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New Date: 4/10/2021
March 17, 2020
Fellow Gravel Participants,
Due to the recent CDC, Federal, and KY COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidelines, which have now affected our venue’s ability to host and cater, our demo drivers’ ability to travel, and our ability to gather in a group of 10 or more, we regret to inform you that we will be cancelling April Fool’s Gravel Camp 2020.
For the health & safety of our participants, sponsors, and community, we are currently deferring all registrations to Gravel Camp 2021. We have a fantastic group of sponsors and event planned that we cannot wait to share with you next year. Our family-owned bike shop created this event with the intent of bringing new users into the world of gravel and adventure cycling, while showcasing our magical backyard of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
We hope you will spend the April 4th weekend riding your bike with your families on your local trails and supporting your communities during this trying time for our nation.
Thank you & ride safe,
Matt & Brittney Falwell
Owners, Gear Up Cycles
Come out and enjoy the scenic gravel roads of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. We have another great weekend planned full of riding, racing, and partying in the woods. In past years we tackled 100,60 &30 mile courses to push ourselves and train for the DK200. This year we have a casual 30 mile group adventure ride & a 60 mile race route. A drop-bag service will be provided mid-courses for both routes. (RIDE with GPS links will be provided soon.) FOR THE 30-MILE ADVENTURE RIDE: Kona & Specialized are graciously providing a limited fleet of demo bikes for your enjoyment (FREE!). Demo reservation information will be available soon.
Your ticket price includes a light breakfast and evening meal in the Kenlake State Park Tennis Center, craft beer provided by Murray Ophthalmology. We will wrap up the evening with some great give-aways & a raffle. Our 2020 sponsors are: Kona bicycles, Specialized Bicycles, 3TExploro, Bianchi, Paceline, SRAM, ZIPP, KUAT, RBICI, Nuun, Lezyne, & WTB.
Riders are encouraged to stay at the Kenlake State Park.
Save 15% on your lodging at Ken Lake State Resort Park by calling in your reservation with the promo code : GearUpCycles
30 mile adventure, gravel curious, dama ride link below:
60 mile race and adventure ride link below:
Saturday, April 4, 2019
LOCATION: Aurora, KY US 42048
TYPE: Bike Race, Bike Ride
**********Links for course routes at bottom of page**********
April Fools Gravel Camp
NOTICE TO ALL RIDERS!
Registration closes April 2nd. Please register early for the event so we can plan for the food.
Friday April 3th
Check in at KenLake State park
Evening meal on your own. Please consider one of the local eateries: The Pond or The Brass Lantern. If you choose to drive 20 minutes southwest to Murray we enjoy Mugsy's Hideout, Jasmine thai & sushi, the Big Apple Café , Tap 216, Duncan’s & the Willow Bistro.
Saturday April 4th
7:00am Light breakfast at Ken Lake tennis center provide by KenLake Lodge.
7:30am packet pick up , tracking #'s
8:30am Bike check and riders meeting.
These are open courses. All traffic laws & helmets must be utilized by all participants
9:00am 60 mile start.
9:30am 28.5 mile start.
3:00-4:00pm riders return, hot showers, dry clothes.
5:00pm evening buffet with libations
7:00pm sponsors prize raffle.
Sunday April 5th
Rise at your leisure. We suggest breakfast at the lodge.
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Food and beverage in Aurora, KY:
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https://www.google.com/maps/ place/The+Pond+Restaurant/@36. 7735409,-88.1434385,1118m/ data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4! 1s0x887af78124a55ca7: 0x1943d19ed8e76c8f!8m2!3d36. 7754729!4d-88.1432274
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Brass+Lantern/@36. 7770997,-88.147174,371m/data=! 3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0: 0xdd25dc331daa9fad!8m2!3d36. 7773669!4d-88.14673
Belew’s Dairy Bar
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Belew's+Dairy+Bar/@36. 7770997,-88.147174,371m/data=! 3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0: 0x1c9fa9b744b467d3!8m2!3d36. 7792561!4d-88.1616941
Equipment, Food & Beverage Murray, Ky
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Gear+Up+Cycles/@36. 6114768,-88.322954,606m/data=! 3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0: 0xd0da9032b0917630!8m2!3d36. 6100968!4d-88.3215923
The Big Apple Cafe
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https://www.google.com/maps/ place/The+Willow+Bistro/@36. 6114768,-88.322954,606m/data=! 3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0: 0x93c7287c1af49989!8m2!3d36. 6108482!4d-88.3215588
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https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Duncan's+Cornerstone+ Cafefirstname.lastname@example.org,-88.2036774, 3738m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4! 1s0x0:0xe0cffc21f5e057cd!8m2! 3d36.6460391!4d-88.2164339
Important rider info:
The EVENT SPONSORS, ORGANIZERS, PROMOTERS, STAFF and anyone having anything to do with this event ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY OR WELL BEING. We cannot stress this strongly enough… YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU!
Each participant is considered to be on a private excursion and remains solely responsible for any accidents in which he or she may be involved. No responsibility can be accepted for participants becoming lost, stranded, injured… or worse.
Participants must conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will not bring discredit to themselves, or to the event.
Participants will be responsible for printing their own set of course maps and/or cue sheets prior to the event. These documents will be the rider’s primary means of navigation. In addition, the course may have a limited number of course markings to reassure participants they are on route. DO NOT RELY ON COURSE MARKINGS FOR NAVIGATION. USE THE MAP AND/OR CUE SHEETS!!! Participants may load the route into their GPS prior to the event, to assist in navigation
The courses will utilize a semi out and back format. Although some blacktop roads will be necessary from time to time, the vast majority of the course will be on gravel and dirt roads. Some of these roads receive little to no maintenance throughout the year and can be quite primitive in nature. In the event of inclement weather, gravel and dirt roads can become mud roads. Riders are therefore encouraged to prepare their bikes, their bodies, and their minds to be ready for any and all possible conditions.
Participants must wear a properly approved helmet while operating their bicycle.
Participants must obey all city, county, and state laws, and “Rules of the Road.”
Use your head. Watch for and yield to traffic. All roads are open to public traffic
We strongly recommend that each participant carry with them (on their body, or on their bike) every item on this list:
1. Cycling computer or GPS device. (To track your mileage.)
2. Red tail light. (60+ mile course)
3. Front light. (60+ mile course)
4. Minimum of two liters of water or sports drink.
5. Two spare inner tubes.
6. Air pump or inflation system.
7. A cell phone to contact the “outside world” should you need help.
ADDITIONAL Supplies You Should SERIOUSLY Consider
1. A GPS system to communicate your exact location to support or rescue personnel in the event of an emergency.
2. Small rucksack / hydration pack
3. Waterproof / windproof jacket
4. Food – energy bars, gels, chocolate, etc.
5. Tire levers
6. Puncture repair kit
7. Chain tool
8. Allen wrench set
9. Spoke wrench
10. First aid kit
11. Chamois Butt’r
12. Chain lube
13. Cash, debit card or credit card. (To purchase food, water, supplies.)
IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911
60 mile race and adventure course
30 mile adventure ride / Bianchi Damas ride
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