Last year, Chip Shea and Sarah Newgard hosted the very first Lawton Loop, a gravel bike ride that explores the beautiful and relaxing countryside around the Lawton area. It was a fun and successful day, and it’s time to start over! Lawton’s 2nd Annual Loop will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021.
“The 25 mile and 75 mile courses are both different from last year. We wanted all runners to experience entering Lawton Town the same this year, unlike last year when both courses entered from either side of town, ”said Shea,“ and there is so much gravel to explore!
Tee times are 9:00 am for the 75 mile loop and 11:00 am for the 25 mile loop. A few can take the 100 mile challenge and do both loops.
“If anyone wants to drive both the 75 and the 25, they are welcome. They would be eligible for a top three spot in the only 75 mile race, ”said Shea.
There will be a lifeguard station halfway through the 75 mile loop at mile 38 at Brocket. Those who take this loop will be able to have a drop-off bag at the station.
“Drop bags are bags that 75 mile runners give to the person who goes to the aid station before the race and who has the necessary items to complete the second half of the race, such as food, supplements, socks, energy gels, soda or pickle juice, ”Shea said.
There is no lifeguard station on the 25 mile course, but there will be someone behind the wheel of the course who will continually check the loop riders.
Helmets are compulsory for all riders. If you are a beginner the 25 mile loop is recommended. Bikes should be MTB type with wide tires or a gravel specific bike, as thin tires are not good for gravel riding. Motor bikes are not allowed on this route. Before racing, make sure your bike is in good condition, the brakes are working properly, the transmission and gears shift normally, and the tires are in good condition. A .gpx file will be posted on the Lawton Loop Facebook page and the pre-race registration website for runners to download before heading to Lawton.
The registration fee is $ 20 and you can register via the link in the “About” section of the Facebook page. If you are not on Facebook, you can call or text Shea at 218-791-4211 or email him at [email protected], and he will provide you with the information you need to register. Note: Everyone in attendance will be able to practice their own personal choice of COVID safety precautions.
The seat of the race will be at the Bar in Lawton. Owner Larry Legacie will serve the after-ride meal again for everyone between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. this afternoon. The cost of the riders’ meals is included in their entry fee.
If you want to extend your outdoor experience, there are 4 full campsites available for $ 20 per night. There are many primitive (offline) sites available for free. Contact Shea to reserve a location.
Two weeks before the event, 17 runners were registered for the 75 mile loop and 25 for the 25 mile loop. Some will be from the Grand Forks Gravel Riding Group.
“Every Monday night since early June, the Grand Forks Ski and Bike Shop, run by Simon Murphy and Pat White, has been hosting a gravel hike to get people out and try something new,” said Shea. “It was a huge success and got many people to participate in this year’s Lawton Loop!
There is still time to register and have fun! Put on your gear and come to Lawton on the 18th!