2014 Minnesota Gravel Grinders

Rural Minnesota is home to quite a few long standing gravel road races and with the growing popularity of the sport, rides to introduce those new to gravel are beginning to pop up, too.  With varying terrain, minimum maintenance roads, elevation changes, great rural scenery and unpredictable weather in the Spring and Fall, these events are sure to be fun and challenging.  Almost all of them are free, but unsupported requiring the participants to be their own repair and support crew.

This season's calendar will include all types of  gravel races and rides from around the state.  Some of these have registration cutoff dates that have already passed, have a rider cap, or more information and registration details that are yet to be announced.  Below is a list of all of the gravel events in Minnesota that I'm aware of in chronological order.  I will continue to update and add events to this post as they become available.  If you are a race or event organizer and would like your event listed here and on my 2014 Minnesota Bike Tours, Rides, Races & Events Schedule, please send me an e-mail.

Lakeville-Milltown-Lakeville-March 29, 2014
Lakeville, MN
Approx. 80 miles 
100 rider cap

Ragnarök 105-April 12, 2014
Red Wing, MN
105 miles
Registration closed 

Miesville Grinder-April 13, 2014
Miesville, MN
56, 47, 35, 25 miles 
Registration closed

Mammoth Gravel Classic-April 19, 2014
St. Croix Falls, WI
100, 70, 30 miles
100 mile course details 

Dickie Scramble-April 26, 2014
Elgin, MN
75 miles 
Registration open to day of race.
Facebook Event Page 

Trailhead 32/22 Gravel Ride-May 10, 2014
Twin Lakes City Park
Anoka, MN
32 miles (22 miles gravel)
Ride course 

Alexander-May 16-18, 2014
Spring Valley, MN 
Registration closed

Almanzo 100-May 17, 2014
Spring Valley, MN
100 miles
Registration closed

The Royal 162-May 17, 2014
Spring Valley, MN
162 miles
Registration closed 

Miesville Redux - Gents Ride-June 8, 2014
Miesville, MN
40 miles 

Westside Dirty Benjamin-June 14, 2014
Chaska, MN
Approx. 90 miles
Registration closed 

Harlan's Blast Bicycle Loop Around Siouxland Tour-June 20-23, 2014
Sioux Falls, SD/Luverne, MN/Pipestone, MN
Gravel Blast
Day 1: Depart Sioux Falls for Luverne Mn. 37 miles.
Day 2: Depart Luverne for Pipestone, MN. 44 miles.
Day 3: Out and Back to Pipestone. 40 miles.
Day 4: Depart Pipestone for Sioux Falls. 60 miles.
Gravel Blast Online Registration 

RiotGRRRavel-June 21, 2014
Hastings, MN
30-35 miles
Registration closed 

Innuendo Gravel Grinder-June 22, 2014
Climax, MN
200, 100 miles
Details to come. 

Dirty Lemming Gravel Grinder-July 26, 2014
Watertown, MN
100 miles, 100km 
Postcard registration open April 1st 

Gravel Grinder Music Fest-July 27, 2014
French Lake, MN
Approx. 60 miles 

Fiddlin' Fifty-August 23, 2014
Balkan Township, MN
55 miles
Facebook Event Page 
Postcard registration closes August 20
100 rider cap

La Crosse Gravel Classic-August 31, 2014
La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival
La Crosse, WI
56 miles

The Gravel Conspiracy-September 5-7, 2014
Superior National Forest
Duluth, MN
Online Registration 

Inspiration 100-September 6, 2014
Garfield, MN
105+ miles
Postcard registration closed
135 rider cap 

Four H Gravel Ride-September 20, 2014
(Hawley Hills Half & Hundred Gravel Ride)
Hawley, MN
100, 50, 30 miles 

Legendary Laurentian Adventure Bike Ride-September 20, 2014
Giants Ridge
Biwabik, MN
Aprrox. 50 miles 
Registration required: email John Filander or call 218-865-8021 

River Valley 100-September 21, 2014
Mankato Family YMCA
Mankato, MN
100 miles-paved route
100 km-gravel route
Online Registration 

Heck of the North-October 4, 2014
Two Harbors, MN
108 miles
Online Registration  

The Heroic-October 4, 2014 Cancelled
Cannon Falls, MN 

Tour of Filmore-October 5, 2014
Lanesboro, MN
65 miles 
Facebook Event Page 

The Filthy 50-October 12, 2014
Stewartville, MN
Approx. 50 miles 
Online Registration  

Minnesota State Gravel Championships-October 18-19, 2014
Northfield, MN
Postcard registration opens August 2nd 

Rosemount-Miesville Gravel Grinder 105k-October 18, 2014
Rosemount, MN
65 miles 

Dirt Bag 2014-October 25, 2014
Clearwater, MN
Approx. 85 miles
Postcard registration details

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