June 17, 2023
$4,200 total cash prizes for first place finishers
Nirvana: a state of perfect happiness; an ideal or idyllic place
Gravel: crunchy, challenging surface that brings immense pain or pleasure
Relay: Sharing the pain and pleasure with friends
Nirvana Gravel Relay
The Nirvana Gravel Relay is a gravel grinder for the serious soloist or a challenging social event for the gravel enthusiast. It is a passion project of an avid gravel cyclist and his friends and family to offer a unique cycling experience combining endurance and team racing.
Racers choose their own experience. Options include completing the entire 220-mile course as a solo rider, teaming up with a partner to each complete half, or joining a four-person team to each tackle one leg of the cloverleaf course. Racers will start and finish each stage of the race at the race grounds, allowing support crews to enjoy vendors and entertainment while waiting for their racer's return
The 220-mile course is broken down into four legs:
Boonslick: 55 miles
Big Lick: 55 miles
Big Muddy: 55 miles
Prairie Lick: 55 miles
Race legs will be completed consecutively in the order specified by race coordinators on the day of the event.
All racers are self-supported while on the course. Each solo or team racer will return to the race grounds and cross the "finish" line for that specific leg before receiving support. Racers can change any equipment, including entire bikes, between finishing a leg and starting the next leg. Any racer support found on the course will be disqualifying.
Two-person and four-person teams must evenly divide the course among the riders.
Racers, support crews, and vendors are invited to converge on the race grounds for primitive camping on June 16. Fee-based camper hookups are available nearby and require reservations.
But you don't have to do it all by yourself.
CHOOSE YOUR adventure
Racers can choose the endurance experience by taking on the entire 222-mile route as a solo racer.
Relay racers can choose to a two-person option with each riding two legs of the route,
or the four-person option with each rider racing one of the approximately 55-mile legs.
Racers on course are self-supported only. Racer support must remain on the
race grounds and may offer aid and resources only while racers are on the property.
No Team? No Problem!
Utilize the event Facebook page to connect with other potential racers to organize a team...
Or register to be randomly paired with another racer pledging the same distance!
Rules of the Race
BE SAFE. Carry plenty of water and nutrition to stay healthy on each leg of the race.
You are responsible for yourself. Organizers, staff, sponsors, or promoter's are NOT responsible for any unfortunate outcome that may be incurred to people or property during participation in this race or while on the race grounds.
Each racer is considered to be on a private excursion and remains solely responsible for getting lost, stranded or injured or worse.
All riders must wear protective helmets at all times.
All bikes on course must utilize a front and rear headlight 30 minutes before sunset through 30 minutes after sunrise.
This is a timed event. For the safety of the riders, a 10-mph average off time will be enforced for each leg of the race. If a rider does not complete the leg within the 10 mph average window, they will be designated as DNF for the event. There will be no exceptions.
Support crews are not allowed on the course except to pick up a rider abandoning the race. If support crew are found on course, their supported team will be marked DNF (Did Not Finish) and will not be allowed to finish their legs. There are no exceptions.
Support crews are allowed to help only at the designated exchange area at the end of each clover leaf.
Within the designated exchange area, riders can change out any equipment, including a complete bike.
Riders must abide by the rules of the road. This is an open road course and there will be motor vehicles of all types and various speeds traveling through and across the race course.
If you come upon someone along the route traveling by horseback, you must set your bike down and wait for the animal and its passenger to pass by safely. Anyone that is found breaking this rule will be banned for life to all events in the future.
Participant substitution is allowed up until the day before the race at 5pm.
Each of the top five competitors for every class must submit a Strava or Ride with GPS activity showing the route taken before placings will be awarded. In the event a competitor cannot prove the correct route was utilized, they will be considered DNF and will forfeit winnings.
Cheaters will be banned from all events in the future and will forfeit any winnings incurred during the race.
Electronic shifting is permitted; however, electronic assistance or "e-bikes" are not eligible for placement or awards outside of an e-bike-specific category.