The 7th installment of the Dirty South Roubaix is coming up on March 4 2023. Last year we sold out to the 500 registered in just a few weeks and we are going to bump it up to 550 this round. Alto Pass has been so welcoming, that we will be back there again. Like last year, we are planning to offer the 100k+ as the main event of the day, but will also offer a shorter course for anyone who doesn’t want to tackle the full 100k. The short course will be somewhere near half of the 100k. Don’t worry, it will still have hills and gravel 😉 The racers from the Half Dirty sure didn’t feel shortchanged after their race.

If you are looking for an awesome route, great challenge, killer scenery, beer, food, and cool friends to hang out with for a day, come check it out.

Equipment

Most of us ride gravel bikes or cyclocross bikes with light knobbies or file treads on these rides. Some people ride MTBs with light knobbies. If I had to suggest a bike to ride on this course, it would be a gravel/cyclocross bike. Tubeless is the way to go for me, it may not be for you. It all comes down to riding something you are comfortable on and you trust to get you through the day. Last year, the fastest bikes were gravel bikes. There were some mountain bikes that finished well also. Even some crazies were on single speeds.

Details

The race will start and finish in Alto Pass Illinois at the village park. They have a large pavilion with a stone fireplace, heated restrooms, a little hiking trail, rock climbing and even a playground if you get bored. If the weather turns out terrible, the village hall is just across the street and we will have access to that if needed. There are a couple areas on the course that a cheering/heckling/hand-up group could assemble. Our goal is for this to be a fun event that people want to come back for another one next year.

We will have a few photogs running around capturing images at the race.

Support

There will be 2 sag stops with hydration for the 100K and 1 sag stop for the 50K. At least one of these stops will have a wrench from the Bike Surgeon in Carterville to help anyone out who needs it. We will shuttle a SAG bag with your own food/drink/gear to the stops before the race if you would like. There will also be a sweep vehicle to pick up anyone who needs a ride back to the start/finish area. Last year, a few riders and even some equipment threw in the towel and grabbed a ride back.

SBT GRVL is a world-class gravel race experience held on the greatest gravel roads on Earth in and around the magnificent Steamboat Springs, CO. The unique combination of the quiet roads surrounding a thriving resort town creates a setting for an incredible gravel bike race.

With the fundamental goal of inclusiveness, we want to focus not only on the race but a fantastic weekend away with family and friends. The beauty of the mountains (not to mention the camaraderie with fellow cyclists) as well as the basic challenge of covering these gravel roads on two wheels is something that will not soon be forgotten.

The Courses

Many of our gravel roads pass through areas where ranchers may also be out and about working with their livestock. We encourage you to please be respectful when you are out enjoying your ride.

SBT GRVL courses will be fun, but not without challenges. Courses will be well marked and there will be fully stocked aid stations with Honey Stinger nutrition, Coke, water, ice, and all sorts of great things to get you through your day. 4 options exist for racers and participants:

BLACK COURSE

Course Facts: 142 miles approx 9,200 feet of climbing 100+ miles of gravel

BLACK is the experience you have been looking for. The ultimate Steamboat challenge with unmatched beauty and unmatched support. It is the best day you will ever have on a bike.

BLUE COURSE

Course Facts: 100 miles approx 6,000 feet of climbing 70+ miles of gravel

BLUE is the best of Steamboat wrapped up in ~100 miles.

RED COURSE

Course Facts: 60 miles approx 3,600 feet of climbing 50+ miles of gravel

RED is the go-to route for a solid day on the bike. Whether you are looking to throw down the hammer or spin around some gorgeous Steamboat gravel enjoying the scenery, this course will prove to be an amazing day for everyone!

GREEN COURSE

Course Facts: 37 miles approx 2,000 feet of climbing approx 20 miles of gravel

GREEN is the introduction to the best riding in Steamboat and is accessible to all abilities, ages, and experience levels. If you enjoy being outside and have access to any type of bike you can and should do this ride. It will change your life!

The 2×4 Gravel Circuit Challenge, the most challenging Cannonball of the series, with a ~2+ mile course that has over 250’ of elevation gain per lap…..you choose 2 hours or 4 hours of FUN; the person with the most laps wins. Race this one by yourself or with a teammate and bring your cheering squad as this is the most fan-friendly gravel race in the country with great opportunities to watch the race happen all over the course. Bonfires, hooting, hollering, a great post-race meal, in-race nutrition support including hot drinks, a BYOB-friendly racecourse, and a heated rest area/race HQ, everything you want for a great gravel race.

The racing starts at 10 AM on Sunday, 2/5/23, right in the middle of winter, at Camp Ondessonk in Ozark, Illinois. Race HQ is St. Noel Lodge and it will open at 8:30 AM.  As you arrive at camp the first building you will see is St. Noel Lodge, check in there, sign your waiver, get your bib number and review the course in person.  The ~2-mile circuit has plenty of elevation, two optional creek crossings, one non-optional spillway crossing (it’s normally pretty dry, but sometimes it’s not), and tons of gravel, providing one of the most challenging gravel races in the Midwest.

The post-race meal will be served at race HQ starting at 12:15 PM for the 2-hour racers and again at 2:15 PM for the 4-hour racers. During the race, we will have warm drinks and fresh fruit at the race HQ for all racers and registered guests.

Guests you say? Yes, bring your friends and family to this one, the course is great for observing and Camp has tons of great hiking and riding to make sure they have their own fun adventure. We will have bonfires, warm drinks, and the heated race HQ to keep them warm and toasty while you race, or if they are the more adventurous type we will have maps of the trails at camp so they can get out and enjoy the great outdoors too. All registered guests also get in on the great post-race meal. $15 per guest and 5 years old and under are free.  And if you would like to spend the night before or after the event, hit up Camp Ondessonk for info on their many lodging options from tent camping to nice rooms in the lodge.

The podium ceremony will happen post-race recognizing the top three overall females and males for each age group (up to 15) (16-19)(20-29)(30-39)(40-49)(50-59)(60+), top three overall male and female, and top three teams male, female and co-ed for each race.

The Nirvana Gravel Relay (NGR) is a passion project of an avid gravel cyclist and his friends and family to offer a unique cycling experience combining endurance and team racing.

Racers choose their own experience. Options include completing the entire 222-mile course as a solo rider, teaming up with a partner to each complete half, or joining a four-person team to each tackle one leg of the cloverleaf course.  Racers will start and finish each stage of the race at the race grounds, allowing support crews to enjoy vendors and entertainment while waiting for their race.

Racers, support crews, and vendors are invited to converge on the race grounds for primitive camping on June 16. Fee-based camper hookups are available nearby and require reservations.

MSE Racing is once again excited to host the Groovy Gritty Gravel Race at the beautifully wooded Innsbrook Resort. This challenging race is incredibly fun, pretty tough, and gorgeous! You can do it on any OFF road bike: hybrid, mountain, gravel, or cyclocross bikes. The race starts at 10:00 am at the historic Innsbrook log cabin located across from scenic Alpine Lake. A portion of our proceeds goes to Wags and Whiskers, a pet rescue center in Warrenton, MO.

Single Gritty
1 x 10-mile loop

Double Gritty
2 x 10-mile loop

Triple Gritty
3 x 10-mile loop

 

COURSE NOTES:

While riding, athletes need to pay attention to the green cones with
arrows. No arrow? Don’t turn! We only have a couple of volunteers, so riders need to pay attention. The gravel is deep in some parts and very loose – we encourage getting after it but please slow it down on descents and ride smart.

RACE CUTOFFS:

Athletes will have 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete each loop. Race management reserves the right to remove an athlete from the course and DNF the athlete if course officials determine there is no possibility of an athlete finishing the given loop before the posted cut-off times based on an athlete’s location, time, and average speed-up to that point.

FINISH LINE FUN:

Stick around after the race for post-ride refreshments, firepits, and music!

AWARDS:
Listen for announcements. Awards will occur for each distance once enough finishers are in to solidify results for that distance.

The tenth annual Tour of Hermann Gravel Challenge is a gravel ride where participants can tackle as many as five challenging scenic loops on the roads surrounding picturesque Hermann, Mo. This event is for any experience level, including beginners. Riders can take on as little as one loop or as many as all five.

Day One features three different loops with a total of 98 miles in distance and 6320 feet of climbing.

Day Two features two different loops with a total of 99 miles in distance and 4920 feet of climbing.

If you complete all five loops in the allotted time, you will have tackled over 11k feet of climbing over nearly 200 miles of riding, and you will be entered into the Tour of Hermann Gravel Challenge Elite Club.

The tenth annual Tour of Hermann Gravel Challenge is a gravel ride where participants can tackle as many as five challenging scenic loops on the roads surrounding picturesque Hermann, Mo. This event is for any experience level, including beginners. Riders can take on as little as one loop or as many as all five.

Day One features three different loops with a total of 98 miles in distance and 6320 feet of climbing.

Day Two features two different loops with a total of 99 miles in distance and 4920 feet of climbing.

If you complete all five loops in the allotted time, you will have tackled over 11k feet of climbing over nearly 200 miles of riding, and you will be entered into the Tour of Hermann Gravel Challenge Elite Club.

100% SELF-SUPPORTED!!

In tradition with true grassroots-style events, you are only allowed to use what you bring with you or what you can find along the route.

The course will pass several convenience stores/gas stations and each course will have sponsored checkpoints providing water and basic supplies. 150 mile will have 2 sponsored checkpoints, and 75 and 50k will have 1 sponsored checkpoint.

NO OUTSIDE SUPPORT!!

  • NO Team Vehicles or Family/Friends on the course or at Check Points

  • No Domestiques

  • No Preplanned handouts from teammates

  • If you need something that can’t be found at a convenience store, BRING IT WITH YOU!

  • Check Points will provide:

    • Water

    • Some Basic Food Options

    • Some Nutrition provided by Gu, SaltStick, and JoJé

  • Plan ahead on carrying your own supplies!

Garmin Gravel Worlds Long Voyage 300

The Ultimate Challenge for the Ultimate Pirate. The Long Voyage is for those extra crazy Pirates who think 150 miles of rolling gravel seas simply isn’t enough. This is the ultimate Nebraska Grass-Roots Gravel challenge! This challenge will push the individual in body, mind, and spirit like a few challenges on earth.

Over 300 miles of constant rolling hills that will amass over 15,000 ft of elevation on the journey. 100% self-supported, the only oasis riders will find on this voyage will be from public gas stations and water stops provided by the Pirate Cycling League.

100% SELF-SUPPORTED!!

In tradition with true grassroots style events, you are only allowed to use what you bring with you or what you can find along the route.

The course will pass several convenience store/gas stations and each course will have sponsored checkpoints which will provide water and basic supplies. 150 mile will have 2 sponsored check points, 75 and 50k will have 1 sponsored checkpoint.

NO OUTSIDE SUPPORT!!

  • NO Team Vehicles or Family/Friends on course or at Check Points

  • No Domestiques

  • No Preplanned handouts from teammates

  • If you need something that can’t be found at a convenience store, BRING IT WITH YOU!

  • Check Points will provide:

    • Water

    • Some Basic Food Options

    • Some Nutrition Provide by Gu, SaltStick, and JoJé

  • Plan ahead on carrying your own supplies!

Garmin Gravel Worlds 150

The 2023 Garmin Gravel Worlds promises an unparalleled challenge for the gravel enthusiast. The pirates are charting a route of approximately 150 miles and over 10,000 ft of climbing – adventuring through the rural farmlands of Southeastern Nebraska. World Championship jerseys are up for grabs in all categories.

Overall Male and Female win the title of Captain of the Gravel Seas, World Champions Jersey, and Pirate Sword Trophy.

Garmin Gravel Worlds Privateer 75

The Privateer Gravel Grinder presented by Cycle Works! Not wanting to walk the full plank? Plunderous nonetheless, our shortened course will test the mettle and give no quarter. We are plotting a (roughly) 75-mile voyage with 5,000 ft of elevation with checkpoints and high-seas refueling opportunities.

Trophies awarded to all categories.

Garmin Gravel Worlds Buccaneer 50k

The Buccaneer is a 50 km event for those that want to get their feet wet in the world of gravel. This is a non-competitive event. The 31- mile route will stay closer to the Fallbrook Neighborhood with some rollers (about 2,000 ft of elevation) and one checkpoint stop along the route.