Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gravel News Shorts - 11/26/14

 Thursday (tomorrow) morning is our annual Gobbler Grinder.  This year we return down South to Freeman, MO to the stomping grounds of the Dirty Dogs.  They have a nice 31 mile grinder for us then it is off to spend the remainder of the day celebrating Thanksgiving with our families. 

Info for the Freeman Gobbler Grinder

It is time once again for the annual CIRREM race.  If you have never attempted this fun event now is the time get registered.  Registration opens this Friday.  Check out  for the registration link and be sure to sign up early.  This event usually sell out in a few hours so put this on your Black Friday

One last bit of news.  Tim Greene is hosting the Spoke Pony Gravel Express on December 6th.  Tim always host some run rides.  Yes they always seem to be windy, but they are fun no the less.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 Freeman Gobbler Grinder

The Dirty Dog Race Pack presents:

What: 2014 Freeman Turkey Day Gravel Gobbler
When: Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:00 am
Where: Freeman, MO
Why: Because we all know you will over eat on Turkey day. Time to get on your bike and burn off all those excess calories that will be consumed so no need to pass on that extra piece of Pie.

Our Turkey day ride returns to Freemon, MO for 2014.  Same route as last year but in reverse.  Great scenery and plenty of fresh gravel and country roads to explore.  Come enjoy 31 miles of gravel before your Thanksgiving feast.

Start location: Freeman City Hall, 106 E Main St, Freeman, MO 64746

Course map: 

Disclaimer for the Freeman Turkey Day Gravel Grinder:
You are 100% responsible for yourself! You are totally on your own.  There are no rider services.  There is no support. If you choose to participate, you agree to taking full responsibility for what happens to you out on the course.  Please have someone you can call to come get you in the case of emergency, fatigue, inclement weather or bike failure.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Full Moon Monty Pictures and Report

We were blessed with some great weather last night for the 2014 edition of the Full Moon Monty Gravel Grinder.  The only problem was the cloud cover prevented the full moon from showing and lighting the way for us. 

Pictures from the night - 2014 Full Moon Monty Gravel Grinder Pictures.

It was good to see a tandem out last night.  The Little Blue Trace Trail is perfect for an enjoyable evening ride with double the horsepower which was especially useful with that headwind on the return trip.
We departed promptly at 6:15 pm on the nights adventure.  For some reason Christopher tried to take a few short cuts - notice Mark Krause.  (Yellow Dirty Dog jersey) riding to the trail entrance while Christopher cuts across.  Later in the evening one of his short cuts got him lost.
That is one bright tail light. 

The trail was in great shape for tonight's ride.

Barbie Miller enjoying the tailwind. We had a contest of who had the longest flowing hair.  She won...

JP was having trouble with his knee.  He injured it at a recent cyclocross race.  Even with one leg he put the hurting on us.
It is always nice to regroup at the far end shelter.  For the Festivus of Nights ride we plan to have some beverages on site for everyone to enjoy.
One of the several bridges that we had to cross.  

After the ride we enjoyed a nice meal at the Corner Cafe'.  That place has some great pies and ice cream.  Mark enjoyed his.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gravel News Shorts - 11/06/14

Do not forget to charge you lights tonight.  Tomorrow evening is the very popular Full Moon Monty Gravel Grinder.  Join us on Face Book - Full Moon Monty Gravel Grinder.

We meet up at 6:00 pm outside the Nature's Pantry.  Access to the Little Blue Trace Trail is available from there.  The route heads North 12 miles to the Blue Mills trailhead.    The weather for tomorrow night is looking great especially for this time of year.  Look for temperatures around 59 degrees when we depart at 6:15 pm.  We suggest you dress for the low 50's/ high 40's.  It can get cold at night. 

Next weekend is the El Camino de Santa Fe.  Routes have been added - full and half El Camino routes are available. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

El Camino de Santa Fe

What:  El Camino de Santa FE
When: Saturday November 15th 9:30 AM
Where: Monkey Mountain Sports Complex.

Come join us on a 50 mile tour of Eastern Jackson County and Western Lafayette County. I can't claim that it will be the longest or hilliest or even the graveliest ride you will do this year. It will go past an airplane graveyard, over the scenic Greenton overlook, down the sketchy Devil's Backbone and return on a stretch of the Santa Fe Trail.

The ride departs from Monkey Mountain Sports Complex in Grain Valley, MO. 

Two routes to pick from.   The beginning and end last 7-8 miles of each course will be on asphalt.

El Camino Full: 52 miles

El Camino Half: 34 miles

Friday, October 24, 2014

Full Moon Monty Gravel Grinder

What: The 4th Annual Full Moon Monty
When: Friday Night, November 7, 2014 (Depart @ 6:15 PM)
Where: Little Blue Trace Trail
Who: For those who love gravel grinding at night.
What do I need to bring? Besides a working bicycle, you will need lights. Red flashing light on the back and an LED or HID light on the front required.

We kick off the 2014/15 Gravel Grinding season with a fun easy social gravel grinder.  This years Full Moon Monty Gravel Grinder moves to the popular Little Blue Trace Trail in Independence, MO.  This will be a very fun ride for all abilities.  Expected about 25 miles of mainly crushed gravel the trail is an out/back so you can turn around at anytime.  The route is flat and winds along the the Little Blue River.

It will be a full moon on November 6th which will held with visibility, but a light is still required.

We meet in the parking lot outside of Nature's Pantry, 19019 E 48th St, Independence, Missouri 64055 . Access to the trail is just yards away. As of now we are planning to meet up at 6:00 pm and roll promptly at 6:15 pm.  If you would like to get in more miles and start early a group will be riding South to cover the several miles to Lee's Summit Road and then meet up with the main group when we depart at 6:15 pm.

Trail Map:

Disclaimer for the Full Moon Monty Gravel Grinder :
You are 100% responsible for yourself! You are totally on your own.  There are no rider services.  There is no support. If you choose to participate, you agree to taking full responsibility for what happens to you out on the course.  Please have someone you can call to come get you in the case of emergency, fatigue, inclement weather or bike failure.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gravel News Shorts - 02/21/2014

CIRREM is upon us.  This 100K gravel adventure up in SW Iowa is taking place tomorrow morning.  The region got a couple of inches of snow yesterday.  Temps in the high 30's to low 40's today will cause some melting.  Tomorrow could be interesting with frozen in the morning and melting in the afternoon.  Could it be a repeat of 2010?   

A good group of locals will be taking part. Local Cirrem Racers:
  • Donald Daly
  • Mark Easter
  • Chris Locke
  • Doug Long
  • Barry Meitler
  • John Porter
  • George Williamson
Locally we have Mad Mike's Gravel Grinder out of Topeka, KS.  Mike has long and short course options. 

Check out Mike's page on FB for complete info:  Mad Mike's Gravel Grinder

March ride calendar will be posted soon.