Registration will open 5/1/2020 on BikeReg.com for the 5th annual Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra. Please note the date change! We are moving the date later in the month to Saturday, October 24. Maybe it won't rain!
Registration for the fourth annual Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra will open May 1 at 8am central time on BikeReg.com. Last year we filled and registration closed a few weeks early, so do not wait until the last minute to register! Hope to see you on the start line October 5! https://www.bikereg.com/spotted-horse-gravel-ultra
In Iowa, there are roads you take your most trustworthy friends or worst enemies down, but you don't route a race down them. I have done my best to route this race down roads that are in reasonable shape for bike traffic. If I have not taken my bike or my truck through it, it's [...]
Packet pickup will be held Friday, October 5, at Madison County Winery from 4-6pm. in the outbuilding next to the tasting room. Please make every effort to check in Friday! If you must check in Saturday, please be there early! Saturday morning check in will be held at the winery from 4:30-5:30 am. We roll [...]
Registration opens May 1, 2018 at 8am on BikeReg.com. Registration will be capped at 125 riders. Registration link is here.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]