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» Cycling Gravel Grinder Race





Sunny Heights Farm
17641 Templeton Rd | Ames, IA | 50010


Long Course:
Check In 9:00am
Pre-Race Meeting 9:50am
Race Start 10:00am

Short Course:
Check In 9:00am
Pre-Race Meeting 10:05am
Race Start 10:15am


Jason Quinn /  Ames Velo


Athletes will receive a T-shirt. T-shirts will be available for pick up at your venue.

Competition Format

The Gravel Bike Race is a non-stop, self-supported, solo competition along the gravel roads of rural Iowa. Course distance will be 22.6 miles. Registrants can sign up for the short course or long course. Short course will be one lap and long course will be two laps for 44.8 miles.

Bikers can choose day of the event if they want to ride the short or long course.

Tandem bikes are allowed, however, each rider must register and pay the entry fee.

 Race Course Map

 TCX File (PC users – Right click to save file)

Cue sheet

Following the final registration deadline, GPX files will be emailed to participants.

Iowa Games Cycling Package: Iowa Games offers three cycling events. If you register for one, you can add on the other one (or two) for an additional $7.00 during online registration.



Bike choice is up to the rider however a 26 inch, 700c, (bigger than 700 x 28) or 29er tire is required.

Riders must wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet.

There will be NO support on the course with minimal signage (course arrows) and there may be corner marshals at a few select locations but navigation of the course is strictly the responsibility of the rider. Riders must obey the Rules of the Road and obey city, county and state laws.

Age Determining Date

December 31, 2022
Racers must be 18 years of age by the day of the event.

Awards sponsored by Grinnell Mutual

Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top three place finishers in each age group within each event.

Age Divisions

18-34 | Female Male

35-49 | Female & Male

50 & Over | Masters | Female & Male

Single Speed | Female & Male

Tandem | Female, Male & Coed*

*All members of a tandem team must register and pay entry fee.

Registration Deadlines

$25 if registered by April 19
$30 if registered between April 20 – May 10
$35 if registered between May 11 – June 1

Tandem bikes are allowed, however, both riders must register and pay the entry fee.

On-Site Registration
$40 Entry Fee
Pre-Registration is preferred


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