30 Miles of Gravel Bliss!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Start Time: 10:00am

Location: Ionia County
Just East of Grand Rapids, MI

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3rd Annual

Dirty 30 Gravel Bike Race

The 2020 date is March 28, 2020.

We love gravel roads!  Bicycling on gravel roads allows you to ride and train on roads that are typically less travelled than paved roads while enjoying a variety of terrain that Michigan has to offer. 

We started organizing weeknight mountain bike races in the GR area (under the name Milk Jug Racing) many years ago.  Life got busy and now we primarily road ride.   We wanted to combine our passions of single track and road riding and decided the Dirty Thirty was a great way to do that.  A portion of the race proceeds will go towards the improvement of the rail trail that goes through Saranac. 

Join us on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10 am and discover this gravel gem in the hills of Ionia County.  With road names like Bliss and Ivan (as in terrible), this gravel race offers something for every level of cyclist.      

We've made some tweaks for 2019.  Some of the highlights are listed below:
-The Dirty 30 is part of the 2019 Michigan Gravel Race Series
-Separate start time for 30 milers and 16 milers
-Start line improvement (pending city approval)
-Course modifications, eliminating out and back

The Dirty 30 gravel bike race course consists of almost 90% gravel roads, the largest percentage of gravel compared to other gravel grinder bike races in West Michigan.  The distance of the long course is, you guessed it, 30 miles.  The short course is 16 miles. 

The Dirty 30 events will start and finish in downtown Saranac, just a short jaunt from Grand Rapids, MI.  The first half of the course heads east into the open farm country, offering a combination of gently rolling hills and pancake flat gravel roads.   The second half of the course brings you west into a hillier and more forested section of the course.  

We do plan to offer awards and hot, delicious food to all riders.  We will update our this website and our facebook page as those details become available.  We would love your feedback before, during or after the Dirty 30! 

The Dirty 30 course takes place on open roads, so all Michigan road laws apply to all cyclists.  Cyclists must obey all traffic signs, may not ride more than two abreast and should not cross the center line.  Key intersections will be manned by volunteers and Ionia County police.  

Hope to see you there!  
Raymond Passchier

2019 Dirty 30 Shirt


What you get
Chip timing
Warm post race food
Potential medal bling
Swag (2018 swag included water bottle, gels, bottle cage & chain lube)
Dirty30 T-shirt ($9 more)

Female/Male Categories
-Age Group (Geared Bike)
17 und, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
-Fat Bike (30 mile only)
-Single Speed (30 mile only)
-Tandem Bike (30 mile only)

-Top 3 OVERALL 30 milers get CASH! $150, $100, and $50, M & F.  16 milers top 3 OVERALL will be recognized but don't get cash.  
-Top 3 in each category/age group to receive a Dirty 30 medal. 

Team competition
Minimum of 4 registrants.  Top 4 times to be totaled with the lowest total time declared the winning team.  Bragging rights and team prize in the works.

Pricing  (see registration link) Price bumps on Feb. 14 and March 1.

The shirt purchase deadline is March 13, 2019.

Kick off the cycling season on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Dirty 30 Gravel Grinder in Ionia County, Saranac, Michigan, just a gravel skip from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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