Volga City Gravel Race
50 mile/105 mile
Race Date Oct 3, 2020

Ride the Driftless


This is a tough and scenic gravel race through the hills of Clayton County, Iowa. The race will start and end in Volga, Iowa. The route will include level-B roads and a small water crossing.  It is a hilly course with more than 10,000 feet of climbing in the 105 mile course. The race will be self-supported with 3 checkpoints for the 105 mile course and 1 checkpoint for the 50 mile course. Checkpoints will have limited aid for emergency. 

Any tire size or style of bike is allowed with the exception of e-bikes.  GPS Navigation will be posted a week or two before the race as well as cue cards. There will be limited course marking, therefore you will want your own navigation. All proceeds from entry fees will go towards the development of Clayton County trail systems. We will have race shirts for all participants.

Camping is available at the Volga U Campground on a first come first serve basis.  Packet pick up will be held in the Volga Opera House on Friday (October 2nd) 6:00-8:00PM and Saturday 5:45-6:45AM. A custom prize will be awarded to the male and female winners of the 2 courses. Cash prizes are up for grabs to the male and female champions of each race. Food and refreshments will be available in the Opera House at the conclusion of the race. Coffee will also be available in the morning before the race.


Race News

Registration is open! 

COVID restrictions go along with the restrictions set by the state.  Please wear a mask indoors and stay 6 feet apart before are after the race.

We will have registration on the day of the race up until race start.


We are currently partnered with these following organizations and businesses 

Volga City Truck Cruise
Clayton County Development Group
Fassbinder Apiaries 


The GPX files below are the 50 mile and 105 mile courses respectively.

The ridewithgps links are also shown below.


Cue Sheets

105 Mile Cues Word/PDF
50 Mile Cues Word

Rain Course 105 mile -->

Photos 2020


VC 50 2020
VC 105 2020

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