Oh, and dust. We all go home with dust.
No registration fee. All are welcome: gravel lovers, the
gravel-curious, and anyone up for a dusty adventure.
Sunday, June 4 at Metis Crossing
This year we have three route options:
Bugle call for all routes at 9 am.
The exact routes will be confirmed a week ahead of time,
after the Dusty crew recons the situation on the local roads.
Park at the small lot beside the flag poles, one kilometre
east of Metis Crossing campground. There's a rustic toilet there (the kind that
will do the trick but isn't a place you'd want to linger). There's no water;
bring yer own.
A few things to know:
This is not a race, though some participants will ride it
fast. We usually end up with some fast, medium, and slow groups. If you like to
stop and read plaques, you’ll love this
But know that this is NOT a no-drop ride; in fact, people
will almost certainly be dropped, some might get lost, and others will get
half- way through, wonder why they ever agreed to try this, and seek a
short-cut back to the parking lot.
RIDERS MUST BE COMPLETELY SELF-SUPPORTED.
No real prizes will be awarded, though we tend to give out a Petro Can Surprise Bag to the Dustiest Rider.Riders will be given a GPX file and, if you want it, an old-school cue sheet--that's all.
There is a gas-station store at Waskatenau at about the 60-km mark of the 100-km route. It's got a surprisingly tasty selection of baked goods. That's the only supply point. Most riders stop there for a break.
Ride whatever kind of bike you like but be prepared for a
range of gravel conditions, from hardpack to softloam.
Heed the bugle!