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Founders Barry-Roubaix

Founders Barry-Roubaix

2018 date APRIL 21st. 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
Over $32,000 in awards cash and prizes
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

$28,000 in awards cash and prizes

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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Grinder Nationals-Gravelleurs Raid

 PRESS RELEASE: Alright gravel peeps here we go.
The Gravelleur’s Raid 100 mile gravel road race will now be your gravel Grinder Nationals event. It will be a fully supported gravel event.
It is owned and operated by the United States Endurance Cycling Federation. http://www.usecf.com/
We will be growing the event and making it one of the top gravel races in the United States.
More info to come.
The 50 mile non-competitive event will be called Gravelleur’s Raid and become a bigger and better event also.

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4G (Great Gator Gravel Grinder)

 Stay Tuned For 2018 Updates

It’s back for the  fifth 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.

 


The venue location has not been determined at this time. This will be posted as soon as everything is verified.

Stay in touch and learn more by joining the 4G Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/796857743667982/

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 2017 Land Run TBA
  • Land Run 2017 will be held Saturday March 11th 2017
  • There is a 700 rider limit
  • Land Run 2017 costs $TBA
  • Half Run 2017 costs $ TBA

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  17, 2018 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 roads.

Who can participate in the Land Run 100?
In order to continue a rider must maintain a 10 mph average. There will be a halfway checkpoint at 50ish miles. If the rider does not arrive at the halfway checkpoint before the 10 mph time expires then the rider will be assigned a DNF ranking for the race. If you can grind out 50 miles at a time self supported, you can participate in the Land Run 100. This year we have the Half Run for those that wish to ride the route, just not 100 miles of it. 50 mile Half Run is open for registration pretty much until the race starts.

 

How do I sign up and can I do so the day of the event?
Participation in the LR100 is by pre-registration only. Registration will be conducted online at BikeReg.com and will open on TBA at 7:00am (CST).
How many different classifications will be offered?
Open Men 39 Under0
Veteran Men (40-49)
Master Men (50-59)g
Open Women 39 Under
Single Speed Men
Fat Bike
Tandem
Half Run
One Man Land RUN
Single Speed Women
Veteran Women (40-49)
Master Women 50+
Men 60+ 100 miles

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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. 9am start time in Valley View, TX.

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.

Cash payout of at least 50%/5 deep Men – 50%/3 deep women

200K Grinder Supreme – Two laps of the 100K course for those who just gotta have more miles!
Awards for Top 3 Overall, Top 3 Women, Top 3 Masters 55+, Top 3 Young Guns 30 and Under. Age breaks may be added at promoter’s discretion.

50K Fun Ride – Approximately half of the full Chainring Massacre loop. 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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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 on bikereg.com

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 3 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 75 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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Gravel Conspiracy

The Gravel Conspiracy

 

If you want everything polished, scheduled, scripted and to win you age group, I would refer you to an event like the Lutsen 99er. Gravel Conspiracy simply provides a starting point, lodging options, a route, and a cooler of drinks. Your life needs less scripting more exploring. If you are the first person to finish, everyone else will know it. In 2017 we are setting up shop on East Bearskin Lake just off the Gunflint trail. Bearskin Lodge has graciously offered to host us at their lodge and NFS campground. Our route is a series of clover leafs over the best parts of the Arrowhead region. Once you make your reservation and register, you will get the information sent to you via email

“So how do I get in?”

Make your reservations at Bearskin Lodge or at the Bearskin Campgroundfor September 8-10, and then click on the RSVP button. You will be asked for your lodging info, when you RSVP. This is so I know that you are serious. Later this summer I will send you the ride with GPS links, .GPX files, and cue sheets along with route updates.

 

 

 

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by Riding Gravel 2014