Nine Basic Rules

Bicycle riding is just not that complicated. Nor does it seem that the quality of the gravel riding experience is in any way tied to the size of a rulebook. Everyone that comes here understands that when it comes to breaking or even bending a rule that the stakes aren’t really measured in dollars (or dollars lost). They’re measured in personal integrity.

Don’t be LAME!

This really covers a lot of ground. If you hafta ask, it’s probably lame. 

subsection 1:

Are you now serving or have you ever served a USADA/WADA or other sanctioning body suspension? If yes, you cannot participate in Gravel Worlds. 

Wear a helmet.

Must be a Pirate approved helmet…whatever that is.  Oh, and no old school hairnets.

Don’t litter...

on our beautiful countryside. Seriously.


to the rider video posted online prior to the event and on the morning of the event at the rider meeting…we might have important updates to share.

Check the checkpoint.

Make sure at each checkpoint your number has been acknowledged and recorded by our volunteers. 

Have lights...

on your bike at all times.  Front light for illumination and a rear red tail light is MANDATORY.  It may still be dark at the start and you might finish after dark.

Make sure...

you encourage others, help others in need, have fun, and give Schmidty a hug!  GRAVEL FAMILY! 


This means: no caching supplies, no friends or family on the course, and no prearranged support from other riders.  Once you leave the start, consider yourself on a self-supported solo endeavor.  You can resupply along your journey at MANDATORY Checkpoints (we supply water and snacks), OPTIONAL Oases (we supply water and snacks), and small town retail stores (purchase whatever you desire).  There are NO DROP BAGS!  This one is on you!!!