Recently, you might have heard that Nebraska isn’t for everyone, but when have gravel racers been interested in including ourselves with “everyone?” Isn’t that one of the reasons we’re all doing this? We certainly think so, and we’d like to invite you to come along for the Robidoux Quick and Dirty on June 22 in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, just a couple hours north of 303 country. So, snag a burrito and some coffee on site before the gun goes off; we’ll roll out at 9 a.m.
Immediately out of town, we’ll cruise along fast gravel roads while the crisp morning air flows over burgeoning corn and bean fields, waking us up if coffee doesn’t do the trick. Take a couple turns, however, and we’ll be up against a piney, sandstone bluff system that presented the first major geologic obstacle for fur trappers on their way west nearly 200 years ago. They found their way through and the route became so popular that Antoine Robidoux—the race’s namesake—set up an aid station of sorts for Oregon Trail travelers in the form of a trading post. The trading post is still located about halfway up the first lung-buster we’ll encounter. Stop and take a peak if you’re not on the hunt for podium cash; $300 for the first woman and man across the line with second and third place filling their pockets, as well.
Once past Antoine’s, immigrants crested the bluffs and likely took a break to admire the view of Wyoming. Unfortunately, their wagons didn’t have 40c rubber or disc brakes, so the impending descent wasn’t as fun as it will be for us! We’ll loop around, climb a couple more passes, rally their corresponding descents, pass some pioneer graves, make animal noises at cows and turkeys (and peacocks if we’re lucky), bringing us to our final sprint. We’ll spend our last watts on pavement through Mitchell Pass, crossing the same path as later western immigrants. Look to your left or right here and you’ll see the ruts their wagon wheels left behind.
Waiting at the finish line for our 21+ racers is an RQD pint glass filled with award-winning refreshment from the venerable Flyover Brewing Company! Shower up and hydrate, we’ve got a full evening planned with awards, raffle, and a concert by Colorado’s own Grant Farm, a high-energy Cosmic Americana band destined to keep us moving! 75 mile racers and family receive free entry. Check the bullets below for all the most important details and click that registration link or hit us with any questions!
- 75 or 28 miles of pristine High Plains gravel
- $55 or $20, respectively
- Equal cash payout: $300, $200, $100 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd men and women.
- Raffle for an MRP Baxter gravel fork, among other prizes
- Custom RQD pint glass to fill after the race and take home
- Aid stations throughout the race stocked with fresh foods and fuel from Skratch Labs and Honey Stinger
- Performance by Boulder’s Grant Farm at Five Rocks Amphitheater for you and your family after the race
Register now: http://robidouxquickdirty.wixsite.com/race/registration