2021 Morganzo 55: Double Nickels on the Grime

Most of the 2021 Participants
Photo by Sam H.

The 2021 Morganzo was a great success. The temperature was perfect, the smoke was at a minimum, and gravel conditions were all time! Sixteen riders toed the line for the 8am departure on Sunday, July 26th, 2021. A small group of around four riders decided to beat the heat and showed up at 7am and another group of around four or five arrived at the start point a bit late bringing the total ridership to around 24 or 25. This is probably the largest showing the Morganzo has seen.

Although the Morganzo isn’t a race (there’s no registration, no support, and no prizes) there was a group of three riders who headed out with purpose and according to their times recorded to Strava the course record was broken.

As usual the group broke into distinct groups with fast riders fighting their way together to the finish and smaller groups forming up along the route with intent to ride whatever pace suited them whether it be three and a half hours or five and a half hours.

2016 Morganzo 55: Double Nickels on the Grime

Photo by Diane Tremblay

The year 2016 was a great one for the Morganzo 55 riders.  Temperatures were Photo by Diane Tremblay

Although this isn’t technically a race, a crew of folks headed out of the gate at a hot pace and held it up for the entirety.  Other groups scattered behind at more leisurely paces.  The entire crew made it around to the Finish in under five hours however and beers, good laughs, and high fives were shared in thanks to the great gods of gravel.

Lookin’ forward to seeing you all next year.

Photo by Diane Tremblay

Double Nickels Poster 2016

2012 Morganzo 55: Double Nickels on the Grime

This 2012 Morganzo 55: Double Nickels on the Grime trip report was originally posted at The Bozeman Fix July 26th, 2012.

Morganzo 55: Double Nickels on the Grime July 14th, 2012
Morganzo 55: Double Nickels on the Grime July 14th, 2012

The task: ride 55 miles of unforgiving gravel in the first ever Morganzo 55: Double Nickels on the Grime.
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The players: a ragtag collection of has-beens and never wases…

Left to Right, Jon W, Amy C, Matthew T, Lincoln J, Sam H, and Kirk's bike
Left to Right, Jon W, Amy C, Matthew T, Lincoln J, Sam H, and Kirk’s bike

The purpose: the endless pursuit of beauty by bicycle

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Gravel for miles. Fifty-five of them to be precise.
Gravel for miles. Fifty-five of them to be precise.

 The challenge: impassible roads, unquenchable thirst

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 The reward…
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Matthew Thomsen wins the Morganzo Trophy as first overall unsupported badass cyclist. 

Amy Chiuchiolo wins the Hardcore Trophy for killing it in the Morganzo and then riding the Bangtail Divide immediately after. Seriously.

Sam Haraldson wins the Troll Trophy for slaying the hilly Morganzo on only 8 gears. 

Lincoln Jamrog wins the International Trophy for coming all the way from Livingston and building bridges made of gravel. 

Jon Wareham wins the Spirit Award for his positive attitude during multiple mechanicals.

 The Minutemen – “This Ain’t No Picnic” from  Double Nickels on the Dime
The Minutemen – “Corona” from  Double Nickels on the Dime
 Thanks to all the participants and we’ll see ya next time.