8 Annual Gravel Cycling Events to Try in Nebraska

Gear up for an exciting journey through Nebraska's premier gravel cycling destinations, where adventure awaits around every bend. These remarkable events promise an exhilarating and scenic ride for cyclists of all levels. Get ready to pedal through the picturesque landscapes and experience the thrill of gravel cycling for an unforgettable biking escapade!

1. gravel worlds

Lincoln Nebraska's Gravel Worlds
Gravel Worlds - Michael McColgan

Month: August

Experience the thrill of gravel cycling at Gravel Worlds, born from a group of friends' passion for biking on gravel around Lincoln. Since its start, the annual event has grown into a beloved tradition for 15 years, welcoming cyclists of all levels to enjoy the adventure of riding through Nebraska's scenic countryside. 

Explore Lincoln: When in Lincoln, immerse yourself in the history of the city by exploring the Historic Haymarket District. Enjoy a meal at The Hub Cafe, followed by shopping in the charming boutiques downtown. Stroll through the Sheldon Museum of Art on the stunning campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and see the world's finest collection of fossil elephants at Morrill Hall. Don’t miss out on touring the Nebraska State Capitol, and make your stay more convenient by staying at The Graduate, the host hotel for the event. 

2. robidoux rendezvous

Image from the 2022 Robidoux Rendezvous
2022 Robidoux Rendezvous - Scott Tribby

Month: June

Explore the captivating history and breathtaking landscapes of Gering at Robidoux Rendezvous. Their various courses are designed with fun, safety and historical significance in mind, offering a seamless experience on race day. 

Explore Gering: Discover Gering’s natural beauty at the Scottsbluff National Monument, a landmark important for pioneers along the Oregon Trail. After, learn more about local and pioneer history at the Legacy of the Plains Museum. Enjoy a concert at the scenic Five Rocks Amphitheatre, and savor local cuisine at the Steel Grill Steakhouse and Bar. Fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Gering by camping at the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.

3. solstice gravel grinder

Solstice Gravel Grinder
Solstice Gravel Grinder

Month: June

Discover the thrill of gravel cycling at the annual Solstice Gravel Grinder, set in the charming town of Beatrice. Cyclists will pedal through scenic surrounding communities, experiencing a diverse range of gravel roads, from flat stretches to challenging hills. Check out its sister race, the 50k Kindler, which takes riders through scenic Chief Standing Bear Trail. With route options catering to all skill levels, there's something for everyone.

Explore Beatrice: Extend your stay in Beatrice by exploring the 150-acre lake at Rockford State Recreation Area. Explore artist Ervin Dixon’s pottery creations at Cedar Creek Pottery, then browse vintage clothing and fashion artifacts at Yesterday’s Lady. Finish your stay by tasting local wines at Tall Tree Tastings in downtown Beatrice.

4. grounded nebraska

Grounded Nebraska in Roca
Grounded Nebraska

Month: June

Embark on a serene cycling retreat at Grounded Nebraska, where cyclists are welcomed to immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of rural Nebraska. Explore well-maintained gravel routes amidst peaceful surroundings, providing the ideal setting for a rejuvenating biking experience away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Grounded Nebraska offers the perfect escape in Roca for cyclists looking to connect with nature and enjoy the simple pleasures of cycling. 

Explore Roca: Don’t forget to stop at Roca Berry Farm, a 180-acre farm that grows strawberries, pumpkins, squash and gourds. Enjoy the views and explore the vineyard with a glass of wine at the Capitol View Winery, then spend the night at the Wunder Roost B&B, located on century-old farm.

5. buffalo bill rough rider

Biking through Nebraska hills and canyons
Play North Platte

Month: June

Embark on an unforgettable biking journey through Nebraska hills and canyons at the Buffalo Bill Rough Rider Gravel Event. Cyclists will traverse paved and dirt roads in North Platte, encountering thick groves of trees and native grasses that populate the hill country. Riders will have the opportunity to experience one of Nebraska’s best mountain biking trails, Potter’s Pasture, for a thrilling ride through breathtaking landscapes and Nebraska's wilderness.

Explore North Platte: Dive deep into the Buffalo Bill legacy by exploring the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and State Recreation Area. Experience the world’s largest railroad classification at the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, offering panoramic views of the Union Pacific Railroad’s operations. Fill your appetite with craft brews and delicious dishes at Pals Brewing Company, then wrap up your adventure by staying at North Platte’s newest hotel, the Tru by Hilton.

6. omaha jackrabbit

Omaha Jackrabbit Race
125-mile Jackrabbit Race- photographer Emilie Kenoyer, 2015

Month: October

Explore the picturesque countryside surrounding Omaha with the Omaha Jackrabbit gravel event, offering cyclists a unique and unforgettable biking experience. The course boasts significant elevation gain and showcases a mix of gravel and dirt roads. Join an exhilarating bike ride through the heart of Nebraska's countryside and prepare for the challenge and adventure that awaits!

Explore Omaha: Explore a variety of museums in Omaha, including the Joslyn Art Museum, or the Durham Museum. Venture outdoors and explore the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters Visitor Center for views of the 3,000 foot Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge or explore the new Riverfront, featuring three parks. Enjoy family-friendly fun at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium or the Omaha Children’s Museum. Finish your trip by strolling through the Old Market, where you can shop, eat, and soak in the vibrant city atmosphere.

7. louisville classic

image from the Louisville Classic Gravel Grinder
Louisville Classic Gravel Grinder

Month: April

Experience the charm of Nebraska's countryside at the Louisville Classic Gravel Grinder in Louisville. Beyond the challenging routes and welcoming atmosphere, this event offers great food and raffle prizes. Join for a day of adventure and community spirit at the Louisville Classic!

Explore  Louisville: Experience the great outdoors with Platte River Rentals, offering canoe, kayak, tube, and paddle-board rentals. Explore more activities at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex, where you can participate in archery and rifle ranges. Indulge in specialty bison at the Scott Lodge restaurant, open seasonally at the Platte River State Park, where you can see spectacular views from the Lincoln Journal Tower and stay in comfortable cabins during your stay.

8. lazy horse gravel grind

Lazy Horse Gravel Grind
Lazy Horse Gravel Grind

Month: May

The Lazy Horse Gravel Grind, hosted by Lazy Horse Brewing, offers cyclists a laid-back yet exhilarating biking experience through the tranquil landscapes of rural Nebraska in Ohiowa. Join fellow riders for a day of exploration and camaraderie in this scenic corner of the Heartland.

Explore Ohiowa: After the race, relax and enjoy a drink in the tasting room of the Lazy Horse Vineyard and Brewing. Then explore the Ohiowa community center at the historical Ohiowa Auditorium. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal at the Ohiowa Café, and camp overnight at the Willard L. Meyer Recreation Area.

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