Today we have news about registrations, big numbers, and the "Original Gravel Grinder". Read on...
The Lowell 50: Over east of Grand Rapids, Michigan, they are laying out plans to not only run the Lowell 50 again, but to do it twice in the same year. Look for details on the site here. The two dates for 2013 are April 6th and October 26th. Of course, you can always find the links for these and other races on the Calendar Page.
Big Numbers: The Almanzo 100, (and its associated events- the Royal 165 and the renamed "Alexander" ultra-distance event), recently closed registration, and initial reports from organizer, Chris Skogen, indicate that the rider registration total has exceeded 1300 riders for the 2013 edition. The events all happen on the same day- May 18th, 2013, so it will remain to be seen how many show up on the start line, but it could be the largest gravel grinder ever.
Registration: Registration details for a few events now: First up we have the Heck Of The North. It has not opened registration, but details on when and how you can get on for this late September event are here. Next up, the registration process for Odin's Revenge has started. You better get ready for some remote, scenic Nebraska back country. All approximately 180 miles of it! Finally, The Raid On Sherwood Park not only set their date at June 9th, but also is taking on folks with an online registration process. Go to their site here for further details.
The Original Gravel Grinder? News from Bruce Gordon Cycles today concerning a limited run of 10 bikes to celebrate 25 years of the "Rock & Road" model from Bruce Gordon Cycles. This model is a seminal bike in the history of fat tire, 700c off roading, and was very influential on what would become the 29"er movement. However; as Mr. Gordon so correctly states, the Rock & Road model is also the "original gravel grinder" bike. So, he's calling this limited run the "O.G.G. 25" If you want one for yourself, you can call up Mr. Gordon and he will either T.I.G. weld one up, or for an upcharge, he can fillet braze yours. All ten will be signed by the master himself. Find out more here.