The Mullet Fall Classic 2013 is in the books!
Racer Tally: 168 paid to race in the various categories, and we had our
first ever kids race with 8 kids toeing the line of the Iowa Trail
Bombers course. Together, that equals 176 sitting on bikes for the day at The Mullet!!!!
on how you tally it, we were 4 riders less than last year's 172, but
also with the addition of the participants in the kids race - we were 4
riders more than last year. Either way one looks at it, it's pretty
much a wash.
I consider it an excellent turnout.
Especially considering the weather forecast and prior 2 days of rain
might have kept some tucked in bed on Saturday. And Morgan Cross was
going on in the eastern part of the state which had 111 racers toe the
line including quite a few familiar names on the Morgan Cross results
list that have done The Mullet in the past. Certainly a good day for
racing in Iowa with 287 foks out racing on dirt!
Mother nature - for
how many years now? - was very, very, very kind again this year. I
don't think I could have imagined better course conditions after the 48
hours of rain leading up to it. And the sunshine made for a beautiful day of racing (no matter what season) and excellent conditions for the post race party. Great view. Great weather. Great people. Who could ask for a better way to spend a Saturday in October?
I didn't get a
chance to thank everyone properly when the big crowd was there due to
the wait for the results. So, here goes: A big thanks to my Indianola
crew of Bob Matthews, Al Boone, Bryce Gilbert, and Ron Cooney. A huge thanks to Angie Fry Boyens
for organizing the potluck. Also I want to thank Elaine LeMay Kay for
T-Shirt distribution and organization. And thanks to veteran Mullet
helper Nick Woolley who makes it down every year from Webster City to kick in tireless
hours of physical help - all with a smile and great attitude!!! It
takes a lot to pull off a big event and I really could not have done it
without your help.
And thank you to "Ed"! Ed made a garbage bag run, and then
later a charcoal run for the 150 hot dogs that arrived for the potluck.
Also, thank you so much to the Iowa Trail Bombers and their leader Stephen Schmidt for being there, providing the course marshals, tear off tag
collectors, and running our first ever kids race which was great to see
them going through the maze!!! We've got to get more kids races going
at all of our Iowa events for sure.
And thanks to Sterling Heise
and Rassmussen Bike Shop for the use of the P.A. System, and providing gift
certificates for the Juniors and the Comp class (Comp winners - I forgot
to give you your certificates, so look for those in the mail from me).
Thanks to GU for being a sponsor and provided all the product.
Thanks to our USAC Officials, Jeff Mertz, Bruce Pesch, and Deisha
Reynolds. It's not an easy task scoring an event with multiple races
going on all at the same time.
Thanks to Josh Shipman, Park
Manager, and his DNR staff for allowing us to use the venue. It's a
lovely park and hopefully, after the clean up, we left in good shape for
all park users.
A final thanks to all those who chipped in and
helped with clean up, course tear down, loading, garbage patrol and an
excellent effort to get the park back into shape.
I forgot to announce the winner of the Mullet award for this year. Todd Shenker took top honors for his mane.