Hilly, Mud-splattered, Leg-Crushing… Gravel Road Racing gettin’ huge

Gravel road racing has gotten big. We’ve been pedaling the bumpy, hilly courses on races like the Almanzo 100 and the Ragnarok 105 here in Minnesota for a few years. This spring, I am personally signed up for the Almanzo 100 and TransIowa. Other GJ staffers are getting ready to ride the long, gravely road, too, on a handful of country road competitions. We dug in to see what else was on the gravel calendar this year. . . and we came away a bit floored. More than 100 gravel races have cropped up across the U.S. Iowa-based bike mechanic and race organizer “Guitar Ted” of Gravel Grinder News has another resource for all your gravel ambitions. We encourage you to pick one from the calendar. Get your bike ready, clip in, and ride. —Amy Oberbroeckling

Scenes from the Almanzo 100; photos © David Gabrys / Cycleture

2013 Gravel Road Bike Races

March 23: Barry Roubaix (Michigan)

March 30: Red River Riot, THE Texas Gravel Grinder (Texas)

April 6: AntiEpic Gravel Grinder (Colorado)

April 6: Rickreall Gravel Classic (Oregon)

April 6: The Amish Roubaix (Ohio)

April 13: Ragnarök 105 (Minneosta)

April 20: Mammoth Gravel Classic (Wisconsin)

April 20: Dairy Roubaix (Wisconsin)

April 20: Ozark Gravel Road Expedition (OGRE) (Missouri)

April 21: Grumpy Grind (Illinois)

April 27 – 28: TransIowa (Iowa)

Photo © David Gabrys / Cycleture

April 27 – 28: B.A.L.L.S Ride (Wisconsin)

May 4: The Cedar Cross (Missouri)

May 5: Dickie Scramble (Minnesota)

May 7: CSF&O – The Kansas Cannonball (Kansas)

May 11: The Bear 100 (Wisconsin)

May 11: The Burleigh County Cup (North Dakota)

May 18: The Almanzo 100 (Minnesota)

May 18: The Royal 162 (Minnesota)

May 19: Dirty Double Fondo (Colorado)

May 26: The Gravel Metric(Illinois)

June 1: Dirty Kanza (Kansas)

June 1: Oregon Stampede (Oregon)

June 8: Gold Rush Gravel Grinder (South Dakota)

June 15: Dirty Benjamin (Minnesota)

June 15: The Hairy Hundred (Missouri)

June 22: Hilly Billy Roubaix (West Virginia)

June 24: Raid on Sherwood (California)

June 28: Odin’s Revenge (Nebraska)

June 29: Funk Bottoms Gravel (Ohio)

July 13 – 14: Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational (Iowa)

July 13: Crusher in the Tushar(Utah)

July 20: GONG Ride (Nebraska)

Photo © David Gabrys / Cycleture

July 20: Dirty Lemming Ride (Minnesota)

August 24:Gravel Worlds (Nebraska)

August 24: The Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2) (Massachusetts)

September 1: The Night Bison

September 13-15: The Gravel Conspiracy (Minnesota)

September 21: Ronde-Van Stony Classic (Michigan)

September 22: Three Peaks USA (North Carolina)

September 28: The Heck of the North (Minnesota)

Ragnarok 105, Minnesota

Amy Oberbroeckling

Amy Oberbroeckling, an Iowa native, joined GearJunkie out of college and brought a passion for endurance sports as well as a flawless record in arm wrestling matches against famous rock climbers. Find her biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, camping, or tipping back a cold IPA.