It’s a Gravel Festival

June 25, 2022 – Roca, NE

Grounded Nebraska is one-of-a-kind in that it’s made to be enjoyed by both non-riders and riders alike. Not that chasing miles through the rolling, scenic hills of southeast Nebraska isn’t fun, per se, but with live music, activities for kids and adults, on-site camping, and damn good food, it’s a steep competition for who will have the most fun.

Image by SnowyMountain Photography

The Ride & Race

The course is for racers, riders, and party-pacers alike.

For some, it’s all about the race. Being packed in with the lead group and soaring over the crest of hill after hill, all to land on one of the top spots and a big wad of cash, too.

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.

In the end, the finish line can bring all sorts of surprises, but you can know there’s food, cold drinks, and a group celebrating everything the day and life has brought us until the sun goes down (and into the night, too).

Women & Non-Binary Racers Win 20% More

We believe in equity until equality. Since statistics specific to the cycling pay gap are hard to nail down, we chose to base our prize amount off the average pay gap between genders in the United States.

Podium finishers of the women and non-binary/gender-expansive category will win 20% more than those in the men’s category.

Women’s & Non-Binary/Gender Expansive Podiums:🥇: $1500⁠,🥈: $1000, 🥉: $500⁠

Men’s Podiums:🥇: $1200⁠,🥈: $800, 🥉: $400⁠

The Route – 25 Miles, 60 Miles & 125 Miles to  Choose From

Riders of all three distances will roll out from Roca Berry Farm, winding through acres of farmland on the most coveted roads punctuated by off-road sectors. Don’t let the misconception that Nebraska is flat fool you, as the course will feature at least 5,000 feet over a steady stream of undulating hills.

Final routes will be announced a few weeks out from the event. While the event is unsupported, there will be plenty of very well-stocked aid stations throughout the course.

The Land

We acknowledge the event is held and riding through the historical and ceded Indigenous lands of Pawnee Nation. As such, a portion of each registration will be donated to the Lincoln Indian Center.

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.

Festival passes are included for each registered rider and can be added on to any registration. Passes will be for sale at the door.

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.

Join us in June?

Friday, June 24th

2:00 – 8:00 PM: Packet Pickup & Campground Check-in

Inside the Harvest Barn

2:00 PM: FTW-NB Led Shakeout Ride / Hosted by Wild Composite

Meet Outside of the Harvest Barn

5:00 PM: Shakeout Ride / Hosted by Chamois Butt’r

Meet Outside of the Harvest Barn / Sign up here

7:00 PM: Welcome Party 

Roca Tavern / 4101 Main Street, Roca, NE 68430

7:00 PM: Queer Meetup / Hosted by Molly Cameron & RIDE Advocacy

Roca Tavern @ The Welcome Party

8:00 PM: Campground Check-in Closes

Saturday, June 25th

6:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Packet Pickup

Inside the Harvest Barn

7:30 AM: 125-Mile Start

8:30 AM: 60-Mile Start

9:00 AM: 25-Mile Start

10:00 AM: 5k Walk/Fun Run Start

11:00 AM: The Champion System Finish Line Party Starts

In front of Pioneer Barn

11:00 am: Family Yoga / Hosted by Huddle Yoga & Energy Coaching

Inside the Harvest Barn

11:00 AM – 8:00 PM: Food Vendors Open

Behind the Harvest Barn

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Strider Races / Hosted by Bike Masters

Roca 500 Track

1:30 PM: First 125-mile Finishers Expected

3:00 PM: Family Yoga / Hosted by Huddle Yoga & Energy Coaching

Inside the Harvest Barn

4:00 PM: Podium Ceremony

Roca Band Stand Stage

11:00 PM: After Party Comes to an End

Sunday, June 26th

11:00 AM: Camper Checkout Deadline