2017 Rides, Rider Updates

A Solo Texas Metric

“Challenge ride #11 started just like #9 did…a solo adventure, because no one wanted to leave at 5:00am. Rolling out at 5:15 under the cover of darkness, there’s nothing quite as exciting & terrifying than exploring an unscouted B-Road with only moon & starlight to guide you….because you forget your headlight @ home, again. The thing about riding […]

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2017 Rides, Rider Updates

Kristian Tackles Leadville

“So back last December me and couple of my buddies had a very bad idea… we decided to put our names into the Leadville 100 mtb race lottery. Thinking I was safe because it’s very hard to get in. We had tried the year before and were not picked. A long came January 2017 and […]

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True Century

“We have some friends in Kansas City. So when the wife suggested I leave early and ride the katy and they’d (her and the kids) pick me up along the way somewhere I was intrigued. I hope to finish Leadville this august and although there is no climbing on the katy this would help my […]

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2017 Rides, Rider Updates

Grinnell to Amana Colonies Century

“I am a little behind in my COD challenge this year due to having too many irons in the fire but things finally came together for my 2nd gravel century this year. Speaking of fire, this ride was fueled by wood fired pizza from the Grinnell Heritage Farm the night before. If you are ever in […]

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2017 Rides, Rider Updates

Will Ride for Key Stone

“This was a nice trek into southwest Cloud County and into the wild corners of Mitchell and Ottawa Counties. I don’t know if those areas are especially wild and the roads less developed, or if it just seems that way because they are a little less familiar to me, but in either case, just that […]

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2017 Rides, Rider Updates

Funk Bottoms Gravel Ride

“Hey Guys, Last weekend  I  traveled to Lakeview, Ohio to take part in the Funk Bottoms Gravel  in  the North Central part of the state. This ride has been on my list for a long time.   The ride consisted of a 67.8 mile loop with just under 7000 feet of climbing. It was a perfect day […]

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2017 Rides, Rider Updates

Team Smith Overachieves

“Howdy everybody.  This year I will be doing the challenge on a tandem with my daughter, she is 12. Team Smith(Keith and Ruth) We are a little behind right now. The new ride wasn’t built till June 9th. Many thanks to everybody at District Bicycles for making it happen. So for our training plan and […]

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2017 Rides, Poems, Rider Updates

Lap the Lake

“Not too hot, not too hilly, not too fast, not too mean 7 bottles, 3 bars, 3 cookies, 1 ice cream A lot of dirt and a lot of dust A lot of beans growing and a lot of wheat being cut” -Josiah D.

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2017 Rides, Rider Updates

Des Plaines River Trail Metric

“Made a trip to visit some family and got some quality miles on the Des Plaines River Trail.  The  nearest trail head is just a short 4 miles  from my  in-laws in Northbrook Il.   You would never guess that there are that many miles of dirt and crushed gravel  meandering in and out of the local forest preserves along interstate […]

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