Nodak's newest gravel event! Get ready to experience some of Nodak's best fall gravel riding!
DATE : OCTOBER 1ST, 2022
(Your first climb and the view on your final decent.)
The Course- The AlKemist course is 55ish miles and the Elixir is 30ish. For 2022, both courses will start and end at Graner Park/Sugarloaf Bottoms Area. Riders will make their way out of the Missouri River Valley with a humbling 500+ ft climb. From there you encounter the fast rolling plains of North Dakota with accents of the Badlands sprinkled in and plenty of minimum maintenance roads. Your final decent will bring you back to Graner Park where we will have food for all participants and the awards ceremony.
The AlKemist began as Collin Kemmesat's brainchild. He was looking for something different than the rest of the events going on around here. After mid-September we roll into cyclo-cross season, he thought why not have a gravel race at the end of the season as a wind down from cycling season? After going through the exploration of the idea and riding what now is The AlKemist course back in 2018, he knew he had something here. It was some of the best gravel he has ridden. It encompasses everything Collin looks for in a gravel course - beautiful views, challenging climbs, & minimum maintenance roads.
The exploration of an idea, in Collin's words - The AlKemist was born one weekend afternoon in October 2018. Jared and myself went out to explore some new territory I have had my eye on for some time. I had recently moved across the river to south Mandan and with Bis-Man being a smaller community, most avid cyclists have already experienced a majority of our mountain bike and easily accessible gravel around our community. After speaking with a good friend who was known for exploring the southern part of Morton County, I decided to do some exploration of my own. Leaving from my house wouldn't get me far enough from the city.... So I pulled up google maps and started my exploration. What better starting point then the local ski hill? Luckily - Andy from Huff Hills is one rad dude and fully embraced my idea. Since then, we have moved the start/finish just down the hill to accommodate more riders and to fully enjoy a smokin' downhill all the way to the river.
Delayed a year - The inaugural year of the race didn't go as planned. Unfortunately, it was one of the wettest years we have ever seen. In normal Nodak fashion - the weather gave us a sliver of hope. A check the course on race morning - well the picture below can speak for itself.
(ROADS THE MORNING OF RACE 2019)
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