New Sponsor: XX2i

We are so excited to announce the newest Iowa Gravel Series sponsor, a brand we personally use and love–XX2i. The good folks at XX2i have been providing sunglasses for over a decade. It’s eyewear that looks great and is designed for athletes.

2022 Silver City Results are live!

The results for the 2022 Silver City 100K and 50K race are live and we’re more than just a little excited! It might seem like a small thing, but to get here we had to do a fair amount of research and a lot learning and even a few calls to tech support to make sure we got everything right. And, we still messed up a few things, so if …

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How to get from Glenwood to the Archeological State Preserve

If you’re staying in Glenwood at an AirBnB or at the Glenwood Lake Park campground, there’s a nice way to get to the Archeological State Preserve on the other side of Highway 34 without crossing fast moving traffic. There’s a tunnel. Here’s a link to the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37523115 This route will take you from the Glenwood Lake Park to the Glenwood Archeological State Preserve through a tunnel under highway 34. …

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Route Dilemmas

Race directors have to make decisions and trade-offs all the time. But some decisions are not just trade-offs, they are true dilemas, meaning there is no good answer. After riding the 100km route for the Glenwood Gravel last week I was faced with a true route dilema, a version of the Trolley Problem, a gravel Kobayashi Maru… I had to decide between “death by a thousand cuts” or “a swift …

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2021 Strava Segments

Each race in the series has a number of Strava Segments that we pick out as either especially difficult or uniquely positioned in the race to provide some novelty. We post these segments with the route release the Wednesday before the race.

Waukon 100 preview

I had some time and saw a nice break in the weather, so I drove out to Waukon yesterday to test the route. Get all the details in this post and a few tips in the videos.

How to share photos from a race

We don’t charge you for the photos, it’s part of your registration. And, we encourage you to share your photos from the day with everyone else! Here’s how to get and share pictures from a race.

What to pack on a gravel race?

Knowing what to pack for a race is important, especially when you’re new to the sport. There are some basics and there are “luxury” items and at some point you’ll have to draw a line between what you choose to pack with you and what you won’t. But, just in case you need a list to review as you’re making these choices, here’s one for you…