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The Gritty Goose Gravel Grinder is a new gravel event this year. It's a free ride that takes place on gravel roads near Monticello, Maple Lake and Buffalo on August 1st. The route will be 65 to 70 miles with almost 2,000 feet of climbing. Online registration is now available. "You'll have to ride it to find out why its called the Gritty Goose."
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"Giants Ridge is holding a gravel/mtn. bike event on Sat. Sept. 5 at 10 AM. Back in the 80`s and 90`s we hosted a mtn. bike race and with the development of our golf course the event went away. Cycling is back at the Ridge in a big way with the Mesabi Trail, Mesabi Tour, TRAM, gravel, rides and now the `Legendary Laurentian`, a 50 mile event held on our XC trails , Forest Roads, and Snowmobile trails. This `untimed tour` should be a great challenge as well as a very inexpensive day of riding, plus you`ll get a burger and a beverage at the end, as well as door prizes. Keep the rubber side down and we will see you in September!" - John Filander, Director of Winter Sports at Giants Ridge.
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The Gravel Conspiracy is an adventure ride taking place on gravel, dirt and Forest service roads along the North shore. Dates are September 11-13. To quote the Facebook event page this is a "Three day Gravel Adventure from the Canadian border to Duluth. Expect 200-250 miles of gravel, dirt, and doubletrack. No Sag. You can stay in 5 star lodging or you can dirtbag it in the campgrounds. No cost to participate, but the bus ride costs $40. Registration is limited to 75 participants." Registration is required and for more information visit The Gravel Conspiracy FAQ page.
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These events are unsupported (except Tour de Save) so bring everything you will need to get you to the finish.