Pre-Ragnarok Gravel Grinder.Brett plans to ride about 70 miles of last years Ragnarok race and post something to Josh and he passes it to me. I consider myself lucky because I really needed the experience before my first real gravel grinder. I'm actually writing this after the real race and I used a lot of what I learned this day.
We catch the pack about an hour into the ride just after a major hill. All of us are hoping for sun as the temps and wind are making for cold rides.
Josh gets the itch for speed not long after we leave and he makes a break. I see it and bridge (sprint to close the gap before it gets too big) and catch him just before a large hill. I spin like mad to offload the work to my cardio system and recover enough leg power to hold on at the next road segment, then it's into the Lehrbach Hill and back to the car. Josh backed off the throttle and we cross 'the line' together but alone. We started 10 minutes behind but finish 10 minutes ahead of the pack. I'll never be the racer I could have been so I'll take the emotional highs of being 2nd when I get them, race or not.
Oh, I almost forgot, Humiliated Limestone. It's road gravel. The Ragnarok starts in Red Wing. They had a quarry that produced beautiful Limestone building then crushed the rest so we can grind it.