2017 Date Announced

The date for next year is set! Mark your calendars!

Saturday, October 7, 2017
6:00 a.m.
Wildwood Hills Ranch, St. Charles, Iowa

150 or 200 miles of the best gravel and dirt roads in south central Iowa.

Registration will open in May, 2017. 100 rider limit.

Road Condition Update

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Looking down on Checkpoint 1

I drove the entire course over two days this past weekend. It is dry, dusty, and fast. A lot can happen to these roads in a week, and many are showing damage from the tractors and heavy truck traffic during the recent harvest. Remember, you are responsible for you, and  you must pay attention and navigate with care. A second headlight for the B roads is not a bad idea, especially for the 200 mile riders.

The C stores have all been alerted to your impending arrival, and are looking forward to meeting you. You must make it to Orient before the store closes at 7pm! That is mile 130 of the 200, and mile 100 of the 150.

I have a few final edits to the course, and then the cue sheets and GPX files will be emailed out to you. The B road creek crossing on 160th street has been re-routed. It did dry up, but it turned into the mud pit of despair with no decent way to cross it. This was otherwise a great road, I am sad to have to leave it out.

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Course Photos

Here is a selection of my favorite course photos taken over the last year. The entire route was put together during my wanderings while training for Race Across the West. I have ridden it forward and backwards, in good weather and in bad. I’ve fallen off a few times, walked many miles, broken one derailleur, and trashed a few tires. It has been a grand adventure, and I hope you all enjoy it.

Registration closes 10/14. Race day is 10/29 6:00 a.m.

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C-Stores and Checkpoints

C- STORES AND CHECKPOINTS

This event is entirely self supported. Volunteers on the course are only there to monitor your progress, and checkpoints are in the middle of nowhere. Your only opportunities to resupply are at the following locations.

200 mile:
Murray mile 36.4
Afton mile 67.3
Orient 127.7

150 mile:
Murray 36.4
Afton 67.3
Orient 99.5
Winterset 136.2 one block off route

Checkpoints for both the 150 and 200 are at approximately mile 50 and 77. At mile 77, you may drop from the 200 to the 150 mile route if you like, but you must notify the volunteer.

Registration Is Open

This is a self supported event on Iowa gravel and dirt roads. You can choose from 150 or 200 miles. Don’t expect the 150 to be easier.

If you are considering longer self supported gravel events like Trans Iowa or the Alexander, this is a good place to test your gear and your mettle. If you’ve completed multiple 100 km or 100 mile rides and are looking for your next challenge, you will find it here.

NO TENDER MERCIES HERE. ENTER AND PERSEVERE.

Register now.

Announcing the location…

Announcing the location…

I am excited to announce that the start and finish for the Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra will be Wildwood Hills Ranch in St. Charles, Iowa. This is a great organization, with a mission I am proud to support, and in a beautiful location.

“Wildwood Hills Ranch is a 400 acre non-profit facility, set in the scenic hills of Madison County, just south of Des Moines. Founded in 2001, the ranch exists to transform lives and strengthen communities by providing healing, hope, and God’s unconditional love to children and at-risk youth. Free summer camp and year round retreats are offered to at-risk children ages 8 to 18. Kids are immersed in a fun, safe environment where character, leadership and teamwork are modeled and taught.”

https://www.wildwoodhillsranch.org