It’s a Gravel Festival

June 28-30, 2024 – Roca, NE

Grounded Nebraska is more than (just) a gravel ride. It’s a celebration of community, authenticity, and inclusivity through the modality of a bike race and ride. The weekend features three bike courses, local vendors, on-site camping, film screenings, and hayrack rides.

What’s Included?

*The* Grounded t-Shirts

Every rider, racer, and party-pacer gets to pick out their one-of-a-kind t-shirt, handmade by the Gravel moms, just for you.

Gravel Fairy Support

The ever-enchanting beings that are The Gravel Fairies are available on course to sprinkle your ride with good vibes, snacks, and unwavering moral support on some of the more lonely sports of the course. 

On-Site Showers

Every rider, racer, and party-pacer gets to pick out their one-of-a-kind t-shirt, handmade by the Gravel moms, just for you.

Festival Fun

Friday night hayrack rides, Saturday film-screenings, community bingo, and more!

Community Connection

Join in the community experiences, such as the Chamois Butt’r shakeout ride and Welcome Party on Friday, Saturday film festivals, and of course, the ride! Rumor has it, the Grounded community is spectacular.

Dang Good Food

Your registration includes Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, finish line snacks, and well-stocked aid stations. All meals accommodate dietary needs. 

Used Gear Closet

Bring any used outdoor gear that needs a new home to the All Bodies on Bike’s Gear Closet. It can by cycling clothes, camping gear, or anything else outdoor related. Just make sure it’s in good and safe condition.

Race, Ride or Party-Pace

Run what you brung, whether you’re a speedster, recreationalist or here for the good vibes.

For some, it’s all about the race. Being packed in with the lead group and soaring over the crest of hill after hill. For those who are racing themselves instead of others: your limit-testing and goal-setting make crossing the finish line a moment to be proud of in itself.  And, the riders who come for the fun and sun, bringing tunes, high vibes, and a party pace, you know who you are, and we’re here for it.

Cycling is For Everyone 

Gravel lends itself to being a welcoming atmosphere. We just give it a little “umph” to ensure Grounded Nebraska is a space to celebrate and embrace all bikes bodies, and people.

Equity-Based Podiums

We believe in equity until equality, and pay disparity within cycling is blatant. Podium finishers of the women and non-binary/gender-expansive 125-mile winners will win 20% more than those in the men’s category.

Women: $500, $250, $125 NB/GE: $500, $250, $125 Men: $400, $200, $100

Rando-Pos (Random Podiums!)

Uumm what?!?! RANDOm POdiums, of course.

While we loved being able to reward the time, expense, and dedication it takes to be a podium finisher, we will be realigning our payouts and prizes to spread the love throughout our full fields.

If you line up Saturday morning and attend our podium ceremony Saturday night, you may find yourself on a Rando Po.

Three Gender Categories 

Within our first year, we shattered the industry averages of 80% men and 20% for gender splits with 40% women and 15% non-binary gender split in our riders.

Rider Support Program

Pooling resources and calling on sponsors for support, we created a Rider Support Program for gravel-curious BIPOC and WTF-NB folks to attend and ride Grounded Nebraska. 

Partnering with Uribe, the only waste management company in the county investing in sustainable practices, Grounded is on track to become zero waste by 2026.

In 2023, the community diverted 47% of waste generated by the event, which was just shy of our goal of 50%!

The Festival

Celebrating All Things Nebraska

Being immersed in the landscape and endless Nebraska skies inherently brings a sense of being grounded. Grounded Nebraska is a day filled with family-friendly events, local food trucks, local beer, cider & kombucha, live music, and more.

Hayrack Rides with All Bodies on Bikes

Take a cruise around the stunning, 25 acres of Roca Berry Farm on a Hayrack Ride on Friday night and hang with the folks from All bodies on Bikes.

Community Movie Night

Join us Saturday evening for film screenings under the stars, complete with popcorn and good vibes.

The Venue:

With it being our inaugural year, an utterly Nebraskan venue is vital. With easy access by primo gravel and immersed in the landscape of south-eastern Nebraska, Roca Berry Farm is the perfect location. It sits on 25 acres, with picturesque barns, stellar staff, and entertaining fall-festival attractions able to bring out anyone’s inner child.