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.
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.
Murray mile 36.4
Afton mile 67.3
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.
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.
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.
Current UMCA members will earn points towards the World Cup of Ultracycling when participating in the Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra.
For details about the UMCA World Cup visit https://www.ultracycling.com.
For other participating events, view the calendar here: https://www.ultracycling.com/sections/calendar/races.php
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.”