Trail Ramblings: Are You Making Plans Yet?

I’m still getting notifications for rides and events this fall that I haven’t heard of before, so don’t think that “the season,” whatever that means, is over. Also, the announcements for next year’s rides are starting to roll in, so if you’re eager to start filling your calendar, it’s time to make plans. For some, they’re the motivation to put those hours in on the trainer over the winter, as you certainly don’t want to be caught unprepared. I used to think these announcements didn’t start appearing until January, like garden seed catalogs, so either I was wrong, not paying attention, or it really does get earlier every year.

Photo Credit: Pat Schoening

The following are a few upcoming events you can ride yet this fall. There are likely more Mountain Biking, Cyclocross, or other cycling events I don’t know about, but I am not seeing those announcements. Feel free to send along the info. I know the mountain bike trail users are still doing trail work at Branched Oak Lake, and the weather has been good for mountain biking in general. Where the numbers have been needed lately is in Cyclocross. Events can be held only if there is enough participation.

The High Trestle Bridge, Ankeny, IA. See it at night, too.

Nov 09 SAT AW SH*T RIDE 2019 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM High Trestle Trail Trailhead Ankeny, IA (50 miles)
Nov 09 SAT – SUN Nov 10 Frosty Cross, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Municipal Park 935 Park Lane LeMars, IA (Cyclocross racing)
Nov 10 SUN Spoke Pony Gravel Express 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM Eudora, Kansas (25 and 47 mile rides)
Nov 13 WED BRAN 40 Route Release 5 PM · Bike Rack Omaha NE, 14510 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha
Nov 16 SAT Cranksgiving, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM Charity bike party ride, Mulligan’s Brick Oven Grill 205 East 18th St. Cedar Falls, IA (less than 15 miles)
Nov 16 SAT Everyone is welcome gravel ride! 9 AM Walnut Valley Outpost 107 E 7th Ave., Winfield Kansas (approx 50 miles)
Nov. 14 THUR Corey’s Tour Divide (recap) 7 PM · Cycle Works 720 N 27 St., Lincoln, NE
Nov. 17 SUN GPBC Annual meeting 10 AM · The Mill Coffee & Bistro 2021 Transformation Drive, Innovation Campus, Lincoln, NE
Nov 23 SAT East West Groveler Race 10 AM · Parkers Smokehouse, 715 1st Corso, Ashland (40 miles)
Nov 29 FRI Black Friday Gravel Escape 10 AM · Lewis Elementary, 501 Leavenworth, Excelsior Springs, KS (30 and 50 miles). Dec. 4 TDN Route announcement party. WED 7:00 PM Cycle Works.
Dec. 7 Global Fat Bike Day 9 AM- 3 PM Cycle Works, includes a chili cook-off.
Dec. 10 Holiday Lights Bike Ride 5 PM-9 PM Cycle Works, If you want a social ride around town.

Weekly bike shop rides are ongoing.

Photo Credit: Chris McClenny. You don’t really need and event to go on a ride with friends, or alone.