Race Report: 2017 Almanzo 100 – The Granddaddy of all Gravel Races

The Almanzo 100 touts itself as the race where it all began; the Granddaddy of all gravel races. If you call yourself a gravel cyclist, you’ve probably heard of Almanzo 100. Almanzo is a 100 mile gravel road race that starts and ends in the small Minnesota town of Spring Valley. Created in 2007 by […]

Race Report: 2017 Dirty Fury Stage Rush, Jacksboro, Texas – by Adrienne Taren

If you’re familiar with events like Red River Riot, Hell of the North, and Texas Chainring Massacre, then you’re familiar with The Spinistry (whether you know it or not). With the Dirty Fury Stage Rush, they prove that they take their slogan “long, hard & dirty” seriously – this 3-day stage gravel grinder in Jacksboro, […]

Race Report: 2017 Paris to Ancaster – Paris, County of Brant, Ontario, Canada

“For over a century the roads of northern Europe have been home to the toughest bicycle races in the world. The most famous of these, Paris to Roubaix, takes place each spring over brutal cobblestone roads that have been preserved in their historic condition for over 100 years. Inspired by this classic race, the Paris […]

Race Report: 2017 Bootlegger 100, Lenoir, North Carolina – by Libby Skinner

The Bootlegger 100 Race Report, or How the Only Woman Over Fifty Survived this Race. Lenoir, North Carolina April 22, 2017 The Bootlegger 100 was the toughest 108 miles I have ever done in my 30-plus years of cycling. Amazingly beautiful and Zen-like in Pisgah National Forest, but extremely difficult both climbing and descending.   […]

Race Report: 2017 Red River Riot, Muenster, Texas – by Adrienne Taren

From the race organizers: “The original Texas gravel grinder is back, bigger, badder and better than ever! It is a full day of amazing dirt roads, gorgeous scenery, Texas BBQ and great wine… what’s not to love?” Swayed by the promises of Texas barbeque and wine tasting, I made a last-minute decision to ride the […]

Race Report: Gravelleur’s Raid, Lawrence, Kansas – by Adrienne Taren

The Gravelleur’s Raid is a 100+ mile self-supported gravel bicycle race and a 50+ mile Gravelleur’s Grinder in Lawrence, Kansas. Let’s start by dispelling the myth that Kansas is flat. Kansas is anti-flat, at least the gravelly parts. What the race website should really say is, “if you enjoy seeing a vertical wall looming in […]

The 7 Stages of DNF: Land Run 100 by Adrienne Taren

The 7 Stages of DNF: Land Run 100 I am among the 80-something percent that DNF’d Land Run 100, 2017 edition. While I have numerous did-not-starts due to injury / illness / life, this was only my second DNF (or as JOM put it when I ran into him afterwards, “had to abandon”, which sounds […]

Race Report: 2017 Big Scrub Gravel Buzz, Ocala, Florida – by K-Dogg

For me, this year’s Big Scrub Gravel Buzz, situated in the middle of the Ocala National Forest, was truly a delight from start to finish. Admittedly, the BSGB kicked my arse exquisitely towards the end of its 95 miles. Yes, the hills were astonishingly tough for Florida. Yes, my teammates were surprisingly fit even after […]