The Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash is a gravel road race that takes place each year out of Marysville, Kansas and showcases the challenging terrain and rich Pony Express history of northeast Kansas. Riders will be tested by the endless hills along with beautiful views and tree-covered river valleys. Participants will experience a ride back in time as they pass old towns, Pony Express and Pioneer Trails, homesteads and barns over 150 years old.
The event provides the Gravel Grinder community with a challenging ride and an opportunity to explore some of the history of the great mid-west. Modeled after other great gravel rides/races in this area, this event is for the self-contained minded cyclist who enjoys being pushed to their limits. At times this is a remote area but with enough towns along the way to resupply with 2 support crew locations. Experience the rich history of north eastern Kansas by riding 120 miles of gravel through the same territory and small towns as the Pony Express riders did over 150 years ago. There will also be a 66 mile loop for those who wish to ride a shorter distance.
This area was the intersection of 8 historic trails of significance - The Pony Express, Oregon, California, Mormon, Otoe-Missouri Trails, Fort Leavenworth Military Road, St. Joseph Road, and the Overland Stage Coach. Along the way you will cross paths with some of these trails indicated by stone markers and old structures of gone but not forgotten towns, campsites and school districts.
Marysville, Kansas was the first Pony Express Home Station for weary west bound riders after traveling over rolling hills and beautiful valleys. The original barn is now a museum in the downtown area. Feel like a modern day Pony Express rider as you saddle up and ride your trusted steed through the countryside and small towns of this beautiful part of Kansas.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 on bikereg.com Registration is $35.00 each or $50.00 for tandem. This is a self-supported event. Riders are on their own while out on the course, but are allowed to meet up with their support crews at checkpoints only.
|09-10-2016||Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash - An annual gravel road race that takes place out of Marysville, Kansas and showcases the challenging terrain and rich Pony Express history of northeast Kansas. 66 and 120 mile options.|