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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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AntiEpic 160

2017 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

It’s May…and it’s Colorado! So please expect sunshine, rain, snow, wind, cold, and mud! Please bring the appropriate riding gear, a good attitude, and a smile!

Course: We will offer two timed tours for 2017:

  • The AntiEpic Gravel Grinder starts and ends in Monument, Colorado, traveling northeast along undulating country roads through the town of Elbert en route to Deer Trail just off of I-70. The course then makes the challenging return to Monument via a different route, gaining a majority of its 8,400 feet of climbing en route back to Monument.
  • The 2017 Long Course will essentially be the same course used during the AntiEpic from 2012 – 2016 (+ an extra 34+ miles TBD) and will include the potentially nasty B-road, County Road 98. As past AntiEpic participants know, this 3+ mile B-road has the potential to make the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder truly EPIC in nature…..some would argue perhaps even too EPIC at times! That being said, we have created an alternate route to bypass the B-road if it is covered in 3 feet of snow, so muddy that a tractor cannot pass, or simply not passable. We will make a decision in the week prior to the event if we will use the alternate route.
  • As in previous years, the course will be unmarked. Riders are responsible for navigating the course using either the official cue sheet (which will be e-mailed to pre-registered riders during the week prior to the event) OR the Garmin file, which can be downloaded from the links above.
Start/End location: Pikes Peak Brewery, 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, CO 80132
Start time:
  • AntiEpic Long Course: Sign in: 5:00 am – 5:45 am. Ride starts at 6:00 am
  • AntiEpic Short Course: Sign in: 7:00 am – 7:45 am. Ride starts at 8:00 am
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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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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 5th, 2018 for the 6th 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 fourth 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 and 2016.

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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Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo

Welcome to the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo

 Save the date. Good Life Gravel Grand Fondo is back for 4th year. JUNE 16th, 2018. Malvern, IA.

We are back for 2018!!!
Good Life Gravel is going back to Malvern, IA
Jun 16th, 2018
 
Mills/Fremont Counties hills didn’t get any smaller.
See you there!!!!

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo Series thread 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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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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