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, 1 non-draft legal time trial, and a championship race. All races take place in the fall and start at noon.
**For 2020 there is no in person registration, online only.**
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.
For 2020 the series has 4 different and unique races. Each race is set on a course of 5 to 6 miles and consist of multiple laps. There are 2 men and women's category's, single speed, mens and womens masters, along with an open C category. 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 slection of gearing makes is to easy. The masters class is for men and women aged 50+. The grand masters is for men 60+. The "Open C" category is for those that want to be apart of the race but in a non competitive way. Men's/women's A will start together. Men's/women's B will start together. Single speed, masters and grand masters will start together. The open C will start on its own. 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, and mens grand masters.
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 you 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.
2020 COVID-19 Protocol
We will be taking the following added precautions for the 2020 event:
We ask that everyone maintain a 6 foot separation during the event when not racing.
Everyone will be required to wear a mask when not racing.
There will be a mandatory pre race check in and temperature check 11 to 11:45am the day of the race. Please come early to avoid creating a line. Keep a 6 foot separation and wear your mask.
Every category will start in waves 3 minutes apart following this order: Men’s/women’s A, men’s/women’s B, single speed/masters/grand masters, open C.
The event will be chip timed. The top 3 in every category will be scored in the order they cross the finish line.
You may start any time AFTER your category wave launch and will be scored according to your chip finish time. All riders will be required to start by 12:15pm.
Awards will be presented immediately after the third place rider finishes. Award recipients will be a minimum of 6 feet apart and masks will be required during awards presentation.
Thanks for choosing to race in the Big Ring Gravel!