HUGE THANKS to Hammer Nutrition for generously agreeing to support our Inaugural Ride Around the Rubies: Gravel Ride event as THE Nutritional Sponsor!
Each entrant will receive: One Hammer Nutrition Goody Bag, made of 100% recycled product, pre-stuffed with product information, a pouch of Hammer Gel, a single serving of Endurolytes Fiz in 2 different flavors and lots of room remaining for all of the additional samples and swag provided to participants!
Aid Stations - Porta Potties - Water Stops
All of these will be available for riders and volunteers along the route. Location details will be provided to help you plan. Watch this website for current information and new announcements.
Gas stations and grocery stores
There are no grocery stores or gas stations in Lamoille, Nevada. Nearest gas stops and grocery stores before you reach Lamoille are in Spring Creek, http://khourysmarket.com/spring-creek one at 568 W. Spring Valley Ct. and the other at 282 Spring Creek Parkway. CHECK THE STORE HOURS!
What road conditions should I expect?
Everything from lightly traveled, well maintained paved highway, well compacted dirt, washboards, loose sand-gravel, some areas of well compacted rocky road. There are several significant segments with energy-sucking loose sand-gravel. Corners will likely have choppy washboards on the inside line to loose gravel on the outside line. There may be a couple of water crossings on the segment from Pleasant Valley Road to Lee, and it’s possible that some sections between Secret Pass highway and Lamoille to have water crossings depending on winter snowpack and spring storms. The east side of Harrison Pass (117 mile Ruby Loop) has the steepest downhill grades (up to 10%) on a twisting gravel road with choppy washboards and loose gravel.
How many miles are gravel, pavement?
Ruby Loop – 60 miles on gravel, 57 on pavement
Secret Pass Loop – 41 miles on gravel, 21 on pavement
Lee Loop – 28 miles on gravel, 8 on pavement
What sort of bike is the best choice, and how should it be set up?
Bike choice and set-up is a very personal decision, however the best bike for this event will be a dedicated cyclocross or gravel bike with disc brakes, clearance for up to 45-50mm tires. In general, a low profile tubeless tire will roll the fastest. Anything less than a 35mm tire will result in a lot of bad words and a very long day, which we wish to avoid. I've ridden most of the gravel of this course on UCI-legal 32mm cyclocross tires, and it did result in multiple pinch flats, a couple of dented rims, and a rather harsh ride. My 38mm tubeless setup is faster and easier on the hands and tush.
Alternatively, a hard tail or even rigid cross country mountain bike with ~1.5 – 1.9” tires, low profile tread pattern will work well.
Don't bring newly mounted tubeless tires that you haven't put a few rides on to ensure that sealant is distributed and working.
How long will this take?
Skilled, fit riders should be able to complete the short course (36 mile Lee Loop) in 2-3 hours. The 62 mile Secret Pass Loop should be on the order of 4-6 hours, and the 117 mile Ruby Loop in 8-12 hours. A couple of local riders completed the long course in just over 8 hours moving time while training for the Nevada State 508 (which they won in the 2-person category).
Will there be Cutoff times along the course?
Yes – to be determined but we’re shooting for maximum of 12 hours total time for the full distance (117 mile Ruby Loop), 8 hours for the intermediate distance (62 mile Secret Pass Loop) and 4 hours for the short distance (36 mile Lee Loop). Participants in the two shorter routes (Secret Pass and Lee Loops) can easily turn around at any point. Please check in at the nearest rest stop or with any on-course volunteers if you do this. On the long ride, Harrison Pass summit is essentially a point of no return, the easiest way out at that point is to finish the full loop.
What should I carry?
Tire repair stuff (pump, CO2 cartridges and inflator, tubes (even with tubeless--yes, I've needed a tube to make it home with tubeless that wouldn't seal), patch kit, tire levers), multi-tool with appropriate allen wrenches for your bike, chain tool, chain quick-links, Madonna di Ghisallo prayer card
Water – 2 water bottles (and/or a hydration pack)
Appropriate clothing – rain shell (not likely but possible – check the forecast)
What weather conditions to expect?
Start time temperature is likely to be in the 40-60 degree range, afternoon high probably in the 80’s to mid-90’s. It can be hotter, and it is not unknown to be snowing on the summer solstice. Top of Harrison or Secret Pas at 10 a.m.--60's-80's; Ruby Valley mid-day to early afternoon--80's-90's. Wind is typically out of the SSW, but can be any direction – check National Weather Service or Windy.com for what are generally reliable short term (1-3 day) forecasts.
What sort of accommodations are in the area?
Elko has numerous local and national chain hotels and motels.
Camping is available at the USFS developed campground at Thomas Canyon Campground in scenic Lamoille Canyon--reserve early as this is a small and popular campground. Thomas Canyon campground has potable water, restrooms and a couple of trash dumpsters. There are also a number of dispersed (undeveloped) campsites in the Right Fork Canyon area lower down in Lamoille Canyon. These sites are primitive with no services--please remember to pack your trash, bring your own water and practice good stewardship of our public lands--Leave no Trace. There is also camping at South Fork Reservoir (NV State Park) and limited dispersed camping on Harrison Pass and Soldier Creek.
There are a number of Bed and Breakfast and vacation rental accommodations in Elko, Spring Creek and Lamoille area as well.
Elko and Spring Creek have multiple grocery stores. Most restaurants are in Elko though there are a couple in Lamoille and Spring Creek.
Elko has a local bike shop (Bristlecone Bikes). It is a small shop with competent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic owner and staff, but it is tiny by comparison to Salt Lake, Reno or Boise shops, so please keep that in mind.
Other Gravel events, not entirely in the region:
Salt Lizard 100 (Wendover, NV/UT 16-May)
Dirty Kanza (Emporia, KS 30-May)
Lost and Found Gravel Race (Portola, CA 6-June)
Truckee Dirt Fondo (Truckee, CA 13-June)
Goldrush Gravel Grinder (Spearfish, SD 13-June)
Skull 120 (Burns, OR . 20-June)
Solstice 100 (Beatrice, NE . 20-June)
Crusher in the Tushar (Beaver, UT 11-July)
Rebecca's Private Idaho (Sun Valley, ID 3-6 September)
Stetina’s Sierra Paydirt (Carson City, NV 20-September)