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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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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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Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride

2018 CANYON BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE

Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S. — the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) — now in its seventh year of irreverence. The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil will once again be hosted by the Lost Abbey Brewery on April 15, 2018. It will proffer the same type of insanity, challenge and the unparalleled experience that has made the event infamous — with another new course to surprise and delight all (not as long).

The Canyon BWR attracts world-class cyclists from around the world. It has a cult following of fervent racers from cyclocross, road and mountain biking. As a result, it has become known as much for its difficulty, with all the glorious trappings of the Belgian Spring Classics — as it has for the celebratory atmosphere that pervades the event’s every funky facet.

Each year the course is different. Last years was not the longest but it was the most difficult yet at 140-miles; 41 of which were in dirt, with 13,000 feet of elevation gain. We hope to keep the course similar to that of last year, but different. Now entering its fourth year, the Belgian Wafer Ride will cover roughly 68 miles of the Canyon BWR’s tricky trails, hellacious hills and rolling roads.

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

 

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Oregon Epic Grinder Series: Gorge Roubaix

 The Gorge Gravel Grinder is where it all started. Located in The Dalles, Oregon this eastern Oregon location is the best location in the Northwest for Spring riding. With moderate marine air flowing off the coast coupled with being located in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range it is your best bet for sun and warm temps in the spring. Surrounding The Dalles are hundreds of miles of paved and gravel farm roads with little to no motor traffic on them. The course offers great views of the Gorge and surrounding Cascade Mountain peaks as well as an assortment of old school buildings, barns and houses from the late 1800’s. Rolling wheat fields dominate the landscape in all directions blanketing hills in sea of green. Expect average temps to be in the mid 40’s by race start and up into the mid 60’s by the peak of the day. Gravel sections are well packed, smooth and fast. Spring rains provide good moisture keeping the dust down. No portion of the courses exceeds double digits for climbing or descending. Just a lot of fast rolling hills.

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The Lowell 50

The Lowell 50

Race Description: The Lowell 50 is a classic old world style gravel road race. You’ll race along the banks of the Flat River and through rural Ionia County on approximately 90% unpaved roads. You may choose from either our 110, 34 or 15 (110 mile & 15 mile are both new for our spring race only) all routes are single loops.  The courses are challenging, scenic, and fun. Including one historic wooden covered bridge dating back to the mid-1800s’.

Where: The race will start and finish at Fallasburg County Park (See Location Map). This park was first opened in 1929 on 56 acres of land. It now encompasses over 180 acres including two spring fed streams, an island on the Flat River, and a portion of the 4000 mile North Country Trail passing through its boundaries. The park also boasts paved and unpaved walking paths, several play grounds, ball fields, and a disc golf course. Bring the whole family; Fallasburg Park is a real gem and a great venue for this bike race.

Who: This race is for anyone who wants a challenge. From the elite road, cyclocross, mountain bike racer, to those of you just looking for a great ride. 

What Bike: Road, cross, mountain, fat, or tandem, your choice. Any bike will work, bring your favorite.

Timing: RFID chip timing with (Times -7) Slimline linear timing mats and high speed video.

Parking: Convenient parking directly across from the lodge (600 – 700 vehicles).

 

 

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Melting Mann

 

You’re invited to Cass County Michigan’s Annual Dirt Road Bike Challenge, MELTING MANN!

Join us on Sunday, March 25th, 2018. Crank-Up your race season by challenging yourself to an Open Class Dirt Road Grinder of 32 or 22 miles on a roller coaster race course. Time to get your race season started with some of southwest Michigan’s most challenging dirt roads during the spring thaw. MANN UP and sign up for MELTING MANN today! 

Melting Mann dirt road bike challenge is just a small part of a great day. The Melting Mann experience begins in the morning as you enjoy homemade chocolate chip cookies and a kick start to your race with a cup of specially brewed Peloton Roast by Ron’s Beans. The welcoming atmosphere of our celebration area invites not only racers but families and spectators, offering warming fires, a view of the finish line and great music by DJ DMC. Awesome food, our own Muddy Derailleur crafted beer, brewed for our racers by Goshen Brewing Company, takes your day over the top and puts our event the calendar for next race season!

Stick around for the awards and Pedal Pusher Prize presentation.  Don’t miss your chance to win the KONA ROVE AL GRAVEL ROAD BIKE, sponsored by the Pedal, Central District Cyclery and Kona ! We will also give away two sets of rollers provided by SportsCrafters and Spin Zone Cycling, a great training option when we are held hostage to training indoors.  Participants must be present to win these great door prizes.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Melting Mann 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  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/events/1282070061886526

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

 

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Lakeville-Milltown-Lakeville

 

LML 2018 will be 3-24-18, with a backup date of 4-14-18.

Send email to- Lmldosomething@gmail.com

In the email, state full name, and either the ‘Full’ ~80+mi or ‘Lite’ ~40 mi route. No single speed, fatbike or whatever class, just M or F.

More details to come on the fundraiser, but do expect it to go for good.

Similar drill to last five editions. Harry’s Cafe in Lakeville to Milltown Cycles in Faribault, and return. Race will be ~80 miles on a mix of gravel, pavement, and as much off road and questionable stuff as mother nature will allow. Start will be from Harry’s at 8AM, park in the Walmart lot.

Race will be capped at ~100 people. If you showed last year you are automatically in but email must be sent, and I play favorites.

Something more than just a bike race- FUNDRAISER.

Fundraiser history- Year 1 we raised $1300 for a young man in need. Year 2 we generated 400 lbs of food and $ for local food shelf. Year 3 the raiser brought in more than $2000 for a beautiful woman fighting cancer. Year 4 (last year) we rallied with the Bauers in support of Jason and his fight… Year 5 was cancer awareness and fund support to a single Mom.

Ethos: You are responsible for you. If you get stuck in one spot, you gotta get yourself out of it. Bring a phone, straight key for an SOS, or sky flares.

NOTE: The course will not be the same as last year. So disregard your bootleg GPS map. You rely on it, and it will cheat you.

THANKS TO MILLTOWN CYCLES & HARRY’S CAFE for their continued support!

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CIRREM

CIRREM EVENT DETAILS

-100k gravel race sw of des moines
-start/finish @ cumming tap
-saturday, february 24th, 2018
-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.

Insurance For Texans Gravel Royalty series

The Panaracer 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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by Riding Gravel 2014