Saturday, May 14, 2022

Gravel Grinder News: Prairie Burn 100

There are literally hundreds of gravel events all over the place these days. Heck, there are so many now that I even saw where one race director is shutting down his event citing that as one of his reasons for doing so. 


I never thought I'd see that day, but here we are. So, why write about another gravel event? You can hardly turn around now without finding out that there is something going on out on the gravel involving bicycles almost every day of the week now. Why jam another event down your throat? 

Well, I hope that you really don't feel that jaded about the whole gravel scene, but there are an awful lot of events anymore, and I would not write about one more gravel event without a good reason. I think the Prairie Burn 100 qualifies as one event that has something going on for it and is a cool ride with a great venue. 

The event, on June 11th of this year, has distances of 100, 50, and 25 miles. But that isn't even scratching the surface. The Prairie Burn is a year-long effort which includes "Burner Gravel Clinics" and a weekly no-drop gravel ride (in season). They also are a fund raiser, which is cool, and this lends a bit of a different feel than for-profit gravel events. 

The fund raiser supports Imagine Grinnel which does a lot of community service work including:

  • 1000Trees planting initiative
  • Plate to Plant curbside composting service 
  •  South Lakes revitalization project 
  •  Giving Gardens community garden maintenance 

Grinnell has awesome gravel roads surrounding it which are used for the Prairie Burn 100. (Image courtesy of Prairie Burn 100)
So, if you are looking for something a little different and want to ride some crazy great gravel roads, (many used in past Trans Iowa events), then do yourself a favor and check out thePrairie Burn 100 which happens June 11th.

See their website here:

1 comment:

Rydn9ers said...

Great event and Grinnel is a jewel of a town in the middle of Iowa.