Knacksot Gravel Grinder - Race Bible

2013 KnackSot ne Runtreis Gravel Grinder & ABES Sonnebloom Safari

Presented by ABES (Altona Bicycle Enthusiast Society) with Olympia Cycling Club

Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m.
Registration and sign-in @ 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

10th Avenue NW & Industrial Drive, Altona, MB

Paul Krahn –

Knacksot – 170 kms
Sonnebloom – 80 kms, with 50km “shortcut” option

Race Bible

Race Organizers: Paul Krahn, Ian Hall
Date: 07/27/13

Location: The race start will be at the marshaling area (10th Ave. NW and Industrial Drive). We will begin the race by riding as a group in the Manitoba Sunflower Festival Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at the marshaling area. At the end of the parade, we will head off onto the race route.

Directions to race start from Winnipeg: Drive south on Highway 75, then west on PTH 14, then south on Highway 30, then west onto 14th Ave NW, then immediately south onto Industrial Drive (at Green Valley Equipment (GVE)).  Travel distance is approximately 100km/1 hour from South Perimeter.

Registration: All advance registration is online only, here  Same day registration is in-person, print off an entry and waiver form and bring cash or a cheque to the race.

Ages: all ages; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Distances:       Knacksot – 170 km
Sonnebloom – 80 km (note: there is a shortcut option that cuts distance to 50km)

Course Information:
The course follows primarily gravel roads, heading west from Altona, after participants have ridden along with the Manitoba Sunflower Parade. The map below is the plan, but these plans will be confirmed in the week before the race based on road conditions. Check the ABES blog for updates and changes, or email Paul Krahn directly. NOTE THE UPDATED MAPS BELOW. Hard copies of cue sheets and maps will be provided at registration, It may be helpful to have your own copy of a map.


There will be FOUR support stations (ONE one the 51 km loop, TWO on the 83 km loop, FOUR on the 163 km loop). At these stations you’ll be able to get water, some nutrition, and mechanical help. See the maps above, and the cue sheets for the support station locations.

In the gravel grinder spirit, you are responsible for you. With the exception of aid from the support stations, you are expected to deal with any issues (mechanical, mental, physical, other) that may arise on the road. There will be no on-road support, so be prepared to deal with any challenges yourself, or be prepared for a long wait (a sweep will be made of the course later in the day to collect any casualties). Carrying extra water, tubes, chain tool, cell phone, etc. is recommended, as is riding with a friend(s).

Start times: On-site registration/sign-in (all categories): 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Costs: $20 advance registration (closes at 4 pm on Friday the 26th); $30 race day registration
(U17 and younger, $10 advance; $20 race day)

Other information:
Washrooms are available at the race site. 
All riders must wear certified helmets at all times during the event including warm up and cool down.

Prizing: Top 3 placings in each race will be duly rewarded.
Equipment: All styles of bikes are welcome to take part. Most of the course is gravel roads, so tires at least 28mm wide are recommended (cyclocross or mountain bike tires ideal).

After race:
At Paul & Margruite’s barn (see directions below) complementary refreshments will be available: (local (village-made) sausage and a bun, and something wet to help manage your thirst. You will be welcome to stay awhile, sit around a fire and talk, even set up a tent and stay the night. If you anticipate needing more refreshment than this, feel free to bring what you need and have a picnic. The yard is large. There will be a fire and BBQ available. Race proceeds, if any, will be donated to the Neubergthal Heritage Foundation.

To get to the Krahn Barn:
-          Follow Hwy 30 South of Altona for 1 mile.
-          Turn East on Hwy 421 and travel for 3 miles to Neubergthal village.
-          Turn South on Rd 1 West and look for #4134 (the 4th yard on the West side of the village street)

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