The Antelope Stampede
A GRAVEL ADVENTURE ON THE FARM AND RANCH ROADS OF WESTERN NEBRASKA, ONLY 2.5 HOURS FROM dENVER!
The Antelope Stampede gravel ride is scheduled for Aug 12, 2023 in Kimball, NE. This adventure is only 2.5 hrs from Denver with the largest course offering crossing from Nebraska into Colorado, then into Wyoming as riders return to the finish back at Gotte Park in Kimball, Nebraska. The course offers pristine fast gravel on rolling terrain through a section the Pawnee National Grasslands, wind fields, and sights of local wildlife such as antelope, deer, rattlesnake, pheasant and the always hunting hawks. Cool August morning temperatures, slight winds and bright sun make for a spectacular ride. Once riders finish, they are awarded with a free BBQ and joined by the local community as they celebrate & enjoy bike raffles to local kids, bouncy houses, face painting, and even a pie eating contest!
Rider finish results from the 2022 adventure can be found HERE
Thanks to the following for making this event happen:
Volunteers: Mandy Hargreaves, Cassidy Malm, the Kimball County High School Cheerleaders, Mandy the EMT, the Heimerl Family, members of the Kimball community, the City and County of Kimball Nebraska, the Kimball City Police Department, Jason Lockwood for his entertaining announcing & music, Nebraska Coffee for donations and discounts to riders, Troy Reynolds Roofing.
Antelope Stampede GPS Map Course Links:
Welcome to our little gravel adventure!
The Antelope Stampede on August 12, 2023 is a mixed surface event on some of the fastest rolling gravel roads you will find as you cross 3 state lines. This adventure will take you from Kimball Nebraska, south into Colorado, west into Wyoming and back into Nebraska as you return to Kimball for a rewarding BBQ in the park with music and the celebration of our top finishers! The course traverses past farm fields, livestock pastures, petroleum oil fields as well as hundreds of green energy wind towers. You will encounter antelope, jackrabbits, cows, horses, farm fields and open prairie. You might even see some buffalo or a dreaded rattlesnake along the way! There are 3 distinct course lengths to choose from: 25-, 50- and 100-mile versions (only the longest verson will take you into three different states).
Registration is available online at BikeReg.com
Coach Jon Heidemann was born and raised in this area of Nebraska. He has been riding these routes since before "gravel" was even a thing. To him, these are simply just roads to ride on. His first bike ride out the family farm driveway at 8 years of age was only 6 miles....and its part of the 50 and 100 mile routes. In fact, these routes go right through his family farm & ranch at miles 11.5 to 13.5! You will quickly note that these dirt roads are mostly hard packed limestone - which makes for a very fast ride.
Rider packet pickup & late registration will occur between 4 and 9 pm on August 12, 2023 at Gotte Park located at 1010 E 3rd Street, Kimball, Ne 69145 - which is also the official start & finish location. Information contained in the rider packet will be emailed to each participant 1 week prior to the race as well as be listed as a link here on the Bikereg.com event page.
If you are in town early enough, Join us for a 15-20 mile breakout ride at 4 pm starting from the packet pickup area.
Current Rider Participant Packet (to be posted here soon).
The Start, Course and Finish
7:30 am - 100 mi w/ aid stations at miles 21.6, 39.4, 61.6 & 84.4
8:00 am - 50 mi w/ aid stations at miles 21.6 & 41.3
8:30 am - 25 mi w/ aid station at mile 8.1
A note on this year's event concerning course markings:
A wooden stake with a colored ribbon will be placed on the course at each turn. A red ribbon will indicate a right-hand turn. A blue ribbon will indicate a left-hand turn (be aware of over-taking traffic if you are turning left).
A note about suggested hill approaches and ascents on course: Please stay to the right side of the road when ascending a hill. A cross-wind or pack might encourage you to hug the left side of the road. I advise you to stay as far to the right side of all roads as safely possible. The vehicles that travel our area dirt roads are heavy duty semi's, grain trucks, agricultural tractors, oil field and heavy construction vehicles. The ability for them to alter course or slow down at the last minute to avoid collision with a cyclist who is on the wrong side of the road is severely compromised. You will always lose this competition. Please don't be our first casualty or injury due to your own negligence or lack of common sense and road safety.
The start for the riders in each category will begin in Gotte Park with a protected neutral start & led to the official start line being at the intersection of HWY 71 & County Road 30 - also known locally as Airport Road. Please download the maps & turn-by-turn directions available found below with following options from MapMyRide and Garmin.
The course will be mostly on dirt and gravel roads in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. There are a few sections of pavement mainly at the beginning and end for all course lengths, but also about at the mid-point in Wyoming for the 100 mile course. Except for the start/finish area's, the course will be open to vehicle traffic with may include passenger cars, trucks, semi's, agriculture equipment, and even riders on horseback. If cattle, sheep, antelope, buffalo or rattle snakes are encountered on course, please be aware, exude caution, no screaming/yelling & be sensible by giving right-a-way & plenty of distance. If you feel unsafe or unsure to pass, I encourage you to wait for a rider or riders behind and pass together in a group, or, call 303-902-9603 for help.
Fresh tire sealant is highly recommended this year for the Antelope Stampede. Goat head thorn plants have had a healthy growth period in some sections of the courses this year.
Aid & feed stations on the course will be identified and updated on the ride maps below, as well as maps provided in the packet. The aid stations will likely offer a mix of water, hydration mix, assorted fruit, and fig bars. Trash cans will be available for all events in each aid station.
Antelope Stampede GPS Map Course Links:
The Finish will enter Kimball on the east side, turn right onto Hwy 30 then turn left into Gotte Park with a quick right to the start/finish line. There will be finish line turn prompts posted, and conditional course safety marshalling but please always be aware of possible vehicle traffic. Hydration & recovery food will be made available at the finish.
Weather permitting, a post race community BBQ, horse-shoe, cornhole matches will begin at 1 pm & lead up to the award ceremony at 5 pm where we will celebrate the top 3 finishers, male and female, in each ride event. There will also be a bouncy house for the kids in addition to the playground at Gotte Park.
Camping is available at the following locations:
Gotte Park (free, no hook-ups available) restrooms available in Gotte park and bathrooms & showers available at the pool on the south end of the park.
Twin Pines RV Camp: 1508 South Hwy 71, Kimball, Ne, 69145 308-235-3231
Oliver Reservoir: $7, located at Oliver Réservoir 6 miles west of Kimball on Hwy 30, 308-436-3777
Heidemann Farms: FREE, limited electrical hook-ups available, plenty of camper & tent space. Free to use your own generator.
Hotel style lodging is available at the following hotels in Kimball, Nebraska:
Days Inn: 611 E 3rd Street, Kimball, Ne, 69145 308-235-4671
Super 8: I-80 & Hwy 71, Kimball, Ne, 69145 308-235-4888
Motel Kimball: 1017 E 3rd Street, Kimball, Ne, 69145 308-235-4606
First Interstate Inn: I-80 & Hwy 71, Kimball, Ne, 69145 308-235-4601
Main Street Market: 815 E 3rd Street, Kimball, Ne 69145
Dollar General: 215 W 2nd Street, Kimball, Ne, 69145
I-80 Diner (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 1704 S Hwy 71, Kimball
Nebraska Coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 103 S Chestnut, Kimball
Sagebrush (dinner) 615 E 3rd Street, Kimball
Subway (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 111 E 3rd Street, Kimball
Ondori Ramen (lunch, dinner) 114 S Chestnut, Kimball
Pizza Hut (lunch, dinner) 215 S Webster, Kimball
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