muerto summer challenge 2013

The challenge is to complete a continuous bike ride from Virden to Falcon Lake, or vice versa, using only gravel roads while traveling west/east; or run from Winnipeg to Falcon Lake also using the same guidelines regarding roads. But it is not only a ride  it is also about telling your story, for your attempt to count you must also supply words and pictures of your ride/run.

There is also a Lite version of the challenge which will be Virden to Winnipeg for cyclists and La Broquerie to Falcon for the runners

At the end of summer we’ll arrange a barbeque for all those who completed or started the challenge.

Cost to participate in this awesomeness: $0

(More information will be posted over the next two months)


  1. This challenge is based on honesty and integrity, adhere to the guidelines or risk being called a Lance by the rest of us 
  2. You must declare your ride or run at least two days prior to your attempt via an online form on the Operacion Muerto blog
  3. You will need to agree to and accept the waiver stating that you are doing this under your own volition and that you understand the risks
  4. You can ride solo or as a group, just declare your intention. If you ride solo but with other people try not to draft (not a big deal for the runners but it is with the cyclists), truly make it a solo effort. Ride as a group and have a great time, enjoy the adventure
  5. This is a self supported venture, no calling for help (“can you bring me a chain, I am at…”), you must get there under your own power and by your own devices. You can accept help from fellow cyclists. You can purchase items along the way if you need them but you cannot phone family and friends to bring you things during the ride. You can cache water and other supplies along your route ahead of time (mostly applicable to the runners) but this must me done by you, the person who is attempting the ride/run.
  6. This is to be a continuous ride/run and must be made in one attempt. There is no time limit but you can only stop for 8 hours every 24 hours (16 hours of running or riding and then an over night of no more than 8 hours for example). If you stop for more than 8 hours your ride is done. There are no extended stops (no more than 2 hours) for the Lite challenge
  7. You can only use gravel roads while traveling East or West. The exception is Dawson road East of 40 (near Richer)
  8. You can use paved roads if your are going North/South in order to connect an East/West gravel road section.
  9. You can use paved roads within 1.6 kms of entering and leaving any town you travel through, and within the town of course.
  10. You can used paved roads within the perimeter of Winnipeg but not the perimeter highway
  11. You can use paved roads leading to a bridge (which can also be paved) but you must enter the paved road just before the bridge and exit immediately after
  12. You can use the Trans Canada Highway between Highway 308 (East Braintree) and Falcon Lake
  13. You must document your ride or run and provide pictures and description of your adventure. This will be recorded on the Operacion Muerto site – this is after all also a talking organization. Your ride attempt will not be posted if you do not submit a minimum of 15 pictures and 200 – 400 words describing the entire ride or one part of the ride. Your pictures and words may be used for a small film
  14. You only get one attempt at it – make it count