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King Ridge Dirt Supreme Hopper

King Ridge Dirt Supreme

Part of the Grasshopper Adventure Series

You’ve never ridden King Ridge like this. We are starting in Duncan’s Mills this year so we will start with a slow burn up Bohemian Hwy to Occidental. Then climb up Coleman Valley and descend Willow Creek on dirt. Hwy 1 to Fort Ross. Dirt descent to Salt Point. Dirt climb up Kruse. Climb Hauser Bridge. Back King Ridge to Caz and finish on East Austin Creek Rd near Duncan’s Mills. If you are looking for a supreme cross/dirt/gravel challenge this is it. Road, cross, Diverge….? Depends on what you have and what you can ride. Big tires and don’t flat! If you loved Old Caz this ride will blow your mind!

Option #2: Riders will head out River Rd to Hwy 1 and follow the same course as the big loop. Eliminates climb to Occidental and Willow Creek descent. You will still have the Salt Point dirt descent and Kruse dirt climb so a gravel bike with slick/semi slick tires or a road bike with 28c would be a good option.

 

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The Rasputitsa Spring Classic

The Rasputitsa Spring Classic

Halfway sold-out a year in advance, the Rasputitsa Gravel Race is climbing the charts as on of the premier gravel grinders. Taking place on April 27, 2019, racers battle the elements of spring gravel roads in Northeast Vermont for 40 miles with 4500 ft of climbing and Class IV unmaintained sections that are often snow-covered.

We started out as two friends with a hope to get 50 riders to travel the backroads in which we live.  It was really that simple.  What we established was one of the best Vermont Gravel Road Races, the Rasputitsa Spring Classic.  We created an unsanctioned gravel road race that challenge the human spirit and strength.  And we live by three principles:

  • Love of Cycling

  • Love of Community

  • Love of Charity

More than anything we care about our racers.  We are at the finish line shaking hands.  We are constantly seeking their advice and input.  We ride with our racers.  We are small. In fact, we don’t want to grow over 500 racers per race so we never lose that small town feeling.

We are unsanctioned. No license.  No prize purse.  Have a bike and the will to race and you are a match for our races.  We attract road, cyclocross, singlespeed, mountain bike, tandem, and fatbikes.  But we are a race.  We are timed.  We have podiums.  And mostly our winners have bragging rights.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the The Rasputitsa Spring Classic thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

 

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Founders Barry-Roubaix

Founders Barry-Roubaix

2019 date APRIL 13th. Stay tuned for updates….

The largest gravel road bicycle race in the world!
Challenging race traversing the rolling and scenic gravel roads throughout Barry County, Michigan
 
Kick off the race season with 0ver 3,500 of your fellow cyclists
Cyclocross, Mountain, Road, Single-Speed, Fixed gear, Fatbikes & Tandem bicycles are welcome in any category
The course will be marked. Directional arrows will be coordinated with your race length. RED = 62 mile, YELLOW = 36 mile and BLUE = 22 mile race
Neutral aid stations
A huge after-party and awards ceremony

Like the classic it’s named after, Barry-Roubaix will test riders against (80%) rolling gravel roads, pavement, one mile of rough two track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice as you traverse the scenic roads of Barry County, Michigan.

We offer three race lengths to challenge riders of all abilities.
The 24-mile Cushe “Chiller” has approx. 1200 feet of elevation,
The 36-mile Smith Optics “Thriller” climbs approx. 2200 feet
The 62-mile Foundry Cycles “Killer” you can expect approx. 3800 feet of elevation.

We also offer a team competition category. Race as an individual AND see how your team stacks up against some of the areas best

 

One Huge after-party with Founders beer and a live band after the awards.

 Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Founders Barry-Roubaix thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

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Dirty Reiver

WHAT IS THE DIRTY REIVER?

The Dirty Reiver is a 200 km off road cycling challenge based on the Gravel Grinder format found predominantly in the mid west of America.
Riders will traverse gravel forest access roads that service the vast areas of forest covering the border region of England and Scotland.
The event will take riders through remote areas providing outstanding viewpoints across this spectacular part of the UK.

Due to the shared use of some of the course the Dirty Reiver is NOT a race.  However, finishing times will be graded based upon the first finisher and these grades are detailed in finishing times on the event page.

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Ragnarok 105

When: APRIL 6th, 2019

Where: Start and Finish in Red Wing, using many of the cool roads in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties

What: Ragnarok 

How much?: Free, zero doll hairs…

Registration Details:  TBA

 If you have any questions, feel free to post up a comment. I may have forgotten something too… who knows.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Ragnarok 105 thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

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4G (Great Gator Gravel Grinder)

 Stay Tuned For 2018 Updates

It’s back for the  sixth consecutive year: The 4G is the southernmost un-southern gravel ride and the uttermost unique ride of its kind in South Florida. The route covers the Gator’s share (or should we say Python’s share these days?) of remote areas you can find in the Miami-Dade area, featuring canals and access roads with very little pavement involved. We strongly recommend running nothing more narrow than a 40c tire as some of the paths along the route can be quite demanding.

 


 Save the dates and keep an eye on the event page for updates on this years 4G!! I am working hard with a great group of people and businesses to bring more fun, adventure and stuff to the table for 2019.

Stay in touch and learn more by joining the 4G Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/events/1282070061886526

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

 

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Land Run 100

The Land Run 100 is a solo, self supported, non-stop, 100-mile-long bicycling endurance challenge on the gravel and dirt roads surrounding the site of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

 What you need to know in a nutshell

  • Registration for the 2019 Land Run TBA
  • Land Run 2019 will be held Saturday March 16th 2019

What is the Land Run 100?

The Land Run 100 is a solo, self supported, non-stop, 100-mile-long bicycling endurance challenge on the gravel and dirt roads surrounding the site of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

When and where is the Land Run 100 held?
LR100 is held Saturday, March  16, 2019 in Stillwater, OK.

There are lots of “Gravel Grinder” cycling events. What makes Land Run 100 unique?
Who said anything about unique? We love the Dirty Kanza 200 but it only comes around once a year. The Land Run 100 is a training mile stone race for those who dare attempt the DK200. Complete the LR100 and you are on the right track for the DK200. DNF the LR100, you still have time to fix what went wrong before the DK200. Flint Hills we are not, but gravel, hills, and red dirt we got. Careful on those rickety bridges by the way, we are taking you on the far back road

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CIRREM

CIRREM EVENT DETAILS

-100k gravel race sw of des moines
-start/finish @ cumming tap
-saturday, february 23rd, 2019
-8a.m. free breakfast begins
-8-9:45a.m. packet pickup
-NO DAY OF REGISTRATION
-10a.m. CIRREM begins
-categories- mens, womens, single speed/fixed
-email us at CIRREM@gmail.com

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Race Info

 

Yo!  Here’s a little bit about the race, based on first hand experience, exaggerated stories, and outright fabricated accounts by past riders…

*****YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF ON RACE DAY.  BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST AND YOU MIGHT FINISH.*****


Risk:  This is a self-supported race, meaning you should start the race with everything you need to finish it.  It’s all fun and games until someone separates a shoulder.  …All kidding aside, please take care to be safe, for the benefit of yourself and the riders around you.  It can be slippery, the gravel can be loose, you’ll hit high speeds, and the roads are open to cars.  It is rural Iowa, and sometimes rural folk don’t take kindly to us uppity, in-shape, shiny non-motorized bike ridin’ city folk.  There is also a bridge (or bridges) with spaces between the boards that eat wheels for lunch.  Seriously, a friend separated his shoulder last weekend on it.  No kidding.  Please take care out there.  Also, there will be a number that you must text if you drop from the race.  I spent my Saturday evening driving around Madison County last year looking for 2 riders-who-shall-remain-nameless.  I like Madison County, but I saw that lame Clint Eastwood/Meryl Streep movie about it and don’t care to see it again, thanks.  So if you drop out & don’t text there will be consequences.  I have no idea what, but we’ll think of something.  Maybe you’ll have to leg wrestle Jerome Rewerts or watch Pete Basso talk politics with Steve Robinson for an hour.  We’ll think of something horrible.


Weather:  Year one brought (literally) rain, sleet and snow.  Temps started in the mid 30’s & dropped steadily throughout the day, until the freezing rain turned to snow (thank God).  I remember stopping several times to wring the water out of my mittens, and I vividly remember Matt Maxwell’s bright-red gloveless hands.  It was cold & wet, the gravel was squishy, the pork sandwiches were greasy and the beer was good.

Year two saw colder temps at the start, but as the temps rose from the teens into the upper 30’s, the frozen snow on the roads melted and turned smooshy & muddy.  Several riders pulled their fenders off mid-ride because of the peanut-buttery build up causing tire-rub.  The relatively warm, sunny day led to concrete-white covered bikes, drivetrains & racers.  Singlespeed anyone?  The pork sandwiches were greasy and the beer was good.

Year three started with temps in teens, and the overcast conditions kept temps in the 20’s for the day.  Two inches of snow the night before didn’t seem to bother anyone, nor did the sleet early on in the race, with attendance above 100 for the first time.  The roads were sometimes unpredictable in spots, and caused a small pile up in the first half of the race among the leaders.  Mountain bike anyone?  Once the green flag was waved, no more mishaps were reported (must have been a first timer).  I remember my toes on my left foot were cold.  Booties anyone?  The pork sandwiches were greasy and beer was good.  Shocker.

Bikes:  Your guess is as good as mine on this one.  The CIRREM winners have ridden singlespeed mountain bikes, fender’ed cross bikes, and the normal ‘cross fare.  You’ll see mountain bikes, cross bikes, ss’s, fenders, fixies, fat bikes and even road bikes.  No recumbents or unicycles yet, though I expect that might change this year.  Point is, ride what you feel comfy on, because chances are you’re faster that way.  Put Kent Carlson on gears and he’ll look at you funny and waste 19 of them.  Put Pete Basso on a singlespeed and watch the bike beg for mercy before buckling under the torque.  Run what ya brung, sister.

Time:  As always, the race starts at 10AM.  Breakfast & registration start at 8.  The winners generally finish around 4 hours, with others on the course for more than 6 hours.  Checkpoint is roughly in the middle.  Plan accordingly.  Ride with a buddy if you think you’ll be out there a while.  If you aren’t going to finish, you need to figure out how to get home.  Awards are generally done a  few hours after the winners come in, but still before everyone is off the course.  Please stay around afterwards and have a good time at the Tap as long as you like.  The Tap is pretty awesome, and it’s in Cumming, for crying out loud.  What else do you need to know?

Course:  A 100km race is 62 miles.  The CIRREM course will be hilly, and very similar to past CIRREM courses.  In fact, it may be very similar to past CIRREM courses.  In fact, it might actually be the same as past CIRREM courses.  Maybe.  And maybe we’ll pull a bait & switch on you.  We’re all about keeping you on your toes here at CIRREM HQ.

Categories:  Same as in the past.  Fastest man.  Fastest woman.  Fastest singlespeeder.  Who can eat the most cookies at the checkpoint.

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Panaracer Texas Chainring Massacre

THE FASTEST 100K ON GRAVEL! No license required.

The Texas Chainring Massacre is a full on gravel grinder featuring a unique combination of dirt roads and desolate country roads that promises to be both scenic and challenging. Riders will be able to enjoy a fantastic route that starts and ends in the “civilized” part of the D/FW Metroplex near Valley View, TX while meandering through some scenic rural areas.

100K Dash For the Cash – This marked course ride will provide neutral aid/support station at approximately the half way point but no outside support is allowed except at the aid station. Plan to bring enough food and supplies to be self supported in case of break down since it might take several hours for a sweep/sag vehicle to reach stranded riders. Cash payout 3 deep and Series Points awarded.

All roads whether paved or unpaved are public roads subject to the regulations of the great State of Texas. Participants are required to obey all “rules of the road” and laws for the applicable jurisdiction(s) in which they operate their bicycles and/or other vehicles. This applies to both the featured event as well as any practice or warm up events. The Texas Chainring Massacre is an all-weather event unless conditions are deemed unsafe for riders so there is a no refunds policy.

Promoter may modify the course at any time for rider safety or based on course conditions.

100 Mile Open – The classic long distance gravel grinder. This will be a marked course with neutral support at least every 33 miles. Cash payout 3 deep and Series Points awarded.

100K Category races by age/discipline. Awards 3 deep, no cash payout.

Non Competitive Fun Ride – Multiple distance options for everyone from the complete beginner to the all day wanderers. Ideal for those newer to gravel grinding and/or those who want some bonus time hanging out in Valley View and the Whiskey Hollow Distillery.

Hosts and Sponsors – More info soon but the town of Valley View and Whiskey Hollow Distillery will be going above and beyond to roll out the red carpet for us so stay tuned for details!

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Michigan Mountain Mayhem “Gravel Grinder”

The Gravel Grinder is a gravel road race like nothing you can imagine.

It is limited to 2000 riders.

The Gravel Grinder is essentially three races in one. The Easy 18 mile race is flat and easy, a great race for beginners or even the kids in the family. The Fast 40 mile race is a gravel race best suited for Cross bikes. The seasonal roads have been removed for this route. Expect lots of fast gravel mixed with some tough climbs. The Sadistic 60 mile race is for the person who wants a true challenge. You get five monster climbs, lots of fast gravel roads, multiple sections of tough seasonal roads which have sand, mud and rocks and also a white knuckle descent. Whatever bike/tire you choose it will be the wrong one at some point. This route will test your mental sanity.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder on our Forum Thread

 

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by Riding Gravel 2014