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Robidoux Quick and Dirty

The 4th Annual Robidoux Quick and Dirty will be held on Saturday June 22, 2019. 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.  No more Friday night Meet and Greet, be prepared to rock out Saturday night after the race with Strange Americans, a laid-back forward-thinking retro classic guitar band out of Denver. 
We also have a race purse -300/200/100 dollars for the fastest three woman and men. 
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2018 Gravel Gobbler

Grinding gravel in November? Um, OK.

Grinding gravel in November from a brewery serving craft beer and gourmet food? OK, you’ve got my attention . . .

Grinding gravel in November for a great cause? Now THAT’s a winning combo!

Join the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club for our first Gravel Gobbler ride on Saturday, November 17, to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. With two gravel rides of 22 and 38 miles, plus a road route of 31 miles, you’re sure to find the perfect loop. Pedal through the rolling countryside around Nassau, New York, and cruise quiet roads past farms, scenic vistas, and country estates.

Start and finish your ride at S&S Farm Brewery in Nassau. After you finish, enjoy a craft beer and great food selections from Gourmeli’s Taste food truck. Remember to bring some extra cash for your beer and food.

Registration is $25 per rider and is tax deductible. Plus S&S Farm Brewery also will also donate a portion of the evening’s receipts to the Food Bank.

About the rides

We have three great routes mapped out that show you the best of the local back roads. Join the fun and turn your pedals for good!

RWGPS 22-mile gravel route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28639057

RWGPS 38-mile gravel route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28604362

RWGPS 31-mile road route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26236062

About the Regional Food Bank

The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York proudly provides nutritious food year round to food pantries and other charitable agencies to feed hungry people in 23 counties in northeastern New York. Despite a solid economy, requests for emergency food have been steadily increasing, especially among the working poor. In fact, the working poor comprise the fastest growing segment of people in need of food assistance. Your tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank will help alleviate hunger in our Capital Region community and beyond.

About S&S Farm Brewery

S&S (Sanford and Sentz) Farm Brewery has grown from a small family farm that has been owned and operated by the Sanford family since the 1800s. Over the years, the farm has evolved from a multi-faceted production farm to a dairy, and now, to a farm brewery. S&S is currently in the process of growing its farm operation, as they are increasingly incorporating their own ingredients into their beer while continuing to support New York State farm businesses. The result? New York brewed beer with a taste that can’t be duplicated anywhere else! Visit them at http://sandsbrewery.com/blog/


The Ride Nitty Gritty

  • Pace: All rides will have a group leader and the groups will stay together and regroup frequently. Gravel ride pace is 11-13 mph and for road, 13-15 mph. This is not a race to Hammertown!
  • Bikes: Bring your gravel, cyclocross, mountain or hybrid bikes or road bikes with wider (28mm or so) tires.
  • Safety: Rider safety is number one. Helmets are absolutely required. We also strongly suggest you wear high-viz kit and run a front light and daylight rear flasher.
  • Sag: There ain’t none! So bring everything you need to get back to the start . . . tube, pump, cell phone, cash, etc.
  • Advance Registration: Go to BikeReg.com and search for Gravel Gobbler
  • Day-of-event registrations: Bring a check in the amount of $25 payable to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY. We also will accept cash. We cannot accept credit cards for day-of-event registration.
  • Weather: Are you kidding? It’s November! It might rain—or worse. No refunds, IOUs, rain checks, etc. Ride leaders make the final call on whether each ride loop occurs on Saturday and depends on weather conditions that day.
  • Check In: Begins at noon at S&S Farm Brewery on Saturday, Nov. 17. The 38-mile gravel ride and 30-road ride begin at 1 p.m. sharp. The 22-mile gravel ride begins at 1:15 p.m. sharp. We want all riders back at the brewery by at least 4 p.m. as it gets dark by 4:30 p.m.
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Cantu Rova Wheelset: Checkpoint

Cantu Rova Wheelset: Checkpoint – by MG It’s incredible how time flies… It’s been four months since I introduced you to the Cantu Rova gravel wheelset, and in that time I’ve logged well over a thousand miles on them. They’ve been ridden in a wide range of conditions – gravel, mud, pavement, singletrack and more […]

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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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Saluda Roubaix 68

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


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.


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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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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