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Cuban Gravel Crisis

 The Cuban Gravel Crisis is a premier cycling event which takes place in conjunction with Route 66 Cuba Fest, in Cuba, MO. This year, October 20, 2018, will mark the race’s fourth year. We’re looking to make this event bigger and badder than ever, and we plan to invite some of the biggest riders in the biz.

We offer 3 courses for riders to choose from; 20, 50, and 100 mile options allow riders of all skill levels to participate. The route starts with a paced roll-out along Historic Route 66 for about 1-1/2 miles before riders hit the gravel.

Our routes boast a great mix of some incredibly fast riding gravel, and grueling hills. Our 50 mile course has 3,930’ of elevation gain, and the 100 has over 7,500’. To put this in perspective the DK 100 route has about 4,500’ of elevation gain. This is not only an intense and challenging gravel race, coupled with a great family event in a small town on Historic Route 66, it’s also the race with probably the coolest name of any in the world.


You Asked, We Listened!

The Cuban Gravel Crisis is excited to announce that we’ll have the best craft beer in Missouri on tap for rider enjoyment (provided you’re 21 or older ?). The Springfield Brewing Company will be the official beverage sponsor of the 2018 Cuban Gravel Crisis on Saturday October 20, 2018.

SBC is a huge supporter of local athletes and communities around the Ozarks. We’re looking forward to another fantastic year, and another year of SBC athletes on the starting line.

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24 Hours of Cumming

The 24 Hours of Cumming Gravel Race and Festival will take place on the gravel roads of central Iowa. Launching from Cumming, Iowa, this will be one of the toughest endurance biking challenges in the United States. Riders will have 24 hours to cover 400k (that’s 248 miles to you and me) and nearly 15,000 feet of elevation gain. That’s a challenge for even the gnarliest of grinders! Not ready to tackle this beast solo? Take it on with a team of 2 or 4 people. New in 2015 is a 100k solo division as well as a Klunkerz gravel ride. To ensure the best race experience possible we will cap race registration! Come join us at “The Midwest’s Best Gravelfest.”

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State Games of America Gravel Grinder


The Nebraska Sports Council and the Cornhusker State Games will be hosting the Bi-Annual State Games of America sports competition in Lincoln, Nebraska

The Gravel Grinder is not subject to any qualification rules, therefore it is open to anyone in any state who wishes to participate.

The event will consist of a shorter fun ride or a longer race.  The fun ride will be around 40 miles in length and all participants that finish will receive a SGA participation medal.  The race will be around 120 miles.  All participants that finish in less than 12 hours will receive a SGA participation medal.  The top 3 finishers in each division will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal.

All participants that also compete in the expert division of the SGA Mountain Bike Race will automatically be eligible to win the Dirt Rouleur Award.  This special award goes to the male and female athlete with the fasted combined 120 mile gravel race and expert mountain bike race.

See the SGA website for the complete event details!

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2017 KATY Trail Ride

 2018 KATY Trail Ride

The 18th annual Katy Trail Ride, June 18-22 allows bicyclists to experience Katy Trail State Park from St. Charles to Clinton. Missouri State Parks and Missouri State Parks Foundation invite you to join them on this scenic five-day ride on the nation’s longest developed and most popular rail trail.

This year’s ride covers approximately 237 miles of Katy Trail and features great food and many fun activities. Hot showers are available at each overnight stop, enhancing comfortable campsite settings. Participation is limited to 350 people so register early to ensure your place on this scenic ride. Registrations will be accepted until May 1 or until the 350 maximum limit is reached.

Full tour riders receive:

  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Outdoor camping spaces each night — Camping locations:
    • Sunday – Frontier Park, St. Charles
    • Monday – Hermann City Park, Hermann
    • Tuesday – North Jefferson Recreation Area, Jefferson City
    • Wednesday – Kemper Park, Boonville
    • Thursday – Liberty Park, Sedalia
  • Hot shower facilities daily
  • Gear shuttle
  • Detailed route map
  • SAG support
  • Katy Trail Ride t-shirt
  • Katy Trail Ride water bottle




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West Side Dirty Benjamin

West Side Dirty Benjamin is 100 miles of West Side of the Twin Cities gravel. Now going on its ninth edition.  Capped at 350 riders.

Registration for the 2018 Westside Dirty Benjamin will begin  in February. More goods time to be had!

Grit, Grime and a Good Time! Take up the challenge to bike a century on gravel.http://dirtybenjamin.blogspot.com/
Company Overview:
The Westside Dirty Benjamin is a 100 mile gravel road race showcasing the gritty roads of Carver County, Minnesota. It is taking place on June 9th, 2018 beginning and ending in Chaska.

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Gold Rush Gravel Grinder

Gold Rush Gravel Grinder

the Lakota worship the Black Hills as the Paha Sapa “The Heart of Everything That Is”

 Join us for the 6th annual Gold Rush Gravel Grinder, to be held on June 9th, 2018! Registration will open up on Dec. 21st, so mark your calendars and get ready to Find It and Grind It!

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If you haven’t done this race yet, I’d encourage you to give it a go. The course is a very scenic route through the hills, with flowing creeks and flowers galore! It’s a very challenging ride with a lot of steady climbing on mostly gravel roads. It’s a remote race, so you’ll be out there on your own for hours at a time. It’s semi-supported, so you’ll have a few places where you can get water, or maybe some raw potatoes, but you’ll also need to carry much of your own gear. It’s a race if you’re into racing, or just a ride if you want to get out and challenge yourself for the day. It ends with a party and plenty of food, as many Crow Peak brews as you can drink, great stories, new and old friends, and a few prizes if you’re lucky. It’s a gravel grinder, that we put on for you, to give you a glimpse of some of the beautiful and unique riding in the area! We hope you enjoy it, and we hope to have you all back year after year!

Find it and Grind it!

View more Gold Rush Gravel Grinder pictures here.

Online Registration open NOW: https://www.bikereg.com/gold-rush-gravel-grinder Online Registration closes June 1st, 2017.

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Gifford Gravel 50


The 4th Annual Gifford Gravel becomes a gravel metric this year covering 62 miles and about 8000 feet of climbing.
The ride will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 starting and finishing in lovely downtown Yacolt, WA.

Current snowpack conditions will dictate the route this year.


-There is no registration, just show up ready to ride
-This ride is completely unsupported, you are responsible for you
-Individuals must bring EVERYTHING that they need for the ride as absolutely NOTHING will be provided for them
-There is no sag
-There are no service tents
-A GPX file will be available for download for the event…stay tuned
-Use this file with your Garmin GPS or smartphone cycling app for navigation along the course
-The start will take place at 08:00 am

THE RULES(yes we have to have a few)

-You are 100% on your own
-There is no support for this ride
-Wear a helmet
-Do not litter
-Have fun
-Obey traffic laws
-If you must urinate, please do not do it in front of the locals or other riders
-Ride safely and use good judgement
-This ride is unsupported
-Bring EVERYTHING with you that you will need
-You are responsible for you
-Don’t be a dumbass and ruin this for everybody else.

Please send an email with any questions giffordgravel50@gmail.com


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Mark your calendars and save the date! Riotgrrravel 2018 will be Saturday, May 26th, 2018. More details are forthcoming. Sign ups will be next month

RiotGRRRavel is a free unsupported 10, 20 or 33 mile road race in near Hastings, MN that is a fun, accessible ride that is woman & family friendly.

This was started to introduce more women to gravel bike racing without having to race in a 100 mile course with a large percentage of male participants. While it isn’t a female only event, we do limit the number of men who sign up to ensure that this is predominantly female ride.

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The Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder

Register:  TBA

Distance: 100k

The Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder is a non-competitive “gravel Gran Fondo” of 100 K, approximately 65 miles long, almost entirely on dirt roads with some sections of off-road thrown in as well. You’ll ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northeast, with plenty of climbing, and plenty of fun descents to match. The ride, named after the Chatham Brewery’s ale born and brewed in Columbia County in beautiful upstate New York offers a challenging course with rewards at the finish. A selection of gourmet food truck vendors will be at the finish area to allow riders to relax and replenish after a long ride. All riders 21 years or older completing the ride will receive a coupon for one free pint of Chatham Brewery’s Farmer’s Daughter Ale.

The start/finish is at the Columbia County Fair Grounds. Google: 182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. Start Time: 9:00 AM, Sunday May 15, 2016. Free Parking.

The course will be approximately 65 miles in length with over 6,000 feet of climbing. Approximately 45 miles of the ride will be on maintained gravel roads. Several “sections” will be on unmaintained dirt paths or double track trail. A cyclocross bike, gravel grinder bike, or adventure bike is optimal for the course, and a hard-tail mountain bike would also work well. Two fully supported Aid stations, portable toilets, and sweep vehicles will be provided. Be sure to carry some food and water, though, as well as the usual spare tubes, tools, and pump. Be prepared for a challenging but fun ride!

You can register online at our Bikereg.com page.


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The Hairy Hundred

The Hairy Hundred is a self-supported ride. We’re not gonna let you die out there, but plan on wearing your big girl/boy pants. 100 dam miles of gravel roads across Boone and Howard Counties, Missouri

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