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Welcome to the 2018 Challenge!

The Cup O’ Dirt is a year long challenge of completing a dozen or half a dozen dirty centuries. Complete the challenge and you’ll receive a custom hand-made stoneware mug, as well as be entered into drawings for other prizes.

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

Almanzo Royal 162

“For me, endurance cycling, and endurance gravel riding especially, has always been about testing and pushing my boundaries. That includes pushing my athletic ability. But, it is also very often about testing my will. My experience at the 2018 Almanzo Royal 162 was very much about testing my will. It was also an up-close, intimate […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

Michigan C2C Loop

“Back in December I got wind of a new ride in Michigan that some crazy cats were putting together. It sounded like just the sort of thing I dig. As some may remember, I crossed Indiana a few years ago on my bike. This was different. This was a gravel(ish) event which has been my […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

The Des Plaines River Trail

“I have a long-standing tradition of trying to ride the Des Plaines River Trail (in North suburban Chicago) several times each season. I have always loved this place. It is a limestone trail that is never more than about 40 yards from civilization, but makes you feel like you are lost in the wilderness. The […]

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Fresh Air and Gravel

“Spring finally came. At least for a day. Wonderful chance to get out and play. My favorite gravel. The Flint Hills Trail. A good time guarantee. It never fails. Fresh air and gravel. Good for the mind. Good for the body. Time so fine.” Flint Hills Nature and Prairie Spirit Trails Osawatomie to Ottawa to […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

The Gents Race 8.0

“A friend of mine invited me up to Iowa to ride a gravel event with him. The Gents Race 8.0. It is basically a team time trial on gravel, with a stop at a winery at the halfway point. The temperature at the start of the ride was around 18 degrees, with a 8-10 mph […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

Mike’s Land Run 100

“This was my first year doing the Land Run 100, and it was such an incredible and rewarding experience. Packed up car and left early on Thursday morning for the 12 hour drive from suburban Chicago to Stillwater, OK. When I got to Stillwater that evening, they were unveiling this year’s Land Run beer (yes, […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

The 2018 Huracan 300

The Huracan 300+ is the second longes bikepacking race in Florida. This year it was around 340 miles, give or take with reroutes, etc. It consisted of dirt forest roads, singletrack and some road connectors. It’s a loop that starts and ends at the Santos MTB trails in Ocala, FL. February 3rd, about 80 of […]

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2018 Rides, Poems, Rider Updates

The Dirty South Roubaix

“I read about a gravel ride In the same state where I reside Three hours south of my domicile To get there took a little while In Alto Pass this race takes place The man said go and I gave chase The rollout was a lot of fun By I am slow, so was outdone […]

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2017 Rides, Rider Updates

Josiah Bags #11

“This was a nice ride on the Prairie Spirit Trail from Ottawa, Kansas to Iola, Kansas, and back again, so a nice There and Back Again. This was my first time in the trail, and I must say two thumbs up (I am pretty good at riding no-hands so this is safe and okay). Kansas […]

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2017 Rides, Rider Updates

Filling My Cup

“This past summer learned that there was a new brewery just an hour Northeast of me in Menard county  in the town of Petersburg.  That was reason enough to start planning a metric.  I finally got it in and just in time as the temps this week have finally taken a nose dive.  I had planned […]

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