The Solstice Gravel Grinder is in its third year as a premier, grassroots, Nebraska gravel grinder that starts and ends in Malcolm, Nebraska, on June 22, 2019. This ride will journey through the communities of Valparaiso, Loma, Brainard, Dwight, Bee, Garland, and Malcolm. The riders will experience all kinds of gravel roads from flat to hilly to super hilly. And just because we know you want adventure, we will even throw in a few MMRs.
The Solstice 100 field will be limited to 100 riders and will start at 7am. We will also feature a shorter option, a 50+ mile gravel grinder, called the Solar Fiddy. The fiddy will be limited to 50 riders and will start at 7:15am. It will follow many of the same roads as the southern half of the Solstice 100 route. There will be one checkpoint at the halfway point, with limited SAG support.
The Solstice is a self-supportive ride, so plan to bring enough water and supplies to get you in between checkpoints, which are roughly 30-40 miles apart. We will have water, minimal SAG support, and a tire pump at the checkpoints. If you want, you can stop in the local convenience stores or bars and do your own thing.
This is your ride, so you do what you have to do to make it to the end. You can’t cheat though. There will be checkpoints you must go through to be a Solstice 100 finisher and earn your finishers' patch! If you decide that you cannot continue? Well, this is your ride, so you will need to find a ride home.
We called this event the Solstice for a reason; it’s a day after the longest day of the year, so it’s gonna be HOT! Hot and you will be pedaling 50-100 miles on your own, so prepare yourself. We will release the routes the week before the event and will have an all-gravel backup route planned in case of muddy roads. Both routes will be available to down in both cue card and GPS file formats. It is your responsibility to print the routes as we will not be supplying them the day of the race.