In addition to the tireless efforts (okay, that’s a lie, we get tired) of the Pirates who organize the event, and the many volunteers who give their time and energy, without the help of the following companies and individuals your voyage would be less satisfying.

Thank these people if you see them, visit their businesses, and embellish your tales with blatant exaggerations of their virtues.


Cycle Works

Cycle Works was started in the summer of 1981 with 5 bikes and $300 in accessories in the shell of a former car wash. Since then we have expanded to our present location across the street with more than 1000 bikes and a few more parts and accessories. We have been able to grow by following one principle, “Quality, Service and Selection is Everything!”. We maintain a large inventory of bikes, parts, accessories and clothing so that we may keep our customers cycling no matter what type of riding, season or problem they may encounter.

Our longest standing sponsor.

720 North 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68503
402-475-2453 | Open Mon – Sat: 9am – 7pm, Sun: 12pm – 5pm
get out. have fun. be rad.



Voler was founded in 1986 in San Luis Obispo, California. What began as a small operation producing windsurfing bags and cycling helmet covers quickly morphed into creating top-notch custom cycling apparel for teams, events, and other cycling brands. By 1996 Voler moved to Grover Beach (15 minutes south of SLO) and ramped up production in a much larger facility. We added on to the facility in 1999 and started the Voler online Store (previously Velowear) selling our non-customized branded apparel direct to consumer.

Our Pirate Cycling League Gear has come from them for the past few years; and they have produced each and every Gravel Worlds winners jersey we have awarded.



Panaracer Tires is pleased to support Gravel Worlds with the GravelKing range of tires. Panaracer Tires was early an innovator in the gravel scene, and the GravelKing range is now known as the go-to option for mixed surface riding and racing. Competitors can choose between our GravelKing and GravelKing SK options. The SK, with more pronounced tread pattern and fast rolling shoulder knobs will give the most traction, but the slicker GravelKing will be the faster choice. Coming in a range of sizes from 23c-32c (GravelKing) and 26c-40c (GravelKing SK), Gravel Worlds competitors will find the right tire for their race with Panaracer.


Lauf Forks

Lauf makes lightweight suspension forks for gravel bike, cyclocross bikes, cross-country hardtails and fat bikes. Zero maintenance, just ride!



Established 1974 in Lincoln, Nebraska, where it still operates today, Total Manufacturing Company specializes in one-stop, concept-to-completion metal manufacturing services. TMCO can finish a product from any stage be it design, fabrication, paint, assembly—or if you wish, the whole ball of wax.

Whether a small quantity or a huge manufacturing run, TMCO treats all of its customers with the same reverence. “We hope that we exceed our clients’ expectations every time,” says owner and founder, Roland Temme. In addition Temme says, “It’s a partnership deal because we’re looking to build long-term customer relationships.”

Many of our trophies and trinkets have come from a division of TMCO, called Metal and Art

Metal and Art is a unique full service design and fabrication studio created by innovation, limitless imagination and the instinctual desire to bend metal.

As a division of TMCO, Metal and Art has the manufacturing space, talent and state-of-the-art equipment required to perform the most complicated assemblies from concept to shipping. |


Surly Bicycles


War Axe Bicycles

War Axe Bicycles is minor threat based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Every War Axe is designed in Lincoln and built in collaboration with Erik Rolf of Alliance Bicycles in Ketchum, Idaho. Having met Erik at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, we discovered Alliance and War Axe shared a similar belief regarding how bicycles should go from dream to reality and a partnership was born. We continue to thrash into brave new worlds.

We are War Axe Bicycles.


Super Saver

The Fallbrook Super Saver is running Gravel Worlds specials this weekend on all your favorite power foods, snack cakes, and electrolyte replacements. They’re conveniently located blocks from the start and finish. Don’t forget to stop in for your last minute race needs.

And, if you enjoy a donut out on course on Saturday, chances are it came from the Super Saver bakery.



Traditions Pub

Traditions Pub re-opened February 28th, 2013. They have many old favorites and some new ones!
Now open until 2 am!
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Saturday 4-7pm $2 Beers $2 Wells
Tuesday :$2 Tall Boys and $5 Burger and FF Hand pattied Del Gould Meat
Wednesday: $1.25 Old School Beer, $.50 Bone-less Wings, you’ve had the rest, come try the best!.
Thursday: $4 Homemade Margaritas and $.50 Tacos w/Del Gould meat
Friday: Walleye flown in from Canada. You won’t find it anywhere else like this!
Saturday: Homemade Mexican. Karaoke starts at 9
Sunday: $2 Tall Boys-7″ pizza and a beer $7-Live Trivia @ 5
*Annual Street Dance 2nd Saturday in August
*Annual Car Show last Saturday in September
*Annual Golf Tournament 2nd Saturday in June

1440 W 2nd St, Sprague, Nebraska 68404
(2 miles West off Hwy 33, then 2 miles South)

Alina Serie is the General Manager and she is a large contributor to the Otton Pond Checkpoint.



Moose’s Tooth

In the very same building as Cycle Works, the Moose’s Tooth Outdoor Company, carrying Patagonia, Chaco, North Face and much more.

720 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68503
(402) 475-HIKE(4453)

Monday – Saturday: 9 – 7
Sunday: 12 – 5


The Cyclist Lawyer

Megan Hottman earned her B.A. in Corporate Communications,magna cum laude, and her Juris Doctorate, both from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  After law school, she accepted two consecutive judicial clerkships; one in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, MO and one in Jefferson County District Court in Golden, CO.  As a judicial law clerk, Hottman was responsible for drafting judicial orders, doing legal research for the judges, and serving as bailiff during jury trials. Hottman then joined a firm in Boulder, where she gained valuable experience working on large consumer fraud mass actions, as well as individual personal injury cases.

Hottman has represented over 100 cyclists in their individual cases, as well as provided counsel to other plaintiff’s lawyers, to cycling groups, bike shops, and organizations.  She has authored countless articles and also co-authored a cycling-law resource book, Bicycle Accidents: Biomechanical, Engineering, and Legal Aspects (Rev.Ed), (anticipated publishing date – late 2016).

In addition to representing her own clients, she has been endorsed as a cycling expert by other lawyers.  She is known by Colorado cyclists as well as her fellow attorneys as THE go-to lawyer for anything cycling-related.  She handles cases in all 50 states, and is licensed in Missouri, Colorado, and Arizona.  She provides frequent legal eduation seminars on biking laws, trends she sees in her cases and those nationwide, and education to both novice and veteran riders alike.  She also provides educational and training opportunities to law enforcement officers.

In March 2015, Hottman and her practice were featured in an article titled “Broken Spokes” in Outside Magazine.  A few months later, she was also featured in HBO Real Sports “Bike Wars” episode.

Megan was the 2015 Women’s Single Speed Gravel World Champion



We are a company of athletes. And we know that there will always be world records to destroy, hairier mountain trails to conquer, and personal demons to slay. Whether it’s with long-lasting energy, muscle-rebuilding fuel and protection, or natural hydration in a gel, powder, drink, capsule, or some other form we haven’t invented yet, we are committed to helping propel you to the next level.

From 1993 until today, athletes the world over have come to the same conclusion: GU works. Our Berkeley-based sports nutrition company started with our original GU Energy Gel, a revolutionary and more effective method to keep athletes fueled during exercise. Since then, GU has continued to improve the recipe, incorporating the latest scientific research into its products. In 2001, GU Electrolyte Brew (formerly Gu2o) was launched as the perfect hydration companion to GU Energy Gel. 2008 saw the introduction of Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel, followed by Chomps Energy Chews and GU Recovery Brew in 2009. Every product is formulated to further GU’s mission: to help athletes go faster and longer than ever before.


Otto Family Properties, LLC

Otto Family Properties, LLC (“OFP”) is a family owned real estate company specializing in the buying and selling of residential properties in Southeast Michigan. OFP was founded on the principles of providing value to its clients and not charging any hidden and/or transaction fees. All purchase agreements and closings are supervised by a licensed attorney. Our agents believe in family, honesty and hard work. Our company doesn’t view the real estate deals that we facilitate as one time financial transactions. Rather, we consider them as an opportunity to build a long term relationship. It’s with this philosophy in mind, that we go about our day to day business. We hope to get the opportunity to work with you in the near future.



Branched Oak Farm

Doug and Krista Dittman operate Branched Oak Farm, a family run farm with the help of their sons, Nelson and Andreas.

As the stewards of this 240-acre dairy farm located just 15 miles north of Lincoln, Nebraska, they’re committed to preserving the land and creating farmstead products that are healthy and wholesome, free of chemicals, antibiotics, or hormones. They take pride in knowing that the products are made with sustainable, certified organic methods, and with a positive impact on the environment.

They produce Certified Organic Milk, Farmstead Cheeses, and have other farm products available in our Inconvenience Store (and area retailers) such  as Beef, Pork, Honey, and Eggs

Branched Oak Farm will be hosting an Oasis as you near the 100 mile mark of your journey. The same family also owns the Hub Café, near 21st and Q Streets, just West of Downtown Lincoln.


Lincoln Orthopaedic Center

The inaugural year for Lincoln Orthopaedic Center was 1948, which makes us the most established orthopaedic practice in the Lincoln area. Our physicians offer board certified specialty care in all areas of orthopaedics and sports medicine.

We always strive to make your experience at LOC a friendly, comfortable and positive one. We want you to feel you receive the same high quality care we would offer a member of our own family.

Each day brings new challenges. Lincoln Orthopaedic Center greets every challenge with innovation and compassion and has for over 60 years.

Office Hours: 
Monday – Friday: 8:30am to 5pm

6900 ‘A’ Street, Lincoln,NE 68510
P (402) 436-2000
F (402) 436-2085


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