This time I have run across another Mid-West based gravel series! If you include the one in Ohio, that makes four series in the Mid-West that I am aware of! Five if you include the Rage Against the Chainring Series in Kansas.
This series is eight events and is mostly a Minnesota affair with two events based out of Iowa. Let's take a look at the list and then I'll make a few pithy comments to close out this posting.
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Comments: My first impression was that this reminds me vaguely of the Almanzo Gravel Race Series "Race For The Cup" which also was based out of Minnesota and had an Iowa element to it. Whether there is any connection there or not, I do not know.
Next, I noted veteran events such as the Filthy 50 and Gritty Goose, both which have been around a long time. The Freedham 76 is probably the next longest running event there and is said to be a stellar experience.
The KKD and Break The Cycle events are new on me, although they both may have been around for a bit. Driftless Gravel is a couple years old now, and it was run out of Volga, but......this says Decorah. Maybe there has been a change there? (Noted that the same Pactimo Midwest page posted the event as being in Elkader. Confusing!) Finally, the odd-ball event, in my opinion here, is the Hogback Gravel which hasn't been run once yet, but more than that, it's waaaay further away than the other events.
I guess if you were running the series and had to skip one event, that Hogback Gravel, being so far removed from the other events, stands out to me as being vulnerable to being 'that event' if you had to pick one. Maybe. Maybe not.....
The series is supported by Pactimo Midwest, a cycling apparel company based out of Colorado. The series also will feature, according to their social media, a " leaders jerseys and prizes for individuals and teams."
More details are forthcoming.