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2022 Gravel Rides - Guidlines and Schedule

Latitude 45 Gravel Group Ride Guidelines:

Thank you for checking out the gravel ride guidelines and information page. Our goal for the ride is to enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded cyclists, get some exercise and training, explore a little and challenge ourselves. All with the intent or returning in one piece.

The ride will cover approximately 30 – 50 miles with about half of the mileage being gravel roads, seasonal roads and maybe even a short section of two track or single track thrown in. You should be prepared to possibly “hike a bike” and / or get your feet wet if necessary. The dirt sections will be connected by pavement, some of which may have moderate to heavy car traffic on them. All the roads will be open to car traffic and as such we are obligated to obey the rules of the road. Obeying traffic signs / signals and no more than two abreast riding are the most important to follow. Please review this information: What-Every-Michigan-Bicyclist-Must-Know_20190820_WEB.pdf (lmb.org)

If participant abilities are varied the group may divide into more than one pack. The packs may divide up to allow for longer or shorter distances and or higher or lower average speeds. Be prepared with all possible routes by downloading “LAT 45 Gravel” routes from the Dashboard · Ride with GPS website.

The ride will be unsupported which means you will need to bring the following:

  •   A good working bicycle so equipped to navigate a wide variety of dirt, sand and gravel roads and hills.
  •   A tool kit that you know how to use and spares that you know how to install.
  •   Your own liquids and nutrition. Be prepared for no food stops.
  •   A helmet in good condition.
  •   Appropriate clothing and footwear. It’s Michigan.
  •  Lighting, front and rear as necessary (see What Every Mich. Bicyclist Must Know) or if you prefer.

 The route will be available in TCX or GPX formats. Install it on your bike computer or have a hard copy.

Group riding is designed to create an enjoyable experience for all involved so there are some basic items that need to be practiced for the mutual good of the group. Critical items are:

  1.  Show up early. Be ready to depart with the group at the designated time.
  2. When drafting or tight pack riding call out irregular obstacles, moving or parked car traffic and peds.
  3. Avoid sudden movements or braking that disrupt the flow of the pace.
  4. Take your turn at pacing the group. Avoid abrupt speed changes. Avoid overlapping wheels.
  5. If you are not feeling up to pacing just say so and sit in at the rear of the pace line.
  6. Don’t ride over your head. Back off if necessary for the safety of the group. 
  7. If the ride is a “no drop” event, efforts will be made to keep all riders together. 
  8. Make sure snot rockets and spit hit the road not your fellow riders.

The 2022 Latitude 45 Gravel Ride details are as follows:

Ride dates:

  • Saturday May 14 
  • Saturday May 28
  • Saturday June 11 
  • Saturday June 25
  • Saturday July 9 
  • Saturday July 23
  • Saturday August 6
  • Saturday August 20
  • Saturday September 3 
  • Saturday September 17

Meeting place: Under the US 31 bridge at the Bear River Valley Recreational Park. Just South of the West Lake St. and Quaintance St. intersection in Petoskey Michigan.

Departure time: 9:30a, please arrive no later than 9:15a to get final ride details.

Route: TBD based on attendees but plan on between 30 to 50 miles. See note above regarding routes.

Note: Latitude 45, 476 W Mitchell St. Petoskey, is open @ 9 AM on the posted ride dates and is available for last minute needs. If rentals are required, they should be arranged the day prior to the ride.

We hope to see you there! - Ride Leader Rick Rennie

Questions?  Email sales@latitude45.com and include "Gravel Ride question for Rick" in the subject or call and ask for Rick (he is off on Fridays!).