Debut: ‘Almanzo 100’ Bike Film

The annual Almanzo 100 gravel-road race takes riders on its namesake 100-mile journey through some of the hilliest country in middle America. This new video, produced by Royal Antler, follows riders on the 2012 event, from the start line to the dramatic, leg-killing conclusion near the end.

This film and the people involved have a special place with GearJunkie. T.C. Worley, an editor at the site, a photographer, and a partner in Royal Antler, was head cameraman on the Almanzo 100 shoot. He also shot the video series “Fast&Light” and “Off The Map” with GearJunkie and Monopoint Media over the past year.

Chris Skogen, the founder and director of the Almanzo 100 race, is a humble cyclist from Rochester, Minn., who we recognized last spring with our EPIC award for his initiative. (See the full story here.) In short, Skogen founded this race and helped launch a movement of gravel-road races around the Midwest. Hundreds of cyclists now ride his Almanzo 100, for which he does not charge an entry fee. Skogen’s initiative has inspired a half-dozen other race directors to create free or low-cost gravel bike events in the region.

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Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.