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Ill. Kanza

November 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am 6:00 pm

Fourth running of the Ill Kanza gravel gran fondo starting and ending in Kansas, Illinois. Come explore some of the best gravel roads in East Central Illinois! The roads wind through forested areas and fields, with some moderate rolling hills, and parts of the route are very rough and challenging. Road tires are strongly discouraged!

We will have four routes this year. For a shorter, non-competitive, but still challenging experience for those new to gravel we will have 22 and 33 mile rides, and for the more experienced riders and racers we will have timed 46 and 72 mile routes. These are tougher than their lengths and elevations suggest – as anyone who has ridden before can tell you, even “just” the 46 is very challenging.

Race day registration is $5 extra.

Details

Date:
November 2
Time:
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost:
$10.00 – $30.00
Event Tags:
Website:
https://www.bikereg.com/ill-kanza

Distance

72, 46, 33 and 22 miles

H336+GP

H336+GP
Kansas, IL United States
www.wildcardcycling.org

One Response to Ill. Kanza

  1. Craig Mitchell September 30, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    I did this ride for the first time yesterday. I thought the 72 mile course was excellent. This area of Illinois seems to have an endless supply of gravel. Most of the gravel was marble-sized. There was at least one section of larger-sized gravel, consisting of golf-ball to baseball-sized gravel that was a bit more challenging. One short segment starting with a narrow stream crossing ( I rode through stream but most riders dismounted and walked across- I didn’t want to soak my shoes and socks) required dismounting and carrying/pushing bike for maybe 100-150 yards. Most of the course consists of smooth rolling hills with a few flat sections. I don’t know the exact ratio of gravel to paved road but I estimate 85% gravel, maybe more. Essentially no traffic on the gravel segments and minimal traffic on paved roads. Ride starts at a small park in town with small rest room facility. Easy to find parking. As I was heading to the rest room to change into my kit, a man walked up to me and told me that I could change in the bathroom of the Methodist church across the street, which I did. The guys at the check-in table were very pleasant and helpful. Free beer (well, not free , but included with entry fee) in backyard of small bike shop across street from park available after ride (Kansas, IL is a dry town, so must pour beer from can into a cup before you can walk away from beer area). Very positive experience. Will definitely come back.

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