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BIGRINGGRAVEL

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bicyclexchange

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We are a fast paced gravel cycling series. Held on the gravel back roads around Wichita, KS. Short course and fast paced. Think of us as the crit racing of the gravel world. 

Started in 2002 the series consists of 3 draft legal circuits and 1 non-draft legal time trial. All races take place in the fall and start at noon. 

Results 

 

This is one of the longest running gravel race series in the country. Started by the Bicycle X-Change crew in 2002 as a unique way to challenge road and off road racers alike. 

The BRG series has 4 different and unique races. Each race is set on a course with its own unique challenges. There is a technical course. There is a hilly course. There is our time trial course. Of course there is one loop that has it all. We offer the following categories military and 1st responders category, along with A&B men and women's category's, single speed, mens and women's masters, mens grand masters. The "A" category is for the racer that wants the full Big Ring experience in the most competitive environment. The "B" category is for the racer that is still competitive but doesn't have the power or skill to mix it up in the full "A" race. The single speed is for those that think a selection of gearing makes it to easy. The masters class is for men and women aged 50+. The grand masters is for men 60+. The military and 1st responders will give those men and women that put their life on the line for all of us a chance for bragging rights of who's the best. Awards will be distributed to the top 3 in each of the following categories. Men's/Women's A & B, Single speed, men's/women's masters class, mens grand masters, and military & 1st responders

The courses are set on true Kansas gravel roads. They range from concrete smooth to bone jarring chunky and can vary from year to year depending on maintenance and weather. Most of the courses are on main roads but they can still become muddy if it rains. The race will go on even in rain, snow, sleet, and sun. Please plan your clothing appropriately.

 

There are no bike regulations and it's a run what you bring race. Most racers will be riding some kind of gravel bike. Durable gravel tires are highly recommended. All courses are open and could have traffic on them. It is your responsibility to obey all traffic laws and be safe. All of the courses are remote locations and do not have bathroom services. Please plan accordingly.

As the race organizers we reserve the right to change or modify anything about the race as we see fit. 

Big Ring Gravel presented by Bicycle X-Change is a gravel circuit race series around the Wichita Kansas surrounding area.

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whitewater
falls
loop

Even better in 2022 this 15.4 mile loop will challenge your bike skills. 2 laps totaling 31 miles with doglegs, rough minimum maintenance roads, tree lined roads, and multiple river crossings you will need to be on your game. Then if it rains the mud will be a new level of challenging. Parking will be at the Whitewater Falls Stock Barn. 433 NW Falls Rd Towanda, KS

 

Augusta Airport loop

This has been a fan favorite and with the changes I'm sure it will continue to be high on the list. This is a 12.1 mile T loop with a switchback climb, a few long grinder one with a nice kicker at the top. There are several tricky turns to test your skills and just some really nice gravel roads. This stage will serve as our Gravel TT.  Every rider will complete 2 laps against the clock. This is a time trial start with each rider going off approximately every 15-30 seconds. No drafting on this one. Parking at the airport 4800 W. Beech drive, Augusta, KS. 

 

Gordon Loop

This is a 30.5 mile loop with 2 loops of the original Gordon Loop winding around the Walnut river. It is a scenic course with a very tricky and tough switch back that finishes off with a long false flat to the start/finish line. The new addition has some great gravel roads and some paved roads. There is some nice punchy short climbs. We have even included a closed bridge to traffic! Bicycles can cross without a problem. Parking is located in Gordon, KS in the gravel lot in front of the maintenance shed. 16231 SW Hunter Rd. Augusta, KS.

 

Buffalo Road Loop

This will be one of the most challenging courses in the Big Ring arsenal. We saved the best for last! It is a combination of the old Towanda loop with the famous Buffalo Road. This will be a 14 mile loop, each rider will will complete 2 loops for a total of 28 miles. Make sure your small ring is working! With more than just one short punchy climb your going to need it. Make sure to wave at the cow on top of the old school house. Parking will be at Fulton Valley Farms at 5079 SW Fulton Rd, Towanda, KS 67144.