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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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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

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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by Riding Gravel 2014