2016 Minnesota Gravel Events

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, 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 2016 Minnesota Bike Tours, Rides, Races & Events Schedule, please send me an e-mail

The Fort 50 Ride-April 3, 2016
The Fort Steakhouse
Fort Ripley, MN 

Ragnarök 105-April 9, 2016
Red Wing, MN
105 miles
105 rider cap
Postcard registration November 27-December 31, 2015
Facebook Page   

Lakeville-Milltown-Lakeville-April 16, 2016
Harry's Cafe
Lakeville, MN
Approx. 80 miles 
100 rider cap 

Lupine Spring Classic-April 16-17, 2016
Two Harbors, MN
Approximately 120 miles
Online Registration
Facebook Event Page 

Mammoth Gravel Classic-April 16, 2016
Cyclova CX
St. Croix Falls, MN
Facebook Event Page  

Dirty Girl Skittles and M&M's Gravel Ride-April 17, 2016
House of Coates
Coates, MN 

Dickie Scramble-April 23, 2016
JJ Tailgaiters
Elgin, MN
Approximately 75 miles 
Facebook Event Page 

Riotgrrravel Women's gravel gravel riding clinic-April 24, 2016
Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Bar
Minneapolis, MN 

HillBilly Gravel Grinder 2016-April 30, 2016
Houston, MN
100 miles 

Miesville FiftySix-May 1, 2016
Jack Ruhr Stadium
Miesville, MN
56 miles
Registration opens January 1, 2016
Facebook Page  

Alexander 380-May 13, 2016
Spring Valley, MN
380 miles
Postcard registration opens January 1, 2016

Almanzo 100/Royal 162-May 14, 2016
Spring Valley, MN
162, 100 miles
Postcard registration opens January 1, 2016

RiotGRRRavel-May 21, 2016
Hastings, MN
33, 20, 10 miles
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Le Grand Du Nord-May 28, 2016
Grand Marais, MN
100, 50 miles
Online Registration
Facebook Page 

Westside Dirty Benjamin-June 11, 2016
Michael's Cycles
Chaska, MN
101 miles
Facebook Page
Registration opens February 1, 2016

SKŌGS-June 16, 2016
Granger, MN
Granger to International Falls-mileage varies 

Freedhem 76 Gravel Grinder-July 2, 2016
Freedham Store
Little Falls, MN
76 miles 

Dirty Lemming-July 30, 2016
Watertown, MN
100 miles, 100 km 

Tour De Save-July 30, 2016
Riverside Park
Northfield, MN
62, 25, 10 miles, 46 mile gravel
Online Registration 

Gritty Goose-August 20, 2016
Monticello, MN
70, 50 miles
Online Registration
The Heck Epic-August 20-21, 2016
Two Harbors, MN
Approx. 110 miles
Gravel Cyclist Link 
Registration (Opens March 15, 2016)

Fiddlin' Fifty Gravel Grinder-August 27, 2016
Balkan Township, MN
Approx. 50 miles
Gravel Cyclist Link  

River Valley 100-August 28, 2016
Mankato Brewery
Mankato, MN
100 mile, 100k Paved ride
100k Gravel ride
Facebook Page
200 rider cap  

Gravel Conspiracy-September 9-11, 2016
Silver Bay, MN

Back Forty-September 10, 2016
Denmark TWP, MN
Approx. 80 miles
Facebook Page 

Inspiration 100-September 10, 2016
Garfield Elementary School
Garfield, MN
Facebook Page 

Tour of Fillmore-September 18, 2016
Lanesboro, MN
77 miles 

3rd Annual Autumn Gravel Grovel-September 25, 2016
Miesville, MN
Postcard registration opens January 1, 2016
100 rider cap 
Facebook Event Page 

Farewellzo-October 1, 2016
Rochester, MN
50+ miles 

Heck of the North-October 1, 2016
Two Harbors, MN
105, 51 miles
Gravel Cyclist Link  
Registration (Opens April 15, 2016) 

F-Octoberfest Gravel Grinder-October 8, 2016
F-Town Brewing Company
Faribault, MN
50, 25 miles 

The Filthy 50-October 9, 2016
Stewartville, MN
52 miles
Online Registration opens March 20, 2016
Facebook Page 

Fallexander-October 14-16, 2016
Scenic Valley Motel
Lansing, IA
382 miles

Dirt Bag-October 16, 2016
Clearwater, MN
80, 60, 30 miles
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page

Full Moon Madness...Fat Bike Gravel Grinder-November 14, 2016
Twin Bluff Middle School
Red Wing, MN
30-35 miles 

Cannon Gravel: Hill Torture-November 19, 2016
Cannon Falls, MN
80+ miles

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