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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and growing number of bans on gatherings throughout the country, the promoters of the Mid South Gravel race in Oklahoma plowed through the mud and kept the 2020 event moving forward. Entrants were welcomed to defer their entry to 2021, but would have to pay another entry fee.

For many of the 2000+ registrants, it was a positive announcement, positive enough for over 1400 to attend.

For others, it was too risky of a move due to the novel coronavirus. Oklahoma may not currently be a COVID-19 hotspot, but non-symptomatic racers from around the country congregating in a small town certainly could contribute to the virus’ spread:

The top ten men in the 100-mile race came from seven different states and two countries.

While USA Cycling issued a statement urging promoters to cancel all cycling events and stopping permits, the Mid South gravel race was not a USA Cycling event.

Conditions at the 2020 Mid South Gravel presented their own challenges without considering viral and community spread threats. Mother Nature left a muddy course for cyclocrossers to excel at, but destroying drivetrains, disc brake pads and gravel glory dreams in the process.

Payson McElveen started the Orange Seal Offroad Team sweep of the day, defending his 2019 title. Just under ninety minutes later, McElveen’s teammate Hannah Finchamp beat all but 23 of the men to finish top woman.

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For Ben. Not captured in these photos is looking skyward most of the way down the finish straight. These times and that race yesterday are unlike anything I’ve known before. Winning always feels amazing, but crossing the line yesterday felt strange in many ways. I know it’s not possible to honor someone’s life through a simple bike race, but I also know that I thought about him for all 6:23 yesterday. I felt incredible guilt about deciding to skip his service to go to work, but after talking to many of those closest to him, I know it’s what he’d have wanted. And that gave strength in yesterday’s chaos like nothing before. You would’ve loved it out there, Ben. In these crazy times, lean on your loved ones, and lean in to grit. Many thank-you’s and stories to come. For now, thank you @orangesealoffroadteam for being my unwavering family yesterday. 📷 @zippspeed / @photowil

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McElveen dedicated his victory to the late Ben Sonntag, who was struck and killed while training in Colorado.

The conditions certainly took their toll, with 342 finishers of 784 starters in the men’s 100-mile race.

See the full 100-mile men’s results (finishers only) below. See the women’s results here.

Should promoters have canceled the Mid South Gravel race?

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featured photo: © 241 Photography / Land Run 100.

Stay tuned for an op-ed on this issue by John Flack.

2020 Mid South Gravel Results: 100-Mile Men (Finishers)

GenderNameAgeBibPace (mph)OverallTimeHome
1Payson McElveen27116.2116:23:05Durango, CO
2Colin Strickland3380515.8226:32:29Austin, TX
3Jonathan Baker4510715.7636:34:01Nevada City, CA
4Peter Stetina3220815.5846:38:30Santa Rosa, CA
5Gordon Wadsworth3220315.0856:51:48Shawsville, VA
6Dennis van Winden3259215.0866:51:54
7Andrew Dillman253814.9676:55:07Fairdale, KY
8Matt Acker3416014.7487:01:11Grand Rapids, MI
9John ShalekBriski3287814.4797:09:15Wichita, KS
10Mark Currie2566814.23107:16:20Fort Collins, CO
11Rob Bell3668014.16117:18:34Oklahoma City, OK
12Ben Delaney4323713.98127:24:03Boulder, CO
13Ryan Currie2120913.96137:24:45Stillwater, OK
14Mat Stephens5042413.92147:26:02Lincoln, TX
15Bryan Lewis2939613.9157:26:38Charlottesville, VA
16Ken Benesh3619213.76167:31:12Steamboat Springs, CO
17Grant Ellwood2363313.76177:31:15Boulder, CO
18John Borstelmann2811213.62187:35:55OK
19Brett Beard3565113.55197:38:23Bellefonte, PA
20John Wilmeth3718613.48207:40:51
21Austin Morris2268913.44217:41:55Colcord, OK
22Zachary Morvant3663913.4227:43:18San Francisco, CA
24Scott Myers4910913.17257:51:36
25Michael Potter2920313.07267:55:10Colorado Springs, CO
26Randall Fransen3918913.01277:57:13Portland, OR
27Ezra Ward-Packard2544713.01287:57:19Lake Geneva, WI
28Hart Robinson3961513.01297:57:28Memphis, TN
29Andrew Strempke2719912.95307:59:34Olathe, KS
30Matthew Charity4758012.94318:00:00Steamboat Springs, CO
31Andrew Aaron3515112.91328:00:56Milwaukee, WI
32Zach Nehr2365912.89338:01:56Mequon, WI
33Michael Sencenbaugh3527312.89348:01:56Toccoa, GA
34Kevin White2710012.88358:02:11Wamego, KS
35terry coddington4961412.86368:02:47Conway, AR
36Tanner Ward2618512.86378:02:50Little Rock, AR
37John Purvis3119312.78398:06:04Fayetteville, AR
38Charles Christiansen3515912.72408:08:01Oakland, CA
39Brett Wachtendorf2720812.69418:09:25
40Andy Heuser2193212.69428:09:25Denton, TX
41John Whittington2763012.69438:09:25Grapevine, TX
42Jordan Caverly2921612.64448:11:10Detroit, MI
43David Sheek4335912.59468:13:12Lake Forest, CA
44Jesse Smith2562512.59478:13:17Bloomington, IN
45Wilson Andres Romero4013812.57488:14:05Gurnee, IL
46Chris Brits458812.56498:14:20
47Mark Satkiewicz5126812.56508:14:33Steamboat Springs, CO
48Matt McLoone3327112.54518:15:17
49Chris Joice4320312.43528:19:46Knoxville, TN
50Mark Schiess31912.4538:20:47Madison, WI
51Brandon Baker2815912.4548:20:59Santa Barbara, CA
52Ruben Bacon209212.39558:21:10Harrodsburg, KY
53Jake Aisenbrey2865512.39568:21:11Colorado Springs, CO
54Chris Smith4511012.36578:22:20Golden, CO
55Drew Birrenkott2943912.28588:25:35Menlo Park, CA
56Mitchell Erickson2719212.28598:25:39Minneapolis, MN
57Robert Frank5220012.28608:25:40Redondo Beach, CA
58Joshua Kappelman3819212.28618:25:48Cedar Falls, IA
59Zach Cobb2769812.2638:29:13Springfield, MO
60Boomer Leopold4828312.13648:31:48Germantown, TN
61Jason Siegle409812.11658:32:59Solvang, CA
62John Croom2663111.93678:40:30Colorado Springs, CO
63Brock Curry3222211.92688:40:46Indio, CA
64Darren Lacy4625611.81718:45:39Boulder, CO
65Doug DeWoody4591411.79728:46:49Bixby, OK
66Jordan Scheiderich3057111.79738:46:52Overland Park, KS
67Robert Carey2915211.77748:47:49Hillsboro, OR
68Norman Wilhelm3574211.76758:47:57Houston, TX
69Nico Deportago-Cabrera3515311.75768:48:36Chicago, IL
70Chad Coccaro3537611.74778:48:56Tulsa, OK
71David Collins3840911.73788:49:34Memphis, TN
72Brent Wegscheid398911.7798:50:46Colorado Springs, CO
73alex morgan4652411.7808:50:58Amarillo, TX
74AJ Christon2763511.7818:50:59Fort Collins, CO
75Peter Chrapkowski4620111.63828:53:48Chicago, IL
76RAFAEL SANTIAGO4110111.63838:54:00Sapulpa, OK
77Conor Steward2541811.61858:55:00San Marcos, TX
78Gregory Dyas4521011.57888:56:55Carmel, IN
79Jared Gingerich4047111.51898:59:27Pawnee Rock, KS
80David Palmer4373411.51908:59:41Zionsville, IN
81Henry Conaway1652911.51918:59:41Zionsville, IN
82Brett Conaway4652811.51928:59:42Zionsville, IN
83Mark White2290411.51938:59:44Gentry, AR
84Jason Wood4615211.41949:04:17Williamsburg, VA
85Stuart Johnson4715111.38959:05:31Ozark, MO
86Peter Krause2960811.37969:06:11Springfield, MO
87Russell Schmidt3354111.34999:07:35Olathe, KS
88Will Shultz1820511.321009:08:34Lawrence, KS
89Ean Kiddoo2619811.311039:09:02Omaha, NE
90TJ Blake3537511.271049:10:49Louisville, KY
91Paul Hamberg3219111.261059:11:28Waterloo, IA
92Joe Fox3685811.231079:12:48Kansas City, MO
93Matt Hornland3641711.211119:13:53
94Ryan Horkey4020511.211139:13:55Bloomington, MN
95Alain Bovet3982111.151149:16:47
96Charlie Lavin2215411.141159:17:20Milwaukee, WI
97Jered Sweeney-Demezas2612611.11169:19:25Madison, WI
98Aaron Smith316311.11179:19:25Chicago, IL
99Michael Levitsky4010111.11189:19:31Bentonville, AR
100Julien Brisebois2939311.081199:20:22
101Lance Loehding4920710.951219:27:01Littleton, CO
102Steven Sharpe2543110.921229:28:38Tulsa, OK
103Christopher Jones5026210.911239:29:18Denver, CO
104Danny Roos4645610.91259:29:44Overland Park, KS
105Christapher Lang4211510.871269:31:10Yorktown, VA
106Ande White4119410.851279:32:09Omaha, NE
107Bob Cummings5020810.841289:33:06rose hill, KS
108Randall Bill3819310.831299:33:17Cedar Falls, IA
109Mike Jackson4415610.811309:34:33Springfield, MO
110Zachary Speer2919910.731319:39:00Tulsa, OK
111Dennis Nadolny4190610.721329:39:07Lawton, OK
112Daniel Driskill2426510.691339:41:08Collinsville, OK
113John Bradley5315510.631349:44:08Springfield, MO
114Seth Schuerman3115310.621359:44:51Madison, WI
115steven schmitt4219810.591369:46:22Norman, OK
116Matthew Jones3256110.581379:46:49Tucson, AZ
117Tyler Puls3346610.571389:47:29Clive, IA
118Brent Barrett5428210.571399:47:39Memphis, TN
119RIck Miller4720410.541409:49:26Utica, OH
120Blair Bradford5029110.531429:49:41Austin, TX
121Charles Hawkins3776510.531439:49:49Springfield, MO
122Charley Serrill4074110.511459:50:53Mankato, MN
123Mitch Brekke3115410.511469:50:54Hartland, MN
124Jo Van Cutsem4370010.51479:51:13Santa Fe, NM
125Mark Stookesberry464110.451499:54:23Littleton, CO
126Robert Lock5051310.441509:54:46Topeka, KS
127Tyler Conant3615510.431519:55:30Indianapolis, IN
128Jake Bruce2620210.411529:56:42Kansas City, MO
129Ben Pickel4215810.391539:57:51Denver, CO
130Jake Morrissette3035510.361549:59:15Houston, TX
131Chris Tank4333010.3315510:01:23Arlington, VA
132Ben Stark-Sachs2910010.3115610:02:24Manhattan, KS
133David Baldus2619210.3115810:02:26Minneapolis, MN
134Anthony Hilligoss3578710.3115910:02:27Eden Prairie, MN
135Steve Heal3920410.2816210:03:48Wheat Ridge, CO
136Bert Lamour4812410.2516410:05:48Lake Worth, FL
137Robert Thayer368610.2516510:06:04Denver, CO
138Daniel Snyder5219610.2416610:06:44Golden, CO
139Steven Sprinkle5630910.2216710:07:47Austin, TX
141Ryan Balkenhol3915110.216910:08:56Emporia, KS
142Marc Duran4379510.1817010:09:46Salina, KS
143Stephen Harrison4020710.1817110:10:05Hot Springs National Park, AR
144Gregory LaStrapes5219910.1317310:12:46Robstown, TX
145Chris Wozniak4830610.1317410:13:09Denver, CO
146Corey Smith2925710.1217510:13:36Burlington, KS
147Jeff Sapp3995410.1117610:14:28Oklahoma City, OK
148Jim Phillips4930310.117710:15:02Springfield, MO
149Gary Owens5359910.0917810:15:41Wichita, KS
150McCrary Otts4327610.0817910:15:52Mobile, AL
151Clint Gates2774410.0518010:17:43Enid, OK
152Braxton Mundell3593810.0418110:18:14Broken Arrow, OK
153Jeremy Black43469.9118410:26:54Oklahoma City, OK
154Tobin Peacock464439.9118510:26:55
155Andrew Gates32329.918610:27:19Ellijay, GA
156Brad Miller577269.8918710:28:07Bentonville, AR
157Steven Bukacek471109.8718810:29:11Lahoma, OK
158Mark Symns418139.8418910:31:10Longmont, CO
159Timothy Ediger276639.7819010:35:01Tulsa, OK
160Jared Sedlacek263479.7819110:35:05Hopkins, MN
161Bill Blue368959.7419310:37:40Carrollton, TX
162Clint Westhoff482049.7419410:37:45Plano, TX
163Clifton Coleman499199.7219510:39:13Midland, TX
164Ryan Sigworth453409.7119610:39:17Bethesda, MD
165Joseph Bolton331849.6719710:42:18Fairhope, AL
166Jason Kendrick472049.6319810:45:00Louisville, KY
167Scott Evans523269.6319910:45:01Bay Village, OH
168Matt Murray508769.6120010:45:55Tahlequah, OK
169Jonathan Currie512099.6120110:46:09Dillon, CO
170Tony Stanislav464739.620210:46:56Kansas City, MO
171John Montesi285409.620310:47:03Fayetteville, AR
172Austin Luher362449.5820510:48:33White Sands Missile Range, NM
173Mike Kelsall473979.5720610:48:39Plainfield, IL
174Chris Crowder355159.5720710:48:52Tulsa, OK
175Zachary Chance319319.5720810:48:57Fort Worth, TX
176Mark Rose397249.5620910:49:30
177Jonathan Traughber386189.5421010:50:44Springfield, MO
178Jake Huggart331519.5321110:51:44Birmingham, AL
179Daryl Probetts571979.5121210:53:19Littleton, CO
180Chad Wade478709.521310:53:53Shawnee, KS
181Joe Kreitzer241509.4921510:54:18Minneapolis, MN
182Tyler Johnson304699.4821610:55:14Des Moines, IA
183Austin Schwinn287099.4521710:56:50Cashion, OK
184Eric Mulcahy456419.4221810:59:13Hurst, TX
185Sean Raborn531979.3522011:03:49Kittredge, CO
186Adam Rachubinski399169.3522111:04:17Littleton, CO
187Kyle Forsythe221059.3522211:04:27Stillwater, OK
188Thomas Martin36529.3522311:04:29Chicago, IL
189kyle rohling267729.3422411:04:38Denver, CO
190David Quinn371979.3322511:05:24Sand Springs, OK
191Adil Filoso491599.3222611:06:25
192Gary Rogers402049.322711:07:32Willis, TX
193David Ozelton519289.2722811:09:33Fulshear, TX
195Scott Moses558369.2723111:09:49Norman, OK
196Ryan Hinchey28199.2723211:10:08Mc Farland, WI
197Gabriel Ortiz287759.2323311:12:37Dallas, TX
198Brandon Jones351969.1423511:19:07Emporia, KS
199Daniel Spaulding305829.1323611:20:10Dallas, TX
200Donald Morgan455959.1123711:21:52Tulsa, OK
201Nate Welsh348759.0923811:23:20Fort Leavenworth, KS
202Bobby Smith544839.0823911:23:33Winfield, KS
203Bob Claude615229.0824011:24:15
204Ed Gibson432619.0624111:25:29Evans, GA
205John Frederick431769.0624211:25:33Augusta, GA
206Liles Lipe471029.0524311:26:12Lafayette, CO
207mark peterson341529.0424411:26:45Joliet, IL
208Alex Denning337048.9924511:30:38
209Joshua Brown408988.9924611:30:48Edmond, OK
210Brandon Simpson418608.9924711:30:54Olathe, KS
211Tyler Alexander317568.9924811:30:55Olathe, KS
212Peter Rajcani577538.9824911:31:17Arlington, TX
213Logan Jones306548.9825011:31:23Wichita, KS
214Aaron Voth427158.9625111:32:59
215Walker Cross256198.9525211:33:48Shawnee, OK
216Michael Schenck481908.9525311:34:05Albuquerque, NM
217Don Irwin339058.9425411:34:55
218Steven Barraza341958.9225511:36:32Longview, TX
219Joe Cawein462548.8625711:40:31Saint Peters, MO
220Brian Perry522818.8525811:41:46Spring, TX
221Josh Collins399348.8425911:42:32Jenks, OK
222Jason Hall375588.826011:45:49Stillwater, OK
223David Humenczuk342028.826111:45:53Lenexa, KS
224Scott Kiddoo572088.7926211:46:05Lincoln, NE
225Mike Richardson298168.7926311:46:20
226Michael McCaughan36348.7726411:48:28Ponca City, OK
227Davis Sims327298.7626511:48:39Maumelle, AR
228mike buenaventura406648.7626611:48:51Tyler, TX
230Russell Ussery481538.7526811:49:30
231Scott Marlowe498568.7526911:49:33Dallas, TX
232Robert Brown351948.7127211:53:19Fort Smith, AR
233Jerry Ciosek351598.727311:53:42Schaumburg, IL
234Jamin Williamson387848.6927411:54:49West Point, NY
235Nate Lake3578.6727511:55:52Indianapolis, IN
236Sequoya Hill337628.6627611:56:58Wichita, KS
237Matthew Hartman376068.6427711:58:58Saint Louis, MO
238Stephen Greenleaf471788.6327811:59:28Mobile, AL
239Casey Waite382428.6128012:01:36Colwich, KS
240Logan Orcutt321548.5828112:03:48Cedar Rapids, IA
241GRZEGORZ ZYGULA431538.5628212:05:51Schaumburg, IL
242Cody Ehlers373368.5428312:07:07Stillwater, OK
243Lael Wever426118.5328412:08:10
244Daniel Goentzel317918.5228512:08:56Emporia, KS
245Eric Labod267078.5228612:09:08Cypress, TX
246Michael Cates472518.5128712:09:30Noblesville, IN
247Justin Kelley372008.4928812:11:24Columbia, MO
248Gene Gross616718.4928912:11:38Du Quoin, IL
249Joe Ranalli311568.4929012:11:41Fort Lauderdale, FL
250Tyler Epstein322878.4629112:13:39Belton, MO
251Toby Murray395008.4629212:14:09Manhattan, KS
252Joe West507228.4529312:14:31Yukon, OK
253Eric Gudgel525448.4529412:14:47Stillwater, OK
254Joseph Smith53158.4329512:16:18Delray Beach, FL
255Ian Baldwin343808.4329612:16:57Denver, CO
256Luke Derstein60228.3829712:20:57Greensburg, KS
257Eric Fassnacht388538.3829812:21:01Overland Park, KS
258Shane Jones451378.3729912:22:21Kansas City, KS
259Jason Phillips404548.3630012:22:38Overland Park, KS
260Ryan Huff341068.3430312:24:27Bellville, TX
261Scott Assmann57108.3230412:26:44Palatine, IL
262Eric Schlabach466488.330512:28:33Guthrie, OK
263Jeff Caldwell483488.2830612:29:48North Platte, NE
264Luke Entz19818.2830712:29:48North Platte, NE
265Tyler Neal404298.2830812:29:55Mc Cook, NE
266Baron Matthews392278.2631012:31:49Madison, MS
267Jeff Ambrose418288.1731112:39:39Lincoln, NE
268Kelsey Harelson356678.1731212:40:18Fayetteville, AR
269Sam Williams305768.0731312:49:29Heber City, UT
270brian kruse282028.0531412:51:19Woodstock, IL
271Ken York531958.0531612:51:48Crystal Lake, IL
272Daniel Stranahan506608.0531712:51:49Chicago, IL
273Casey Whitt345198.0531812:51:50Houston, TX
274Evan Deis318918.0431912:52:04Boulder, CO
275Don Roppolo462098.0432012:52:30Pleasant Prairie, WI
276Roy Rivera397338.0432112:52:30Lincoln, NE
277David Lewis52458.0332212:53:08Wentzville, MO
278Eric Alexander432748.0232312:54:31Plainfield, IL
279Greg McKean564537.8132413:15:02Overland Park, KS
280Jay Barre347367.7532713:20:57Grass Valley, CA
281jesse ramsey343077.7532813:20:58Sterling Heights, MI
282Joshua Klauck358387.7532913:20:58Minneapolis, MN
283Jeff Sona575867.733013:26:01Saint Louis, MO
284Henry Rohlfing198297.733113:26:15Stillwater, OK
285Jason Cyboron454227.6933213:27:11Lincoln, NE
286Joe Kraxner421407.6733313:29:29Conifer, CO
287Wayne Richey526977.6233413:34:37Cumberland, WI
288anil devegowda406907.6233513:34:53Dallas, TX
289Jeremiah Hoggatt444217.5833613:39:47Sapulpa, OK
290Dennis Noll391107.5233813:45:35Edmond, OK
291Jacob Keffer244957.4933913:49:12Ponca City, OK
292Karl Mesedahl281947.4234013:56:38Duluth, MN
293Matt Graves692507.4234113:56:41Rockford, MI
294Shawn O'Mara434077.3434314:05:49Emporia, KS
295Aaron LaPlaca439557.3434414:06:10Richardson, TX
296John Parke III362027.3334614:07:19Howell, MI
297Rick Turnbill491077.3334714:07:19Boerne, TX
298Timothy Klausutis522597.3234914:08:36Niceville, FL
299Tom Johnson431077.2935014:11:58
300Joe Billesbach551567.2135114:21:33Beatrice, NE
301Cole Ledbetter378347.1535214:29:00Bondurant, IA
302Tony Raco281707.0935414:35:21Johnstown, PA
303Fabian Serralta482087.0735514:38:15Arlington, TX
304Patrick Ryan523236.9635614:52:21Avon, OH
305Drew Mitchell242236.9335714:55:58Oklahoma City, OK
306Simon Dirnberger461116.9135814:59:07Grapevine, TX
307Mark Dierker469306.9135914:59:13Columbia, MO
308Matt Gholson56236.9136014:59:20Austin, TX
309Joe Carroll331926.7836115:16:30Muncie, IN
310Paul Brasby531586.5836215:44:08North Platte, NE
311Simon Maurer431806.5736315:45:37Iowa City, IA
312Jared Anderson343946.5736415:45:39Muscatine, IA