The route is as finalized as it can be at this point. Final GPX and cues will be released the week of the race. This is the elevation profile for the full dirt version of the 200 mile, with 10.5K to 15.5K feet of climbing (depending on which program I view it in). It’s not flat. There are approximately 30 miles of dirt roads, but the final route will have more or less depending on road conditions this fall. C-stores are 60 miles or less apart.
Since Sarah’s been on the disabled list, Scott Newbury has been out checking out the course and helping with the 150 route. Things are looking good! Thanks Newbs!
Continue reading “Checking Out the Course”
Volunteers absolutely make this event happen, and there is no way it could happen without you! If you’d like to volunteer this year, send Sarah an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course ride photos from the weekend. Here is a sample of some of the roads you are likely to see. Two potential water crossings, and one of them will likely be after dark for most of you. The B roads are in exceptionally good shape right now.
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Registration opens May 1, 2018 at 8am on BikeReg.com. Registration will be capped at 125 riders.
Registration link is here.
Grab a calendar and mark the date!
Saturday, October 6, 2018
St. Charles, Iowa
There will be a change in venue for next year. Sarah says, “As soon as I can, I’ll share the details. I’m very excited about 2018. It’s going to be good!”
Registration will open May 1, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.
This year’s results have been compiled and can be found with last year’s results on our Results page.
So far, we have photo albums from four photographers and race reports from two racers on our Photos page. If you have written a report and posted it on your blog or Facebook or wherever, please let us know. We will keep adding links.
Continue reading “2017 Results, Photos, and Race Reports”
I pre-rode a big section of the course last weekend and drove the second half of the rain route yesterday. The Des Moines area had a few inches of rain fall Monday, but despite that, things are looking pretty good. The dirt roads in this area are generally sandy and dry out quickly. There would have to be significant rainfall just before or on race day for me to switch to the rain route.
In general, the majority of the gravel is in good, fast rolling shape. There are however, numerous patches of washboards and new gravel patches that are quite rough. Be prepared to hit these rough spots on descents when you might be going quite fast. Make sure everything fastened to your bike is super secure, or you’ll launch it. Good lighting is an absolute must. Be vary wary of what you cannot see, especially in the shaded sections or at night. Watch your downhill speed on the dirt roads lest you launch yourself Dukes of Hazard style off a bump (It’s less fun than it might sound). If you are using battery lights, make sure that you have more hours of run time than you think you need. Consider mounting a second light just to better illuminate the dirt roads. Continue reading “Course Conditions 9/27/17”
The date for next year is set! Mark your calendars!
Saturday, October 7, 2017
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.