Ride the early spring gravel race in the driftless area

The Driftless 100 Ride Gravel Race is a hilly road race (mainly gravel) through Clayton County. And yes, this race is in Iowa, if your bike knows no borders. A short distance from the Minnesota border, you will find beautiful landscapes in one of Iowa’s best-kept secret places. If you are ready to get some training miles in, this gravel race is on Saturday, April 27th. The perfect way to kick off spring. Here, you will find over 10,000 feet of climbing on the 100, 50, and 25-mile race course. 

A scenic course through history.

The race is designed to showcase the Driftless region of the state. Where even the savviest gravel rider will find new heights. Over 90% of the race is on limestone gravel, with about 5% on pavement and 5% on level b/c roads. 

Gorgeous views as you climb the hills.

 It is not designed to be a mud fest, but it is April, and the current forecast suggests the race may become sloppy. With course options ranging from 100 miles to 25 miles, the race will test your skills. Making it a perfect event to train for this coming season of rides and races.  

The Driftless Branding Iron awaits your completion.

An added carrot for those who finish the 100-mile course in under 7 hours. They will be awarded a Driftless branding Iron for finishing.  You do have to follow the official course and receive aid only at the aid stations to earn this award.  

Can’t make it, ride gravel routes throughout the year

If you can’t make it to the Driftless 100 on April 27th and want to experience Clayton County’s scenic gravel roads. Here is a Gravel Touring  Map to help you plan your next adventure. It also shows stops for local breweries, coffee shops, or wineries. Or, check out their events and entertainment before grabbing a bite at one of the county’s fine restaurants and cafés.

While visiting, you can also expand your knowledge of local history at a museum or browse the fine art galleries. Various retail shops and boutiques make visiting a family affair.

Visit Clayton County! Here, you can enjoy gorgeous views and much more while biking and hiking along the Mississippi River bluff.