Monday, March 22, 2010

Tour of Dirt Roads III

Dirt rocks!

The next PCL event of the year is only about a month away! The third running of the Tour of Dirt Roads (ToDR III) will take place on Sunday April 18th. Start time and location has yet to be determined.

We're crossing our fingers and hoping for dry conditions. As of last week, the dirt is drying up nicely and we expect to be able to hit the dirt by April 18th.

The PCL crew will be out scouting the route over the next month to find the best dirt around. The route will take us out on the local rural gravel and dirt roads surrounding Lincoln. This will not be a race, but more of a tour. Expect a stop in Cortland for a refuel.

More details to follow soon.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Allure Libre

Today was awesome. Thanks for being such great people and riding bikes today. I am tired.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Dos Margaritas in Wahoo, NE - damn fine Mexican fare

There's the announcement, but the big news is that pavement will be allowed to complete this ride. The gravel roads are in craptastic condition, so pavement is not only allowed, it is highly encouraged.

Coffee House at 7:00 am for coffee. Depart at 7:30 am.

Ride to Seward and return to Lincoln, or continue to Wahoo for some extra fun.
Return to Lincoln with a Nebraska Power Ball ticket from each town, and finish at Yia Yias.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lincoln-?-Lincoln Update!!!

The destination towns for the 2010 versions of the PCL "Lincoln-?-Lincoln" ride will be announced by 5 PM on Friday. Check this blog on Friday to get the info you need.
This will give you at least 14 hours to consider your gravel options and pick the best route for you. In fact, that's enough time to pre-ride your route, just to make sure...

What else are you going to do on a Friday night?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Lincoln - ? - Lincoln, this Saturday!

The Lincoln-?-Lincoln event will take place Saturday March 13th at 7 AM. Meet at 7 AM for a cup of coffee with the ride starting at 7:30 AM! Starting point is The Coffee House (13th and P in downtown Lincoln) and finish is tentatively at Yia Yia's (14th and O Street). The half way destination will be announced on Saturday.

Come prepared for approximately either a 50 or an 80 mile ride. You can do either the 50 or 80 miler - the longer route will be for those who want more of a challenge. The half way point will be a small town convenience store so you can refresh your bottles and get some snacks.

There aren't a lot of rules for this event, except gotta ride to the destination via dirt or gravel and then ride back to Lincoln via dirt or gravel. Pavement must be avoided once out of the city limits! You can choose any route you like, but it's gotta be on dirt or gravel.

Gravel Worlds is FULL...for now anyways

The "registration" for Gravel Worlds/The Good Life Gravel Adventure is tentatively full. For now anyways...

There is a chance we'll open it up to more at a later date, but no guarantees. I will say this, I can't stop anyone from going for a bike ride. So if someone were to show up at the start of the event and wanted to ride their bike in the same direction as everyone else, well....I can't stop that, now can I.

Oh, and yes, I know there are 101 folks on the list. I got three cards today, so I added them all.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Gravel Worlds/The Good Life Gravel Adventure update!

A paceline of riders during the 2009 GLGA

The list of riders for the Inaugural Gravel World Championship is getting close to 100. The PCL Executive Committee has decided to keep the registration open until 100 spots are filled. So if you want in, you better send a card in ASAP! Please send postcards with your name, age, hometown, category and email address to"

Pirate Cycling League
1510 D Street
Lincoln, NE 68502

As a reminder, the Gravel Worlds will be on Saturday August 21, 2010. Expect 135 to 150 miles of challenging gravel and MMR (minimum maintenance roads) with a dash of pavement.

MMR in the 2009 GLGA

The checkpoints will be small town convenience stores. Riders are required to purchase a Nebraska Powerball Lottery ticket at each specified convenience store. Each ticket costs a whopping 1 dollar. Lottery tickets will be collected at the finish line and verified with the time/date stamp. The convenience stores will also allow you to replenish supplies/beverages at intervals of 30 to 40 miles. So you will never be too far from sustenance. Be sure to bring some cash!

Nebraska Lottery tickets sold here! Valparaiso, Nebraska

Please note, that a link to the list of riders for the Gravel Worlds/The Good Life Gravel Adventur has been added as a side bar to the right.

More details on the Gravel Worlds to follow.