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Rides and Events

Check this page often for updated listings of all types of cycling events in and around our area. Rides require, at minimum, an appropriate bike in good working order, water, and a helmet. We suggest a spare tube, energy food, maybe a little cash in case we stop, and your biggest smile! Many rides are held subject to weather. It's a good idea to confirm dates, time and any specific requirements, too. We'll see you out there — and have fun!

Upcoming Cycling Events

Here are some cycling related events happening in the Quad Cities area:


Saturday, February 24, 2018, Cumming, Iowa

100k gravel race SW of DesMoines, Iowa

start/finish at Cumming Tap, Cumming 

8 am free breakfast, packet pickup 8-9:45 am

10 am start


categories: mens, womens, single speed/fixed 

Rocheport Roubaix Gravel Grinder

Saturday, February 24, 2018, Rocheport, Missouri

The General Store, 202 Central St.

Multiple Distance Options

Fully Stocked Aid Stations

Course Support

King of the Hill

Free Beer and Hot Food

This is a great event for those wanting to get their feet dirty in gravel racing or wanting to stay in shape over the winter months.

Dirty South Roubaix 100k

Saturday, March 3, 2018, Alto Pass, Illinois

$200 CASH to the fastest male and female 100k finishers

$100 CASH to the 2nd fastest male and female 100k finishers

Free 2019 entries to 3rd fastest male and female 100k finishers 

Most people think Illinois is flat. Not so much down here in the Southern tip. There will be some flat sections of the course, but it will be littered with gravel and potholes. The main course will be 100k+ and repeat much of last year's route including the Larue Pine Hills and Trail of Tears State Park sections.

One major change for this year will be the addition of a shorter route somewhere close to the 50k distance. There will still be gravel and hills. We hope that some who may be reluctant to tackle the longer gravel distance may jump on this chance to be part of a great event.

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

Iowa Spring Classic--Cumming

Cumming, Iowa

The Cumming Tap, 117 N. 44th St.

Part of the Iowa Spring Classic Series

NO USAC license requirement, SHOW UP AND RIDE YOUR BIKE

The total course distance is 5.7 miles, all gravel. The course has six corners with rolling to hilly terrain proceeding clockwise.

Pastry-Brest-Pastry: An Adventure Bike Ride

Sunday, March 25, 2018, Aurora, Illinois

Pedal & Spoke, 157 S. Lincolnway, Aurora, Illinois

60ish miles

Mixed terrain


Renegade Gents Race 8.0

Saturday, April 7, 2018, Slater, Iowa

Nite Hawk Bar and Grill, 105 Greene Street, Slater, Iowa

No money to enter, No money to win.

What is a Gents Race? To directly quote the folks at Rapha that started the whole concept (and that Bike Iowa blatantly stole it from): "I sold it to the racers as an unsupported, unsanctioned, unmarshalled, five-rider team time trial meets alley-cat, meets 'Cannonball Run'...."

Five-member teams racing for nothing more than pride over the roads surrounding Slater, Iowa. 65 (or so) miles of gravel.

This will be the 8th year of the Gents Race and we expect 2018 to be bigger than last year. Insured as a USAC Gran Fondo race, no license is required.

Crushed Rock Classic

Saturday, April 14, 2018, Ames, Iowa

McFarland Park, 180th St. Ames, Iowa,

The Crushed Rock Classic is a multi-surface 6 mile circuit with a little bit of everything. The race will include sections of crushed rock, pavement and prairie trail. The terrain is undulating with two short, steep climbs per lap. Riders will race 7 or 5 laps in the A and B races respectively.

KOM/QOM: The KOM/QOM sprint competition will be held on the 2nd lap of the race. One rider from EACH CATEGORY will be awarded on each of the 2 sprints. Riders limited to 1 award.

Dairy Roubaix

Saturday, April 21, 2018, Bagley, Wisconsin

107 miles or 54 miles

The Dairy Roubaix is a one-day unsupported gravel grinder starting/ending at the Hugh Harper Group Camp at Wyalusing State Park in southwest Wisconin. This will be the 8th year for the event. Entry is free but limited to the first 350 participants.

Grumpy Grind 6

Sunday, April 22, 2018, Milledgeville, Illinois

The Farm, 5493 Otter Creek Dr., Milledgeville, Illinois

The 6th riding of the Grumpy Grind will be Sunday April 22nd starting at The Farm. Riders can expect 80 miles of self-supported gravel riding. Riders need not try to use cue cards from the past because the course will once again be tweaked for your riding pleasure. There is no field limit or deadline for registration, but proper etiquette for participation is to mail in a postcard ahead of time to get your name on the "official rider list." Delicious food and beverages will be waiting at the finish.

As always, the Grumpy Grind is a FREE event.

Cheesehead Roubaix

Sunday, April 29, 2018, Newburg, Wisconsin--179 miles

Firemen's Park, 508 Main Street, Newburg, Wisconsin

9am start to this 63-mile cyclosportive ride in the style of the cobbled Spring Classics of the pro racing calendar. The route features almost 10 miles of dirt and gravel and runs on open public roads.

You are responsible for yourself. There are no SAG vehicles and a few opportunities to refuel/rehydrate. Free snacks and drinks will be available at the halfway point in Belgium.

There is no entry fee. 

Covered Bridges 100k Gravel Ride

Saturday April 28, 2018, Adel, Iowa--183 miles

Island Park and Campground, 2400 Nantucket Road, Adel, Iowa

This is not a race, this a 100k/62 mile fairly hilly, mostly gravel fun ride. This is a self-supported, on-your-own type of semi-organized ride. The expectation is a group of people who want a fairly challenging ride, but also could care less about finishing first or last. The route will take you past four of the famous Bridges of Madison County. Just over 3,000 feet of elevation. Nearly 70-80% gravel. Also expected? Lots of BS, sarcasm, shenanigans and a good time.

Tour of the Mississippi River Valley (TOMRV)

Saturday June 9-Sunday June 10, 2018, Bettendorf/Goose Lake to Dubuque--local

Saturday: Bettendorf to Dubuque-106 miles or Goose Lake to Dubuque-69 miles

Sunday: Dubuque to Goose Lake-46 miles or Dubuque to Bettendorf-90 miles

A Midwest cycling tradition since 1978, every year thousands of cyclists enjoy this well-supported, challenging two-day ride on scenic roads through Midwest farmland and along the Mississippi River. Whether you are an experienced rider or just getting started, you're invited to experience a great weekend of riding.


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