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Robidoux Quick and Dirty

The 3rd Annual Robidoux Quick and Dirty will be held on Saturday May 19, 2018. This is a 75 mile gravel race held in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, and is run through the heart of the Wildcat Hills.

You can race it and gather a cash prize, or you can take your time and make it an adventure ride. Either way, the route takes you through piney woods and high plains grasslands nestled in a bluff system left behind by a retreating sea 70 million years ago. Look for fossils and cows; this is open range country. You won’t be the first to test your mettle through these parts.

You’ll be riding on the Oregon Trail for much of the route, retracing the very steps of the Western immigrants.  The race is named after Antione Robidoux, who built a trading post during the 1840s, selling tack and grog to immigrants as they crossed over Robidoux Pass on the way to their demise or Oregon, which ever came first.  In later years, immigrants struggled over the more direct Mitchell Pass.  You’ll be riding over both.

The route is run primarily on excellent, fast gravel roads.  Route finding will be straightforward to allow riders to focus on putting power to the pedals.  It’s a hilly course though, with over 4,000 feet of climbing in 75 miles.  The course is 88% gravel and 12% asphalt, with the final 5 miles climbing up over Mitchell Pass and through the Scotts Bluff National Monument.

We also have a 28-mile rec ride. We also have a night before Meet and Greet with stone fire pizza, beer and Bluegrass, and a race bike concours. Each rider that enters their bike in the concourse  enters a raffle. Last year we gave away a bone stock 1972 Schwinn Suburban. This year we put together a semi-cherry but very rideable 1973 Gitane mixte who’s stays actually clear 38mm tires..nice Wald front beer-basket,.. Sort of a retro-frenchy gravel grocery getter. 
 
We also have a race purse -300/200/100 dollars for the fastest three woman and men. 
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Gravel Tires: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

<Back to News Home | Gravel Tires: Where the Rubber Meets the Road- by MG Long-time readers know that we review a lot of tires here at Riding Gravel. As gravel bicycles have evolved, so too have the tires being developed for riding gravel roads. Never before have so many great tire options been available, which […]

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Saluda Roubaix 68

28AVG is dedicating Saluda Roubaix to annually benefit US Military Endurance Sports and donate 100 percent of all proceeds to USMES.

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Saluda Roubaix 68 remote, all road, cycling race amounts to dirt, gravel, bedrock, farmland, timberland, countrified bridges, levees, rustic pavement, no towns and one specifically remote ball field — some fun.

https://www.facebook.com/events/170726616853926/

Boyd Branch 26~31 mi. aid station ⁄ mechanical support ⁄ marked course ⁄ 2.9 mi. additional neutral secteur

Overall route distance includes escorted, 2.9 mi. additional, neutral secteur from start line and race can go on first gravel road — right turn on Jerimiah Rd after 0.85 mi. distance following Hwy 391. This neutral secteur, both in 2017 and 2018, puts safety of riders first.

Please see BikeReg categories to sign up and view more details.

46 mi. ⁄ RidewithGPS

46 mi. ⁄ 24 mi. gravel versus 22 mi. pavement
3.25 mi. max gravel secteur
7.25 mi. max pavement secteur

68 mi. ⁄ RidewithGPS

68 mi. ⁄ 35.5 mi. gravel versus 32.5 mi. pavement
5.75 mi. max gravel secteur
10 mi. max pavement secteur

68 mi. ⁄ déterminée reconnaissance sur le gravier – road recon 9:00 AM Sunday, April 8 ⁄ no support ⁄ cue sheet ⁄ start line Derrick Park street view

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Dirty Thirty Gravel Grinder

Join us on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 9 am and discover this gravel gem in the hills of Ionia County.  With road names like Bliss and Ivan (as in terrible), this gravel race offers something for every level of cyclist.

The Dirty Thirty gravel bike race course consists of almost 90% gravel roads, the largest percentage of gravel compared to other gravel grinder bike races in West Michigan.  The distance of the long course is, you guessed it, 30 miles.  The short course is 14 miles.

The Dirty Thirty events will start and finish in downtown Saranac, just a short jaunt from Grand Rapids, MI.  The first half of the course heads east into the open farm country, offering a combination of gently rolling hills and pancake flat gravel roads.   The second half of the course brings you west into a hillier and more forested section of the course.

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Ride the Ridges

Cabot, Vermont’s Ride the Ridges is a “something for everyone” type of event. This event, where 100% of the proceeds go towards Cabot Connects, Cabot’s Mentoring Program, offers 4 different distance rides, each with multiple aid stations, plenty of gravel, hills, and scenic overlooks.  We offer a 10k, 30k, 60k, and 100k ride, with staggered start times. The routes are well-marked and maps are provided. Almost all of the riding is on gravel roads and trails, and the scenery is breathtaking.  For those looking for a challenging ride, the 100k offers plenty of challenge, complete with over 7500 ft of elevation gain.

The aid stations are stocked with plenty of energy-rich food, including granola bars, trail mix, maple-syrup shots, freshly picked local apples, freshly made maple donuts, pickles, bananas, plenty of water and gatorade, and even specialty cheeses and crackers – and more!  Following the ride, we deck out the Cabot Green with a mobile wood-fired pizza oven for handmade pizzas with all-natural ingredients, more specialty cheeses, and lots, lots more!!  This is a terrific event put on by terrific people and supporting a terrific cause.  If you have any questions, please contact us through our FaceBook page – https://www.facebook.com/cabotconnects – or by email at info@ridetheridges.net

 

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Marty’s D&R&R Bikepacking Weekend!

Start your summer off with some D&R&R! Join Marty’s Reliable Cycle for a bikepacking weekend along country backroads, gravel, and D&R/D&L riverside railtrail. 
63 miles each way (128 total) Hackettstown, NJ to camp at Washington Crossing State Park and back

Registration includes Saturday breakfast fuel at the shop, campsite, guided ride and light mechanical support 

THE ROUTE: We start from Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Hackettstown and head southeast through a mix of backroads and some dirt roads to finish several miles on the D&R Canal Railtrail to camp at Washington Crossing State Park where a rustic group site awaits. The return trip will feature mostly the incredibly scenic D&R Railtrail north to Frenchtown, where we’ll cross over the Delaware River to the D&L Railtrail on the Pennsylvania side and enjoy the riverside views up until Riegelsville. From here we’ll cross back into NJ and follow rolling backroads along the Musconetcong River back to Hackettstown. There are several cafe stops and small stores along the way.

This route features awesome backroads through the rolling and rural parts of Warren, Hunterdon, and Mercer Counties, amazing riverside views, and endless stretches of farm roads and traffic-free countryside – all the elements of a perfect weekend on a bike!

DAY 1 Hackettstown to Washington Crossing State Park 63 miles/3400 ft of climbing
Day 2 Return 65 miles/2100ft 

THE TERRAIN: 60% Paved back roads, moderate climbing with a few grades over 7%. 40% gravel railtrail and dirt roads. Saturday’s route is 63 miles with 3400 ft of climbing and Sunday is 65 miles with 2100 ft.

THE BIKE: A robust gravel road/cyclocross/touring bike will be the most fun! A quick-rolling plus tire/adventure bike would also be a great choice.

THE GEAR: A well-tuned bike capable of carrying everything you need to enjoy two days of riding and a night of camping! The group campsite is “rustic”, meaning pit toilets but no running water.

A rack and set of panniers, or frame/softbags will carry your gear. The short list: 

-Packable tent with rain fly, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (thermarest)

-Small stove for heating water and camp food (optional, mandatory if you love coffee)

-Snacks for riding 60ish miles both days, heatable camp food for dinner and breakfast (we can stop at small stores along the way)

-Backpacking utensils and mess kit

-2 full size water bottles and auxiliary bottle if possible

-Toiletry items, sunscreen, bug spray

-Front headlight (can double as camp flashlight), rear blinky

-Flat kit, several tubes, co2/pump, chain master link, multi tool, zip ties, electrical tape

-Change of clothes and packable shoes for camp/sleeping 

-Fresh riding kit. Merino wool is your friend!

-Rain gear (waterproof booties can be helpful)

-Garmin/phone/device charger. Camping is rustic so we might not have easy access to an outlet


THE RIDE: Our group will roll at an intermediate/social pace averaging about 13mph. This would translate to +/-15mph on road bikes. We will be going a bit slower due to loaded bikes, more rugged terrain, and a desire to enjoy the scenery and stop as necessary at cafes along the way! Although many of our miles will be on railtrail, this is northwest NJ so the backroads follow some steady and a few sharper climbs. No worries, we’ll regroup at the top of those! Riders are welcome to ride a bit faster or slower if following the course on their own, but remember there are no prizes for getting to camp early…

Questions on gear, bike setup, etc.? Marty’s Reliable Cycle can help you out! Attend our informational Bikepacking Seminar Friday June 1st at the Hackettstown shop, stop into any of our stores, or contact megan@martysreliable.com

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by Riding Gravel 2014