As race day fast approaches, this photo, taken recently at Masonic Park, reminds me to remind you that Spring Valley Minnesota is where “The Prairies meet the Bluffs.” Prairies to the west and Bluff Country to the east… the entire route, less start and finish, is east of the City of Spring Valley, who doesn’t love a good hill climb… or 21? When your epic SV100 journey takes you to the majestic bluff pictured, you can get ready to celebrate your personal victory as this bluff marks the base of the last major hill climb of the day. As always, we are looking forward to seeing you at the SV100 Start Line on the 5th of June, 8 a.m… bring a friend. Cheers!
Here’s what you and your supporters need to know about Forestville. At the 67-mile mark of the SV100 route is Forestville State Park where you’ll find modern restrooms and plenty of shade. In past years, but not always, miracle coolers appear here, but don’t bank on it. First time visitors need to be aware there is no vehicle access to the picnic pavilion from the Historic Village North entrance, the bridge is perpetually closed and only open to foot/bike traffic; motorized vehicles planning to park at the picnic pavilion to cheer on their rider(s) will need to enter the Park from the South entrance. Please note: All vehicles must display a valid State Park Sticker/Pass to enter the State Park, one-day passes are available for $5 at the Ranger/Information Station at the South entrance. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. Be safe!
We’re 40 days and a wake-up away from the SV100 rollout from downtown Spring Valley. For those who are unfamiliar with the route, let me help manage expectations by stressing one of the cornerstones of the event, it is a self-supported race. This “pop” machine pictured at mile 76 in Cherry Grove is the only one you’ll see on the entire route, there are no convenience stores or gas stations for re-provisioning on the route without taking a detour along the way. The historic Forestville Village in the State Park, including the Village Store at mile 67, is under renovation and doesn’t reopen until July 1st. For those veterans of the event, you know gravel racers at this event can be a generous bunch, so if you miscalculated your nutritional needs, say something to a fellow rider before it becomes a crisis.
Spring Valley 100 race report from the race tri-chairs: The graders have been out grooming and fluffing up the gravel on the route; the 65 miles we rode were fantastic; who doesn’t love 45 mph downhills on two wheels over misshapen marbles? We are looking forward to seeing you all at the start and finish lines on June 5. Training tip: find a hill with a >10% grade and climb it, and climb it again, and again, and again. Be Safe, CrushinGravel