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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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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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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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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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

Pastry-Brest-Pastry

“Northeast Illinois is not know for its hills or challenging terrain. When you get West of Chicago, we do have some gravel, but pretty tame by most standards. But, in that open Prairie, one thing we have in spades is wind! This year’s Pastry-Brest-Pastry ride put of North Aurora, IL, on March 25, had lots […]

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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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