Editor’s note: Mike Jones is riding and reporting for the Daily Planet at this weekend’s Powderhorn 24. Mike: “The Powderhorn 24 is a 24-hour bike race in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. I’ll be riding in it, if not racing, and doing some bona fide Gonzo Journalism. Check this space often for photo, video and email updates from the race.” We’ll post the most recent updates at the top of the article. (Video from June 23 below -and June 22 videos and reports are HERE.) Mike notes: “Had difficulties early with upload … the whole using technology whilst racing thing is tricky.”
If you have trouble seeing the videos on this page, you can also check out Mike’s YouTube page.
June 23 – Second breakfast and second bonus
June 23 – Manifest completion – ten laps and 50+ miles
June 23 – The “other” team Mike Jones
June 23 – Back inthe saddle and “feeling more racer than journalist – “hoping to get a century done.”
June 23 – Breakfast bonus – and back on the bike
June 23 – Heading back to the race
June 22, 3:42 p.m. – Getting ready for the race
June 18: Looking forward to the race
The Powderhorn 24 is a 24-hour bike race in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. I’ll be riding in it, if not racing, and doing some bona fide Gonzo Journalism. I’ll probably pull over during the writing. I’ll send my updates toEditor Mary Turck via email, YouTube, or whatever other method becomes available over the 24-hour stretch. It is expected that my writing will devolve in length, quality, and coherence as the night and morning chug along.
The race has solo categories in male and female, and team categories in male, female, and co-ed. Helmets are required, and lights from dusk to dawn. There are checkpoints on the race course where you must check in order to get an official lap. There will be bonus checkpoints with challenges at different times during the race to get bonus laps. The course is approximately five miles.
I’m in the solo category as Team Jonsey. Riding solo, my journalism won’t get in the way of a teammate’s racing, and their racing won’t get in the way of my journalism.