the top woman at 5:53. Way to go Denise!! Corey Hedin came in for the top Fatbike spot at 6:33. A big shout out to Paul Heppenla who came in DFL at 10:22 on a fatbike and claimed a messenger bag from Banjo Brothers!! Nice work to all the top spot and all those who rode the Westside Dirty Benjamin. We hope you  enjoyed it as much as we had putting it together!

We would also like to give much thanks and praises to our volunteers. Without them, the day would not have been a success...guaranteed. Thank to Peter and Nate Pascale who brought, set up, and cooked the hot dogs at the checkpoint and aided with the registration. Many-a-rider were grateful for the snack! Thanks to Karyn Rudnick who provided the ride to and from the event, registration, checkpoint, and finish support.  Thanks to Gal Alon for providing support for the riders from the Penn Cycle van at the start and the checkpoint. Raise it up!

We also want to give much props to the businesses that supported us and provided some outstanding products for the riders:

Banjo Brothers
Behind Bars
Calhoun Cycle
Michael's Cycles - Huge shout out for hosting the registration and assisting with organizing
Molten Speed Wax
Penn Cycle
Planet Bike
Shaggy - those handmade denim wallets were sick!
Twin Six

These businesses really set the bar high and we appreciate how much support they have given over the years. Quality product, quality service and just great folks when it comes down to it! Results are posted HERE so thanks for coming and taking on the gravel roads of Carver County!!


  1. Congratulations! Do you have any photos? It would be great if you could share picts.

  2. Hello there,

    Have you ascertained your 2016 event date? I'm working on my calendar at the moment, and would like to add your event.