The 92 km route around the Badlands is designed to include some serious climbs, windy roads through coulees and gullies and a section of a “fair weather road” that is rolling and pretty spectacular. There are some cruising sections to give your legs a break from the deep gravel and muddy roads. This is a gran fondo so there will be aid stations every 25 km, with mechanical, medical and sag wagon support, but this is one challenging ride. Only those who can comfortably road ride 140 km should consider riding this event. As this ride is weather-dependent, please come prepared to ride the road event in case of cancellation.
Only mountain bikes or gravel bikes allowed. Be prepared with all necessary tools to change a flat– as mentioned there will be a bike mechanic cruising around but given the mud section the car may not be able to make it along this part of the route. We offer a lot of fun and dirt, exhilarating scenery, extreme ascents and descents, chip timing, 3 aid stations with the usual tasty goodies you’ve become accustomed to, showers at the end, and great volunteers. What we don’t offer is a King/Queen of the Mountain race, fast times or coddling. Of course everyone gets to attend the preride breakfast and the fabulous lunch and beer garden after the ride to discuss their epic day.
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