From the Promoter:
Garwin Gravel 74 (& Weird Road) Bike Ride.
July 4 @ 8:00 A.M.
Red, white, & blue cycling attire highly recommended.
Gravel bike ride starting/ending on Main St. in Garwin.
Multiple distance options…I’m sure some may need to get home that afternoon for grilling out, family stuff, or fireworks.
On 7/4, ride 74 miles (or 50 or 100). Starts off by going into the rugged terrain south of town before crossing the Iowa River and heading west. A convenience store stop at the southeast edge of Marshalltown at mile 32 before the return trip east to Garwin. For those continuing past the 50-mile option, there is also a Caseys in Gladbrook at mile 59.
And just for a little fun…this route includes what may be the “weirdest” or most unique road you’ve ever ridden on. Not just some level B or C road….weirder than that (but not a challenge to ride / not a “hike-a-bike” section). And any locals that know what it is from the route…keep the secret. The first rule of the Garwin Gravel 74 is that we do not talk about the weird road on the Garwin Gravel 74.
Route (for 50 and 74-mile versions) – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29692873
(for the 50-mile version…when you reach Garwin Road (240th St.) during mile 48, take a right into town to end at 50 miles).
100 Mile option?
Why not…what could be more patriotic than riding around all day in your red, white & blue? https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30075241
(same route until branching off around mile 70)
Post-ride celebration / relaxation available at the Garwin Bull (confirmed open July 4).
The ride is loosely organized…just a time and potential route provided. You are responsible for you, and any rider is considered to be on their own private excursion. No support services provided. All interested in gravel riding are invited, and folks are welcome to ride the route at any speed they’d like, but I’ll try to regroup things at least a few times along the way. If riding along with me under regular gravel road and weather conditions (whatever that means this year…), can probably expect a moving pace on gravel roads of around 12-14 mph (unless I’m riding it like I’m racing it – in that case, you can expect a moving pace around 12-14 mph). Try to show up to Main Street Garwin by around 7:45 to be ready for wheels rolling at 8:00 AM.
If crummy weather will likely postpone to a rain date TBD later this summer.