Details for Unbound Gravel 2022 are starting to be shared, I'll try to make it a point to update this post with info as it becomes available. ## Registration Dates: ### Deferral or Volunteer Registration If you deferred in 20 or 21, or you put in 10 volunteer hours, Registration for 2022 is November 1st through November 30th, expect an email from the organizers early next week with details on how/where/when to register. ### XL (350) Lotto Unbound XL (350) lottery registration opens early December (12/1-12/15), with announcements for who is picked before the end of the year. ### 25/50/100/200 Lotto The Lottery opens for registration on January 5th through January 18th. Announcements of if you got in the lotto in early February.

Where to start on this one, it’s been an interesting year, not the best to be honest with a variety of things causing turmoil this year, I question how much I want to, or should share, so we’ll see what comes out in this post.

First and foremost, to the family that experienced tragedy this weekend, I am so sorry for your loss.

For the rest of the weekend and ride review:

The time has come, I have uploaded all the 2021 Solo Nationals and ProSolo Finale Photos from last week. I did NOT shoot every heat, between running and working announce for Heat 1 on Thursday and Friday, and just being tired all week, there were a few heats that I wasn’t able to get to, those are listed at the bottom of this page. Galleries are organized by Day and then by Run Heat/Classes. I currently have the ProSolo and Friday photos tagged and am working through the other days.

View the Galleries Here


Saturday August 21st, 2021 I grabbed the camera gear and headed out to World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison Illinois. I couldn’t talk anyone from my family to join me, so I was free to wander around the facility and shoot photos of the Indy Car Race.


Earlier this summer we blogged about the Coy Hill High Proof coming out this fall, well we’ve got another new release from the Jack Daniel’s Distillery coming in early September!

Jack Daniels 10-Years Old Tennessee Whiskey

From a message that Chris Fletcher and Jack Daniel’s has posted on social media:

Bottled at 97 proof—a first for the Jack Daniel Distillery—this liquid features notes of dry fig and raisin laced with oak on the nose, warm butterscotch alongside soft fruit and smoke on the pallet, and an incredibly long finish with sweet tobacco and spice.

Jack Daniel’s 10-Years-Old Tennessee Whiskey retails for $74.99 with tax in a 750mL size with the first batch hitting shelves in limited quantities in early September across the United States. It will be available in the White Rabbit Bottle Shop at the Jack Daniel Distillery starting September 3.


I was out at ICC yesterday shooting photos of the ICC Challenge, I tried to get a shot of everyone, I likely missed at least a few folks, but I’ve posted 3870 photos organized into three galleries.

Use the “search” on my smugmug site to more easily find your photos by Bib number, I manually tagged every phone with a bib number if I could read your number plate, if not, sorry you didn’t get tagged.


The latest release in the Tennessee Tasters’ series is the 14E19 “Twin” Blend Whiskey. This particular release is from Fall 2020, and contains Straight Tennessee Whiskey blended with Straight Tennessee Rye Whiskey.


The Leadbelt XC Mountain Bike race took place in St. Joe State Park near Park Hill, Missouri on Sunday July 18th, 2021. We were out shooting for both days, we attempted to get everyone who competed, apologies if we missed you!

For this event we’re trying something new to make it easier to view and purchase photos. Click Here to view the photos over on SmugMug (7/19/2021 we are still uploading photos for the event)


Run The Leadbelt took place in St. Joe State Park near Park Hill, Missouri on Saturday July 17th, 2021. We were out shooting for both days, we attempted to get everyone who competed, apologies if we missed you!

For this event we’re trying something new to make it easier to view and purchase photos. Click Here to view the photos over on SmugMug (7/19/2021 we are still uploading photos for the event)


It appears as though the next “special release” bottle from Jack Daniel’s will be available this fall as Jack Daniel’s Coy Hill High Proof.

Coy Hill High Proof Aged up in the “Buzzard’s Roost” of our barrel houses on Coy Hill and bottled uncut at higher proofs.

This special release series highlights our innovation in whiskey making here at Jack Daniel Distillery. Hand-selected from the highest parts of our barrel houses and bottled from single barrels, we extens this one-of-kind craftsmanship to you.

We look forward to this one!

For 2021 2 Timing Guys is back in Valley Park with the Ballwin Cycles Dirt Crits. We took part in the B Race and took a large number of photos of the A Race. Feel free to share the photos on social media, we appreciate you attributing them to us (Facebook: rainbowmarksphoto Instagram: rainbowlandmarks Twitter: rainbowmarks).


Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Show-Me State Squires Commemorative Bottle 001 Fourth Of July Decorations

In the spring of 2020 Jack Daniel’s released the sixth bottle in their Tennessee Tasters’ series, Jamaican Allspice, Straight Tennessee Whiskey Finished with Toasted Jamaican Allspice Wood.

The label reads:

Our whiskey has found a home in countries all over the globe. So it’s only natural that we search the world to discover new and rare woods to compliment its character. Tennessee Tasters’ No. 6 is an exotic experiment that finishes our Old No. 7 whiskey with Jamaican Allspice wood. The result has a nose of fruit and smoke that melts into subtle, sweet tobacco and a taste that begins with dark spice and clove and lingers to finish long and bold. - Master Taster: Melvin H.

Notes: Finished for 180 days


This week I got out on my first work trip, since probably August 2019. I started a new job last year, about a week after the world shut down for the pandemic, so work trips have been on hold for quite some time, that and the last employer stopped my travelling, so I hadn’t been on the road for work in quite some time. It was great to get out and meet some fellow employees and customers face to face.

Fortunately for me the trip was to Franklin, TN, which isn’t too far from Lynchburg, so I turned the work trip into a little fun too. Before heading down, I signed up for the Angel’s Share tour on Thursday morning. Wednesday after the work meetings were over I drove around Franklin TN a bit and did some whiskey hunting, checking out the local liquor stores to see what I could find. I ended up picking up a bottle of Wheeler’s Raid, which is a local whiskey out of Nolensville, TN I believe, on the recommendation of a coworker.

Two Years ago I was in Emporia Kansas for the Dirty Kanza, riding 100 miles on gravel for the first time. It wasn't easy, I was slow, and spent most of the second half helping a buddy get through the ride while he was having some serious cramping. Overall we had a great weekend of riding and I made it a point to try to get back. Last year things didn't go as planned, and I sure as heck wasn't trained and ready for a 200 mile bike ride if the event had occurred, but I was planning on 2021 being the year I rode 200 miles. Earlier this year I failed to start training/riding early, and ultimately spent about 2 months dealing with some heart issues that I wasn't planning on having to endure until much later in life.


So here we are, it’s 2021 already and you’ve hopefully started autocrossing again. We have had the car out to one two events so far.

The first event was back on April 11th, a few days before we started writing this post (and are just now getting around to finishing). Tom S is codriving with me at most events this year, not sure how many out of town events he will be at, or heck how many out of town events I will be at.

Event 1 So event one. The weekend before the event I decided it was time to take all the rest of the vinyl off (sponsor/series decals) and with that came a load of residue and blemishes in the paint from the removal. 2 days before the event I went down to Detail Garage in Valley Park to pick up some supplies. I grabbed a Torq random orbital buffer, along with a number of other supplies so that I could try my hand at paint correction. I spent Saturday before event one paint correcting the car (all but the back of the rear end). I must say, I was totally pleased with the results. You can see a before and after of the top of the trunk on our Instagram.


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After getting the polishing done and throwing some wax on the car, I swapped the wheels/tires out for the set of brand new Falken RT660s and packed the car up to be ready to head out early in the morning.

The event went well, though the car took some cone damage to the front end. I had removed the racer’s tape that had been holding some of it together, and failed to re-apply it after all the paint correction, I made sure to correct that a few days later. I ended up taking 1st in the class, and 2nd on PAX for the event. Tom was 3rd in PAX and we welcomed a newcomer to the St. Louis region, Juan, also in SSC, into the 7th place PAX spot. Juan is down near Springfield, MO and will be joining us for to liven up the competition this year.

It wasn’t as productive an event as I would have liked, I always prefer to walk away with a PAX win, but Greer in his GT3 put almost 3/4 of a second in PAX time on me for the day.

Here’s some side by side video of my fastest run (left) and Tom’s fastest run (right).

Event 2 Prep for Event 2 only consisted of swapping tires again and the previously mentioned tape work.

Overall the event was sloppy, I had a hard time keeping clean and coned my fastest run (first corner before the start lights). Tom ended up taking the win in SSC for the event. I’ll try to get around to videos for that, not sure when I will!

Autocross Settings from 2021 Event 1 & 2 (same as 2020):

Front Swaybar: Soft setting
Rear Swaybar: Stiff Setting
Front Konis: 0.5 turn from soft
Rear Konis: 1.5 turns from soft
Front Tire Pressure: 30 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 29 psi

The 2021 Season is off to a great start here in St. Louis, with 150+ drivers at the first event. As we shoot additional events we'll add the slideshows to this page. Visit my photography blog to see some of the shots.



So what’d you do this past weekend? Did you ride The Mid South? They shifted things up this year, went to a virtual “incredibly socially distant” version of the event.

Everyone is getting 50% of their reg fee refunded starting today. It might take a few days to deposit so be patient!
We are physically mailing out your Mid South swag bag with t-shirt, water bottle, and more to your front door! It will be there before event weekend.
If you’re signed up for the race YOU’RE IN. All you will need to do moving forward is join the Ride With GPS challenge page and upload your ride/run. You must ride/run and record your activity on one of the dates between March 12-14.
Our partner bike shops are creating 50k, 50mi, 100mi routes in their areas for many of you to be able to ride/run. Sponsors will be sending swag to each of these shops for you to win on a first come, first serve basis after you’ve completed their specific Mid South partner route.
If you don’t live in one of the partner shop areas you can upload your own course/activity from your backyard to the Ride With GPS challenge page. You will not be able to win swag from the bike shops BUT you will be entered to win from a list of GRAND prizes. We will be drawing names from the complete list of all participants that uploaded their ride/run from the event weekend on Monday March 15th. Prizes include a Salsa Stormchaser, 5 free entries to Mid South 2022, free bike shipping to and from Mid South 2022 AND a free entry to the race courtesy of Bike Flights, and our biggest prize of all the “Eternal Entry.” It lasts forever. More details soon.


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