Photos: Almanzo 100 gravel road race

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1 Cyclists ride along the Almanzo 100 route in the 2012 race. The Almanzo 100 is a gravel road race in southeastern Minnesota. Organizers expect 1,300 riders to participate in this year's event on Saturday, May 18, 2013. 
2 Cyclists ride along the Almanzo 100 route in the 2012 race. The Almanzo 100 is a gravel road race in southeastern Minnesota. Organizers expect 1,300 riders to participate in this year's event on Saturday, May 18, 2013. 
3 Andrew Folpe talks about the Almanzo before he begins to train Saturday, May 11, 2013. The race isn't for just anyone: riders will loop a 100-mile trail, some will ride for 162 miles, and a hearty bunch will pedal for a 380 miles around southeastern Minnesota's gravel roads. 
4 Cyclists ride along the Almanzo 100 route in the 2012 race. The Almanzo 100 is a gravel road race in southeastern Minnesota. Organizers expect 1,300 riders to participate in this year's event on Saturday, May 18, 2013. 
5 Andrew Folpe rides on a gravel road Saturday, May 11, 2013, to train for the Almanzo 100. The race isn't for just anyone: riders will loop a 100-mile trail Some will ride for 162 miles, and a hearty bunch will pedal for 380 miles around southeastern Minnesota's gravel roads. Riders hail from as far as Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Florida for the casual, yet unforgiving bicycling event. 
6 Joachim Mertens gets his bike ready before he begins to train for the Almanzo 100, Saturday, May 11, 2013. 
7 Joachim Mertens talks about the Almanzo 100 before he begins to train Saturday, May 11, 2013. 
8 Andrew Folpe, left, and Joachim Mertens ride their bikes on an unpaved road Saturday, May 11, 2013, to train for the Almanzo. 
9 Joachim Mertens and Andrew Folpe ride their bikes on an unpaved road Saturday, May 11, 2013, to train for the Almanzo. 
10 Chris Skogen created the Almanzo 100 race after biking on unpaved roads to stay away from cars and trucks while riding his bike. 
11 Chris Skogen works from his home office Thursday, May 9, 2013. Skogen created the Almanzo race after biking on unpaved roads to stay away from cars and trucks while riding his bike. 
12 Postcards from previous Almanzo 100 race participants hang on the wall of Chris Skogen's office Thursday, May 9, 2013. Skogen created the Almanzo race after biking on unpaved roads to stay away from cars and trucks while riding his bike.