Last week we published our second Riding Gravel Radio Ranch, (listen to it here if you haven’t yet), and in that podcast, Bobby Wintle, our guest, talked about “unlearning“. I was reminded of his thoughts while out on my ride Sunday as I pulled up to cross this busy, four lane U.S. Highway. I saw […]
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In 2006, the town of Emporia, Kansas hosted its first Dirty Kanza 200. Initially a small, intimate gathering of gravel cyclists, the Dirty Kanza has since grown into one of North America’s largest and most prestigious gravel events. This year, the Dirty Kanza drew an international field of more than 2,000 competitors, split among 200-, […]
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.
Cedar County Gravel
The second running of this darn scenic tour of #cedarcountygravel that is sure to please all abilities. With a figure 8 route that begins and ends in downtown Tipton, Iowa this is a very rider friendly event with great support, prizes and no mud roads (B Roads if they are dry). It is put on by the Tipton Chamber of Commerce as a fundraiser and to show off Tipton and Cedar County.
Registration and further details will be available soon.
June 30th! 8:00am departure
Well this is the fifth installment of ‘my’ gravel ride and the third time riding this route. Those who have done this ride before will tell you it’s not easy, but it is fun (type 2 fun where you think it’s fun some of the time and forget about the pain after!)
This ride is not:
Marked (I might mark turns if I have time/help)
Supported (unless you help find some volunteers)
Sagged (see above)
Sponsored (I am actually open to this, but it may be more of a hassle than it’s worth.)
This ride IS
No-Drop (within reason – I’ll likely be one of the slower riders up hills, but please recognize your own limitations.)
Full of beautiful CNY back roads you’ve likely never ridden on.
Most of all FREE!
We are planning to leave promptly at 8am, not 8:10, not 8:20, so if you plan to ride with us please be ready to ride at 7:50, when there will be a brief discussion of the route and cue sheets (I will print enough for those say ‘yes’ AND those who indicate ‘maybe’ hopefully that will be enough) If you are bringing someone along who isn’t on Facebook, please let me know in the comments so I can print a cue sheet for them.
Initial Short loop route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14531265 (fairly road bike friendly)
Short loop, plus Bear Swamp loop, plus birthplace spur: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14658007
(32mm tire minimum recommend, bigger rocks means bigger tires)
The shortest version of the route would be 31ish miles skipping the Millard Fillmore birthplace https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22515321
I’m again willing to rent a pavilion at Fillmore Glen and plan an informal picnic for after the ride if there is interest. Bring a dish to pass if you are able and would like to join us. I’ll have a grill for you to use if you bring food to grill.
Be prepared to fix flats and carry extra water due to the heat!
“People say it’s one of the best one day dirt road bike tour routes in Vermont, the scenery is unbroken.” Choose from 15, 30 and 60 mile routes. Short route is family friendly and gradual. The long route is demanding, with 6000 feet of elevation gain. Well marked courses, four food stops, bike patrol on duty, full cookout at end of ride. Kids and teens ride free (so bring a crowd.) $60 registration from adults is a donation to the Cross Vermont Trail – working to connect neighborhoods, schools and parks with safe, fun bike paths. Also, maple creemees.