Ride at your own pace, on great roads, for a great cause.

About the Ride

To put it simply, the Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo brings you all the key elements that make up the “Good Life”. Whether you’re a local looking to explore Iowa’s hidden gravel treasures or are coming in from out of town for this epic ride, you’ll grow to learn the Midwestern belief that with hard work and perseverance, good things will happen.

This year’s Gran Fondo will offer  100-KM route – following an unsanctioned, mass-start format. There will be an epic food and beverages  at Start/Finish Area provided by local chef Eric Marshall . As if this event wasn’t already awesome enough – proceeds are going to a great cause: THOR (Trails Have Our Respect) . Check out the “Giving Back” section below for more details!

What to Expect

The Good Life Gravel Gran Fondo brings the Midwestern spirit alive with a unique, challenging and scenic ride – with your choice of carefully-selected   100-km  route tracing through the area’s signature gravel roads. The courses showcase the rugged terrain once followed by famous explorers Lewis & Clark and indigenous settlers headed down the Oregon Trail. You’ll experience where the West began through the rolling hills of prairie grass, cornfields, rustic barns and river bluffs. There are a few carefully placed refreshment stations along the way, but remember, this is a self-supported event so come prepared. For more details about the ride click here.

Please Note this is Self Supported event. You are traversing open roads without outside aid or assistance. There will be only one  fully stocked aid station with food and beverages on course.

The After Race

If everything you’ve read above isn’t enough to get you excited, you can also look forward to the post-ride Good Life Gravel Apres Party – bringing locally sourced offerings; everything from post-race libations to delicious grub for your belly, this year we are offering some great food by local Chef Jenn Beebe!!!!

Is the Ride Right for You?

Come join us in the spirit of the Good Life at our local gravel gran fondo! We don’t care what you ride- just that you ride.  So bring out your gravel bike, mountain bike, skinny bike, fat bike…heck even your unicycle, if you just happen to be that awesome. We look forward to seeing you at the start line!

Giving Back

It’s a small part of “taking care of our neighbor”…our motto and who we are.

In the spirit of giving back, this year’s Good Life Gravel ride will benefit THOR (Trails Have Our Respect). 10% of ride entry fees will be supporting THOR– our local chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association. Look for THOR volunteers at two of the ride’s aid stations!

The Bike Union is a social enterprise bike shop/coffeehouse that is dedicated to providing workforce and personal development to youth aging out of foster care and to strengthening our community as a whole

Our Sponsors


Starting Location

Mills County Fairgrounds
61317 315th St
Malvern, IA 51551

Start Time

June 18th, 2016
9am start - 100 Km