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October 9 @ 7:30 am October 10 @ 5:00 pm

BE AWARE THAT

This is, despite the follow cars, a self-supported race through some of the most remote patches of desert in the continental U.S.  Depending on where you are relative to the follow cars, you might have to hang out for hours before we can get to you.  We’re going to do our damndest to make sure that no one spends a night out in the desert but be ready to spend a night out in the desert.  Feel free to pack all of your worst fears!  Just go nuts.  Things happen and they happen bad in the desert, so be ready.  Wear a helmet (looking at you, Jamie), bring appropriate clothing, bring more water than you strictly need, because you might not get to the next aid station as quick as you think and it can get surprisingly hot in the basins in October. 

Also: lights.  Bring enough of them that you could ride for – and this is a possibility – 12 hours in darkness.  Our last finisher from the first year rode for 12 hours in the dark.  Bring a front and a rear light and whatever you need to keep them running.

So, repeat after me: “I might die if I don’t bring enough stuff.  I might die if I don’t bring enough stuff…”

In that spirit, the course is not going to be marked in the slightest.  You need to have a working GPS device and the ability to read the thing.  Even if it’s just your phone, Trailforks works without a cell signal.  Service has gotten better on the route but it isn’t something that you can count on.  Even if you’ve ridden the route, remember that this year’s different and you might be too gassed to recall where to go.

WTF, You’re Charging Me?!

This is somewhere between a big group ride and an organized charity ride.  Either way, it costs a lot of money to put on (well, actually no, but I’m a grad student so it feels like a lot of money) even without the frills.  My goal is still the same as ever: to do the ride so that people who are just as broke as me can do it.  We’re about $5 more expensive than a local CX race and you don’t have to have a license AND you get pizza at the end

AND a place to lay your head.  So yeah, I’m charging this year.  All the money from registration goes to the costs of getting everyone from EaMo to Wendover and back alive and upright (that includes BLM permits, paying for food for volunteers to hand out and to eat at the end, transportation, transportation, transportation, you get the gist).  I definitely take tips but you’ll have to email me direct because this page is all about the ride.  Plus, this way, I don’t have to sort out Venmo and GoFundMe and a half-dozen other things.

DONATE to Our Partners!

Wendover has welcomed us with open arms and it’s only fitting that we show our hosts some gratitude so please donate to the two funds.  The Wendover Airfield Museum Fund will go straight to the museum and the School Fund will be divided three ways between Ibapah Elementary School, West Wendover High School, and Wendover High School to use however they see fit.  The Airfield Museum has allowed us to borrow their awesome facilities to give everyone a place to stay and to use as our finish line and they’re entirely donation-driven AND an absolutely amazing museum to boot.  I shouldn’t even have to justify donating to rural schools.  But yeah, donate to them, if for no other reason that these communities have been amazing to us.

Refunds?

Not even going to try.  If the ride is cancelled due to monsoon (rain alone won’t cut it – this is a self-supported ride after all), then whatever money I have left after non-refundable deposits just rolls over to the next year.  Once this sucker gets big enough (for example, I’m trying to hire a bus), it gets real hard to just pivot to the next weekend.

Details

Start:
October 9, 2020 @ 7:30 am
End:
October 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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Website:
https://facebook.com/events/951586691876972/

Organizer

Bobby Kennedy
Phone:
3195516174
Email:
stupidponyride@gmail.com

Distance

208 miles

City of West Wendover

West Wendover, Utah 89883 United States + Google Map
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Yorkshire True Grit

June 19 @ 8:00 am June 21 @ 5:00 pm

Yorkshire True Grit. “One of the Toughest Adventure Rides in the UK” Cycling Plus.

Don’t underestimate the challenge of Yorkshire True Grit. Test your off-road cycling endurance and spirit of adventure. Choose The Outlaw (60 miles) or The Drive (40 miles). Ride The Stampede (20miles). Enter a Saturday ride and get a special price on the Sunday ride.  The event uses a combination of public and private trails to test if you are tough enough to earn your Yorkshire True Grit finisher’s prize, and the pride of having ‘Yorkshire True Grit’. The trails are suitable for Gravel/Adventure Bikes, XC Mountain Bikes or Cycle-cross bikes. Expect to push yourself and your bike to the max.

Camping is available on Friday and Saturday Night at High Paradise Farm (£5.50/night/person payable as you enter); and again this year there’ll be a bar and band.

 Yorkshire True Grit is growing in popularity and places are limited.

Details

Start:
June 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am
End:
June 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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Website:
www.yorkshiretruegrit.co.uk

Organizer

Yorkshire True Grit
Email:
info@yorkshiretruegrit.co.uk
Website:
www.yorkshiretruegrit.co.uk

Distance

60miles

High Paradise Farm

Boltby
Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 2HT United Kingdom
+ Google Map
www.yorkshiretruegrit.co.uk
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JAM Fund Grand Fundo 10th Edition

July 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Ride your bike with four-time National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers and the JAM Fund Cycling Team during the Grand Fundo– a challenging one-day bike ride through the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. We have three great rides all starting at 9:30 a.m. The rides are fully supported with multiple rest stops, our famous ice cream truck, SRAM support vehicles and a sag wagon to pick up stragglers. The route has spectacular views and plenty of gravel sections. As always, this year’s Fundo will include our alumni and special guest pro riders. After the ride, stick around for the barbecue and raffle where you can win awesome prizes. All registered riders will get swag to remember this special anniversary. And your participation supports JAM Fund development program making young cyclists dreams come true!

There are three ride routes:

The Mini Fundo, recommended for riders who don’t want to be in the saddle all day. It features the same challenging beginning as our longer rides including the notorious climb up Kings Highway. With about 3,000 feet of climbing and plenty of dirt sections, the Mini Fundo should take you about three hours.

The Fundo, is our signature ride and includes approximately 20 miles of maintained dirt roads in good ridable condition. There are some steep sections between miles 12 and 20 and then it eases up after the midway point. It is a challenging ride best for seasoned cyclists. We expect most riders to finish in four hours.

The Cyclocross Adventure Ride, is for participants looking to dust off their cross bikes in July. The idea is to create a version of our Grand Fundo that most closely resembles what the JAM riders do on any given weekend. Make no bones about it, this loop is hard with a healthy mix of technical road, dirt and mountain bike-like sections.

Details

Date:
July 13
Time:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:
$20 – $95
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Website:
http://www.jamcycling.org/jam-grand-fundo

Organizer

JAM Fund
Phone:
(860)705-4496
Email:
JAMCYCLING@GMAIL.COM
Website:
http://www.jamcycling.org/jam-grand-fundo

Distance

39 miles, 65 miles, 68 miles

Glendale Ridge Vineyard

155 Glendale Road
Southampton, MA 01073 United States
+ Google Map
http://www.jamcycling.org/jam-grand-fundo
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Clarabella Groad

Join us for the 2018 Clarabella Groad. We had a blast at last year’s fun-raiser and hope you can join us this time around!!

Hosted by Heart of the Lakes, Ray’s Bike Shop, and Revolution Racing, the Clarabella Groad gravel bike adventure will take you through northern Isabella County. Farmland and forest, rolling terrain, and sparkling lakes provide the backdrop for a true Michigan cycling experience.

Check out the 2018 Clarabella routes on Strava!

28.5 mile Herrick Hustle and Stevenson Shakedown
https://www.strava.com/routes/10107311

50.7 mile Grass Lake Grit and Brinton Brevet
https://www.strava.com/routes/10019744

CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE

GRASS LAKE GRIT: A rugged, 50.7 mile course that winds through northern Isabella County. Male and Female racers will be broken into under/over 40 year old classes.

BRINTON BREVET: The same 50.7 mile course as the Grass Lake Grit ridden at 12-15 mph. Challenge your senses and enjoy the fall air with this non-competitive ride.

HERRICK HUSTLE: A rugged, 28.5 mile course that winds through northern Isabella County. Male and Female racers will be broken into under/over 40 year old classes.

STEVENSON SHAKEDOWN: A 28.5 mile non-competitive ride perfect for both those new to gravel bike riding and those who just want to stretch their legs!
Please note, our event will capped at 300 participants. Fat bikes and tandems are welcome! Neutral support for the Clarabella Groad will be provided by Ray’s Bike Shop.

 

Clarabella Groad’s proceeds benefit our featured charity, Heart of the Lakes. www.heartofthelakes.org

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To Cosmos and Beyond

Editor’s Note: We welcome in our contributor, John Ingham, again who explores how riding gravel promotes happiness despite the pain and suffering in his latest essay. To Cosmos and Beyond – by John Ingham   The efflux of the soul is happiness, here is happiness, I think it pervades the open air, waiting at all […]

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by Riding Gravel 2014