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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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”
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.
Packet pickup will be Friday, October 28th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kyle’s Bikes in Ankeny, just north of Des Moines. If you cannot make it to packet pickup, please email me to make other arrangements.
Don’t wait until the last minute to register! Registration will close October 14th at 5:00 p.m. There will be no registration after that.
Sarah Cooper discusses her new gravel event, The Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra. The inaugural SPGHU will take place October 29. If you’re looking for a 200 or 150 mile gravel race this fall you’ll want to check this one out!
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.