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Sat Jun 20 2015 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM


Toby Jack's Mineola Steakhouse
Mineola, IA


Trek Store of Omaha


Thank you all for attending 2015 Good Life Gravel  event.  It was
very HOT and HUMID day  on bike. Hats of to all that towed the line.
 Congratulations to all that finished in such brutal conditions. Here
the list of  of finisher for both distances.  Please contact if you have any questions about the results

200+ phortos from McColgan Photography

BIKEIOWA NOTE:  This was an aweseom grass-roots race/ride. Dang glad we wnet. The course was scenic and hilly. There were plenty of Level B roads and the fuel stops were well-stocked and placed in just the right spots. 

Don't let the word "Gran Fondo" fool ya... This was a tough course and a 100 degree heat index from Mother Nature made it even more brutal. Only 14 out of 41 finished the hundred miler!

KUDOS to Tobey Jack's Mineola Steakhouse for hosting the after-party. Well Done. Well Done!



Distance - 50 or 100 miles

About the Ride

To put it simply, the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo brings you all the key elements that make up the “Good Life”. Whether you’re a local looking to explore Iowa’s hidden gravel treasures or are coming in from out of town for this epic ride, you’ll grow to learn the Midwestern belief that with hard work and perseverance, good things will happen.

This year’s Gran Fondo will offer 50 and 100-mile route options – following an unsanctioned, mass-start format. There will be an epic after party at Tobey Jack’s Mineola Steakhouse our event host – with an awesome outdoor patio and super scrumptious food. As if this event wasn’t already awesome enough – proceeds are going to a great cause: THOR (Trails Have Our Respect). Check out the “Giving Back” section below for more details!

For more details about the ride click here. Register here to save your spot!

What to Expect

The Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo brings the Midwestern spirit alive with a unique, challenging and scenic ride – with your choice of carefully-selected 50 or 100-mile routes tracing through the area’s signature gravel roads. The courses showcase the rugged terrain once followed by famous explorers Lewis & Clark and indigenous settlers headed down the Oregon Trail. You’ll experience where the West began through the rolling hills of prairie grass, cornfields, rustic barns and river bluffs. There are a few carefully placed refreshment stations along the way, but remember, this is a self-supported event so come prepared. For more details about the ride click here.

The After Party

If everything you’ve read above isn’t enough to get you excited, you can also look forward to the post-ride Good Life Gravel Apres Party – bringing locally sourced offerings; everything from post-race libations to delicious grub for your belly. The party is hosted by Tobey Jack’s Mineola Steakhouse – a bicycle friendly business located a few short blocks off the Wabash Trace trail.

Is the Ride Right for You? 

Come join us in the spirit of the Good Life at our local gravel gran fondo! We don’t care what you ride- just that you ride.  So bring out your gravel bike, mountain bike, skinny bike, fat bike…heck even your unicycle, if you just happen to be that awesome. We look forward to seeing you at the start line!

Giving Back

Its a small part of “taking care of our neighbor”…our motto and who we are.

In the spirit of giving back, this year’s Good Life Gravel ride will benefit THOR (Trails Have Our Respect). 10% of ride entry fees will be supporting THOR– our local chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association. Look for THOR volunteers at two of the ride’s aid stations!


While Iowa isn’t known for mountains, you will find over 7,000 ft of climbing through the Loess Hills over this 100-mile event (don’t worry- there’s a 50-mile option, too!). Course designer Rafal Doloto has guaranteed this one to test your limits- including gravel, rolling hills and minimum maintenance roads- all coming together to showcase Iowa’s signature landscape. Be ready for some fun! We look forward to seeing you out on the gravel!



Toby Jack's Mineola Steakhouse

408 Main St
Mineola, IA 51554




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