GRAVEL SERIES

 

Welcome to the Black Hills Gravel Series!  The Gravel Series is string of community group events that allow you to explore the area with like-minded people one ride at a time.  The intent of these rides is to be open to all abilities and ages. 

There is no entry fee for the rides, no support, no medals, no course markings.  Come for the experience, challenge and community! If this sounds like something you are interested in, we look forward to seeing you!

  • 2021 Schedule

    We are back to a Spring Series for 2021!  Details and start locations will be shared when they are ready; however, you can expect new routes and a couple new locations.

    Save the dates! 

    • 4/10 - FAIRBURN
    • 4/24 - TBD
    • 5/8 - TBD
    • 5/22 - TBD
  • Routes

    Regardless of where you are on your cycling journey, the gravel series has a route for you!  For now, there are three different route options to choose from on each event day.  Due to alliteration issues, the route names have changed for 2020 to a recognized system: Green, Blue and Black.

    GREEN: Routes will be 10-15 miles in length and will feature minimal elevation gain (<1000'). These routes are designed for getting someone new into gravel riding or pulling kids or dogs in a trailer.  The navigation and roads on these routes will be kept fairly straightforward. 

    BLUE: Routes will be 25-30 miles in length with 1500' to 3000' of elevation gain and are perfect for getting out on your bike with some friends and earning that post-ride reward!  

    BLACK: Routes will be around 50-60 miles in length and can have elevation gain ranging from 2500' on prairie gravel to over 5000' in the heart of the Hills. 

  • Navigation

    To navigate routes, cue sheets and GPS files will be provided.  Using only a cue sheet and simple cycling odometer, you will be able to navigate these routes.  For those that want their GPS to guide them, you can download the appropriate file directly from RideWithGPS. If you are using a GPS to navigate, I strongly recommend having a printed copy of the cue sheet as well.  Routes for each event will be posted as well as emailed out once the event gets closer. 

  • Start / Finish Locations

    Start and finish locations are selected on several key factors.  We strive for a combination of great access to gravel for all route lengths, ample parking, and options for food and beverages after the ride. 

    We hope you stick around after the rides to socialize with your riding pals old and new! 

2021 routes

April 10th 

Fairburn, SD

The series kickoff ride is happening this Saturday, April 10th, in Fairburn, home of the Fairburn Agate!  The gravel is fast, barely traveled and provides lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.  
 
Most of the hills out here are rolling but a few are steep and punchy - just enough to test your spring legs.  Also, you can count on the wind making a guest appearance, it just comes with the territory.  
 
I love the views of the Black Hills range, open blue skies on these routes and baby cows. But don't take my word for it come check it out for yourself!   
 

Start Location:

150 Linn St, Fairburn, SD 57738

Schedule:

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM → Open House Check-In

We are treating each ride this year as an open house.  Feel free to start any time that day that you'd like to.  Come check in with us and make sure we have a waiver on file for you.

Stay in the loop!

All routes provided are intended for individual use only.  All route users are accepting full responsibility for riding on open roads