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. 

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