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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Margarita Ride


Here are a few photos from today: 2017 Margarita Ride Photos.

Despite the cold weather, our lady riders came ready for some gravel fun and adventure.  Not to mention a few margarita's after the ride.

Did I mention it was cold?  Gerard gives his preride instructions as we all bundle up in from of our main sponsor Antiques on the Prairie.

We had plenty of couples riding with us today. Always good to see them having fun together.

Gerard leads out the fast rider group.  It was hard to keep all contained until the city limit sign especially Rod.

Halloween through the holiday season is always a fun time to ride. Love seeing everyones creations.

Music man put away his camera and came out to ride with us today.   Loved the tunes Roger!

We caught this young lady riding off course.   I yelled notifying her that she was off course but she said she had places to go as do I.  See everyone in two weeks.

Our first event (planning on 6 to 8 this year btw) is this weekend.  Gerard always hosts fun rides out of Baldwin City.  Details below.

Gerard will have 50 route maps.  Each of these maps will have coupons from Daylight Espresso

Join the event on FB: The Margarita Ride

If you are into the digital world, Sam Coleman created the following for you:

Margarita Ride - 17 mile:

Margarita Ride - 35 mile:

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)