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Michigan Mountain Mayhem “Gravel Grinder”

The Gravel Grinder is a gravel road race like nothing you can imagine.

It is limited to 2000 riders.

The Gravel Grinder is essentially three races in one. The Easy 18 mile race is flat and easy, a great race for beginners or even the kids in the family. The Fast 40 mile race is a gravel race best suited for Cross bikes. The seasonal roads have been removed for this route. Expect lots of fast gravel mixed with some tough climbs. The Sadistic 60 mile race is for the person who wants a true challenge. You get five monster climbs, lots of fast gravel roads, multiple sections of tough seasonal roads which have sand, mud and rocks and also a white knuckle descent. Whatever bike/tire you choose it will be the wrong one at some point. This route will test your mental sanity.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder on our Forum Thread

 

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THE WATERMOO

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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Hilly Billy Roubaix

What – Annual Hilly Billy Roubaix presented by Cannondale
What’s that: A really hard cycling event over 74-miles or 33-miles of mud, gravel, and some surprises! 
When: June  27, 2019
Where: Mason Dixon Historical Park, 79 Buckeye Road, Core, West Virginia 26541
Who: Any cyclist that thinks they have what it takes to tackle the worst roads in WV and PA! 
Why:  Because we like it rough, that’s why!

 

Hilly Billy Roubaix Highlight Video

 

Registration- https://www.bikereg.com/33226

 

 

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Gravel Unravel

Gravel Unravel is a brand new endurance bicycle event on the gravel road system of Olympic National Forest. The event will have distances of 32, 55, and 80 miles, and all distances are followed by a superfun after-party, including beer garden.

This event is designed for those who wish to challenge their physical abilities to the maximum while enjoying the lushness of Olympic National Forest. Participants can ride 32 (45% gravel), 55 (70% gravel), or 80 miles (80% gravel) on a combination of paved and unpaved surfaces, while enjoying towering evergreens and vivid green moss and ferns. There are both competitive and non-competitive Gran Fondo style divisions, all are welcome to give the Gravel Unravel a try on their own terms. Warning all distances have a lot of climbing!

The event starts and finishes at Worthington Park in Quilcene, Washington. All participants will a piece of custom swag, food after the event and a beer. There will be additional beer for purchase in the beer garden for both racers and friends and family of riders (21+).

A portion of event proceeds will support the Quilcene Historical Museum, Count Me In for Quilcene (local scholarships), and the North Olympic High School Mountain Bike Team (a youth 4-H club).

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Badlands Gravel Battle

THE BADLANDS GRAVEL BATTLE GRINDS ACROSS 120 MILES AND OVER 8000 FEET OF ELEVATION GAIN ON THE FAST, RUGGED GRAVEL ROADS THAT CROSSHATCH THE BADLANDS OF WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA.

If you like riding on Badlands singletrack, you will love grinding Badlands gravel! All of the same gorgeous North Dakota scenery you see on the Maah Daah Hey trail, but with the freedom of wide, open, red scoria gravel roads. Put this gravel grinder on the bucket list!

Total Distance
39, 77 mile and 120 miles

Race Start
May 26th | 8AM MDT | TRNP Entrance, Medora, ND

Elevation Gain
8,084 feet

badlands-gravel-battle-course-map

 

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about gravel events on the Riding Gravel Forum.

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The Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder

Register:  TBA

Distance: 100k

The Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder is a non-competitive “gravel Gran Fondo” of 100 K, approximately 65 miles long, almost entirely on dirt roads with some sections of off-road thrown in as well. You’ll ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northeast, with plenty of climbing, and plenty of fun descents to match. The ride, named after the Chatham Brewery’s ale born and brewed in Columbia County in beautiful upstate New York offers a challenging course with rewards at the finish. A selection of gourmet food truck vendors will be at the finish area to allow riders to relax and replenish after a long ride. All riders 21 years or older completing the ride will receive a coupon for one free pint of Chatham Brewery’s Farmer’s Daughter Ale.

The start/finish is at the Columbia County Fair Grounds. Google: 182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. Start Time: 9:00 AM, Sunday May 15, 2016. Free Parking.

The course will be approximately 65 miles in length with over 6,000 feet of climbing. Approximately 45 miles of the ride will be on maintained gravel roads. Several “sections” will be on unmaintained dirt paths or double track trail. A cyclocross bike, gravel grinder bike, or adventure bike is optimal for the course, and a hard-tail mountain bike would also work well. Two fully supported Aid stations, portable toilets, and sweep vehicles will be provided. Be sure to carry some food and water, though, as well as the usual spare tubes, tools, and pump. Be prepared for a challenging but fun ride!

You can register online at our Bikereg.com page.

 

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Elbe Multi-Strada Loop

 
This is a 46.1 mi./4037 ft. elev. self-supported group bike ride, 19 miles of which are on gravel roads around Pack Forest and Scott Turner/Eatonville National and Stoner roads. Start/Finish in Elbe.
Nothing technical, but expect the gravel roads to be anywhere from pot-holed to smooth. Mt bikes, ‘cross bikes, road bikes (minimum 32mm tires recommended), any will likely suffice, but each will have a disadvantage somewhere along the route.
See http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6669229 or https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8604828 for the route.

Same route as 2015, 2016 and 2017.

This is NOT a race, but also not a leisurely stroll. Go at your own pace. We will meet up for a no-host lunch after the ride at the Elbe Bar and Grill (good burgers!) to regale over the ride, and other adventures.

Cue sheets will be available at the start. You will be asked to sign a standard waiver form.

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Belgian Waffle Ride

 The most unique cycling event in the country, the Belgian Waffle Ride, is back for its next edition of pedaling perversity. Created as an extremely challenging cycling event in the spirit of the great one-day spring classics of Belgium. 

The Belgian Waffle Ride is a one-day cycling fête nestled in the shadow of the area’s tallest peak, the famous Double Peak, which will cause serious pain near the end of the two-wheeled march of death that’s become known as the Hell of the North (County).

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about gravel events on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

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Founders Barry-Roubaix

Founders Barry-Roubaix

The largest gravel road bicycle race in the world!
Challenging race traversing the rolling and scenic gravel roads throughout Barry County, Michigan
 
Kick off the race season with 0ver 3,500 of your fellow cyclists
Cyclocross, Mountain, Road, Single-Speed, Fixed gear, Fatbikes & Tandem bicycles are welcome in any category

The course will be marked. Directional arrows will be coordinated with your race length. RED = 62 mile, YELLOW = 36 mile and BLUE = 22 mile race
Neutral aid stations
A huge after-party and awards ceremony

Like the classic it’s named after, Barry-Roubaix will test riders against (80%) rolling gravel roads, pavement, one mile of rough two track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice as you traverse the scenic roads of Barry County, Michigan.

We offer three race lengths to challenge riders of all abilities.
The 24-mile Cushe “Chiller” has approx. 1200 feet of elevation,
The 36-mile Smith Optics “Thriller” climbs approx. 2200 feet
The 62-mile Foundry Cycles “Killer” you can expect approx. 3800 feet of elevation.

We also offer a team competition category. Race as an individual AND see how your team stacks up against some of the areas best

 

One Huge after-party with Founders beer and a live band after the awards.

 Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Founders Barry-Roubaix thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

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The Rasputitsa Spring Classic (Postponed to July 25th)

NOTICE!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 25th.

The Rasputitsa Spring Classic

Halfway sold-out a year in advance, the Rasputitsa Gravel Race is climbing the charts as on of the premier gravel grinders. Taking place on April 18, 2020, racers battle the elements of spring gravel roads in Northeast Vermont for 40 miles with 4500 ft of climbing and Class IV unmaintained sections that are often snow-covered.

We started out as two friends with a hope to get 50 riders to travel the backroads in which we live.  It was really that simple.  What we established was one of the best Vermont Gravel Road Races, the Rasputitsa Spring Classic.  We created an unsanctioned gravel road race that challenge the human spirit and strength.  And we live by three principles:

  • Love of Cycling

  • Love of Community

  • Love of Charity

More than anything we care about our racers.  We are at the finish line shaking hands.  We are constantly seeking their advice and input.  We ride with our racers.  We are small. In fact, we don’t want to grow over 500 racers per race so we never lose that small town feeling.

We are unsanctioned. No license.  No prize purse.  Have a bike and the will to race and you are a match for our races.  We attract road, cyclocross, singlespeed, mountain bike, tandem, and fatbikes.  But we are a race.  We are timed.  We have podiums.  And mostly our winners have bragging rights.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the The Rasputitsa Spring Classic thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

 

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