Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Worlds Introduces 300-mile Event for 2021

Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Worlds Introduces 300-mile Event for 2021 – by MG

The Pirate Cycling League announced a new event to Gravel Worlds 2021. In addition to the 150-mile, 75-mile, and 50km events, to be held August 21st, 2021, it is adding the 300-mile Long Voyage sponsored by Komoot

According to Gravel Worlds co-promoter, Jason Strohbehn, the self-supported Long Voyage will challenge the most adventurous of gravel cyclists, while staying true to the grassroots spirit of all Gravel Worlds races.

“150 miles of gravel and dirt roads, never ending Nebraska hills, and late August Midwest heat is more than enough for most cyclist, a small group of loyal participants have been asking for a bigger challenge,” Strohbehn said. “As a result, we’ve decided to offer a 300-mile gravel challenge. We’re very excited to partner with Komoot, the presenting sponsor of The Long Voyage.”

Komoot is a route planning app that promotes the storytelling aspect of adventures, with mapping functionality to create and share cycling routes of all types. 

“We couldn’t think of a better partner for an event that will no doubt be full of stories from those who take on the challenge,” Strohbehn said.

Participants of The Long Voyage will start on Friday, August 20th, 2021, from the Gravel Worlds Expo and rider check-in. The event is fully self-supported. No outside support will be allowed to the riders. The route will cross paths with numerous 24-hour convenience stores, which will be the only opportunity to refuel for participants. 

Registration for the 150-mile Gravel Worlds, 75-mile Privateer, or 50km Buccaneer will open January 16th, 2021 at 8am CST. Registration is capped at 1000 participants for the 2021 events. Riders interested in the challenge of The Long Voyage can learn more about the application process on the Gravel Worlds website.

“We are excited to have our gravel family back together for 2021 and can’t wait to offer an amazing lineup of grassroots gravel races designed for all types of riders,” Strohbehn added.

Learn more at the event website.

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Matt Gersib is the 2014 Gravel World Champion in the Fatbike category. He's also finished some of the most challenging gravel events in the country, including the Dirty Kanza XL, TransIowa and the Dirty Kanza 200, among others. In 2015, Gersib was an inaugural inductee into the DK200 "1,000 mile club" of five-time finishers. In addition to his gravel cycling, Gersib is an accomplished mountain bike racer, with numerous race wins and championships, including the 2012 Nebraska State Marathon MTB Championship.

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