Tag Archives | Gravel Grinder

Snaggy Ridge-105

The Snaggy Ridge 105 will be utilizing the scenic gravel roads of Cedar County, Iowa. The event will include 3 lengths; 25,65 and 105 mile distances in order to give everyone a chance to get out to see the scenic rural roads of this east central Iowa county. The event is put on by the Tipton Chamber of Commerce and is designed to support and show off a vibrant rural Iowa community with some very nice gravel roads. All the routes will begin and end in Tipton and will have several stocked checkpoints throughout. Prizes for top finishers, swag for all riders and numerous door prizes will be handed out.

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Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder

The 6th Annual Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder hits Transylvania County this fall! Starting and finishing at the REEB Ranch, this gravel bike race will feature a backcountry/gravel road tour through some of the best kept secrets in the Western North Carolina. It meanders  through DuPont State Forest, gated private property, and ends on 2 miles of single track. Riders are supported with our well-marked course, chip timing, fully supported rest stops with medical assistance available, and SAG wagons.

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020  (Rain or Shine)
Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 7:50 am. Ride starts at 8:00am.
Packet Pickup: Registration packet pickup is race morning from 6am-7:30am. Early packet pickup will be available on Friday from  6-8pm at the start/finish at REEB Ranch Farm. I.D. Required
Camping:  On-site camping is available both Friday (9/18 )and Saturday night (9/19). All camping is handled through Oskar Blues. Questions can be sent to katie@reebranch.com
Amenities: Timing with Category Results & Awards for the Top 3 in these categories- 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 plus. Time clock, awesome rest stops with medical assistance available (if needed), SAG Wagons, Well Marked Route, Restrooms and so much more. You must be present to receive your award.
Required Gear: All riders must wear a secure helmet at all times during the race.
Rest Stops: There are 2 rest stops on the course. Rest stops are stocked with H20, CLIF products and Energy Drink, Coke and Sprite, bars and assorted snacks, fruits, PB&J sandwiches, and lots of encouragement from our rest stop personnel!
T Shirts: T-shirts are an option to all participants pre-registered by August 23rd, 2020.
Directions: Race start/finish is in front at the REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, NC.  From the intersection of Highway 280, Highway 64, and 276 in Pisgah Forest, head about 3.5 miles south on Highway 64 to a right on Crab Creek Road at the traffic light.  Follow Crab Creek for 4.5 miles to a right on Shoal Falls Road into the REEB Ranch.

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Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash

Our goal for the Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash is to provide the Gravel Grinder community with a challenging ride and an opportunity to explore some of the history of the great mid-west. Modeled after other great gravel rides/races in this area, this event is for the self-contained minded cyclist who enjoys being pushed to their limits. At times this is a remote area but with enough towns along the way to resupply with 3 support crew locations. Experience the rich history of north eastern Kansas by riding 120 miles of gravel through the same territory and small towns as the Pony Express riders did over 150 years ago. There will also be a 70 mile loop for those who wish to ride a shorter distance.

This area was the intersection of 8 historic trails of significance – The Pony Express, Oregon, California, Mormon, Otoe-Missouri Trails, Fort Leavenworth Military Road, St. Joseph Road, and the Overland Stage Coach. Along the way you will cross paths with some of these trails indicated by stone markers and old structures of gone but not forgotten towns, campsites and school districts.

Marysville, Kansas was the first Pony Express Home Station for weary west bound riders after traveling over rolling hills and beautiful valleys. The original barn is now a museum in the downtown area. Feel like a modern day Pony Express rider as you saddle up and ride your trusted steed through the countryside and small towns of this beautiful part of Kansas. “REMEMBER – KANSAS IS NOT FLAT”.

GPS file and/or Cue Sheets will be available for download. Rules can be found here. And please follow us on Facebook to keep current on everything that is happening with the race!

If you have further questions, please call Mark at 785-562-7163.

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THE WATERMOO is an 88-mile gravel road race on mostly gravel, some tarmac and a road that is no longer a road with a river crossing in the farmlands of southeastern Michigan. To successfully complete THE WATERMOO requires one to work hard, patiently and methodically like the water oxen that once roamed the land of Waterloo, Michigan.

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Rooted Vermont

In the spirit of “keep Vermont weird”, Rooted Vermont will follow a mullet protocol: business in the front, party in the back. Two course lengths are offered of roughly 45 or 85 miles. The event will begin in Richmond, just outside Burlington, traveling south through the heart of the rugged Green Mountains towards Ripton. Featuring both silky smooth gravel and other sections titled Class 4 or Vermontpavé, there is challenging terrain for any ability of cyclist.

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Gran Fondo Gravel Grinder Ride

We will start the event at the Badlands Community centre which is about 300m east of the world’s largest dinosaur. The 92 km route around the Badlands is designed to include some serious climbs, windy roads through coulees and gullies and a section of a “fair weather road” that is rolling and pretty spectacular. There are some cruising sections to give your legs a break from the deep gravel and muddy roads. This is a gran fondo so there will be aid stations every 25 km, with mechanical, medical and sag wagon support, but this is one challenging ride. Only those who can comfortably road ride 140 km should consider riding this event. As this ride is weather-dependent, please come prepared to ride the road event in case of cancellation.

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Sterile Iowan 100 or 200

Mark your calendar’s now. The #2ndAnnualSterileIowan will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The random selection process is goneAnd I am currently excepting postcards at 2716 Neola Cedar Falls Iowa 50613. Selections will not be made because you are guaranteed admission Into this event. More information coming… Love your favorite Event Dicktator DANGEROUS DAN

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Ride The Cog – Hayden, CO

The Hayden Cog Ride is impressive both in its physical presence and historical prominence. Although ‘gravel grinders’ are currently a big trend for cyclists, West Routt County, CO has been gravel grinding for over a century, thanks to early Hayden pioneers and cycling enthusiasts Ferry Carpenter and Ernest Walker. The Cog Ride takes advantage of the Cog’s impressive climb along with the network of gravel roads surrounding Hayden. The Cog Ride has proven to be a colorful gathering of every level and age of bicycle enthusiast. From vintage models, single speeds, and tandems to fat bikes and high-end racing setups, and even to electric-assisted bicycles, you see it all at the Cog Ride, which benefits the Hayden Heritage Center Museum.

The ride has three options including a 31 mile scenic ‘Gravel Grinder’ that starts with a challenging ride on pavement up the Cog then circles west on gravel roads around Elkhead Reservoir; a 26 mile ‘Mud Route’, almost entirely on gravel and dirt, starts with a spectacular climb up the Middle Cog then heads along remote backcountry routes including the homestead of Ferry Carpenter; or the challenging 43 mile ‘Combined Ride’ which features the best of both routes. The Combined Route starts at 9:00am while the Gravel Grinder and Mud Routes begin at 9:30am. A short and very easy family ride at 11am lets the youngest riders participate both with bicycle decoration, and a fun obstacle course.

 HaydenHeritageCenter.org. Please also feel free to email the museum at haydenmuseum@zirkel.us, or call 970-276-4380.

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American Legion Post 197 Gravel Mission

Our second annual gravel event is a bicycle ride on the gravel roads in and around Cass. County, starting and finishing in Eagle NE.(15 minutes east of Lincoln NE). The ride will be a fundraiser to try to help send 2 youth(1 boy and 1 girl) to Nebraska Boys and Girls State. Also, we would like to raise enough money to donate to the summer youth sports program in Eagle NE. You can expect great gravel roads, small towns, an awesome prize table and food/drinks at Bailey’s Local(bar in Eagle NE). Send in your postcard entries starting Dec 7th, 2020. Postcards can be sent to Legion Post 197 Gravel Mission 903 F st. Eagle NE 68347. Include your name, which event(100 mile or 50 mile). Your category if entering the 100 mile event. Categories for the 100 mile event are Women’s open, Men’s open, Women’s Military, Men’s Military and new for this year is a 2 person team. Please include your branch and unit if entering the military category.

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SweetWater Whiskey Rebellion Gravel 200K

Challenge yourself on the SweetWater Whiskey Rebellion Gravel Ride, an adventurous tour through historic PA landscapes of Washington County. Perfect for Adventurers who ride OFF-ROAD including Mountain Bikers, Gravel Junkies, Cyclecross Racers and Adventurers Cyclists. You’ll ride many of the original winding roads and covered bridges traveled by the farmers who started the 1790s Whiskey Rebellion in response to President Washington’s ill-fated first national taxation plan. Whiskey Rebellion roads vary from pea gravel to new loose baseball-sized can have some mud and grass in the middle too. There is also a stream crossing on the longest route. The terrain is endless steep rolling hills that western Pennsylvania is famous for with over 7,000 ft. of climbing in the 120K option. For 2019, you’ll be able to test your mettle on the NEW 200K option, the Whiskey Barrel 200K. With nearly 12,000 ft. of elevation, it’s certainly among the most challenging gravel rides east of the Mississippi.

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