100 Miles of Nowhere: “99 of 29″ Edition

05.11.2010 | 8:00 am

An Introductory Note from Fatty: Today, expect lots of posts, but don’t expect me to be the one writing them. These are your stories and your pictures from the 2010 100 Miles of Nowhere, with which we raised tens of thousands of dollars for LiveStrong. How awesome is that?

I jumped the gun again this year. Had to, due to a number of reasons. Same course as last year. ~8000 feet of climbing with most of that packed into one short steep section.


Four of us finished the full hundred miles. The other two got 50+ miles each.


This is done by doing 106 laps on 29th Street in Rochester, MN, hence the name 99 of 29.

I suppose it should be 100 miles of 99, but 99 of 29 sounds so much cooler.

This year brought 3 new changes. 2 good, 1 bad.

  • Good: A cheering section. At the end there were over a dozen folks cheering me around.
  • Good: Other riders. Riding 106 laps around the block is a LOT less boring if you have other riders out there with you.
  • Bad: Wind. Lots of wind. Mid 20mph to 30mph winds throughout the day. Made a tough course tougher.

A full report can be found here.

– Neil O Cary (The guy in the FC jersey in the middle)

PS: Want more? Greg sent in a link to his blog detailing his 100 Miles of Nowhere experience. Check it out here.


  1. Comment by pat | 05.11.2010 | 8:13 am

    I left the first comment suckas!!

  2. Comment by Greg Furry | 05.11.2010 | 8:48 am

    Thanks for posting the link to my blog Fatty! I wish I was running ads. With your traffic I am sure by the end of the day I would be a hundredaire!

  3. Comment by jweb | 05.11.2010 | 9:50 am

    Thanks for showing up at Lake Calhoun on Saturday, the company was much appreciated for the 20ish miles that you rode with me.

    I didn’t last much longer after you guys left… 2 more laps, a break for lunch, and a realization that I was cramping, tired, cold, and miserable. Luckily for me, the race organizers for the “30-something bearded fat guys riding touring bikes” division of 100 Miles of Nowhere then announced that the race was actually a two-stage event, with the second stage scheduled for Saturday, May 15th.

  4. Comment by Todd | 05.11.2010 | 10:03 am

    How does the number 99 fit in to the story?

  5. Comment by Andrew | 05.11.2010 | 10:23 am

    Awesome ride guys…I’ve run through there a good number of times and I remember how nasty those short hills over in that neighborhood can be.

  6. Comment by ocary | 05.11.2010 | 10:24 am

    “I suppose it should be 100 miles of 99, but 99 of 29 sounds so much cooler.”

    Last year it was “99 of 29 plus 1 one for good luck” but that was a bit too, well, wordy. “Miles” was always implied in the name. Being a bit wordy, it got shortened. Plus, 99of29 just sounds cooler than 100of29 ’cause of all the nines. Nines are awesome.

    @jweb. Good luck finishing this Saturday.


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