From the Promoter:
Rural Minnesota gravel grinder (bike race).
In 2013, an October gravel bike event began as the “Woodchipper 100.” It was a word of mouth gathering of bikers that wanted a 100-mile challenge in the scenic hills around Rollag, Pelican Rapids, and Vergas, Minnesota. Various starting points were chosen but the essence of the ride remained.
END-CHIP (Country Hills Invoking Plaudits) continues the “Woodchipper” tradition with a few modifications to enhance the enjoyment of gravel road biking.
Start times: (Sunrise at 7:43am Sunset at 6:42pm)
- 160k distance begins at 7:30am
- 100k distance begins at 8:30am
- 50k distance begins at 10am
The event will start and finish at the farm of Jona + Alicia Baer. At the end of their long driveway will be a multiple stall, concrete floor garage that will serve as our headquarters. Not only is this a garage, but a stove and refrigerator, tables and chairs, and two-story attached living area with bathrooms and showers will be at our disposal. You can spend the night prior to the ride by camping in their spacious yard or by claiming a bed. Food and beverages can be placed in their refrigerators. A warm, refreshing shower after 100 county miles is also an option. You can bring your own towels, etc. or some will be available, as well.
As is customary, food and beverages will be served post-ride. The menu has yet to be finalized, but chances are good that there will be meat protein, soup/stew/chili, bread, salty snacks, and chewy, sugar ladened treats.
All distances will have a “pop-up” aid station with hydration and calorie needs. The 160k + 100k distances will pass by at least 1 c-store/bar/food truck for refueling. Be mindful that you are responsible for you! Prepare to be self-sufficient for your needs: physical, emotional, and mechanical. Cue cards and gps route will be available prior to the event.
The ride will occur regardless of weather conditions. Be prepared to ride and embrace whatever may occur over the miles.