2018 Rides, Rider Updates

The Sancho 200

The Sancho 200 is a small event put on by the folks at Einstein Cycles and Bearclaw Bicycles in Traverse City, MI. As usual, the course is predominately gravel and two track. This event has all the appeal of a locals ride but out-of-towners are welcome to join. Registration is capped at 50 folks so […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

How Dirty Kanza Changed Mike’s Life

“Anyone who has known me since I was young knows that I have struggled with weight my entire life. I was significantly overweight throughout elementary and middle school. I lost much of it during high school and college, only to add in the bad habit of smoking during my college years. Then, the weight began […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

Chris’s Coast to Coast

“The Michigan Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder starts on Lake Huron in the middle part of the state’s Lower Peninsula and finishes 212 miles later on the coast Lake Michigan.  With very few exceptions, the course is predominantly gravel with a good mix of two-track trails thrown in to keep the chance of dumping it […]

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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 Hellkaat Hundie

The Hellkaat Hundie is first and foremost, a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the 100 mile gravel race is just the weird punishment for putting your money towards helping kids. Regardless, it’s a great event and this is the 3rd time I’ve attended. The only downside is that the race is in somebody […]

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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

You guessed it, Land Run 100

“In October, I had planned on a winter full of long rides to everywhere and training for Trans Iowa. At least, that was the plan until I didn’t make the lottery for TI. A good portion of me was relieved, and celebrated by sitting on the couch all winter longer. A little ride here for […]

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