THIS IS NOT A RACE & THERE IS NO SUPPORT!
Note: GTDRI 2016 Will Happen 7/30 2016
Start/Finish: Prairie Grove Park @ W 4th & Shaulis Rd.
Event Time: 5:30am SHARP
Distance: 140+ miles,
Course: Gravel Roads with a minor amount of pavement.
Pass Through Towns: Elgin, Elkader, Garber, Strawberry Point, Volga, Wadena
Why: Because I like to go on long gravel rides. Maybe you do too? If so, consider yourself invited.
Where: County gravel roads and maybe a "B" level maintenance road or two. A specific route will be posted after I verify the existence of the roads. Some pavement will be experienced through pass through towns.
How: Self navigated by a provided route map. The map details will be posted later. NO COURSE MARKINGS of any kind will be put up by me. That's waaay too much work, and besides, all the roads are marked at intersections with "street signs", so your ride can find you if you bail out, get injured, are attacked by pigs, etc...... You will be self supporting. There are no aid stations....well, not in the traditional"race" sort of way. Convenience stores will have to do! No one will pick you up if you are in trouble that is related to this event since, well....I'll be riding it! There is nobody else! Fend for yourself or........... (It is called "Death Ride" after all!) Get the picture? That said, I'd recommend bringing your cell phone. (Maybe lights too, see the "Latest News" for more)
When and for How Long?: July 30th. (Slightly before) Sun up to sun down. -If ya wanna ride longer, that's entirely up to you. The event's "time stamp" will be at the aforementioned times.There will be time to hang out afterward if anyone is so inclined.
It's not a race?: Nope! The point for me is to experience the terrain, the suffering, and the camaraderie of riding with any like-minded folk that show up. If no one does, well that's okay. I'll still be out there! I won't be keeping any results, so don't expect any! I'll keep a roster of who started and who finished. That's it. I'm going rain or shine. Be prepared to do the same if you come. This is pretty much a "no-rider-left-behind" type ride.
Notes On The Route: 140 plus miles using most of the original GTDRI course from 2006. The course will take in the hills of Tama County, Grundy County, and Black Hawk County, and will be really HILLY for about 35 miles. Be prepared to ride all day! There will be stops for refueling. Passing through Traer, Gladbrook, Eldora, Dike, and Hudson. We probably will stop for beers in Hudson about 5 miles from the finish.
Thank You's: I want to thank all of you that have expressed interest in this little ride.
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