Race Date April 30, 2022

Ride the Driftless


Welcome to the Driftless 100, formerly the Volga City Gravel Race.  Our event is designed as a fundraiser for the local EMS crews in Clayton County, Iowa and all proceeds go towards the improvement of equipment and supplies that small town emergency services are alway needing.  

The Race itself comes in 3 distances, 100, 50 and 25 miles. 90-95% of each course is on gravel with a few miles of level B, blacktop and bike trail included.  There are hills in this area of the state, some rollers but a lot of steep semi-short climbs that will get the legs going no matter what level of rider you are.  The estimated average for climbing is 100 feet per mile.  If you are looking for an additional incentive for your spring training we are doing a custom prize for any rider who breaks the 8 hour mark on the 100 mile course, thats only 12.5 MPH average. 


Last Year's 105 Winners


Race News

100 mile racers will start at 8:00 AM 

50 mile race rolls out at 8:30AM

25 mile racers will begin at 9:00 AM

Packet Pick-up will be at 6:30 to race start at Founder's Park in Elkader, Iowa

Signage will be on the course but secondary navigation is required. 


We are currently partnered with these following organizations and businesses 

Volga City Truck Cruise
Clayton County Development Group
Fassbinder Apiaries 


Below are the GPX files and RideWithGps links to each of the 3 races.  Know that the courses are subject to change if there are issues with road access or weather changes.

25 Miles GPX 

50 Miles GPX 

105 miles GPX

Cue Sheets

105 Mile Cues 
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50 Mile Cues
25 Mile Cues 
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Photos 2020


VC 50 2020
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VC 105 2020
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