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Speedvagen’s Richard Pool (check him out on Instagram @BicycleCrumbs) illustrated these pins. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Speedvagen brought a variety of rigs to Stillwater. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Load bearing ranged from two bottles and a saddle bag to… this. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Sometimes, a handlebar just isn’t enough and you gotta double the real estate. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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The MId South founder, District Bicycles co-owner, and nuclear-powered ball of energy, Bobby Wintle. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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On race day, many riders had the soil of The Mud South in their mouths. The evening before, however, there was a tastier option. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Austin shop Cycleast owner Russell Pickavance samples the goods. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Ride-enhancing drug use can mean something different at gravel races. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Not sure. Will need to consult the rule book. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Your results may vary. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Tires were everywhere from 30mm to fat-bike widths. This is somewhere in between. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Hayden Wylie was working support this year, but of course brought his Moots Routt 45 to Stillwater. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Hayden Wylie don’t need to top-tube stickers. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Wylie’s mullet build. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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A posse of Trek employees made the long drive down from Wisconsin. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Salsa released its new Stormchaser singlespeed at The Mid South. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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You know, the bags and cages really tie the room, er, bike together. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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The Portland Design Works Sparrow cage. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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45s were on the fat side for the mud. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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It’s always easy to spot the rig of Sammi Runnels, who finished fifth. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Sammi’s SDG saddle. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Squid bikes doesn’t do subtle. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Fat bikes weren’t common at The Mid South, but a few were around. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Wait, this tire was just launched. Who is riding it already? Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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That new tire would belong to Zipp brand manager Declan Doyle. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Josh Croom’s thumb grips. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Croom is a two-time kilo national champ. This is his gravel rig. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Ashton Lambie is down with District. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Locals led a shakedown ride on Friday with SRAM. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Roadrunner handmakes bags in Los Angeles. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Neutral support looks different at The Mid South. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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The local Jeep club has been rescuing riders for years at the race. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Red Bull wasn’t doing neutral support, but did provide neutral entertainment. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Cedaero MountainWerks designs and builds bags in Minnesota. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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What would you put in a frame bag like this? Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Scissortail Cycles is an Oklahoma framebuilder. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Moots had two people racing The Mid South, on two very different bikes. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Definitely on the fatter side of things. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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The Blackburn fender was a good idea, but no one stayed clean or dry on race day. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Narrow is aero, but wide is a nice ride. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Another Moots race bike. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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The Baxter falls into the monstercross category – which is pretty much what The Mid South was on Saturday, a monster, multi-hour cyclocross race. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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The tires on the Baxter. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Knuckles and elbow bumps were the common greeting at The Mid South. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Litespeed makes carbon bikes under the Ocoee title. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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A new Tennessee event is launching in May. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Whisky Parts’ new No.9 MCX “monster cross” fork can fit 50mm tire with plenty of clearance. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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The Whisky No. 9 can take huge tires with room to spare. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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A golden eagle, er, Warbird. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Speedvagen’s Patrick Gillham converted his singlspeed ’cross bike into a geared gravel grinder. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Speedvagen’s elegant stem. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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With SRAM eTap, Speedvagen can add a rear derailleur to a singlespeed bike pretty easily. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Wolf Tooth showed off its array of round and oval rings. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Rapha was in on the party in Stillwater. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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Like Salsa, Surly, Whisky Parts, and Teravail, All-City is a brand owner by bike-shop parts distributor Quality Bicycle Products. Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews
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When one is doing 100+ miles of muddy gravel, one needs… whisky and a singlespeed? Photo: Ben Delaney | VeloNews