Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Mullet Ride

What: The one and only Mullet Ride
When: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00 am start
Where: Baldwin City, Kansas
Why: The Mullet Ride is business in the front and a party in the back!

Our most popular ride of the year.  Check out some coverage at the Baldwin City Signal

Last years Mullet Ride on YouTube - Thanks Marty
Directions:  Take 56 Hwy to Baldwin City. go south at 6th street (the only stoplight in town) and go about 5 blocks to High Street and 6th.  Start location is at Antiques on the Prairie which is at the corner of High Street and 6th.  Ample parking is along High Street.

28 and 35 mile options

Cue sheets for all courses will be handed out prior to the course.  Garmin files and course maps are posted below and on our FB event page - The Mullet Ride on via Facebook

Monday, January 8, 2018

Spoke Pony Gravel Express

Post ride update:

Pictures: 2018 Spoke Pony Gravel Express Pictures

The snow kept all but the hard core gravel grinders at home on their pussy trainers.

The toughest award goes to Craig who rode to the ride from Lawrence. One a single speed no less....
After a couple of years absence, Tim Greene brings back his Spoke Pony classic this coming week.

We had a tandem couple couple show up but they had a bike malfunction and could not join us in the fun. 

What: Spoke Pony Gravel Express
When: Sunday January 14, 2018 - 10:00 am Start
Where: 1402 Church Street, Eudora, Kansas 66025
Why: Great new location out of Eudora. 

The main course is a little over 47 miles.

Spoke Pony Express Gravel ride

The short course is a little over 25 miles.

**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.**

Check back for updates

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Bean Lake Gravel Challenge

Updated 1/7/18:

Radar looks o.k. to me.  Ride is on.  Only change is I will be starting at the Weston Bluffs Trail head and lot City Hall as posted below.  Parking should not be a problem - only diehard gravel grinders will be out. If you are one join in today.  

Route sheet has been added below along with course maps (Garmin)

Parking update: Weston Bend State Park (16600 Missouri 45, Weston, MO 64098) is open and will remain open this week unless we have snows/freezing rain.  As mentioned below, there is parking for about 25 to 30 vehicles at the main South Weston Bluffs Trail head.  I am parking at the North end of the trail (Weston City Hall) and riding South to the Start of anyone wants to join - see below.

Weather: We are keeping an eye on the forecast.  Usually we ride regardless of the weather unless the road conditions are dangerous at which time we would postpone the event for another day. I will post an update on Saturday if anything changes.  As of now, we are a GO.   

What: Bean Lake Gravel Challenge
When: Sunday January 7, 2018, 10:00 am
Where: Weston, MO -
Why: Come enjoy a scenic and challenging ride to one of the few remaining marshes left in the Missouri River Floodplain.

Meet at the Weston Bluffs Trail head for our 10:00 am start time.

NOTE: the main trail head only has room for about 25 vehicles.  If that lot fills up, please park in  downtown Weston City Hall or the Weston Bend State Park - see map.  Ride South on Weston Bluffs Trail to the start (only a couple miles) or just wait for the main group heading North.

As of now I plan to park at the Weston City Hall and lead a group from the Weston City Hall back South along the route to the Weston Bluffs Trail head.  For those who want to add some miles or enjoy a scenic warmup along the trail please join me at 9:30 am to depart South to meet up for the planned 10:00 am start.  

Facilities are available in the City of Weston for those whom need To Go... No facilities are available at the Weston Bluffs Trail head

A little history on Bean Lake...Bean Lake  in a section of the Little Bean Marsh Conservation Area. The 400 acre oxbow is home to migrating waterfowl and shorebirds during spring and fall. Amazingly, more than 130 species of birds have been seen here though the number of birds depends on the water level. There is half a mile of disabled accessible trail that is perfect for hiking with families and friends. This leads to a viewing platform over the freshwater marsh. Another 200 yard trail leads to a viewing blind overlooking Cottonwood Slough.

Course Map(s)

Route Sheet - Bean Lake Gravel Challenge Route Sheet

Beside the loop around Bean Lake this is an out/back course which will make it perfect for anyone who does not want to ride the entire distance. 

Link to Garmin route: 

Do to several request we have made short course(s).  One that stays flat and one that includes some hills and is longer.

Link to Short Course route:

Link to Short Course w/hills route:

Disclaimer for the Bean Lake Gravel Challenge:
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, freezing weather or bike failure.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 Festivus of Nights Gravel Grinder

Updated 12/21/17:

Latest forecast call for cold weather (sadly no snow) with about 32 degrees at start time.  Winds out of the North which means a nice tail wind on our return trip.

Festivus of Nights Course Map (Garmin File)

Fireball handups out on course.

Update 2/19/17:

Let it snow, let it snow....

Maybe.  It has been a few years since the last Festivus was run in the snow.  Always a good time riding snow on the Little Blue Trace.  Either way it will be cold so dress in plenty of layers.

What: 8th Annual Festivus of Nights Gravel Grinder
When: Saturday Night, 12/23/17, 6:00 pm
Where: Little Blue Trace 
Who: Any and all are welcome
Why: To celebrate Festivus ,air any grievances you may have,  partake in Feats of Strength and last but not least ride your bike at night on the fun Little Blue Trace Trail.

Note: Start location is confirmed: Natural Grocers, 19019 E. 48th St S, Independence, MO 64055

Course options:  Festivus Standard course (~24 miles) riders will turn left and head North on the Little Blue Trace trail  For those wanting more miles we have the long course (~30 miles) which will turn right and head South on the trail head to the far end of the trail (Lees Summit Road) before turning  around and heading back North completing the entire length of the trail.  Note: There are several shelters along the way.  Feel free to turn around at any one to shorten your Festivus adventure.

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. Many decorate their body/bikes, but this is not required.  Special prize for the best light display.

Will we encounter any traffic on the ride? 99 % of this ride is on the Little Blue Trace trail. The trail does cross several roads so please use extreme caution while crossing any roads.

Disclaimer for the Festivus of Nights 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, freezing weather or bike failure. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

2017 Danny's Delight Gravel Grinder

Post ride....

 Thanks to Danny and Tara Noble for hosting today's ride.  Danny even had a PA, but I still could not hear him.  Maybe I am getting old.

Apparently there are dogs that attack up in Oskaloosa.  One even bit Tara a couple of weeks ago.  Now along with plenty of food Danny carries dog repellent spray.
A strong group got away early.  Those early hills and wind where sure tough.
Roger was out on course today playing his music and having a great time as usual.  His good fortune turn shortly after this picture and he had some tire troubles and had to cut the ride short.
More tire troubles out on the route.  Big ole gravel will do that to you.
I really appreciated the water out on course. 
Tim's stomach was sour the first part of the ride but once we headed back South he put in some strong pulls.  Or maybe it was just the tailwind....

If you liked wind and hills then today's Danny's Delight Gravel Grinder was truly delightful.

We tripled the turnout from last year so evidently gravel grinders do link wind and hills.  Or maybe they came for the post ride chili feed?

Pictures can be found at 2017 Danny's Delight Gravel Grinder Photos

What: 2nd Annual Danny's Delight Gravel Grinder
When: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00 am
Where: Oskaloosa, KS (Start at the City Hall)
Why: Great gravel and chili feed after ride.

Join us on FB: Danny's Delight Gravel Grinder 

City Hall address: 212 West Washington Street). Restrooms will be available @ 8:30 am when it opens. 

NEW THIS YEAR: There will be a chili feed starting at 11 am at the city hall (our start and finish line), this is a fund raiser for a family in Oskaloosa. The organizers of the fund raiser will also be raffling off a refinished dresser the same day. So bring a few bucks... 

 Course maps:

Long course 50 miles (Garmin Connect link)

Short course 26 miles (Garmin Connect link) 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Badger Run Gravel Grinder

Recap:  The weather gods did not bless us today.  None the less, we had some brave gravel grinding soles come out to ride with us today.  Yes is was windy, and we got rained on and some of us were cold and we even got a little muddy but we had a fun time  Thanks again Tim Greene for hosting.

 Complete Badger Run Gravel Grinder Photo Album 

Update 11/17/17:  Tim will have course maps for anyone who needs them.  Courses conditions are currently great.  Temps in the low 40's with some wind so it will feel a lot cooler. Perfect gravel grinding weather :-)  May encounter a small shower in the morning but remember we run rain or shine. See everyone in the morning. 

What: The 2017 Badger Run Gravel Grinder
When: Saturday,  November 18, 2017, 9:00 am
Where: Spring Hill, KS (Start at Hwy 7 and 223rd Street - shopping center)
Why: Looking for evidence of the rumored Avenger facility being built south of KC.

Tim Greene again brings us one of his classic rides on some of his favorite gravel roads down in Spring Hill.

We will meet at the Hy Vee shopping Center in Spring Hill at the Spring Hill/Bucyrus exit off of 169 Highway.  There is about 1700 feet of climbing on this ride with most of the big hills on Somerset that are part of the 40 mile loop.  The shorter routes are sparred the big climbs.

Routes (Garmin) below:

The Badger Run Long Route (40 miles)

The Badger Run Medium Route (29 miles)

The Badger Run Short Route (22 miles)

Routes (Mapmyride) below: (40 miles) (29 miles) (22 miles) 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tour de Chicken Creek

Join the Lawrence Bicycle Club on Sunday, November 5, for our annual Tour de Chicken Creek gravel grinder.
Start time:  8:30 a.m.  Please note that daylight savings ends on that day.
Start Location:  Lawrence Riverfront Park, west of the Tee Pee junction, which is the intersection of 59 and 24/40 highways (E1450 and N1800) in North Lawrence.  To get to the park, go west over the levee and down toward the river.  (Note:  Google maps for ‘Riverfront Park’ will NOT get you to the right place.)
Length:  21 and 40 mile options
Registration:  $5 cash or check day-of registration only
The route will be similar to the 2016 route.  The ride no longer follows the Chicken Creek south of town but we’ve kept the name in honor of some past epic rides.
There will be one SAG with snacks and water. The roads are hard-packed, with a rolling hills and limited motor traffic.