Monday, February 19, 2018

USECF Gravel Nationals Returns to Lawrence




It's time for some Gravel riding 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 Grinder Nationals will race for a coveted USECF National Champion Jersey! See what you are made of as you race across a 100+ mile challenging & scenic course as part of the USECF National Championship Weekend. There will also be a 50 mile noncompetitive Gravelleurs Raid that will race at the same time as Grinder Nationals. 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. 


The Gravelleurs Raid is a 50 mile non championship ride that will happen at the same time along part of the same course as Grinder Nationals. This is the perfect first gravel ride or ride for those who do not want to ride a 100 mile course. There will not be any awards for the Gravelleurs Raid but the riders will enjoy a fun course, great food and a fun & festive award ceremony. Riders from Gravelleurs Raid will also be entered into the awesome raffle at the Grinder Nationals award ceremony.

Registration: https://www.bikereg.com/grindernationals

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2018 Flint Hills Express

 Post ride:


Thank you Rod for the suffering in the wind.   The bus was much appreciated by many.  I especially liked the rest stop with water because I was out by then due to blowing my legs out while taking pictures and fighting those early hills and wind.



Link to photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hVQOuYmCfBNUFv1K2

Updated 2/16/18:   Weather is looking great for Sunday.  A little windy by we will take that especially since we can enjoy a tail wind during the second 1/2 of the ride.

Bus is a go.  We have room for about 25-30 people and their bikes.  Art will drive a trailer hauling bikes to Osawatomie.  Short course riders will then jump on the Flint Hills Nature Trail and continue on the course.  First come, first serve.

After the ride please stop by and get your Girl Scout Cookies.  They will be on sale at the park after the ride. 

Danny created a new update Garmin file - see below.

What: 3rd Annual Flint Hills Express
When: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:00 am start
Who: Cow Town Cycling's Rod Hernandez
Where: 223 E. 10th Street, Wellsville, KS 66092
Why: The first gravel grinder this season above 32 degrees.


The route: 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.



Garmin route: Flint Hills Express Route

New this year:


For those who are looking for a shorter ride and do not like climbing (cough...Carolynn....) we have answered your prayers.  We plan to have a bus onsite to take you to the start of the Flint Hills



The second change is we lost a local business and restrooms will not be available at the Wellsville Market .  Not to worry, we still have the port-a-Jon that Ron provides for us.  Plan accordingly and allow for ample time.

After the ride you can enjoy a delicious local restaurant.  Smokey's BBQ at 410 Main Street will stay open for your convenience.

**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.**

Monday, February 5, 2018

Power Gravel Grinder

UPDATE:  Ride postponed until 2/25/18!

What: Power Gravel and 3 Feet Cycling Gravel Ride
Where: 18595 W 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062
When: Sunday, February 11th, 2018 @ 9:30 am.




Power Team Coaching, Michael Ruder and 3 Feet Cycling host this classic gravel ride out of Olathe, KS. 26, 34, 52, 68 and 74 gravel route options. We will also have a paved ride for our Road guys and gals. Moved the start to Accommodate our title sponsor but the same fun.
Enjoy 15% off food after the Ride at Foody's



Please park in the WalMart Grocery store parking lot just to the East of Foody's.
A paper map will be in limited supply at the start. You are solely on your own so being what you need and a friend to help you if you need help. We ask that you stop and help your fellow cyclist if the opportunity arises.


For route maps visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/463536007375672/ 

Gravel Routes From Map my ride
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1858422521 26 mile loop
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1858425938 34 mile loop
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1858420331 52 mile loop
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1858416305 68 mile loop
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1858407674 74 mile loop


Disclaimer for the Power 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.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 Lake Dabinawa Grinder

Post ride update:


Thanks for Jeff for hosting another Lake Dabinawa Gravel Grinder.  We have had a few memorable ones over the years and this years will be remember as "one cold ass gravel ride"
Ride started cold with gusty North winds.  Feel like temps were single digits.  Soon the snow started falling and conditions worsened. 
Despite the conditions., a brave few venture onward to reach Lake Dabinawa. 

Some only got a few miles into the event due to bike failures.  A broken rear derailleur cut this gravel grinder's ride short.

If you are into ice slushy then Sunday was your type of ride.

What: 7th Annual  Lake Dabinawa Grinder
When: Sunday February  4, 2018, 10:00 am
Where: Lawrence, KS (Lawrence visitor center)
Why: Come enjoy a tour of North Lawrence - 3 route options

Join us on FB - https://www.facebook.com/events/102875170507459/


Jeff Arnaud brings us the 7th 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.

I have 3 routes, Short, Medium and Long.   I considered cutting the medium out completely, but it is good for those who want to try the long, but realize 1/2 way through they are getting too tired to finish.    The short course is good for beginners as it has much less climbing, just one big hill. 


Route options:

Short - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/17226139

Medium - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/2699081

Long - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8701754

**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.**

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Mullet Ride

 Post Ride :  Summary - A Muddy Mullet

Our friends from Dog Drool stopped by to support us during this especially muddy Mullet ride.

I personally tested it after the ride.  I am a believer - works great. 
Dave took some cool video: 2018 Mullet Gravel Grinder

Pictures from today ride - 2018 Muddy Mullet Pictures

Route sheets and Garmin files are posted below.

We are asking people to use the library restrooms this year located one block west from the start because the antique store bathroom is still recovering from last year‘s Mullet Ride. We are putting out a tip jar to support the library’s waste water bill. Please donate in case you need to make a deposit.

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

Mullet Traditional route (29 miles).

Mullets Revenge Long route (34.5 miles).


 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.
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/17090711



**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: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16981438 


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: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/17075609

Link to Short Course w/hills route: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/17075712

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.