Monday, August 15, 2016

The Margarita Gravel Grinder Ride

Mark you calendars!!!!

Our 2016/17 Good Times Gravel Tour rides begin with Gerard's Margarita Ride. Come enjoy a fun morning riding gravel and then meet at El Patron for Margaritas and food.

**Remember, you are responsible for yourself and you ride at your own risk. 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.Always follow all traffic laws and rules. Always choose safety first and be prepared.**

Facebook event: The Margarita Ride Event Page

Here are the routes:
Here is the Cue Sheet

Start @ 602 High Street, Baldwin City, KS
Go north on 6th street Cross Ames St
.7 Right on Quayle
.9 Left on Eisenhower
Turns into 1750 and 375th Rd (Eagle Lake Drive)
2.2 Right on 1814th Rd.
3.5 Right on N. 500th Rd K-9 Kuts Klimb
5.4 Left on 2000th Rd.
5.6 Turns into 600 N.
7.3 Left on 2100 Road
8.3 Left on 700 Rd Morford Farm
9.8 Left on 1950 Nut-Cracker Climb
10.8 Right on 600 Road Dragon’s Back Climbs
12.7 Left on 1750
13.7 cross 500th Signal Oak Climb KOM
15.0 Cross 12 County Rd.
15.2 Right on 375th (Eagle Lake Drive) Turns into Eisenhower
NOTE: 2 lapers will turn Left on 375th (Eagle Lake Drive) 
      and complete another lap.
15.9 Right on Quayle
16.1 Left on 6th Street
16.2 Cross Ames St.
16.8 Finish at 6th and High Street.

Monday, April 11, 2016

God's Country Fat Tire Festival

The God's Country Fat Tire Festival is this weekend at the Lawrence River Trails.  Yes I know this is not a gravel event, but many riders use their cross/gravel rigs to participate. See picture below from last years God's Country Marathon event. 

Festival includes an off-road duathlon on Saturday (long, short and relay classes) with a traditional cross country event on Sunday.  Sunday's event has a class for everyone including the 3 hour Marathon class and a fat tire (3.8 inch tires) only event.  We have live bands each day and free food. 

Info can be found at

Register before Wednesday evening to avoid late fees.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Kings of the Ville Ride Photos

Pictures are up from today's King of theVille Ride

2016 King of the Ville Ride Photos

Thanks to Kevin Nierman and the Dirty Dogs for hosting today's ride.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Kings of the Ville Ride

What: 2nd Annual Kings of the Ville Ride
Where: Downtown Pleasant Hill (at the Train Depot)
When: March 19th, 2016 - 9:00 am Start

Kevin Nierman and the Dirty Dogs bring us the 2nd Annual Kings of the Ville Ride.  A lovely 44 mile route starting in Pleasant Hill, MO and passes through some lovely small towns like  Kingsville,  Gunn City, and East Lynne before returning to Pleasant Hill.

Join us on Face Book for updates and a little history (also see below) :

Route maps are below. 

Kevin is old school like me and uses good ole gmap-pedometer for his online map. Here is the link:

Cue sheet link (pdf) -

Garmin map link:  -

Strava map link:

Kevin's History Lessons:

History Lesson 1:
Kingsville Missouri was founded by settler William King in 1851ish. He was born in Independence, Missouri, in 1831, but due to its growing meth problem, King fled Independence to rural areas to start his own meth operation. Later, conveniently situated on the newly-built rail line, he had access to easy distribution and soon businesses and Meth-odist churches popped up and made it the thriving town it is today. The Stahl Mining Co - originally formed during the Civil War to cast lightweight canons for the South, still mines aluminum to this day. It just looks like a normal building, but the pit inside goes deep down into the earth. Fact.

History Lesson 2:
On this ride, we will pass the grave site of Missouri's famousest dog, Old Drum. Long story short, Old Drum was sniffin' the wrong place at the wrong time. His name was given to him by his owner, Charles Burden, describing the sound it made when he'd beat his dog for dragging home one of his neighbor's dead sheep. Old Drum met his fate three days before Halloween in 1869. So much for that sheep costume he was sewing together in the beet cellar behind the barn. Fact.

History Lesson 3:
Originally, Pleasant Hill Missouri was named "Pleasant Situation on an Elevated Prairie", but the Union Army hated this so much that they imposed a general order (No. 11) commanding they shorten their name or else the towns population would be dispersed and all livestock slaughtered and crops set ablaze. Pleasant Hill complied, obviously. These were hard times. We have it easy. Fact.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Strada Gridia Report III

A record turnout for this years Strada Gridia.  Each year this event has grown.  I still remember the first one when we had and from them on this event has been one of my favorites.
Phil and his family really did an awesome job of hosting this years event at their Sweet Love farm.  His passion of cycling really shows.

It was nice to see so many Women enjoying the grow of gravel riding. 

The Sweetlove  farm is a fully functioning farm.  Lately we have been eating farm fresh eggs.  I personally really enjoy them.

The Dirty Dogs were out in force today.  A great team that really has a passion for gravel racing/riding.  I just love their new kit. 
You never know who you will see at one of these grinder.  It is always nice to see an old friend.  I was very surprised to see Keith Walberg since they moved to Washington a couple of years ago.  Turns out they have moved back to Kansas.  I have always enjoyed viewing Keith's videos.

Phil's daughter lead the neutral start to the first road.   She did a great job especially riding down that rocky driveway on her road bike.  Phil you need to get that girl a real bike.

 We had a first time gravel grinder today.  Carolynn invited our friend  from the Northland Sarah to come out.  It was her first time riding on gravel, the first time using clip less pedals and she was on a borrowed bike.  Sarah did awesome and looks forward to more gravel grinding with us.
And we begin the The Sweet Love Gravel Grinder.  I know Phil officially calls his ride the Strada Grida which means "Gray Roads" in Italian but in my heart it will always be Sweet Love.
The Sweet Love Farm is right in the middle of gravel grinding paradise - gravel right at his door step.  It was nice to see such a large group show up to take part in today's ride. 
R.E. Hobbs leading the way and kicking up a little dust storm.  The roads were very fast and dusty today.
 Roger Williams taking care of some last minute business before he settles into his ride.  Roger is training hard along with everyone else for his upcoming Gravelleurs Raid. 
Jeff and Keith leading a nice size group during the first part of the ride.

Danny Noble looking good in his new kit.  The Nobles hosted their "after the Sweet Love" party.  Their son served up some tasty pulled pork.

 Mike Bland rolled the long course today.  Looking good Mike.

Speaking of old friends.  Look who showed up.  None other than Jud Milham.  It was good riding with you today Jud.  Hope to see again soon.

After the ride Phil served us up some very tasty pancakes.  Thanks for not burning mine Phil :-)
Phil, his family and friends all pitched in to make this a very fun event.  I can not wait until next year's ride.
Carolynn really enjoyed the post ride pancakes.  They hit the spot for sure.

Here is the link to all our photos from today's 3rd Annual Strada Gridia.

Monday, February 29, 2016

2016 Strada Grigia - Sweet Love Gravel Grinder

Updated 3/4/16 with old school maps and pic route sheets.

Phil Holman-Hebert is hosting our next event. Details and course maps below.

What: 3rd Annual Strada Grigia
When: Saturday March 5, 2016, 9:00 am
Where: Oskaloosa, KS (Just North of Lawrence)
Why: Two fun "grey roads" routes to pick from.

Come join host Sweetlove Farm for the third Strada Grigia Gravel Road Race/Ride, where we will celebrate the gray roads and landscape of late winter in Jefferson County. We will start at 9:00am on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 from Sweetlove Farm, home of Phil and Sally Holman-Hebert and Kids, and soon-to-be home of Sweetlove Cycles, the new incarnation of what used to be Matfield Cycles. We will be riding the same routes we have for the last two years, with a short course at just over 32 miles and a long course at 58.5 miles. The weather should be decent, the roads dry, and the hills challenging. We look forward to seeing all your faces, familiar and new alike. Sweetlove Farm can be found on the web at where you can find directions to get here, or you can just use a regular old map to find us at 13248 102nd Street, Oskaloosa, Kansas, 66066.

Thanks, Phil


Routes below (Note: we are using the same routes from 2014):

Short course -

Long Course -

Old School Pic Route Sheets:

**Remember, you are responsible for yourself and you ride at your own risk.  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.Always follow all traffic laws and rules. Always choose safety first and be prepared.**

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Flint HIlls Express Pictures

Post ride report coming later (need to study for finals...), but in the mean time enjoy our photos.

 Thank  you so much Rod for a great day of gravel grinding.  Loved the course and plan to revisit soon. 

Flint Hills Express Photos