Tag Archives | Gravel Riding

The Hibernator

A serious metric century off-road gravel adventure for the determined with nearly 8,000′ of elevation. Each rider receives food, beanie, & celebratory beer.

  • Expect an epic October day climbing & descending in and around the Northeast Kingdom over scenic dirt roads, class IV sectors, access trails, grassy farm fields, & singletrack.
  • 250 rider limit.
  • Two incredible course options to choose from – 50k+ or 100k+.
  • Best suited for a gravel/cross rig or a hard tail mountain bike. 
  • Blowdowns, cobbles, trenches, and dismounts are not out of the question.

Bibs can be picked up the day before between 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Burke Mountain Hotel, or between 7:30am – 9:00am morning of. 

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Ride the Ridges

Cabot, Vermont’s Ride the Ridges is a “something for everyone” type of event. This event, where 100% of the proceeds go towards Cabot Connects, Cabot’s Mentoring Program, offers 4 different distance rides, each with multiple aid stations, plenty of gravel, hills, and scenic overlooks.  We offer a 10k, 30k, 60k, and 100k ride, with staggered start times. The routes are well-marked and maps are provided. Almost all of the riding is on gravel roads and trails, and the scenery is breathtaking.  For those looking for a challenging ride, the 100k offers plenty of challenge, complete with over 7500 ft of elevation gain.

The aid stations are stocked with plenty of energy-rich food, including granola bars, trail mix, maple-syrup shots, freshly picked local apples, freshly made maple donuts, pickles, bananas, plenty of water and gatorade, and even specialty cheeses and crackers – and more!  Following the ride, we deck out the Cabot Green with a mobile wood-fired pizza oven for handmade pizzas with all-natural ingredients, more specialty cheeses, and lots, lots more!!  This is a terrific event put on by terrific people and supporting a terrific cause.  If you have any questions, please contact us through our FaceBook page – https://www.facebook.com/cabotconnects – or by email at info@ridetheridges.net

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The DAMn – Day Across Minnesota

The DAMn  –  The Day Across Minnesota, also known as The DAMn gravel road bicycle race. Racers will traverse 240 miles of Minnesota gravel roads by bicycle in a single day. That’s right, they will have 24 hours from start to finish. They will start in South Dakota and finish in Wisconsin. 


Racers who attempt the 240 mile Day Across Minnesota gravel road bicycle race will start in Gary, South Dakota on Saturday August 5th 2017 as the clock strikes midnight. If they finish, they will finish no more than 24 hours later in Hager City, Wisconsin. This epic point-to-point adventure will require each racer to get themselves to the pre-race check-in on time, get themselves across the state of Minnesota by bicycle, and to get themselves home afterwards. *There are no shuttles and will be no on course support being provided by The DAMn.

 There will be a pre-race program from 11:00pm until 11:30pm. Afterwards, racers will gear up and head directly to the starting line. Checking in before 11:00pm and attending the pre-race program are both mandatory, so be there. The neutral roll-out happens promptly at midnight.

There will be 3 course check-points throughout the 240 mile day. Racers must make it to each check-point before the check-point cut-off time which will require racers to average a minimum of 10mph. If at any point throughout the day a racer does not make a check-point cut-off, they will not be given the means necessary to proceed.

These check-points will also contain neutral support zones for support crews if racers choose to bring one. Support can only be taken from crew members in the designated neutral support zones. This restriction will help keep our racers safer by having fewer vehicles on the course. Support can also be taken from fellow racers while on the course and from any establishment that a racer passes while on the course.

We understand and hope that the point-to-point logistics combined with the optional neutral support opportunity may increase the desire to car-pool and share support crews. Have a DAMn car? Need a DAMn crew? Head over to the Riding Gravel Forum DAMn Thread.


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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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The VERMONT GRAVEL CAMP presented by The Cycling Formula

Are you an experienced gravel racer looking to gain an edge – or simply a casual intermediate rider looking to learn more? Then come pedal the picturesque dirt roads and panoramic scenery of beautiful Vermont with us! Our camp is focused on gravel and “adventure” style riding and will include gravel roads & unmaintained historic roadways of storied New England. All rides are coached by Cycling Formula coaches as well as amazing guest coaches, such as gravel racing legend Mike Barton.

The Vermont Gravel Camp is not intended to be easy – just ask any camper from the past two years! You will be challenged both physically and mentally, all while experiencing a maximum dose of adventure and excitement! Athletes at the 2019 Vermont Gravel Camp climbed over 16,000 feet and rode over 17 hours – all in two and a half days! If you are in search of “spa treatments” and lazy rides, this is simply not the camp for you. But if you are looking to be pushed harder than you’ve ever been pushed – in an adventurous atmosphere, filled with camaraderie and support – then this camp is the right place for you!

Gravel/Adventure cycling is one of the fastest growing sectors in endurance sports. It is truly the purest form of cycling, and a throwback to what cycling was like prior to asphalt. The sheer adventure of moving fast and efficiently over mixed surface roads is addictive, and just plain fun. We can’t wait to share all of the amazing terrain that Vermont has to offer…As well as partake in some of the incredible world-class beers from the area’s craft breweries.

Attendance at the 2020 Vermont Gravel Camp including all rides, seminars, & coach-led discussions.

Beautiful, mountainous, and rural Vermont roads that were made for EPIC gravel rides! (NOTE, you must be capable of maintaining 17-18 mph on open road). It is ideal that you have some off-road cycling experience. If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact us. If we feel you may be on the fence as far as skill and experience goes, we might prescribe a pre-camp training plan to prepare you for the rigors of camp.

Access to Cycling Formula coaches and guest coaches for the duration of the camp.

4-wheel drive, off-road SAG vehicle that will be covering the route that day. SAG will have ample water & sport drink as well limited food items. SAG vehicle will be stocked to fix flats and take care of other minor repairs, however we strongly urge you to pack your bike so that you are self-sufficient in case you suffer a flat tire in an area where a vehicle cannot get to you easily or quickly. Being prepared will allow you to get back up and running much quicker than waiting around for the SAG. Riders may also keep a small bag of personal items (jackets, more food, etc.) in the vehicle.

Most Importantly: Post-ride, ice-cold Vermont Craft Beer!! Let’s celebrate our day’s achievements by partaking in some of Vermont’s finest local beers!

Tentatively planned tastings with local breweries such as Idletyme’s head brewmaster Will Gilson!

3-4 pairs of Normatec recovery boots, for athletes to utilize throughout the camp. The Round Hearth has a great room for this that we’ve dubbed the “Recovery Room”. * Camp attendees are also eligible for a discount on purchasing Normatec Boots!

Lodging at the Round Hearth. Round Hearth is a “ski dorm / ski academy” focused facility that accommodates athletes and adventure seekers. Your fellow guests at the lodge may include hikers taking a break from the Long Trail or world-famous Appalachian Trail. It’s certainly not the Park Plaza, so don’t think you’re getting mints on your pillows, but you’ll have a whole room to yourself to relax and unwind after each long ride! And time spent socializing with other campers sitting at the large dining tables – or with a cold beer while playing a game of billiards – is truly part of the Vermont Gravel Camp experience!

Breakfast and post-ride meals, provided by the Round Hearth. Meals included – Fri: Dinner, Sat: Breakfast & Dinner, Sun: Breakfast & light lunch.

The Cycling Formula will provide some fueling, courtesy of our partners at UnTapped All Natural Athletic Fuel. Be sure to bring some of your own, however, as these will be challenging rides that will require you to plan your fueling accordingly! You’re going to pedaling and climbing a LOT!

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Central Vt Cycle Tour

“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.

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Loess Hills Enduro

Welcome to the Loess Hills Enduro (Formerly the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo)

 Save the date.   JUNE 13th, 2020. Malvern, IA.

 Loess Hills Enduro brings you all the key elements that make up Midwest Ethos. If you’re from the Midwest, you have learned pretty quickly that we have a dogmatic, unwavering belief, that with hard work and perseverance, good things will happen. We also believe that giving back and helping our neighbor is core to who we are. This rings true throughout the soul of our event. Loess Hills Enduro brings that spirit alive with a unique, challenging and scenic gravel road/minimum maintenance road course. This course showcases the rugged terrain followed by explorers Lewis & Clark as well as settlers headed down the Oregon Trail. You’ll experience where the West began through the rolling hills of prairie grass, cornfields, rustic barns and glacier built loess hills river bluffs. And if that doesn’t have you salivating….after your hard work and perseverance get you to the finish line, good things will happen at the Loess Hills Enduro Apres Party! Our LHE party is unique in offering post race libations, grub for your belly, each with an emphasis on being locally sourced. Come join us! We don’t care what you ride, just that you ride. So bring your gravel bike, mountain bike, skinny bike, fat bike…heck even your unicycle if you’re just that awesome. We look forward to seeing you at the start line!

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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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The Great GraVelo

  A Northern Vermont exploration of some of the best gravel roads, Class IV, and less traveled pathways around.

Two categories….a 20mi and 40mi.

See registration page for details.

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by Riding Gravel 2014