GRAVEL WORLDS 2017

GRAVEL WORLDS 2017

The 2017 Gravel Worlds promises an unparalleled challenge for the gravel enthusiast. The pirates are charting a route of approximately 150 miles and near 10,000 ft of climbing – adventuring through the rural farmlands of Southeastern Nebraska. World Championship jerseys are up for grabs in the following categories: Open Men, Women Open, Master Men (50+), Master Women (40+), Single Speed Men, Single Speed Women, Tandem, Fatbike/Cargo Bike/Recumbent Men, Fatbike/Cargo Bike/Recumbent Women

START TIME: 6:00am

PRIVATEER GRAVEL GRINDER

PRIVATEER GRAVEL GRINDER

NEW FOR 2017!  Not wanting to walk the full plank? Plunderous none-the-less, our shortened course will test the mettle and give no quarter. We are plotting a (roughly) 75 mile voyage with checkpoints and high-seas refueling opportunities. This is not a championship event, the only prizes available are high fives, bragging rights, and a pat on the back. Two categories only: Open Men and Open Women.

START TIME: 7:00am

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

Think you missed out? Think again! Registration is open on Friday until we sell out of our 71 remaining timing chips. First come, first not bummed out.
Registration for either event (Gravel Worlds or the Privateer Gravel Grinder) is $80. Your entry fee gets you a coveted spot on the starting line and a bag full ‘o pirate schwag. $5 of each entry will go to the Pirate Cycling League charitable donation fund*.

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR GRAVEL WORLDS!  If you sign up and can’t make the event, consider your entry fee a donation to the PCL and the charities it supports.

*PCL supports the Strong Kids Campaign through the local YMCA, the Nebraska Trails Foundation, and many other non-profits charities.


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LODGING INFORMATION

Pirate Cycling League is proud to welcome Graduate Lincoln as the host hotel for the 2017 Gravel Worlds. Located on the corner of 9th and P, right in the heart of the Downtown/Haymarket area of Lincoln (the site of the host hotel from years past, Holiday Inn), Graduate Lincoln is Lincoln’s first boutique hotel is uniquely designed around the history and culture of Nebraska.

THREE WAYS TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM(S):

  1. Use this Direct Link that will allow your guests to book online on their own with your discount: Gravel Worlds Cyclists
  2. Call the hotel at (402)-475-4011. Please be aware that the hotel is still under renovation, so there are just a couple of employees there during the day (until around 5 or so). If you call after that, you can leave a message on the direct line (402)-475-4031.

  3. Via the website, graduatelincoln.com. Use the Group Code to apply the discount: 170817GRAV

  • Address: 141 North 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
  • Front Desk: 402-475-4011
  • The standard rate is $179/night, but the discounted rate for Gravel Worlds Cyclists is $129/night, including breakfast!
  • Cut-off date when that discounted rate will expire is 7/27/2017
  • Free WiFi is included for all guests of the hotel
  • Graduate Lincoln has a complimentary shuttle that runs within a 2 mile radius of the hotel as well as transportation to and from the Lincoln Airport
  • Double queen bedrooms and single king bedrooms area available
  • 24 hour access to fitness center
  • Graduate Lincoln is a pet friendly hotel
  • There is a full service bar and restaurant in the hotel

GRADUATE LINCOLN IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR GRAVEL WORLDS COMPETITORS Follow the direction above or visit graduatelincoln.com to book your reservation.

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Gravel Worlds Rider Meeting

In lieu of a formalized Rider Meeting, we put together this video, with your hosts Corey Godfrey and Craig Schmidt, to review all the important details of the event. It’s less than ten minutes long and you can watch at your leisure.

There is a bunch more information about race day on our “The Courses 2017” page. Please let us know if you have any questions. See you at Cycle Works on Friday!

Special thanks to the crew who put this together: Andy Pedley, Chris Jonak, and Kupo.

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GRAVEL WORLDS
T SHIRTS

One of the (many) sweet things about participating in Gravel events is that wherever you go, there is a uniqueness to the terrain, the geography, and the roads themselves. We’re particularly fond of our gravel and this year’s shirts and posters reflect what we’ve got: corn, cows, and pirates. These shirts are available online as part of the registration process for $20.

We just may produce a few (emphasis on “few”) extras… IF we do, they will be available at check-in on Friday, August 18th. Check in early, or go home threadless.

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LIMITED EDITION 2017 GRAVEL WORLDS POSTERS

For being Pirates, we sure are big on tradition, and producing our annual commemorative poster is no exception to that rule. This year’s poster was spawned by (pirate) Craig Schmidt’s notion of road graders, and them being something we routinely see. Another thing we aren’t in short supply of is corn. Funny that this years crops seem so extra enormous, could be that we’re just paying closer attention. And of course there’s the cow. You’ll see a lot of these things (and bikes, and pirates) on your voyage at Gravel Worlds. We think this year’s poster sums up our surroundings pretty accurately.

And thanks to the crew at ScreenInk, they came out fantastically! The paper is 140lb. (super beefy!) off-white, and the tolerances on the registration (how the inks line up to one another) is amazing. We have 100 of these—screen printed, numbered and hand-signed—ready for you at registration. One can be yours for 20 Doubloons (or dollars, if you don’t happen to have any pirate currency minted in Spain, Mexico, Peru, or Nueva Granada).

A note from this year’s primary artist, pirate/designer randy gibson, on the design:
so, craig’s idea was cool and we had a bunch of images we’d taken of all these different graders, but i was having a hard time jiving them into good line-art form (which we needed for the screen printing process). trying to match perspective illustrating the images just kept looking “wrong.” i started thinking about the intricacies of gravel racing and all the moving parts and things it takes to pull off an event like this; for both competitors and organizers. so, i figured a really detailed, ornate representation of the grader was in order, which led to intricate riders, and intricate corn, and a cow – all the stuff that makes up the visuals on a summertime gravel ride here. it’s supposed to be busy, there’s a lot going on. it looks tame on the surface but it’s really complicated. the original concept (which is on facebook and the lead rotating banner on the website) had birds representing the colors of the world champion; they are soaring, like you’d have to do in order to BE that world champion. as (most of us) are mortals, attaining flight (and attaining world champion status) is hard if not near impossible. so the birds are up there, doing their thing effortlessly, yet the real decision is in the battle on the ground, with the graders, the corn, the cows… and the pirates.

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TO THE WINNERS, GO THE SPOILS

This year’s overall Men’s and Women’s winners (first finisher of each gender across the line) will receive this brilliant painting courtesy of the James J. Froese archives. James is the father of accomplished cyclist—and our returning Masters Men Gravel World Champion—Ethan Froese.

About the artist: A prolific and versatile artist James J Froese worked in a variety of media. He is best known for his paintings, drawings and assemblages. His artistic style encompasses a range from highly realistic to totally non-objective; often using references to historical events and influences of Native American Art.  A visual storyteller, Froese juxtaposes whimsy with the mundane, unraveling the complex layers beneath our common experiences. James Froese is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Ford Foundation Purchase Award (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri). Froese has been exhibited alongside Salvador Dali in a juried art show. His works reside in the private collections of artists throughout the United States.

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