COVID-19

First off, thanks for looking into the Glenwood Gravel Grinder. When we set out to run a new gravel ride in 2020, we knew it would be challenging, but we never could have imagined the challenge the world is going through. Initially the plan to run the ride in September was to insure we didn't try to add another ride on an already busy day. We did our research and found a Saturday in Fall that was free from any other rides for almost 100 miles. With the COVID-19 outbreak, many races have had to cancel or postpone, which means there could be a very busy Fall season in 2020; that's what we're hoping for.

With the ride scheduled for September, we are watching and adhering to the guidance given by the Federal government, CDC, Iowa State Department of Public Health, and Mills County Emergency Management. So far, the guidance doesn't extend into Fall in most cases. Iowa decided to open up some services in May. Of course, this could all change quickly if outbreaks increase instead of decrease. For now, our goal is to still hold the first Glenwood Gravel Grinder in September.

A few things that we are looking at:

  • Limit the field. We already planned to limit the ride to 99 rides. We will stick with this number as long as it adheres to gathering guidance.

  • No group start. Our plan all along was to start the ride in a "time trial" fashion. We already have the timing equipment to do so and can even schedule slots for "social distancing". We ask all riders to pay close attention to their time slot so we can maintain social distancing practices for all.

  • Post-ride as carry-out instead of dine in. We had hoped to sit and chat and hear about your ride experience, but if we can't do that, we'll work with the Buck Snort to get you a carry-out meal. This is still to be determined. Fortunately, Buck Snort has a large space and can likely accommodate a steady flow of customer. We will ask you to not hold off or try to build large groups to meet in the restaurant for lunch. Please adhere and be patient with the guidelines Buck Snort puts in to maintain the safety of all customers.

  • Ensure good hygiene and clean environment at aid stations. We would always intend to use best practices for shared food, but we'll be making increased efforts to keep you and all volunteers safe. Volunteers will wear masks and gloves when handling food and water. All food will be individually packaged.

  • We are listening! Got an idea on how we can make this event safe and great? Please reach out to us at the link below. We want your ideas and input.

If there's something we missed here and you have a question, please reach out. We want to address any concerns so we can make this a great and safe ride for everyone!

Sincerely,

Chris McQueen

Race Director