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Spaghetti 100

Join Capital City Cyclists for the Annual Spaghetti 100.  This iconic ride starts at the Miccosukee Community Center and rides into the scenic back country of North Florida and South Georgia. The dirt routes are non-technical, following the beautiful canopied clay roads through the heart of classic Red Hills plantation country.

Dirt Options – 100, 65 Mile and 40 Mile. Clay roads with some short stretches of sand and some pavement. Rigid MTBs or Cyclocross Bikes recommended.

100 Mile Paved & 62 Mile Dirt Epic compete as part of the Tallahassee World Championship Challenge.

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Stone Valley 50

Stone Valley 50 Gravel Grinder
September 26th, 9am at the Poultney Elementary School
96 School Circle, Poultney, VT  05764
50 Mile Race through the towns of Poultney, Castleton, Wells, and Middletown Springs on mostly gravel and class 4 roads. Water and Feed Station at mile 24.5/36.5
Also taking place in Poultney on the 26th is the Poultney Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-off from 10am to 2pm, an awesome event for spectators to enjoy while the riders are out!

 

 

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Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge

Pisgah Monster-Cross Challenge:

Up to 200 participants will be challenged to complete a 70 mile, 11,ooo’ of climbing loop of gravel and paved roads. The riders will be treated to some of the highest elevation sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway and over 40 miles of the toughest gravel roads Pisgah has to offer.

There will be three aid stations stocked with water, food (PB&J, salty snacks, sweet snacks, Threshold Provisionsbars), first aid, and mechanical support staff.

Directions:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.28083, -82.7225
35°16’51″N, 82°43’21″W

From Asheville, North Carolina, take I-40 West to I-26 East to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to Davidson River campground.

From Spartanburg, South Carolina, take I-26 West to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to Davidson River campground.

From Charlotte, North Carolina, take I-85 South to Gastonia and exit at U.S. Highway 74 West. Merge with I-26 West to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to Davidson River campground.

Brevard area Lodging:

The Sunset Motel

Davidson River Campground

Hampton Inn Brevard

Holiday Inn Express Brevard

 

  1. PLEASE DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE EXTREME DIFFICULTY OF THIS EVENT.
  2. We have very limited parking. Please consider leaving your car someplace other than the start/finish. For example, there are a few very large lots at the intersection of NC276 and NC280. We will also be directing half of all vehicles that arrive to the Ranger Station. Please be prepared for that possibility. Please show up early.
  3. We will be selling raffle tickets (2 for $5) good for a chance at winning a set of Industry Nine Torch Hubset.  All proceeds will be donated to ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY. Please bring cash or checks.
  4. The Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge start will be at the field directly across the street from Davidson River Campground on NC276 in Pisgah Forest, NC.
  5. You may sign-in at any of these locations between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm Friday: Liberty Bikes in Asheville, The Hub in Brevard, Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard
  6.  Sign-in, drop-bag drop-off, and raffle sales will be open at the Start/Finish from 5:00PM-10:00PM Friday and 5:30am-7:30am on Saturday.
  7. There will be a mandatory racer meeting at 7:45am
  8. The Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge will start at 8:00am
  9. Drop-bags may be sent to each of the three rest areas.  Please limit the size of your drop bag to a one gallon zip lock bag per rest area (approximately two large water bottles).
  10. All roads used in the  Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge will be OPEN to vehicle traffic. Please use common sense. Stay to the right. Do not cut corners. Pass with care. Ride single file.
  11. RIDERS MUST WEAR THEIR HELMETS AT ALL TIMES WHILE RIDING.
  12. Riders must burn front and rear lights at all times during the Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge
  13. Raffle will be held at 2:00pm. You do not need to be present to win.
  14. NO REFUNDS

This event is under special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service.

Discuss and share your questions about this race on the Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.

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Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash

 

SAVE THE DATE!
September 9th, 2017 for the 4th running of the Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash!!! Registration Opens Tuesday, May 30th!

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

“Our goal for the Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash is to provide the Gravel Grinder community with a challenging ride and an opportunity to explore some of the history of the great mid-west. Modeled after other great gravel rides/races in this area, this event is for the self-contained minded cyclist who enjoys being pushed to their limits. At times this is a remote area but with enough towns along the way to resupply with 2 support crew locations. Experience the rich history of north eastern Kansas by riding 120 miles of gravel through the same territory and small towns as the Pony Express riders did over 150 years ago. There will also be a 66 mile loop for those who wish to ride a shorter distance.

This area was the intersection of 8 historic trails of significance – The Pony Express, Oregon, California, Mormon, Otoe-Missouri Trails, Fort Leavenworth Military Road, St. Joseph Road, and the Overland Stage Coach. Along the way you will cross paths with some of these trails indicated by stone markers and old structures of gone but not forgotten towns, campsites and school districts.

Marysville, Kansas was the first Pony Express Home Station for weary west bound riders after traveling over rolling hills and beautiful valleys. The original barn is now a museum in the downtown area. Feel like a modern day Pony Express rider as you saddle up and ride your trusted steed through the countryside and small towns of this beautiful part of Kansas. “REMEMBER – KANSAS IS NOT FLAT””

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about gravel events on the Riding Gravel Forum.

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Red Clay Ramble Race and Recreational Ride

Red Clay Ramble

Partnering with the Bicycling Club of Milledgeville, the City of Milledgeville, and Baldwin County Habitat for Humanity for a gravel grinder that explores the red clay back roads of middle Georgia. The course is on a mix of dirt, gravel and paved county roads. While this course is super-fast with only 2,300 feet of climb, the Mid-August Georgia heat will test even the best racers’ endurance and the gravel, sand and red clay roads will put their bike handling skills to the test as well.

Distance: 56 miles
Elevation: 2,300 feet

Please join Chain Buster Production, the Bicycling Club of Milledgeville and the Old Capital Racing Youth Cycling Team for the most epic MTB time trial in the state on August 23nd. Selma Erwin Nature Preserve trails are a hidden gem in Middle Georgia. These are some of the toughest, primitive trails south of the Pinhoti. Selma features roots, rocks, technical creek crossings and steep climbs that will challenge the best of riders. The Time Trial course is approximately 5 miles long and highlight the best that Selma has to offer. All proceeds from the event will go toward scholarship and equipment for the newly created Old Capital Racing Youth Cycling Team.

 

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SGR2 (Sunflower State Games Gravel Road Race)

Saturday, July 18 in Topeka, Kansas.

The Sunflower State Games is proud to announce a new event for 2015! The SGR2 (Sunflower State Games Gravel Road Race). Racers will tackle 95 miles of some the most scenic and challenging rural roads near Topeka, Kansas. A 45 mile “fun” ride will also be available for those just dipping their toe into the gravel riding waters.

This event will start and finish at the beautiful Kansas History Museum in Topeka. This is a supported race/ride with checkpoints for resupply and repairs. Riders will need their own support crew or can enlist the help of the Sunflower State Games for a nominal fee. Riders will be responsible for their own navigation as there will only be minimal course markings at critical junctures on the course. Registration details, maps and cue sheets for racers/riders/support crews as well as further rules/regulations can be found at sunflowergames.com.

Races will start at 06:30AM and 06:45AM respectively with a finish cut off time of 4:00PM. The Clubhouse Inn of Topeka will serve as race hotel with an early breakfast available for racers. It is conveniently located just 1.5 miles form the race’s start/finish area. Top 3 race finishers in their divisions will receive Medals and Merchandise.

Time:  Registration/Check-in: 5:00 – 6:00 a.m. Open 95 Mile Race begins at 6:30 a.m. Beginner 45 Mile Race begins at 6:45 a.m. Race ends at 4:00 p.m.

Registration:  Online registration opens March 1. For mail-in registration, download and print forms from the right column of this page. Online registration is strongly encouraged. Deadline: Friday, July 10. Day-of registrations accepted with a $5 late fee.

TShirts:  Commemorative t-shirts will only be distributed to participants who register prior to July 10. T-shirts will not be available for late entries.

OPEN GRAVEL RACE – 95 MILES

Male Female
29 & Under 39 & Under
30-39 40-59
40-49 60+
50-59
60+
Singlespeed (male & female combined)
Tandem (male & female combined)
*Medals and Merchandise to top three finishers in all divisions listed above.

BEGINNER FUN RIDE – 45 MILES

Male Medals to top three finishers
Female Medals to top three finishers

COMPETITION FORMAT:

Courses are one loop starting at the Kansas History Museum.
SAG SUPPORT BY SSG INCLUDES:
  • Water and Gatorade
  • Energy bars and fresh fruit
  • Pick-up from course in case of race abandonment

 

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this ride and others on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

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Raid Lamoille

It’s pronounced “la-moyle” and is one of Vermont’s northern counties and it happens to hold some of the most sublime gravel riding in the Northeast. The 2014 inaugural ride was a smash hit – fantastic weather, a hearty group of riders and an incredible after party. And it will be even better in 2017…….this is one ride you won’t want to miss.

The route is approximately 100K (with a 50K option) , mostly gravel roads through the stunning Vermont countryside and will include nearly 6,000 feet of climbing. Yeah, it’s hard. But the decision is easy, you gotta put some gravel in your travel!

Raid – Our definition? A raid is a challenging route that includes a significant amount of packed-gravel riding and some major climbing segments. Some would call it a dirt road randonee, others a gravel grinder, we just call it a Raid. This is not a race. A properly prepared rider and bike of most any type can do this. Our guarantee – you will finish tired but feeling accomplished. It’s probably not for everybody, but you’re not everybody, right?

“I did Lamoille this year.  That was the most enjoyable ride I have ever done. That includes training rides here in Texas,  races here, and the Vermont 50.  The Raid Lamoille was the most fun I’ve ever had on a bike. ”    – Trevor

 

Epic Route – Epic Ride!:

Here’s what you need to know: 100K of riding, lots of packed gravel roads featuring a devilish assortment of hills and nearly 6000′ of climbing!

“Scrubbed” cue sheets will be handed out at the event – as you know, online route-mapping software sometimes throws in a Right when it should say Left, hence the scrub! The route may have arrows at critical intersections too.

A course link (with GPX link) will be provided prior to the ride. The official guide is the cue sheet you receive at the ride.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event and others on the Riding Gravel Forum.

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Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo

*Welcome to the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo

 Save the date. Good Life Gravel Grand Fondo is back for 3rd year. JUNE 17th, 2017. Malvern, IA.

We are back for 2017!!!
Good Life Gravel is going back to Malvern, IA
Jun 17th, 2017..
You have 6 months to get ready.
Mills/Fremont Counties hills didn’t get any smaller.
See you there!!!!

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo Series thread on the Riding Gravel Forum

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Folsom 100

Trace some historic routes around north New Mexico and south Colorado during wonderful early summer weather. Using 30+ miles of the Trans American Trail route, it descends in to Dry Cimarron valley and climbs a technical rocky old road into Colorado. Start and Ends in the almost Ghost town of Folsom.

One distance 103 miles. ladies all ages and mens and over and under 50 years classes. Cheep $35 https://www.bikereg.com/ftat100
First 8 miles will be a paved neutral roll out as a group for safety.
Drop bags will be at the 50 mile mark till 1:00! that’s the cutoff.
we will leave drop bag unattended if you want.

Rain or Shine and afternoon thunderstorms are very possible so bring a rain jacket. Aside from the drop its a self reliant ride.
Study the map and know your bailouts back to folsom. there are two paved ones.
There is nothing but vending machines in Folsom at the start/finish so be fully prepared for before and after the ride also.Ill have water. museum might have a bathroom but not sure they will be open.

that said this is a the toughest wayway out there race we put on!
, see you out there. Alex

GPS route
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/12070241

Folsom gives its name to the nearby type site for the Folsom Tradition, a Paleo-Indian cultural sequence dating to between 9000 BC and 8000 BC. The Folsom Site, about 8 miles west of the village, was excavated in 1926 and found to have been a marsh-side kill site or camp where 23 bison had been killed using distinctive tools, known as Folsom points.

In 1831 Comanche Indians killed Jedediah Smith (a famous hunter, trapper, and explorer) on the Santa Fe Trail near the Cimarron River. His body was never recovered.
In the first half of the 19th century, the region was a hunting ground for Comanche, Ute, and Jicarilla Apache Indians..The first White settlement near Folsom was Madison, settled in 1864 and named for its founder, Madison Emery. In 1877 a post office was established. Madison became a ghost town in 1888 when the Colorado and Southern Railroad was completed and Folsom was established nearby on the railroad line.[8] The train was held up three times near Folsom by Black Jack Ketchum and his gang. The final robbery in 1899 led to the capture and hanging of Ketchum

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Encierro Velo

Encierro Velo May 6,2017

100 Kilometer and 50 Kilometer  timed gravel grinder with full results. Held on twisty, rolling gravel roads north of Monument and west of Elbert, Colorado. Starts and finishs at Peaceful Valley Scout Camp, 22799 N Elbert rd, Elbert ,Co 80106 ,south entrance.

Classes: Men and Women, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. No equipment based classes.

Awards and awards ceremony only for 100 Kilometer distance classes. A Colorado Gravel Grinder Championships event .


Event Fees

Event Prior to March 31 April 1-April 15 April 16-May5 Race Day
100 Kilometer $39.95 $49.95 $79.95 $99.95
50 Kilometer $29.95 $49.95 $59.95 $79.95

No refunds or transfers of entries

Starting Times, Peaceful Valley Scout Camp, Elbert,Colorado

Event Start Time Number of Feed Stations
100 Kilometer 9:00 AM 2
100 Kilometer pro class 9:00 AM 2
50 Kilometer 9 AM 0

Feed stations will have water, energy drink, a limited number of energy gels, granola bars, PB&J sandwiches and Lutefisk.

Course Details

Go to Garmin Connect. Look up Encierro Velo 2016 public roads. Here is lnk.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/998718766

This  will show  public road section of 100K course. After the event covers  53 miles on public roads it will enter Peaceful Valley Scout Camp and cover 3-5 miles of dirt roads, two track and single track. The 50K course will cover the eastern 26 mile loop of 100K course before returning to Peacefull Valley Scout Camp and cover the same 3-5 miles of dirt roads ,two track and single track as the 100K. There will be limited on course marking . Course maps will be given out at registration. With the wet conditions ,the 3-5 miles at Peaceful Valley Scout Camp may not be rideable and thus may be dropped .

Support Crews

Allowed but not required. May only give support at fueling stations. Support crews will be required to use specified non-race routes to fueling stations .Although we recommend having a support crew , we do not believe that they will provide a distinct advantage. Support crews may greet racers at the feed station by Lincoln Park or when they return to Peacfull Valley Scout Camp .

Required

GPS, working head and tail light (micro light is acceptable), helmet. Course maps will be given out at registration. Particapants are incouraged to mount map to handlebars so that maps are readable while riding. The combination of riding with your head up, haveing a handlebar readable map and course marking arrows, may be sufficient for successful navagation. Maps stuffed in back pocket have low value.

Registration is 7:30-8:30 . Racers information meeting 8:35-8:45 racers meeting.

 

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