The Big Ring Dirt Road Series is an annual gravel road racing series held in the Wichita, Kansas area. Cyclocross bikes are recommended but not required. Races will be held on dirt/gravel country roads. Surfaces may include but are not limited to: dirt, rocks, mud, gravel, dust, ice, snow, sand, and even pavement. The surfaces are varied and the terrain will make each race very challenging. The roads are open to traffic and wildlife. Each rider is expected to obey ALL traffic laws and laws of nature.
Points will be awarded to all riders that finish in each race. The rider with the highest point total at the end of the series will be declared the Big Ring Dirt Road Series Champion and will have their name engraved on the Big Ring Dirt Road Series trophy displayed in the Bicycle X-Change Shop. The Big Ring Dirt Road Series is a grass root type event, not a lot of money, amenities or spectators but it is big on fun and very challenging.
Events in the 2014 Big Ring Dirt Road Series include:
- Camp Alexander Dirt Crit - 2014-11-15 near Emporia, KS -- Big climbs may be lacking, but your cornering skills will be put to the test on this 7-mile loop. Course does cross railroad tracks, all riders must obey course marshals.
- Madison Loop - 2014-11-16 in Madison, KS -- Time to climb! Big hills are plentiful on this big rollers loop. 6.9-mile loop.
- Gordon Ring - 2014-11-22 in Gordon, KS -- 5 mile loop with a great switchback climb and straight and fast downhill.
- Badger Creek Bonkfest - 2014-11-23 near Winfield, KS -- 5.9 mile loop with varying terrain, great climbs, rolling hills, fast downhills, concrete low water crossing, arch stone bridge, groomed gravel roads to a short minimum maintenance section.