Tag Archives | Gravel Riding

Road Apple Roubaix

Kick off your 2018 riding season with our third annual Road Apple Roubaix.  This gravel road ride will test riders with plenty of gravel, some pavement, potential mud and perhaps even some snow and ice!   This is an opportunity to tour some of the less traveled roads out in Amish country…JUST BEWARE OF THE ROAD APPLES!  There are three route options- tentatively 15, 25 & 40 miles.

Registration: https://www.bikereg.com/road-apple-roubaix

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Road Apple Roubaix 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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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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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.”

 

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

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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””

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

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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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Welcome to the Loess Hills Enduro (Formerly the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo)

 Save the date.   JUNE 16th, 2018. Malvern, IA.

 Loess Hills Enduro brings you all the key elements that make up Midwest Ethos. If you’re from the Midwest, you have learned pretty quickly that we have a dogmatic, unwavering belief, that with hard work and perseverance, good things will happen. We also believe that giving back and helping our neighbor is core to who we are. This rings true throughout the soul of our event. Loess Hills Endurobrings that spirit alive with a unique, challenging and scenic gravel road/minimum maintenance road course. This course showcases the rugged terrain followed by explorers Lewis & Clark as well as settlers headed down the Oregon Trail. You’ll experience where the West began through the rolling hills of prairie grass, cornfields, rustic barns and glacier built loess hills river bluffs. And if that doesn’t have you salivating….after your hard work and perseverance get you to the finish line, good things will happen at the Loess Hills Enduro Apres Party! Our LHE party is unique in offering post race libations, grub for your belly, each with an emphasis on being locally sourced. Come join us! We don’t care what you ride, just that you ride. So bring your gravel bike, mountain bike, skinny bike, fat bike…heck even your unicycle if you’re just that awesome. We look forward to seeing you at the start line!

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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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The Bootlegger 100 Proof (and 60 Proof)

The Bootlegger 100 Proof (and 60 Proof)

This is the most scenic and challenging dirt road ride you will do this year!

There are two route choices:

100 mile dirt road ride with 8000+ feet of climbing. The ride starts and ends in downtown Lenoir, NC and travels up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and down through beautiful and scenic Wilson’s Creek Gorge.

60 mile dirt road ride with 4500+ feet of climbing. The ride starts and ends in downtown Lenoir, NC and travels through beautiful and scenic Wilson’s Creek Gorge.

New for 2017!!! We will be offering competitive ‘Open/Age Group’ AND non-competitive ‘Cyclo Sportive’ classes for both distances.

Bring your race face OR bring your camera and a picnic!

Friday:
12:00PM — Online registration closes.
5:00PM-10:00PM — Packet pickup open.

Saturday:
5:30AM-7:30AM — Packet pickup open.
7:45AM — Rider meeting.
8:00AM — Start.
12:00PM — 100 Mile cutoff at Blue Ridge Parkway.
2:00PM — 100 Mile cutoff at Betsey’s Country Store.
5:00PM — Awards.

 

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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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by Riding Gravel 2014