Unfortunately, Covid-19 sucks and is still spreading like wildfire. The organizers behind the Mid South Gravel event recognize this and have decided to offer the event in a unique format this year to give folks something to look forward to on March 12th. The final product: The Incredibly Socially Distanced Mid South 2021.
While Mid South Gravel is usually hosted in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the organizers have partnered with several bike shops across the US to offer a similar challenge to the event you know, but one that doesn’t require anyone to pack up and travel across the country. Each shop will offer comparable 100-mile, 50-mile, and 50K routes in their area, and Ride With GPS (RWGPS) will facilitate a challenge board which allows anyone with a free RWGPS account to participate. Watch Bobby’s announcement video below, followed by more detailed information further down.
Here are some specific details from Mid South Gravel:
- First things first, if you are registered, you’re in. You’ll receive an email with information about joining the Ride With GPS challenge before event weekend.
- You will receive a 50 percent refund of your registration fee. BikeReg will begin processing these refunds Tuesday, Jan. 19, and refunds will deposit within 5-7 business days. If you purchased a transfer, you’ll be getting a check in the mail from us. BikeReg processing fees and transfer fees are non-refundable.
- We are shipping your swag bag to you. Yup. You read that right. All the cool stuff you get when you check in is going to show up at your door.
- Any time over event weekend, March 12-14, record your ride or run and upload it to the Ride With GPS challenge board. There’s no mass start or timing, so ride or run as fast or as slow as you want. We are big fans of “snack-paced” rides.
- Once you finish your ride or run, show your completed route to any of the host shops to pick out some rad swag from our awesome sponsors. Swag items are available on a first-come, first-served basis at each shop. Swag items will be announced soon, but we promise they’re way better than t-shirts and water bottles.
- But wait, there’s more! On Monday, March 15, we will draw names from the Ride With GPS challenge board to win a variety of awesome prizes, including several free guaranteed entries to The Mid South 2022; an Eternal Entry to all future Mid Souths; a free entry to The Mid South 2022 plus free bike shipping to and from Stillwater with BikeFlights ($300 value); a Premium lifetime account with Ride With GPS; a complete Mid South cycling kit; a Salsa Stormchaser; a pair of Zipp 303 carbon wheels; and more.
- District Bicycles: Stillwater, OK
- Meteor: Bentonville, AR
- Gravel City: Emporia, KS
- Angry Catfish: Minneapolis, MN
- Cycleast: Austin, TX
- Cycleworks: Lincoln, NE
- Hope Cyclery: Johnstown, PA
- Yawp!: Denver, CO
Find all the details at MidSouthGravel.com
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