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Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge

Pisgah Monster-Cross Challenge: The Pisgah Monster-Cross Challenge is the premiere  all-road event in WNC. Participants are challenged to complete a 72.6 mile – 8,736’ climbing route consisting of gravel and paved roads. The riders will be treated to a BRAND NEW COURSE in 2018 including some of the best gravel roads in the PISGAH and NANTAHALA national forests! This is a road racer’s dream endurance event where race tactics and strategy, along with overall fitness, proper gear selection, and luck are key to success. There will be three Rest Areas along the way that will be stocked with water, food (PB&J, fruit, salty snacks, sweet snacks,  bars), first aid, and neutral mechanical support. Riders may send drop bags to each Rest Area! REGISTER HERE: http://www.active.com/pisgah-forest-nc/cycling/races/pisgah-monster-cross-challenge-2018

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Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash

  SAVE THE DATE! September 8th, 2018 for the 5th running of the Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash!!! 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””

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Hilly Billy Roubaix

Welcome to the Hilly Billy Roubaix! The HBR is a 72″ish” mile dirty road bicycle race in the hollers and on the hills around Morgantown, West Virginia and South Western Pennsylvania, or as we like to call it, West Pennsylginia! The course consists of dirt roads, paved roads, gravel roads and even a few roads that have been abandoned by the State of West Virginia.   Ya say you’ve never been to the Hilly Billy?! Nothing is better than seeing just what the HBR really is like on race day! Check out the link below to a past Hilly Billy Roubaix Highlight Video, for a better understanding of what is in store for you in Appalachia!
Hilly Billy Roubaix Highlight Video
Registration- https://www.bikereg.com/33226  
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Irreverent Road Ride

  Welcome to the Irreverent Road Ride, the country’s single most challenging dirt road ride. IRR will be entering it’s 6th year and it’s still not a race. I am very excited to offer up a route that includes some of the hair raising sections you’ve come to expect as well as some of the most serene and scenic roads in the Green Mountain State. Some might say, unrivaled scenery. New for IRR 6.0 there are TWO route options: the full IRR route and then an abbreviated version, they will run parrallel for as long as possible. Each rider will have a GPS tracker with an SOS button which will provide accurate timing for every rider. There will be a Friday night registration social at a location TBD. There will also be a Saturday night “Holy-shit-I’m-finally-done” party. I’m trying to have start/finish location that will include camping onsite, so keep your fingers crossed on that. https://www.bikereg.com/33697   Please use the event address to find your way to the start, which is at the Ice arena in Waterbury, VT.”  

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Dirty Kanza

  DESCRIPTION:  The Flint Hills of east-central Kansas have been called the “eastern-most edge of the great far west”.  They are rugged.  They are remote.  They are the perfect place for an ultra-endurance gravel road cycling challenge.  Dirty Kanza began in 2006 as little more than a group ride.  Today “DK” is the event that defines an industry, and the one by which all other gravel events are measured.  With nearly 2,500 participants, no other event can match the excitement that surrounds Dirty Kanza. DATE:  Saturday, June 2, 2018

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Badlands Gravel Battle

THE BADLANDS GRAVEL BATTLE GRINDS ACROSS 120 MILES AND OVER 8000 FEET OF ELEVATION GAIN ON THE FAST, RUGGED GRAVEL ROADS THAT CROSSHATCH THE BADLANDS OF WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA. If you like riding on Badlands singletrack, you will love grinding Badlands gravel! All of the same gorgeous North Dakota scenery you see on the Maah Daah Hey trail, but with the freedom of wide, open, red scoria gravel roads. Put this gravel grinder on the bucket list!
Total Distance 44, 77 mile and 120 miles
Race Start May 28th | 8AM MDT | TRNP Entrance, Medora, ND
Elevation Gain 8,084 feet
badlands-gravel-battle-course-map  

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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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Elbe Multi-Strada Loop 2015

  Now in its fifth year! This is a 46.8 mi./4037 ft. elev. self-supported group bike ride, 19 miles of which are on gravel roads around Pack Forest and Scott Turner/Eatonville National and Stoner roads. Start/Finish in Elbe. Nothing technical, but expect the gravel roads to be anywhere from pot-holed to smooth. Mt bikes, ‘cross bikes, road bikes (minimum 32mm tires recommended), any will likely suffice, but each will have a disadvantage somewhere along the route. See http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6669229 or https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8604828 for the route. Same route as 2015, 2016 and 2017. This is NOT a race, but also not a leisurely stroll. Go at your own pace. We will meet up for a no-host lunch after the ride at the Elbe Bar and Grill (good burgers!) to regale over the ride, and other adventures. Cue sheets will be available at the start. You will be asked to sign a standard waiver form.
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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.

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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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