Ahoy, Maties! Are you ready for some Nebraska Gravel Goodness?! Then look no further! The 2018 Gravel Worlds will satisfy your gravel grinder itch. We have a fun and challenging course designed for 2018 with new gravel roads never ventured on in the past.
The winner of each category of the officially unofficial Gravel World Championship (150 miler) will have the honor of slipping on a Gravel World Champion jersey! All finishers who complete the entire 150 miles will also receive a unique finisher item.
The Privateer Gravel Grinder is back for 2018 for those that want to get their feet wet. This is a non-competitive event. You can expect approximately 75 miles of Nebraska Gravel Goodness on many of the same road as the 150 miler.
No hornswaggling (cheating) allowed! We have the right to disqualify anyone not abiding by our rules of the gravel.
The Pirates Cycling League wants to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, friends and participants for helping make Gravel Worlds a reality again in 2018. Be sure to visit our sponsors and support the folks who support us.
The ships will set sail for the 150 mile Gravel Worlds Championship at precisely 6 AM, Saturday, August 18 and 7AM for the Privateer Gravel Grinder from the Fallbrook Neighborhood located at 570 Fallbrook Boulevard, Lincoln, NE 68521. The start/finish will be set up near Schilling Bridge Restaurant and riders will immediately be on the gravel after leaving at their designated start time. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the start/finish location prior to the event. Details regarding event day parking will be released the week of the event. You will be able to park your vehicle at the start/finish location.
DO’s & DON’T’s
OUTSIDE SUPPORT IS PROHIBITED!
Once you leave the Fallbrook Neighborhood, you’re on your own and will not be permitted to receive aid except from the following:
Checkpoint support supplied by Gravel Worlds
Purchases at small town convenience stores
You may not:
Cache supplies along the course
Receive assistance from a support person/vehicle
Bribe PCL Promoters to allow outside assistance
You will not be without opportunities to resupply along the course. Please bring cash or card to purchase goods.
FRIDAY RIDER CHECK-IN
There will be a Rider Check-in on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 12 PM to 7 PM at Cycle Works in Lincoln. Cycle Works is located at 720 North 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68503. At the Rider Check-in you will pick up your number plate, rub elbows with other riders, get your questions answered, and be able to grab some PCL gear as well as any last minute supplies at the bicycle shop (Cycle Works). Please feel free to stop by at any time between Noon and 7!
If you cannot make this check-in, riders can also check-in the morning of the event, but we encourage you to attend the Friday check-in.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The course will not be released until the week of the event. Expect 150ish miles of gravel, dirt and minimal pavement. Don’t fret, if the weather turns awful and dumps a lot of rain, we have a Plan B for a lot of the dirt roads. Please anticipate the potential for some minimal hike-a-bike. You have been warned!
We will have a cue sheet and a GPX file for those that want to use a navigation device. The files will be posted on the Gravel Worlds website the week of the event. Please feel free to print off your own cue sheets.
The course will not be marked! You must navigate yourself using the cue sheets.
At the left is an example of the cue sheets. Please be familiar with how to read and navigate with these cue sheets. Please pay close attention to each road signs while you pass through an intersection during the event. Some small details such as N 27th versus NW 27th can get you way off course and lost.
Final word about the course, you must obey all traffic laws including stop signs. There are numerous stops signs on the course and those are there for a reason. Please don’t take any chances and get yourself or anyone else hurt.
There will be several checkpoints on the course. You will find out about those as the event draws near.
You will not be allowed to have support on the course. You must be self-sufficient. There will be small town convenience stores and a couple of oasis locations with water. So please be sure to bring some cash to purchase supplies or be prepared to carry everything you need for 150 (or 75 for Privateer) miles.
You must have a front light for illumination and a rear red taillight. You also must have a helmet and wear it. Please come prepared.
You are 100% responsible for you! If you choose to participate you are agreeing that you are taking on full responsibility for what happens to you out on the course. We are in no way responsible for anything that happens to you during the ride or any part of this adventure. YOU ARE COMPLETELY AND ABSOLUTELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU! By choosing to ride with us you, your family (estate), and insurance company agrees not to sue us if you get hurt and/or killed. Yeah, pretty damn morbid, eh? ?? Also, please have a bail out option.
This is common sense stuff, but needs to be mentioned. There are several things folks must do on a gravel ride that will keep themselves and others safe which will ensure a fun and rewarding experience.
Stay to the right and don’t ride in the opposite lane especially up climbs/rollers! If I catch or even hear of anyone riding in the opposite lane up a climb, they will be disqualified. No questions asked. Why? If a vehicle comes blasting over the top, you and/or everyone behind you will most likely get hurt and/or killed. Not cool. Stay to the right. Stay to the right. Stay to the right.
Remain attentive to your surroundings! Please keep your head up and be sure to be on the look out for traffic, dogs/animals, loose gravel, wheel sucking ruts or cracks in bridges, soft sand, large white rock, or anything else that can potentially take you or someone else down. Look at your cue sheet when it is safe. If you need to stop to view the cue sheet, stop. There’s no time limit on this bad daddy.
Call things out! If you see or go through something sketchy be sure warn your colleagues by calling it out and pointing to it if you can safely do so. Yes, you can say “car up” on a gravel ride. In fact, it’s the courteous thing to do. Also when passing, please do so at a safe juncture and kindly and loudly proclaim “on your left”. If you plan on slowing or stopping be sure the folks behind you are aware prior to taking action.
Stop if someone needs help! This is all about fun folks. So if you see someone stopped or in need of assistance, please ask if they need help and offer a helping hand if possible. The bike Gods will smile upon you if you do.
Let the dust settle if you get dusted! If you get dusted by a vehicle, and this is highly likely right now do to the lack of moisture recently, slow down and let the dust settle. First off this will prevent a potential collision from another vehicle traveling through the dust cloud who is unable to see you until it’s too late. Secondly it’s a lot better on your lungs, trust me.
Keep a straight line and call out/signal when changing position! If you find yourself in a group or even with another rider, please keep a straight line and avoid dramatic lines changes. Also signal with your hand or call out when you plan on making changes in your line. The crushing of gravel is louder than you think and you may not hear a rider behind or even beside you on occasions.
Don’t be lame! If I hear of any lame behavior by any rider, they will not only be disqualified, but will also hafta walk the PCL plank. Aarrrgh!
Obey the traffic laws! Please obey all traffic laws. That includes stopping at stop signs, signaling when turning, obeying speed limits, wearing seat belts, and no texting while riding.
Come prepared! First off, be sure to have everything you need to ensure you can deal with a mechanical issue (broken chain, flat tire, etc.). Secondly, plan your food and fluid consumption needs prudently. The convenience stores have been warned of your arrival and will have plenty of sustenance available for purchase. So bring some cash along! The minimal things you should have on you during the ride include: helmet, eye protection, front and rear lights (blinky and illumination), a minimum of two water bottles or a hydration pack, snacks, cyclocomputer, tools, tubes, cell phone, cue sheet holder, your wits and climbing legs! Arrrgh!