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1 Week & 5 Reasons to Ride: Winston County Gravel Cup Year 3


The Winston County Gravel Cup is coming up in one week on Sept 23. This full-flavor race is a great fall Driftless adventure and today we're sharing some of the ride highlights. We caught up race coordinators Paul Reardon and Jake Ellefsen and they share some reasons to join the adventure.

To learn more, or get registered visit Winston County Gravel Cup.


1. Driftless Charm

Visit the Driftless region for incredible gravel and amazing scenery. This area has amazing hero gravel and from the hill tops you have incredible 360-degree views of south eastern Minnesota for miles!


2. Race it or Take Your Time: Everyone Gets Beer & Tacos

We offer something for every rider! Official timing for those that want to race or set a PR. Fun and laid back culture for those that prefer a more casual approach to their rides. At the finish, beer and tacos for everyone.


3. Prizes

We have incredible prizes for registered riders and for those who will and have bought a raffle tickets. From sick shades, tires, and multi-tools to the possibility of a full custom bike for the 2024 Winston!


4. New 25-Miler Option

Not everyone wants to ride 100, 60, or even 40 miles. For 2023 we are offering a shorter, beginner friendly 25-mile route. We are offering this route with complete signage and a couple support stations to make sure you enjoy every mile.


5. Awesome Causes

Every rider can take pride knowing that they are raising money for two worthy Houston area causes. Our rotating beneficiary for 2023 is assisting to paying off the student lunch debt for the Houston area school district. The current deficit for families sits at $14,000 and remains after the approval of free meals for Minnesota schools. Additionally, the Houston Nature Center is a local cornerstone that sits at the beginning of the Root River Trail and offer incredible amenities for cyclists. The Nature Center is the hub for the Winston County Gravel Cup. The center receives no state funding and is completely dependent on donations.

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