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THE BADLANDS GRAVEL BATTLE GRINDS ACROSS 120 MILES, AND ROLLS OVER 8000 FEET OF ELEVATION GAIN ON THE FAST AND RUGGED RED SCORIA ROADS THAT CROSSHATCH THE BADLANDS OF WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA.

If you like riding on Badlands singletrack, you will love grinding Badlands gravel! All of the same gorgeous North Dakota scenery you see on the Maah Daah Hey trail, but with the freedom of wide, open, red scoria gravel roads. Put this gravel grinder on the bucket list!

Total Distance

39 Mile Little Loop (NEW!) 77 Mile Short Loop         120 Mile Full Loop

Race Start

May 27th 2018 | 8AM MDT | TRNP, Medora, ND

Elevation Gain

2,931 Little Loop         5,050 ft Short Loop       8,084 ft Full Loop

Course Record

Randy Holland 2:34:52     Paul Otsu 4:34:11         Chris Knoll 6:52:40

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Registration
Online registration opens on January 1st priced at $49 for the Little Loop, $59 for the Short Loop, or $69 for the Full Loop. Wait a minute, aren’t gravel grinders supposed to be free?  It was a hard decision for us but we felt that with a low fee we could offer a great experience that will allow the race to become a sustainable, long lasting cycling tradition in the ND Badlands. The old saying goes, you get what you pay for. But when you pay more, you should expect more. Scroll down to see how your registration fee helps make our race the ultimate gravel experience!

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Registration closes on May 26th. To be able to get a BGB event t-shirt you must register by May 17th! Registration will be available at packet pick up and on race morning from 6:30am-7:30am.

Race Features

Terrain

Rugged Badlands backcountry gravel roads. Some of the gravel in the Badlands may remind you of the your gravel roads back home, but some of it is made up of crushed red scoria rock. When the scoria is freshly laid it can be large and sharp at first, but once it is worn in by truck traffic, the gravel turns hard and smooth and in the right conditions it is very fast and fun. Just like anywhere the conditions can change overnight with weather or road work, be prepared for the best and the worst of circumstances.

Aid Stations

The race will feature four aid stations ready with lots of water and any drop bags you give us before the race. If you are riding the 120 mile course your Aid Stations will be at; 32 miles, 57 miles, 75 miles at the River Crossing, and 98 miles.  If you are riding the 75 mile course you will split off at Aid Station #1, 32 miles into your ride.  You will use Aid Station #4 as your second and final Aid Station at about 53 miles into your ride. The Lil’ Loop will have an Aid Station at mile 17, at the river crossing.

Fully Marked Course

Both courses are well-marked with arrows and ribbons, we offer you a GPX file for your GPS unit upon registration. There are many turns and forks on the Badlands gravel roads, but you will race and ride with the peace of mind that you are taking the right turn at the right time with the assurance of our GPX file.  We also offer Que Cards if you prefer them, we try to make it pretty hard for you to get lost. Even still we had two racers end up in MT last year! The course will be marked well enough that you could potentially get away without using Que Cards or a GPS if you pay attention and ride with your head up.

Lodging

Racer room blocks are held at Medora’s Badlands Motel. Rooms with the comforts you expect, and where you can pull your rig right up to the room door and unload all your gear. If you’re planning to setup camp, a primitive group tent site is held at the Medora Campground, within walking distance of the finish line.  Call 1-800-MEDORA-1 to book your lodging in these group blocks. Blocks are released 30 days prior to the event. There is also lodging available at the historic Rough Riders Hotel, more details for all at Medora.com.

Neutral Roll Out

The first 10 miles of the race will be a neutral roll out. It might sound crazy, but this just may end up being your favorite part of the whole ride! You will get to take in the rugged beauty of the Badlands as you catch up with old friends and make new ones on the smooth blacktop road that winds through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (there is a good chance we will see some wildlife and if we come close to any buffalo you will be happy that you are in a large group). Once we hit the gravel at the northern exit of the TRNP it is off to the races!

Pre-race Eve

Pick up your race packets, get your bike tuned up and pick up any last minute supplies you might need with Jen and Loren Morlock at the one and only Dakota Cylcery Bike Shop in Medora, ND.  Pick up your race packets from 6pm – 8pm MDT on Saturday May, 26th.

Post-Race Recovery

Food & drinks at the finish line. The first thing you will want to do after doing battle with your bike on Badlands gravel is eat and drink. We will have tasty homemade food, with the menu changing midday, from the new Farmhouse Cafe in Medora, ND. Hang out with your buddies and exchange battle stories from your epic day in the ND badlands.

Award Ceremony

There will be a podium ceremony with prizes at 5:00pm for the top finishers and recognition of outstanding performances at the post-race recovery.  Open mens and open womens categories for the 39, 77, and 122 mile races.

 

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Schedule of Events

All times listed in Mountain Daylight Time Zone

Saturday

6pm – 8pm Packet Pick up at Dakota Cyclery – Medora, ND (365 Main St, Medora, ND 58645)

Sunday

6:00am   The FARMHOUSE Cafe pens for racers with breakfast foods for sale (300 Pacific Ave. Medora, ND 58645)
6:30 – 7am
Racers’ Check In at the FAMILY FUN CENTER. If you bring a friend who wants to race they have until 7am to do race-day registration.
6:30 – 7:30 Drop off your Aid Station Drop Bags at  the FAMILY FUN CENTER.
7:15 sharp Pre Race Meeting at the FAMILY FUN CENTER
7:45 sharp Racers line up in front of the Cowboy Hall of Fame (250 Main St, Medora, ND 58645)
7:50 sharp National Anthem, moment of silence in honor of Memorial Day, and a rousing Pep Talk
7:59 sharp Neutral Roll Out through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park at approximately 10mph.
11:11amAll 120 mile participants must be past Aid Station #1
12:00pm Aid Station #1 closes
11:00am Food and drinks at finish line begins
1:45pm Aid Station #2 closes
3:33pm Aid Station #3 closes
3:33pm All 75 mile riders should be passed Aid Station #4
5pm Awards Ceremony at finish line
5:55pm Aid Station #4 closes
8pm Finish Line SHUTS DOWN