April 29, 2023
Elkader, Iowa

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, 50 and 25 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. 

Start Times

100 mile racers will start at 8:00 AM 

50 mile race rolls out at 10:00AM

25 mile racers will begin at 11:00 AM

Packet Pick-up will be at 6:00AM to race start at Founder's Park in Elkader, Iowa

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

Awards for 25 and 50 mile podium winners will be immediately after those racers finish.

Awards for 100 mile racers will be at 4:15 and will include sub-8 hour awards. 

Support and Cut-offs

We will have 1 aid station at the half way point of the 50 mile course and another station at the half way of the 25 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


2022 Winners


100 Mile

50 Mile

25 Mile



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. 


Elkader Campgrounds


Deer Run Resort


(563) 245-3337

Elkader City Campground


(563) 245-9098

Bed and Breakfast 

Jailhouse Inn

Barn on the Bluff





Below are the GPX files and RideWithGps links to each of the 3 2022 races.  Know that the courses are subject to change if there are issues with road access or weather changes.


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2021 Results

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VC 50 2020
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VC 105 2020
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