Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Margarita Ride

Our 2017/2018 Good Times Gravel Tour begins with...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Gravel Grinder National Championships

You know Gravel Grinding has hit the big time when you have an official National Championship.

It's time for some Gravel Grinding and Lawrence, Kansas is the place! There is a category for everyone from high school to those who are a little longer in the tooth and all who register for the USECF Gravel Grinder National Championship will race for a coveted USECF National Champion Jersey! See what you are made of as you race across a 112 mile challenging & scenic course as part of the 2017 USECF National Championship Weekend. The USECF Gravel Grinder National Championship will be part of the weekend festivities which include an epic course, great food and a fun & festive award ceremony. The awesome course and time in the saddle with the gravel tribe will make this an epic event to remember.

Register today:

Complete info:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder

What: Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder
Where: Fort Leavenworth, KS
When: This Sunday - April 23, 2017


Facebook page: Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder

Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder (Sunday April 23). This is a friendly reminder (nudge) for those of you who have not signed up, or are on the fence. It is relatively safe to assume that if you are reading this, you will likely ride your bike this weekend.  Come out and do it with 200 friends, in a supported environment that has bailout options if required.  There are three different distances (25, 55, and 107 mi) and multiple SAGs.  There are three SAGs on the 107 mi course (19, 35, 72 mi) and two SAGs on the 55 mi course (19, 35 mi).  The 107 and 55 mi course follow the same route until past the SAG at mile 35. All three routes are posted to Garmin Connect, Strava, and Map my Ride and cue sheets are built and available online as well.  
The name “Cool Hand Luke” is obviously derived from the movie, but all routes will pass by three of the five prisons in Leavenworth County.  The first prison, at mile 2, is the “Big House” or Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary where Michael Vick served his time. The route passes just outside the western boundary of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the oldest continuously serving Army installation west of the Mississippi. The post has been used since 1827. The second and third prisons are on Fort Leavenworth and the routes pass by them between mile 3 and 5. The lesser known JRCF (Joint Regional Correctional Facility) houses inmates serving less than 10 years. The better known USDB (United Stated Disciplinary Barracks) houses inmates serving over 10 years and is the current residence for Bradley / Chelsea Manning and Nadil Hassan among others. 
The remainder of the route will take west away from the Missouri River thru Kansas farmlands and the rolling hills of north east Kansas.  This event has excellent support from the local community that includes Santa Fe Trails Bike Shop, Grinders High Noon Saloon, Denney Electric, the Lanterne Rouge, and Anderson Rentals.  Lanterne Rouge will provide the comedic relief and sweep the course after the KOM at mile 8.  Anderson Rentals is providing the port-o-johns. Denney Electric is providing his yard and barn to start from and crash in afterwards. 
Registration still available online at - see above link.  Come join us.


Brendan Sheehan
Santa Fe Trails Bicycle Shop

419 Delaware Street

Leavenworth, KS  66048

Saturday, March 4, 2017

2017 Kings of the Ville

What: 3rd Annual Kings of the Ville Ride
138 S Boardman St, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 (at the Train Depot)
When: March 19th, 2017 - 9:00 am Start

Join the Dirty Dog Race Pack Sunday March 19th for a casual-moderate gravel ride. Two distance options: 36mi/48mi.

- 36 miler great for those getting into gravel rides - rolling Missouri's newest rail trail gem, The Rock Island line.

- 48 miler - casual start and end on the Rock Island trail, with a bit of Cass County farm tour added in. Llamas and mules and goats. And the Junk Man's Bull, of course.

*routes subject to change (notice will be given)

Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 Power Gravel and Velo+ Grinder

What: Power Gravel and Velo+ Grinder
When: Sunday February 26, 2017, 9:30 am
Where: Price Chopper 15970 S Mur-Len Rd, Olathe, KS 66062
Why: Classic gravel out of Olathe to Cleveland, MO with 4 routes to pick from.

Photo by TLB Photography
 Power Team Coaching's Michael Ruder has teamed up with Velo+ to host this years classic gravel ride out of Olathe, KS. All ability levels are encouraged to attend.  Coach Ruder has 4 options:  26, 52, 64 and 72 routes are available. 

Expect fast gravel with some rolling hills heading out to Cleveland, MO.  Water is available at stores in Cleveland. 

Routes below.  Plenty of options based on current fitness level. 

26 Mile Short Route:
48 Mile Traditional Route to Cleveland:
64 Mile Route:
72 Mile Route:


Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 Flint HIlls Express

Post event:

 A huge Thank you to Rod Hernandez for another fun Flint Hills Express.  Not only did he give us a great route but he brought us 70 degree weather in February, a water stop (much appreciated by me on this day as I was out of water due to the warm temps) and lastly a port-a-potty.  I guess these are new standards for our gravel rides.  Way to go Rod for raising the bar.

Pictures from today's ride are up: 2017 Flint Hills Express Photos.

Lastly please consider donating to Danny's medical fund below.


First the good news.  Rod is bringing us a great course and wonderful weather for this Sunday's Flint Hills Express ride. In addition, he will have a port-a-potty at the start.

Now the bad news.  Our good friend Danny Noble crashed hard while out riding the course.  He was out making sure the course was clear and had no dangers.  During the recon ride Danny had to avoid a large truck and crashed.  Danny needs our help so we started a fund -

We hope to see everyone on Sunday. 

What: 2nd Annual Flint Hills Express
When: Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:00 am start
Where: 223 E. 10th Street, Wellsville, KS 66092
Why: 48.5 miles with only 1000 feet of climbing. If you are looking for a fun scenic ride with only a little climbing this is for you.

Come join us for one of our most popular rides last year.  Great course, aid stop and hosted by one of the nicest gentlemen I know - Rod Hernandez.

We start out of Wellsville, KS work our way to Ottawa via the Flint Hills Trail.  Nice views along this trail

Parking, restrooms and start location above.   

Just got this news, Rod will have a port-a-potty for us at the start location as well as the police will stop traffic again for us out of Wellsville.  Rod also sent the route for this years - same as last years if you are wondering.  Great course.

Course Maps: Flint Hills Express Gravel Route - via Garmin

After the ride you can enjoy one of two local restaurants.  Smokey's BBQ at 410 Main Street or Boppers Cafe' at 520 Main Steet.

**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.**

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Bean Lake Gravel Challenge

Post Event:

Pictures from today's ride (added Dean Bushnell photos): 2017 Bean Lake Gravel Challenge Pictures

We had a good size group today which filled the parking lot.  Next year we will move the start location to allow for more parking.  Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Updated 02/02/07:  Course map added - Garmin file and route sheet.  

What: Bean Lake Gravel Challenge
When: Sunday February 5, 2017, 9:00 am
Where: Weston, MO - Meet at the Weston Bluffs Trail head
Why: Come enjoy a scenic and challenging ride to one of the few remaining marshes left in the Missouri River Floodplain.

 Last years ride was held on snow packed trails.

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. 

The main trail head only has room for about 25 vehicles.  If that lot fills up there is additional parking on Beverly Drive.  Note: no facilities are available at the trail head (plenty of woods however...).
The main route is just under 40 miles in length. Course is 95% gravel.  A combination of scenic trail along the Weston Bluffs Trail and the Missouri River.  Hills?  Yes there will be some hills and some of the finest gravel around.  You will complete a loop around Bean Lake.

 Course map: Route sheet above.  Garmin below file below.


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. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

2017 Lake Dabinawa Grinder

 Post event:

Thank you Jeff for another fun and challenging ride.  This is one of my favorite routes and I am already looking forward to next years. 

Pictures are up - 2017 Lake Dabinawa Gravel Grinder Photos

Updated 01/28/17:  Weather is looking great for tomorrows ride. Ride temps in the high 30's to low 40's.  For those who are not ready for the full loop, we added a modified shorter route which is 32 miles.  Updated route also posted below. 

What: 6th Annual  Lake Dabinawa Grinder
When: Sunday January 29, 2017, 9:00 am
Where: Lawrence, KS (Lawrence visitor center)
Why: Come enjoy a beautiful 44 mile tour of North Lawrence.

Jeff Arnaud brings us the 6th Annual Lake Dabinawa Grinder. A very popular ride with a route that all ability levels will enjoy.  This ride will tour North of Lawrence and visit Lake Dabinawa . Meet in the Lawrence visitor center parking lot across from Johnny's Tavern. Cross bike or MTB needed.  For those who want some post ride food, maybe a crowd favorite pizza, head over to Johnny's Tavern after the ride.

Join us on FB: Lake Dabinawa Grinder

Course map via Garmin Connect:  Lake Dabinawa Grinder 44 Mile Course. 

Short Course map via Garmin Connec: Lake Dabinawa Grinder 32 Mile Course

**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.**