Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Burleigh County Cup

Team members Steve Wenzel and Matt Engen were back in action on the endurance side of things representing the team nicely in central North Dakota. Steve recaps the event:

The Burleigh County Cup, North Dakota's premier all gravel road event was held Saturday, May 12th.  Starting in Eagle Park just north of Bismarck, the 50 plus riders rolled out in perfect ND weather.  The options were to ride the 35 mile "Sippy Cup" or the 75 mile "Burleigh County Cup".

I know it is hilly out in this part of ND and it did not disappoint.  We made our way out of the Missouri River Valley and headed out to the beautiful rolling hill prairies smack dab in the middle of the state.  One of the cool things about these gravel road events is that you have to pay attention to your location the whole event or you will miss a turn and go off course - the BCC was well mapped and calibrated with my GPS throughout the ride.
In total, 4200 feet of elevation climbed.  All the gravel roads were well groomed with minimal traffic.  The 8 miles of two track section road was a nice mix in the middle of the course.
The BCC crew did an outstanding job of organizing and pulling this inaugural  event off.  I highly recommend sending your post card in next year.  Who knows what they will throw at us on a yearly basis as the options seem to be endless.

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