April 29, 2023
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. All proceeds go towards the improvement of equipment and supplies of local Emergency crews.
The Race itself comes in 3 distances, 100, 60 and 30 miles. 90-95% of each course is 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.
100 mile racers will start at 8:00 AM
60 mile race rolls out at 10:00AM
30 mile racers will begin at 11:00 AM
Packet Pick-up will be at 4-7PM Friday at Gear in Elkader, Iowa. You can also pick up front 6:30AM to race start on Saturday morning at the Elkader City Park.
Signage will be on the course for the 30 mile only. Navigation is required.
Awards for 30 and 60 mile podium winners will be immediately after those racers finish.
Awards for 100 mile racers will be at 4:20 and will include sub-8 hour awards.
Support and Cut-offs
We will have 1 aid station at the half way point of the 60 mile course and another station at the half way of the 30 mile course.
The 100 mile course will have 3 stations at approximately 35, 60 and 80 miles. These stations are run by our local EMS crews and they will have water and food. There will not be drop bags.
Cut-Off times for the 100
Mile 35: 11:30AM
Mile 60: 3:00PM
Mile 80: 5:30PM
All podium winners (Top 3) male and female in each race will receive a jar of local honey and a Nalgene custom water bottle.
100 Mile Race Prize
If a rider breaks the 8 hour mark for the 100 mile race they will receive the "Driftless Branding Iron" as well as mark the wall at the end of the awards ceremony.
If you are coming into town the day before the race there are a few options for lodging that are listed below. There are no established Hotels in Elkader but these other options are available.
Deer Run Resort
Bed and Breakfast
The Keystone bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic until December 2023. We will be working around this for the race but please keep that in mind as you plan your travel around town. Parking will be marked on race day and a map will be posted before race week. For the 2023 race we will lively be using the Elkader City Park instead of Founder's Park as our race finish and start in order to avoid traffic back ups and increase the safety of our riders.
Acceptable parking includes:
Central Football/Baseball Field parking