About Us

Gravel World’s Mission:  to create a fun, kick-ass gravel course for all levels of rider to enjoy.

We started out as a group of friends who loved riding and just wanted to play bikes without all the rules.  Like kids on a playground we made up our own rules together as we went and nicknamed each other the Pirate Cycling League.  No Categories, no officials, no prize money, just bumping elbows, bleeding lungs, blown up legs, with beers and stories at the finish.  One game stood out from the rest: Gravel Worlds. Some of us came to win, some came just to finish. 150 or so miles of an unknown and unwritten course, no support, and only lotto tickets from small town stores to prove you did the whole route. Who knew this game would become part of the culture that we now call #gravelfamily.  The game has grown over the last decade to fit in all the people who want to come play. We have some rules now. We sometimes have to be the “officials” but we are staying true to our roots and just want to have fun playing bikes.  Some come to race some come to ride but we all share the same road. 

Gravel Worlds Team

Corey Godfrey

Corey Godfrey

Captain of the Seas

Fearless Leader, Event Founder and Co-Promoter, Rider of Bikes, Philanthropist, most likely the tallest guy on the group ride.  Corey’s been leading the Gravel Worlds team since it’s inception in 2010.  The first year of the event was Corey with a clipboard at the start/finish.  The event has evolved over the years, but the ethos of the event has remained the same.  Corey is passionate about getting folks on bicycles to improve their health as well as the health of the planet.  He’s a proud Board member of the Great Plains Trails Network and BicycLincoln.  When he’s not riding, he enjoys spending time with his family and their pets.  He’ll see you at the finish line!
Craig Schmidt (Schmidty)

Craig Schmidt (Schmidty)

Captain of the Seas and Sailing Master

Event Co-Promoter, Pirate Cycling League Co-Founder, lover of vinyl music and good beer, trail builder and animal lover.  Schimdty is the course designer extraordinaire for all the Gravel Worlds events as well as the Pirate Cycling League’s Tour of Dirt Roads.  He designs the courses the old fashion way by busting out the pencils and gazzetters.  He’s been riding bikes for over 25 years and is a pillar in the Lincoln Cycling Community.  

Jen Carlson

Jen Carlson

Quartermaster

Jen (don’t ever call her Jenny) was born in London which tells you there’s something special about this Nebraska lady. She tried out long gravel rides and CX then she decided that her ideal ride includes friends, chatting pace and a stop for an adult beverage.  Hills and wind tolerated but not encouraged. As part of the Gravel Worlds team she keeps the rudder straight and the crew in check. If you want to help out just shoot her a line and she will put you to work making the gravel family stronger. 
Back on shore she runs several business, makes jewelry, hosts hot wheels fundraisers and the RRR Gravel Series. Not that everyone in Nebraska is related, but Schmidty is her husband’s mother’s cousin’s son…  #gravelfamily?

Jason Strohbehn

Jason Strohbehn

Master Gunner

Social Media Guru, That Guy on the Instagram Updates, Marketing Pro, Finish Line Hug Giver. Jason likes riding bikes and taking pictures. If you want his opinion, Chipotle is better. He’s proud to be a Gravel Worlds Co-Promoter and Board Member of Bicyclincoln. In his free time you can find him on his bike or running his photography business, JLS Photo.