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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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Michigan Mountain Mayhem “Gravel Grinder”

The Gravel Grinder will be a gravel road race like nothing you could have imagined. This event will always be the first Saturday in October (October 7th, 2017 ) and is limited to 2000 riders.  You can expect a huge purse of $12,300 as well as some of the fastest racers in the Country.

There will be a 20 mile, a 45 mile and a 60 mile race. The 20 mile race is very flat, but the 45 and 60 mile races will have long steep climbs, which 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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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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Tour of the Dragon 268K/60K across Bhutan

Tour of the Dragon

http://www.tourofthedragon.com

The Tour of the Dragon starts in Bumthang, Bhutan and travels 268km over 4 mountain passes before finishing in Thimphu town square. Billed as one of the toughest one day mountain bike races in the world

Distance: 268km/60K

(100 mi. option through this link – http://terrischneider.com/bim/home/)

Both events finish in the capital city of Thimphu in the country of Bhutan.

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is a land of high mountains and deep valleys where compassion and wisdom are the benchmark against which all things are measured, and where the King rules by ‘Gross National Happiness’.

On your journey through the stunning rural countryside and villages, you’ll discover the geographical and cultural wonders of a country naturally designed to be a tantalizing destination for adventure and spiritual seekers.

Come for the event, and stay for the travel experience of a lifetime.

 

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about gravel bikes, gear, events and anything else on the Riding Gravel Forum

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BURGR 95

95 and 47 mile routes through Lincoln, Langlade and Oneida counties.  The 95 mile event includes 66 miles of gravel, much of which are single lane with some “cobbled” segments  with many punchy hills.  The 47 mile event includes 41 miles of gravel which is relatively flat, smooth and wide.

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Funk Bottoms 100k & 200k

Funk Bottoms 100k & 200k

The 7th edition of the Funk Bottoms Gravel will feature distances of 100Km and 200Km. Riders will have the option if riding one lap or two laps.

The Funk Bottoms 100/200 is a self supported event you must be prepared for any mechanical or nutrition needs. No outside support is allowed. The Funk 100 and 200 will be held on Saturday June 25th at 8:00am, at a roadside park 8587 Ohio 179 in Lakeville, OH.

On each 65 mile loop riders can expect paved, chip and seal, gravel, and dirt roads with over 6,000 feet of climbing.

Who said Ohio is flat? The climbing fun will continue for the 7th year.  The ever-growing Funk Bottoms Gravel will once again challenge cyclists to Ohio’s Toughest Gravel Grinder. Two races, one brutal course!  A one lap 100K race and for the ultimate challenge, a double lap 200K race. The course will take riders through some of Ohio’s most scenic roads.  On each lap, riders will be challenged with over 7,000 feet of vertical climbing! Road conditions are a mix of paved, chip & seal, gravel, and dirt roads. The Funk 100K/200K is a self-supported event and riders must be prepared for any mechanical and nutritional needs. No outside support is allowed. Our good friends at Hammer Nutrition will once again be providing support with Hammer HEED before the race, and at the secret checkpoint. The Preliminary course has been scouted. As usual the course will have sections from the previous years races along with some new sections. Racers will go through Glenmont this year early around mile 13 and another town around mile 40.   This is a cue sheet race. The course is NOT marked, and the roads are open to normal traffic in the area.  Expect to encounter cars, trucks, horses, buggies, farm equipment, ATV’s, buzzards, road kill, and the occasional farm dog at any given time. Rain or shine, it’s Funk time!

To enter send a postcard with your name, hometown, email address, and category (see below) for the event to:

Funk Bottoms Gravel
150 Bellus Rd
Hinckley, OH 44233
Since there are people who don’t understand how to mail a postcard.  …
https://www.bikereg.com/funk-bottoms-gravel-100200

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about gravel bikes on the Funk Bottoms thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

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Dirty Kanza 200

 

DESCRIPTION:  “Dirty Kanza Promotions was founded in 2006 by Jim Cummins, with the assistance of fellow cycling enthusiast Joel Dyke. At that time, gravel grinding was just beginning to catch the interest of the endurance cycling community. However, Jim had grown up in the Flint Hills of east central Kansas and had been riding gravel for decades. Inspired by some of the early gravel grinder events… and convinced the Flint Hills had the best gravel to be found anywhere in the world, Jim and Joel decided to create Dirty Kanza 200.”

DATE:  Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

DISTANCE(S): 100 and 200 mile options

REGISTRATION:  Opens Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2016 at 8am CST.

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

 

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Cervelo Belgian Waffle Ride

Cervelo Belgian Waffle Ride

The most unique cycling event in the country, the Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR), is back for its sixth edition of pedaling perversity. Created as an extremely challenging cycling event in the spirit of the great one-day spring classics of Belgium, the BWR will return to North County San Diego on May 21, 2017. In addition, there will be a shorter and only half as painful Belgian Wafer Ride, as well as the expanded BWR Expo, hosted by The Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos, Calif.

As in the past, this truly unique event—replete with waffles, moules-frites, California cobbles, Lost Abbey ale, more waffles, and more Lost Abbey ale—promises to punish worthy entrants with something around a 225-kilometer cycling route featuring 13,000 feet of undulating climbing through the unrelenting hills of San Diego County. The majority of the competitors take on the ride using modified road bikes or endurance road bikes like one of the coveted Cervélo C Series, but it’s not uncommon to see a cyclo-cross bike, mountain bike or even a regular road bike.

Registration has now opened and will fill up quickly. Entry fee is $160 for the Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride and $125 for the less taxing, 68-mile Belgian Wafer ride. Registered Cervélo Belgian Waffle and Wafer Riders will help support the event’s cause, the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF), whose mission is to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
This year’s Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride, which is produced by Monuments of Cycling and Creative Disruption, will be a part of a series of similar old world meets new world events called the Monuments of Cycling, which will eventually include the German Wienerschnitzel Ride, the Spanish Paella Ride, the Dutch Oven Ride, the Italian Sausage Ride and others.

For more information about the Cervélo Belgian Waffle and Wafer Rides, go to http://www.BelgianWaffleRide.Bike or https://www.facebook.com/Belgianwaffleride

You can register here: https://endurancecui.active.com/new/events/39823954/select-race?_p=06873549990783484

Please contact Michael Marckx at mmx@creativedisruption.info with any additional questions not answered on the website.

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

 

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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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