2018 Rides, Rider Updates

CoaSSt to CoaSSt!

“About a year ago I was added to a facebook group for a potential 200 mile gravel/ two track/ seasonal road race that would start on the east side of Michigan and end on the west side.  This would take advantage of the ability to start at one great lake and end at another.  After […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

The Hellkaat Hundie

“Back on May 6th I had the opportunity to take part in one of my favorite gravel races, the Hellkaat Hundie.  More important that being a race, this is a fundraiser for JDRF.  The organizers keep the entry cost low and encourage participants to make donations to JDRF. My dad, partner in long dumb races Chris, and […]

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2018 Rides, Rider Updates

The Barry Roubaix 100

“In typical fashion I’m writing this months after completing the Barry Roubaix 100 mile race  while sipping some single origin from my 2017 cup o’dirt mug. Barry Roubaix which bills itself as being the largest gravel race in the country typically has 62, 36, and 22 mile options, but this year they added a 100miler […]

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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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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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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 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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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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