Alright, that’s more like it, now you’re talking! You can do it, mates! I’ve never seen such sailors. Not in all my born days, I ain’t. Naturals! My God, everyone of you, naturals…”

-Captain Ron

Your Routes
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2017’s routes include some new twists and some annual favorites. Our start/finish location is again in the Fallbrook Neighborhood on the Northwest edge of Lincoln. You had to know we’d include stretches of Branched Oak Road, a stop in Malcolm, and stops at both the Reinkordt Farm and Schmidty’s Aunt and Uncle’s place on S 176th St. We will traverse a generally counter-clockwise route and much of the race will be contested in Lancaster County; we will make minimal forays into the counties of Saunders, Butler and Seward.

The Ohio PCL Chapter President (who has accurate elevation plotting GPS software) sent us the elevation gain profile (the graphic above). In 2015 when he plotted the course, he sent us this communication

“Ouch…11,000+ feet of gain. Nebraska is not flat…”

Good to know our part of the Midwest isn’t settling or leveling out any. According to his plotting, this years Official Gravel Worlds Course will climb 11,186 feet.

For the Privateer Course, while we don’t have exact numbers, we expect the elevation gain to be somewhere in the 5,000 foot range.

The course will not be marked! You must navigate yourself using the cue sheets or a GPS device.

GPX and TCX Files
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Official Gravel Worlds Course GPX/TCX

GPX File Download :: TCX File Download

NEW! NEW! TCX FILE
(VERIFIED as working)

We have had a few people tell us that the first TCX file did not contain (digital) cue sheets, and that they were having difficulties with loading it into Garmin Connect. A few things contribute to this phenomena, more than we’ll describe here. BUT, we have had no luck with any GPX or TCX (many files from different sources, including last years’ files which worked perfectly) loading into Garmin Connect. Here is what we recommend doing to install the route on your device:

  1. Download and decompress (Unzip) the (new) link above.
  2. Plug your Garmin into the computer where you downloaded it
  3. Unfold the folder structure of your Garmin and look for a file called “New Files”
  4. Drop the .tcx file into that folder
  5. Eject your Garmin and upon restart look in “Courses”. Your .tcx file will be in your list of courses. (It appears on a/my Garmin 810 Edge as “Gravel Worlds 2; your name may be different).

Privateer Course GPX/TCX

GPX File Download :: TCX File Download

If you are using a Garmin (or similar) for your primary navigation, you will want to download one (or both) of these files and upload it/them onto your device.

These are accurate to the best of our knowledge, but in the spirit of “you being responsible for you”  it would be wise to carry cues (on paper or a digital PDF) for a second reference. When in doubt, use cue sheets as your definitive source of route information, Pirates cannot control the accuracy of all things digital.

Maps

The GPX and TCX files above were generated from the following MapMyRide plotting of the courses.

MapMyRide Official Gravel Worlds Course
MapMyRide Privateer Course

They provide good visuals of the roads in use (as does the map to the upper right of this text).

A fellow pirate took our plotting and posted a route in Strava, so you have yet another way to view and get data on the course. It is posted here.

And here is another in Google Maps.

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Your Cue Sheets
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Gravel Worlds Official Cue Sheets

Privateer Cue Sheets

If you want cue sheets you will need to print your own. We may have a limited number of cue sheets at the Rider Check-in, but it is not a promise.

Above is an example of the cue sheets. Please be familiar with how to read and navigate with these cue sheets. We have done our best to provide accurate directional arrows and prompts to guide your way. Please pay close attention to each road sign 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.

Below are some notations on the cues regarding Oasis’ and Checkpoints.

CHECKPOINTS
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CHECKPOINTS ARE MANDATORY!

The Privateer Course has no checkpoints, but for the Official Gravel Worlds participants: You are required to sign-in; you will receive a pipe cleaner as proof of passage. Water and snacks are available. These checkpoints are manned by volunteers and sponsors who are gracious (giving up their day to aid in your duress) helping you on your voyage, any displays of less than complete gratitude will be considered treason and dealt with accordingly.

There are two (2) mandatory checkpoints on this year’s route:

  1. REINKORDT FARM CHECKPOINT feat. JANE’S FAMOUS PICKLES – Mile 84.9
    The fine clan that offered up their lands for parking and start/finishes for more than one of our voyages. Protectors of the Southwest Seas; give ’em some love, or don’t tread on their waters in future adventures.
  2. SCHMIDTY’S  AUNT  &  UNCLES’ FAMOUS  CHECKPOINT – Mile 123.6
    The nicest people on the high seas. ‘Twer we to avoid their waters, mayhem would likely ensue, they’ve been aboard for every voyage. They’re good folks; we know it’s near the end and you’re tired, we don’t care. Thank them, or else. You’ve been warned.
    BACK in 2017, PEPE! Pepito Fierro will have wraps and smoothies. Give him some love, too!

PRIVATEER OASIS’
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AND FOOD OPTIONS

OASIS’ ARE OPTIONAL

The Privateer route has no mandatory stops as there are no checkpoints, BUT a “thank you” upon heading out of any of them if you choose to stop IS mandatory. We have a number of  Oasis’ to help you along your journey.

  1. Otto Pond – Mile 27.1
    We expect water only, donuts if you’re lucky. It’s early on at mile 27.1, but you may regret not befriending these allies.
  2. Valparaiso – Mile 46.8
    This could be a memorable part of the voyage, and make for some tall tales… Historically, we have stopped in Val at Tvrdy’s One Stop Convenience store. This year is no different, as they are opening their doors and in addition to their normal cash register they have informed us that they’ll have a cash box setup indoors to speed your stop. Additionally, the Boy Scouts of Valparaiso will have fluids and snacks at a table outdoors in their parking lot. There is another convenience store north and just west of Tvrdy’s (on the highway, careful!), and a number of bars along main street.
  3. Branched Oak Farm – Mile 62.2
    Sustainable Agriculture/Stewards of the Land/Dairy Farmers Extraordinaire, the Dittman’s, (who had an elaborate Oasis set up last year) will have water in jugs at their front gate. When you see the Jersey herd as you crest the hill on NW 70th, you’ll know you’re there.
  4. The Ding-A-Ling Bar, Raymond – Mile 65.1
    Along 1st Street in Raymond lies “the Ding.” Home to the source of more hangovers than we could dream of (and we’re pirates!). Here you’ll find some hot food and cold beverages. For those wishing to start their post-race festivities before reaching port, this is your spot.

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OFFICIAL
OASIS’
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AND FOOD OPTIONS

(MOST) OASIS’ ARE OPTIONAL

For the Official Gravel Worlds participants, some of the oasis’ serve as both Checkpoint and Oasis – the ones which serve as checkpoint are mandatory, as is a “thank you” upon heading out. We have a number of  Oasis’ to help you along your journey.

  1. Otto Pond – Mile 27.1
    We expect water only, donuts if you’re lucky. It’s early on at mile 27.1, but you may regret not befriending these allies.
  2. Valparaiso – Mile 46.8
    This could be a memorable part of the voyage, and make for some tall tales… Historically, we have stopped in Val at Tvrdy’s One Stop Convenience store. This year is no different, as they are opening their doors and in addition to their normal cash register they have informed us that they’ll have a cash box setup indoors to speed your stop. Additionally, the Boy Scouts of Valparaiso will have fluids and snacks at a table outdoors in their parking lot. There is another convenience store north and just west of Tvrdy’s (on the highway, careful!), and a number of bars along main street.
  3. Malcolm General Store – Mile 74.6
    While it’s only 10 more miles to the Reinkordt’s, passing up this option may make your day a bit more painful by the end. Not only is it a regular stop for us, these people look forward to our company— it’s their busiest day of the year—they’ve got retro snacks and an interesting vibe to match. Oh yeah, Lippy’s BBQ is right around the corner on the gravel, in case your weakness for pork is in question, test your temptation here. A full menu of meats and sides are available. You’ll smell it, trust us on this one. 
  4. The Reinkordt Farm – Mile 84.9
    YOU MUST STOP HERE AS THIS IS ALSO A CHECKPOINT.
    Your first Checkpoint/Oasis combo. Love ’em or don’t show yer faces.
  5. Roca Tavern – Mile 103.1
    THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL “OASIS” but you oughtta’ give them some love. In the tiny Hamlet of Roca, the Roca Bar opens their doors to your needs. In addition to their year-round sidewalk cooler of ice-water, they’ve stocked up on snacks and drinks to fuel your voyage. These folks are bike-friendly, we need more people like them. Also, just across the street from the Tavern, IT IS A REMOTE POSSIBILITY THAT WE WILL AGAIN HAVE Kona IceThe first 100 riders to stop get a FREE KONA ICE! Be sure to stop & enjoy the Pirate special. No need to worry if you’re not one of the first 100 they accept cash and credit cards.
  6. Casey’s General Store, Bennet – Mile 116.8
    “Known for pizza.” And donuts and fountain sodas and everything else your 116-point-one-miles-under-your-belt selves are hankerin’ for.
  7. Schmidty’s Aunt & Uncle – Mile 123.6
    You know them. Seems like old times. Only 28 miles to go…
    YOU MUST STOP HERE AS THIS IS ALSO A CHECKPOINT.