April Fools Gravel Camp

Sat April 10, 2021 Aurora, KY 42048 US Directions

60 mile

7:00AM CDT
Events: 60 mile open 60 mile masters 50+ adventure ride 60 miles 60 mile womens 60 mile Tandem

30 mile

7:00AM CDT
Events: 30 mile adventure ride Women's Cycling 30 mile
542 Kenlake Rd Kenlake Tennis Center
Kenlake State Resort Park, 542 Kenlake Rd
Aurora, KY US 42048

RIDERS!  April Fools Gravel Camp 2021 has been reorganized in order to allow a gravel adventure on the scenic gravel roads of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, while complying with KY COVID-19 regulations and restrictions.  In past years we tackled 100, 60 &30 mile courses to push ourselves and train for the  former DK200 (now called Unbound Gravel). This year we have a casual 30 mile (27.7 mile) adventure ride & a 60 mile adventure route. Your ticket price includes a light breakfast and midday meal in the Kenlake State Park Tennis Center, maintained trails, bike check and SAG service, plus a swag bag AND to-go nutritionals for your ride. All riders are automatically entered to win extra swag, which be labeled and ready to pick-up after the ride.  PLUS, instead of the 2019 Kona frame, we will be raffling a 2021 complete Specialized Diverge Adventure Bike. Our 2021 sponsors are: Specialized Bicycles, SRAM, ZIPP, KUAT, RBICI, Nuun, Brooks England, Lezyne, & WTB. 


1. Due to Covid-19 restrictions on events, we will NOT be providing the timed race portion of this event.  BUT, there will be Strava segments available

The timed race could not be permitted with the USFS due to COVID.  BUT, if you want a chance at the KOM/QOMs of this ride, then give this segment a go! 


2. The routes will NOT  be officially marked and there will be no mass group start (only a suggested start time range). You will be required to download GPS route info (RIDE with GPS links are provided below). 
3.  There will be NO OFFICIAL AID STATIONS along the routes, and sadly no SANCTIONED party vans.  BUT, TO-GO nutritionals will be provided at the morning check-in for you to pack for your ride.  There WILL be a SAG vehicle if needed.
4. All KY COVID-19 rules and regulations concerning social distancing and masking will be followed!  

BONUS FOR 2021! ONLY FOR THE 30-MILE ADVENTURE RIDE: Specialized is graciously providing a limited fleet of demo bikes for your enjoyment (FREE!). Demo reservation information will be available soon.

NOTICE TO ALL RIDERS! Registration closes April 7th.  Please register early for the event so we can plan for the food. 


2020 presented a few challenges this past year.  We have decided to up the ante for our raffle for 2021. Instead of our traditional frame give away, we have partnered with Specialized Bicycles to give a complete 2021 Diverge adventure bike (retails at $1300) to one lucky participant.  Tickets are $10; you may purchase as many as you like. Tickets can be purchased with your entry fee, or CASH ONLY at the event. Raffle winner will be chosen during the ride, ready to pick up after.  All tickets purchased last year will be rolled over to this year automatically.

Save 15% on your lodging at Kenlake State Resort Park by calling in your reservation with the promo code : GearUpCycles
(270) 474-2211

We have approximately 20 sites blocked off for camping around the top near the bathrooms like the first year.  We will offer a $30 special for Friday and Saturday night which is $10 off around a 20%.  Have any interested parties call the park at 270-474-2211 and ask for Jesse and he will get them sorted, or email at


Area Hotels:

Early American                                       270-474-2000  Gear up has a 10 room Block

Aurora’s Kentucky Lake Cottages          270-474-8000

Fin and Feather Resort                           270-474-2351



30 mile adventure, gravel curious, Women's Cycle ride link below:

60 mile adventure ride link below:


Evening meal on your own. Please consider one of the local Aurora eateries:  The Pond, The Brass Lantern or Belew's Dairy Bar (if open, seasonal). If you choose to drive 20 minutes southwest to Murray we enjoy Mugsy's Hideout, Jasmine thai & sushi, the Big Apple Café, Tap 216, The Willow Bistro, & Rudy's on the Square.  Always check ahead with restaurants or their social media due to changing covid-19 rules.



8:00am - 10:00am: Grab-n-go light breakfast at Kenlake Tennis Center, packet pick-up, sign in & bike check.  All riders signed in will be entered to win select prizes, ready to pick up by 1:00pm.

8:00am:  Demo vans open (ONLY FOR 30 MILE RIDERS) 
9:00am - 10:00am:  Suggested 60 mile start. (Riders start on their own.)
10:00am - 11:00am:  Suggested 30 (27.7) mile start. (Riders start on their own.)

Reminder: These are open courses. Courses WILL NOT be marked this year.  Riders need to DOWNLOAD the routes via Ride With GPS.  All traffic laws & helmets must be utilized by all participants.  For those with a competitive nature, Strava segments will be available (details to come).  A SAG vehicle will be available if needed.

1:00 - 4:00pm: Boxed lunch provided at Tennis Center. Riders are free to take their meal to-go, or to eat in the Tennis Center (or outside of course).  Restrooms & showers will be available.  All prizes will be ready for pickup during this time.



Kenlake Campground
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Kenlake+Campground/@36.%207725149,-88.1312168,2278m/%20data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:%200xffd678e496842e55!8m2!3d36.%207719091!4d-88.1381419

Food and beverage in Aurora, KY: 

Aurora's Landing
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Aurora+Landing/@36.%207593744,-88.1374912,333m/data=%20!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!%201s0x887af82f783f8a49:%200x6bee00708c5f6109!8m2!3d36.%207594569!4d-88.1383646

The Pond
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/The+Pond+Restaurant/@36.%207735409,-88.1434385,1118m/%20data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!%201s0x887af78124a55ca7:%200x1943d19ed8e76c8f!8m2!3d36.%207754729!4d-88.1432274

Brass Lantern
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Brass+Lantern/@36.%207770997,-88.147174,371m/data=!%203m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:%200xdd25dc331daa9fad!8m2!3d36.%207773669!4d-88.14673

Belew's Dairy Bar

Equipment, Food & Beverage Murray, Ky:
Gear Up Cycles
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Gear+Up+Cycles/@36.%206114768,-88.322954,606m/data=!%203m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:%200xd0da9032b0917630!8m2!3d36.%206100968!4d-88.3215923

Mugsy's Hideout

The Big Apple Cafe
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Big+Apple+Cafe+Inc/@36.%206195538,-88.3112906,778m/data=%20!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:%200xc008862fa8787caa!8m2!3d36.%206185849!4d-88.3128282

https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Jasmine+Thai+Cuisine+%20and+Sushi+Bar/@36.6195538,-88.%203112906,778m/data=!3m1!1e3!%204m5!3m4!1s0x0:%200x34bd6112e883d952!8m2!3d36.%20618381!4d-88.3138719

The Willow Bistro
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/The+Willow+Bistro/@36.%206114768,-88.322954,606m/data=!%203m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:%200x93c7287c1af49989!8m2!3d36.%206108482!4d-88.3215588

TAP 216
https://www.google.com/maps/ place/Tap+216/@36.6114768,-88.%20322954,606m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!%203m4!1s0x0:0x837d5f4dc4e2563f!%208m2!3d36.6122299!4d-88.3215373

Rudy's on the Square


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 WILL HAVE NO markings to reassure participants they are on route. DO NOT RELY ON COURSE MARKINGS FOR NAVIGATION. USE THE MAP AND/OR CUE SHEETS!!! Participants ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO 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.)


60 mile race and adventure course


30 mile adventure ride / Women's Cycling ride


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