Results, Final Thoughts and LOTS of Thanks

I think this photo summarizes things quite well

I think this sums it up pretty well

Well my friends, raceday has come and gone. Looking back on how it all unfolded, I can’t help but feel very proud of what this has become. Great people with positive attitudes, perfect weather and fresh horseshit…who could ask for more?


The Facebook response has been overwhelmingly positive. Seeing everyone’s Reactor photos and reading their tales of cameraderie, perseverance and hot dog/beer consumption brings warmth to my fat, fat heart.

Chucky V leading the Neutral Rollout

Chucky V leading the Neutral Rollout

As far as I know, we only had one pissed off cyclist….and that’s fine with me. Endurance events like these force us to learn things about ourselves, and not everyone learns something they wanted to know.

Other people learn things they already knew, like my man Corey Case, who is the proud owner of the CCX Jim Phillips Wallet.

Normally, I’d mock a man with fruit in his beer…not today.

It’s important that people know a lot people came together to make this happen. My good friend Kate Geisen is/was responsible for approximately 90% of the stuff on our Facebook page. I’m sure there are loads of flattering pictures of her on the webs, but for some reason this is the only one I could find.

The venue, the Start/Finish line, the after-party and basically anything that had to do with parking, logisitics, etc was handled by Nick Smith, pictured below.

Nick, Team Redwheel and Redwheel Bikeshop put together the most legit Start/Finish line we’ve had thus far. Good people all around, and I’m proud to call them friends. Thank you to anyone who took a moment to thank them by making a purchase at the bikeshop on raceday.

^^Then there’s Nick’s Dad. The man built a hotdog/water/beer stand in his yard just so he could make hotdogs for everyone. Oh yeah, and he had tarps set up for shade and lawn chairs to sit on. And you KNOW they’re good chairs if Don Daly sat on one.

By now I think we all know the trails on the 3rd singletrack section are totally fucked. That being said, I’d like to point out they’re much less fucked after the efforts of 2 good men:

Chuck Vohsen:

After leading the first Neutral Rollout, Chuck was out clearing trails while the race was happening. He also helped run the drop station and shuttled several DNF riders back to the Finish line. On top of that, his wife lori is responsible for most of the photos you’ve seen on social media.

Luke Lamb:

My brother from another mother. Luke spent his pre-race friday with me, clearing trails and tying caution tape to dead animals so noone would tear it down.

The list goes on and on. So to all of you, (including my lovely wife pictured below), Thank You.


I assume there are people who want to know their finish times, so here ya go. And just so we’re all on the same page, I realize there are a few errors. I don’t plan on fixing any of them, because my wife made these charts and I’d rather die than point out her mistakes.

Active/Retired US Military
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Clinkinbeard Dan 5:37 PM USA 34
Windmoeller Stephen 6:04 PM USA 44
Gilmore Stacy 6:46 PM USA 60
Nelson Larry 8:58 PM USA 92
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Wilson Kate 4:38 AM Alphagina 11
Piper Mary 6:00 AM Alphagina 42
Geisen Kate 6:34 AM Alphagina 55
Bateman Melanie 7:42 AM Alphagina 75
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Case Corey 4:28 PM BAMF 8
Boianhoff Mickey 4:32 PM BAMF 9
Buttram Don 4:38 PM BAMF 12
Juncu Anatolie 4:47 PM BAMF 14
Howser Eric 5:09 PM BAMF 19
Irish Ryan 6:04 PM BAMF 46
Nagy Benedict 6:08 PM BAMF 50
Johanson Todd 7:14 PM BAMF 67
Gilmore Darren 7:26 PM BAMF 71

Random photo of my dog in a Taddihogg hat

Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Clarke Jenny 5:12 PM Ladies Solo 21
Windmoeller Michelle 6:04 PM Ladies Solo 45
Stevens Anne 7:49 PM Ladies Solo 82
Mattson Loreen 7:49 PM Ladies Solo 83
Gutierrez Kristy 10:11 PM Ladies Solo 96
Orban Kristen DNF Ladies Solo
Fucking serious about Winning
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Johnson Joshua 3:34 PM Serious Folks 1
Meschke Ryan 7:26 PM Serious Folks 72
I wonder if this volunteer is still out there...

I wonder if this volunteer is still out there…

Single Speeders
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
White Justin 5:31 SS 28
Bockting Benji 5:36 SS 32
Clarke Adam 5:45 SS 35
Zoll Jason 5:45 SS 36
Anderson Jeff 6:49 SS 62
Mick Sean 7:01 SS 65
Ellis Robert 8:58 SS 91
Beever Jordan 10:11 SS 97
VanHoose Dwayne DNF (Long Course) SS
Lamb Luke DNF SS

And this year’s most well-attended category:

Dudes Open
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Froese Ethan 3:34 PM DO 2
Simonson Lawrence 3:34 PM DO 3
Johnson Galen 3:34 PM DO 4
Henry Pete 4:07 PM DO 5
Maggard Jesse 4:07 PM DO 6
Bradley John 4:17 PM DO 7
Klein Eddie 4:38 PM DO 10
Tyman Devin 4:38 PM DO 13
Tomicki Tomasz 4:56 DO 16
Schnettgoecke Shaun 4:58 DO 17
Dowell Rodney 17:06 DO 18
Suthoff Brad 5:12 PM DO 20
Adkison Rodney 5:12 PM DO 22
Moore Jim 5:24 PM DO 23
Stacey Matt 5:26 PM DO 24
Daly Don 5:26 PM DO 25
Cranmer Stoney 5:31 PM DO 26
Goode Peter 5:31 PM DO 27
Langworthy Johnathan 5:31 PM DO 29
Cordia Tyler 5:36 PM DO 30
Spath Jacob 5:53 PM DO 37
Heydn Brian 5:53 PM DO 39
Pay Chris 6:00 PM DO 40
Pierce Richard 6:03 PM DO 43
Butler Scott 6:04 PM DO 47
Sides Stephen 6:07 PM DO 48
Sutherland Mike 6:07 PM DO 49
McAllister Bryant 6:10 PM DO 51
Donahoe Tim 6:12 PM DO 52
Smith David 6:22 PM DO 54
Giesing Jesse 6:35 PM DO 58
Clervi Art 6:49 PM DO 63
Orr Tom 7:13 PM DO 66
Pool Richard 7:25 PM DO 70
Koenig Xavier 7:42 PM DO 74
Smith Doug 7:42 PM DO 76
Behounek Josh 7:45 PM DO 81
Deffer Nicholas 7:53 PM DO 84
McEntire Brian 8:19 PM DO 87
Krause Guy 8:27 PM DO 88
Stookey Dan 8:52 PM DO 89
Fair Steven 8:52 PM DO 90
Schwartz Kevin 9:41 PM DO 94
Felix Miguel 10:11 PM DO 95
Van Hersh Ryan 10:33 PM DO 98
Vanderfelts Ben 10:33 PM DO 99
Botts Petey DNF DO
Boos Kyle DNF DO
Carr Lucas DNF DO
Dwiggins Jody DNF DO
Harp Tom DNF DO
Jennison Brian DNF DO
Kopta Arthur DNF DO
Morgan Michael DNF DO
Nemeth Justin DNF DO
Orr Chris DNF DO
Perry Joseph DNF DO
Rathke Dennis DNF DO
Smith Jim DNF DO
Cedar Sapling
Place Last First Finish Time Category
1 Ryan Steve 11:20 AM Sapling
2 McAllister Tim 11:20 AM Sapling
3 Clanton Corkey 11:21 AM Sapling
4 Brandhorst Jeff 11:22 AM Sapling
5 Webb Keith 11:22 AM Sapling
6 Webb Lisa 11:22 AM Sapling
7 VanHoose Dwayne 11:23 AM Sapling
8 Smith Matt 11:24 AM Sapling
9 Wolins Nat, Alane 11:48 AM Sapling
10 Lycke Craig 11:56 AM Sapling
11 Kubinak Susan 12:13 PM Sapling
12 Fogelbach Gary 12:19 PM Sapling
13 Reynolds Glen 1:10 AM Sapling
14 Goodman Dana 1:17 AM Sapling
15 Rehmert Tracie 1:17 AM Sapling
16 Gossett Emma 1:35 AM Sapling
17 Chase Jeff 3:32 AM Sapling
18 Clark Bob 3:32 AM Sapling
19 Friedman Steve, elena 4:01 AM Sapling

The finish line party was one I hope to remember forever. My bucket list got a little shorter when I checked off “Massive Bar Tab with 100+ Friends,” so that was a great feeling. Seeing the smiles as people finished a grueling day, grabbed one of mom’s potatoes and guzzled craft beers with friends…it just doesn’t get any better than that.


A very nervous girlfriend waited at the finish line for Ben V. and Ryan Vanhersh to finish the course, all the while talking about Ben’s recovery from spinal and pelvic injuries. Jut after 10:30, Ben was our final finisher, and therefore rewarded for his efforts with the coveted Kuat bike rack.

wpid-fb_img_1431400578926.jpgAside from all the trail damage, I don’t know how it could’ve gone any better. And since at least one person had fun, we’ll be doing it all again next year on the first Saturday of May.

The Man Strikes Again



So, our original course would’ve taken you between these bridges and over to the pedestrian bridge right before the Finish line. But lo and behold, a fucking gate has appeared the day before raceday.

But The Man has tried to stop us before, and he has failed. The Cedar Cross in dealing with horseshit, so a little bit of bullshit is no big deal.

I can’t change the GPS link from the library’s 1997 state of the art computer lab, but I can tell the you the new cue sheet looks like this. It’s updated in the header too. There will be a shitload of tape and course markings, so I don’t forsee anyone getting lost.

And if you do get lost, just remember this course exists because I got lost. Adventure rarely happens on the sidewalk.

So, about that Beer..

Hey everybody,

I may have stepped in some shit on Facebook last night when I asked people to bring a bunch of beer to the Finish line.

Here’s why…the guy who owns the building is letting us use his facility, parking lots, etc for free with the hopes of regaining the cost through beer sales. Apparently he had to pay for a liquor license, insurance and all kinds of shit.

There will never be a Cedar Cross without free beers at the finish line, but we also need to support this bar owner. So I’ll set up a tab to make sure every finisher (or DNF) from every category gets at least one beer on me. Right now I can afford about $400 worth of beer.

So if you’re bringing your own beer to share, that’s awesome. Just make sure your coolers stay in the parking lot away from the guy who had to buy a liquor license. Apparently he can get in big trouble for that shit, and that would probably ruin our chances of using the building next year.

In summary: keep your BYOB’s hidden,( or in my truck). Have at least one free beer on us, and then buy a few beers & support our local economy.

All Cue sheets and GPS links are at the top of the website.

Water stops and refueling options

^^Hopefully we don’t get sued by Specialized for using that photo

 There are a variety of places to refill water/food along the course.

These distances are approximate.

A water spigot rests in front of a church on Barnes Chapel road near the 27 mile mark. This is right before the first section of singletrack.

Your drop bags, (1-gallon ziplock), will greet you at the end of County road 353, near the 47 mile mark. This will be right before the final section of singletrack.

The Hams Prarie gas station/deli is near the 70 mile mark, and they have the best hard-salami sandwiches in all the land.

The final refueling station will likely be the country store in beautiful Mokane, near the 88 mile mark. They’ve got root beer in glass bottles, so be excited.

There are other places you could leave the course and hit a gas station, but I don’t think you’ll need to. As long as you re-enter the course in the same place you left, no big deal.

Just don’t cut the course on purpose and call yourself a real finisher. That would make you a douchebag.

Big Announcements and Biiiiig Piles of Horse Dookey


Well my friends, the hour is drawing near. All over the country, brave men and women are preparing their legs and taints for this weekend’s Trans Iowa Gravel Race. With any luck, they’ll emerge victorious and come to mid-Missouri on May 2nd for a nice Cedar Cross recovery ride. Best of luck to you all.. even Don Daly.

But enough about that..let’s talk about what’s going down on May 2nd. I want to make sure everyone has an idea what’s waiting for them on the gravel roads and singletrack trails of Callaway County.


^^As you can see in the photo, the equestrian community hosted its annual “Fuck you Bob Jenkins” parade last weekend. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate current trail damage somewhere between 9.5 and Why, just WHY?!?.

On a more positive note, there’s plenty of water in those hoof-holes if anyone needs a refill AND a messed up trail slows the roadies down.

There will be horseshit. There will be hike-a-bike. There will be baked potatoes.

In other news, this year’s National Anthem will be guitar-shredded by Jeff City native Andrew Laffoon, of the band Catastrophe. Andrew emailed us asking for the gig, and we’re  happy to have him on board…especially after noticing the band’s logo:

Isn't it crazy how these things happen?

Isn’t it crazy how these things happen?

Are you kidding me?!? It’s like a Cedar Cross logo and a Metal band logo “got together” and birthed this thing. Holy shit.

Did I mention someone is going home with a brand New Kuat Vagabond bike rack?

Kuat is a wonderful group of people, and they’ve sponsored this race since the beginning. Buying a bike-rack from anyone else is like riding horses on muddy singletrack…the only people who do it are assholes.

Let’s see, what else… Oh yeah, Capitol Plaza Hotel, (which is conveniently located super-close to the Start/finish line), has offered to give CCX riders a discounted room rate of $80 per night. Just mention that you’re involved with the race to get the discount. But do it quick, cuz there’s a car show in town on the same weekend.

^^You can thank Nick Smith for that one.

"It's just chewed up grass.."

“It’s just chewed up grass..”


For those who rode the course in 2013, you probably remember a guy “somewhere” on the course who had a bbq grill, a water hose, and maybe a jar of something homemade. That man would be Nick Smith’s Dad, and he’ll be at it again this year. I’m not going to disclose his location, because it’s none of your damn business and I want you to be surprised when you get there.

Please, Shake his hand and tell him he’s awesome.

After everyone has ridden past his house, Nick’s dad is gonna move his bbq grill to the finish line with hotdogs and whatnot. Nick created a facbook event page called Cedar Cross Finish Line Party. Sign up so he knows how many weiners to buy.

The hotdogs will not be free-range, vegan, or free of antibiotics. Why? Because shutup, that’s why.

So in summary, for $30 you get a 113-ish mile monstercross ride, a chance to win a Kuat rack, gps links, cue sheets, on-course hotdogs and beer, a drop-station (with beer), cash payouts for the women, a kickass after-party, (with a DJ), within walking distance of a hotel, and all the baked potatoes you want.

Oh yeah, and let’s not forget Kate’s cookies and my mom’s cupcakes.

Unlesss you’re a veteran, a DNF from last year, or you weigh over 250 pounds…in which case, you get it all for free.

I really don’t know how to make it any better, but suggestions are welcome. If you need anything, hit me up on the Facebook page or at





One Month Out and Registration is Open


Well my friends, the countdown has begun. Permits are in hand, insurance has been acquired, and I’ve successfully passed the USAC’s absurd 64 question exam allowing me to call myself a “race director”. Try as he may, the man will not keep us down.

Registration is now open. There are some new/renamed categories this year, so pick the one that suits you best. Don Daly didn’t get his own category this year, but Jim Phillips did.


Chuck and Dave riding off into the sunset

Also, the Start/Finish Line will be relocated this year. Most of you probably already know Snick Smith:

Nick is a man with access to high-end carbon fiber bikes who chooses to ride steel framed Surly’s, and you’ve gotta respect that. Nick has been kind enough to grant us access to his newly remodeled RedWheel Bike Shop at 400 West Main street, in Jefferson City. He’s a good dude with a family to feed, so support the local economy by buying something while you’re in the shop.

Chuck boat dock

Kickass photo from a recent training ride with no relevance to this race at all

I’ve gotten several emails asking about the cutoff time. The fact is,  I don’t believe in cutoff times. If it takes you until 8am on Sunday to finish this course, you can expect to see my fat ass waiting for you with beer and potatoes. If the potatoes are cold by then, we’ll go out for pancakes.

The Cedar Cross is about having fun on bikes, then eating baked potatoes and drinking beer with the people who shared the experience. Sure, there’ll be people “racing”, but the overall goal is that everyone has a good time. If you don’t finish…big deal, it’s only $30.

I’ll be out on the course next weekend, clearing leaves and measuring the depth of freshly fallen horseshit. Watch the Facebook page for updates on trail conditions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Free registration for a few categories this year


This picture of my bike in front of the sunset really has nothing to do with Cedar Cross, but it looks so badass I had to post it.

With gravel season in full swing, I wanted to let everyone know we’re going to have a few more FREE categories this year.

From now until forever, anyone who has served/is currently serving in any branch of the US Military can race for free. It’s the least we can do, and frankly I can’t believe it took this long think of it.

As in previous years, if you DNF’ed last year you can race for free this year.

And one more thing I’d like to offer this year is free registration to anyone weighing over 250 pounds. I’m no stranger to the buffet myself and I know this type of event is much more strenuous to the plus-sized folks.

Me and the crew will begin trail prep very soon and there will be updates posted, but that’s it for now. Hope to see you on raceday!

2015….The Year of the Alphagina


Lately I’ve been reading about how disproportionate the payouts are between male/female cycling categories. I don’t wanna go into a bunch of detail, but let’s just say I don’t want to be a part of that shit. In fact, I’d like to go the exact opposite direction.

We have so many great women in cycling, and this year I want to use the Cedar Cross to celebrate them.

In 2015 we will have three female categories with cash payouts.

  1. Ladies solo
  2. Ladies Group Thang
  3. The AlphaGina

The solo category is for the woman who wants to ride solo, but doesn’t really give a shit about winning anything. She could probably kick your ass if she wanted to, but would rather ride for enjoyment, athletic challenge and cool photos.

The Group Thang: Lady cyclist Michelle Windmoeller, (pictured below), explained to me that some women prefer to work as a team to achieve a common goal. Hence the Group Thang category. Between 2-5 women can ride together as a team. Finish time is recorded when the last woman in the group crosses the finish line. Tandems are fine with me.

The Alphagina category: Some women don’t want to work together at all. They don’t want to take pictures in front of the Nuke Reactor or share any of their gummi bears. They don’t give a shit about the scenery or the beer stations. All they want is to crush every other man, woman and child on the course and declare themselves the Alpha Female. If this is you, register for the Alphagina category.

The Alphagina will have the highest payout. Dollar amounts will be announced approximately 1 week before raceday when I know if anyone is signing up this year.

In summary, we’re doing payouts this year for all categories of women, and women only. I assume noone has a problem with that, since the whole point of this event is to have fun on bikes.

Registration opens soon.

And if anyone doesn’t already have plans, there’s gonna be a group ride leaving Mokane tomorrow morning at 8am. We’re gonna ride about 50-60 miles at a chill pace. Come on out and join us, it’s gonna be like 60 degrees.

A Bummer of a Post


Shocked and saddened to read of the death of Cedar Cross alum Matt Dierker. He was apparently hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike to the bank on Nov. 14 to deposit a check. Rest in peace, Matt. Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Originally posted on Barn Door Cycling:

Matt wasn't afraid to get his new Salsa dirty.  Matt wasn’t afraid to get his new Salsa dirty.

A Bummer of a Post, that’s what I read on the Shawnee Mountain Bike Association’s forum a few days ago and found out about a friend’s death.  I met Matt Dierker in last year’s Dirty South gravel series.  He was really enthusiastic about riding and competing in massive endurance competitions like the Dirty Kanza 200 mile gravel ride.  He was super laid back and very cool to ride with.  I was looking forward to seeing him at the rides again this winter but now I won’t.

Matt was hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike in Carbondale IL.  The Southern Illinois wrote an excellent article about Matt.  He was riding around 3:30 in the afternoon to the bank.  He’ll be sorely missed.

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