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…”
More information on the courses will be released at a later date. We don’t want any local riders to have an advantage.
2018’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.
Official Gravel Worlds Course GPX/TCX
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:
- Download and decompress (Unzip) the (new) link above.
- Plug your Garmin into the computer where you downloaded it
- Unfold the folder structure of your Garmin and look for a file called “New Files”
- Drop the .tcx file into that folder
- 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
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.
The GPX and TCX files above were generated from the following MapMyRide plotting of the courses.
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.
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.