The rider meeting for the 2015 I-Cycle Derby was held inside Roy's Repair. It was my first time there. It's a very cool shop.
There was delicious hot coffee courtesy of Diamonds Coffee Shoppe, which was much appreciated. There was also a big spread of food for the riders.
A little history on the ride was shared followed by the rules. First of all, the ride is a benefit for Eddie's Road, which supports victims of child abuse and focuses on stopping the cycle of abuse.
The rules were interesting. The route is a secret with many checkpoints. They try to mix up the route each year. You only get the next piece of the route at each checkpoint. They make it clear that it is NOT a race. Go too fast and you will lose. Each leg of the race has a predetermined time goal, typically based on an average speed close to 20mph (remember the road conditions are typically bad). Arrive at a checkpoint too early or too late and you get points. The winner is who finishes the day closest to zero.
It sounded like there would be about an hour of riding before lunch and an hour after. They said 90% of the run would be on main roads where it was relatively clear and only about 10% on side streets where riders would likely encounter packed snow and ice. I heard the total run was about 50 miles.
Speaking of winning, here are the awards for the top 5 finishers.
They were displayed alongside some plaques that showed the winners as far back as 1965 (even though the event is older than that). The older of the two plaques is the Roy Egeberg Sportsman Trophy. This is from when the I-Cycle Derby was called the Icicle Derby and when it was organized by the Gopher State Motorcycle Club. See, gophers and motorcycles go together like peanut butter and jelly... and all this time you thought my blog's name was weird.
Photos of riders getting set to depart are up next.