Gravel Power Rankings: 2021

Gravel Power Rankings map: 2021

Introduction

The power rankings track every event in America with over 500 riders, 30% dirt and 50% drop bars. 2021 was another dumpster fire of a year. The first notable event happened in June.

We count the overall size of the event for inclusion into the rankings, but we weight the events based on the size of the competitive field.  

Below is our pre-year guess at how the year would play out. As you can see, many of the events were cancelled and we did not have CO2UT on our radar.

date

name

state

distance

elevation

2019 field (total)

2019 field (points)

Event Website

Jan 23 MODIFIED

Texas Chainring Massacre

TX

64

2900

497

347

spinistry.net/calendar

Feb 6–14 MODIFIED

Old Man Winter  

CO

63

5000

662

281

oldmanwinterrally.com

Mar 13 VIRTUAL

Mid South

OK

103

4600

1455

1093

midsouthgravel.com

Mar 14 CANCELLED

Croatian Buck Fifty 

NC

144

636

527

167

croatanbuckfifty.com

April 10 CANCELLED

Rough Road 100  

IL

62

1300

499

420

roughroad100.com

April 24 CANCELLED

Rasputitsa  

VT

41

4000

864

864

rasputitsagravel.com

June 5

Unbound  

KS

200

8000

2712

1189

unboundgravel.com

June 6 CANCELLED

Lost & Found    

CA

106

8100

1235

448

lostandfoundbikeride.com

June 26

Coast to Coast 

MI

212

6500

526

375

micoasttocoast.com

July 10

Crusher in the Tushar  

UT

70

10400

567

567

tusharcrusher.com

July 18

BWR California

CA

138

11,000

1495

827

belgianwaffleride.bike

Aug 1

Rooted Vermont  

VT

82

8000

442

258

rootedvermont.com

Aug 8

Boulder Roubaix  

CO

75

2000

928

189

dbcevents.com/roubaix

Aug 15

SBT GRVL  

CO

141

9100

1117

439

sbtgrvl.com

Aug 21

BWR: N. Carolina

NC

144

12,000

-

-

belgianwaffleride.bike

Aug 22

Gravel Worlds  

NE

151

6200

502

310

gravel-worlds.com

Aug 29

Vermont Overland  

VT

43

5500

784

784

vermontoverland.com/overland/

Sept 1–5

Rebeccas Private Idaho  

ID

200

12,000

1041

524

rebeccasprivateidaho.com

Sept 18 
CANCELLED

Grinduro California  

CA

60

7500

974

847

grinduro.com/california

Sept 25 BWR: Utah   UT 125 6000     belgianwaffleride.bike

Sept 27 CANCELLED

Mountains to Meadows 

CA

52  

-

-

quincymountainstomeadows.com

Oct 2

Barry Roubaix  

MI

100

6800

3090

890

barry-roubaix.com

Oct 10

UnPAved  

PA

117

9100

631

221

unpavedpennsylvania.com

Oct 23

Big Sugar  

AR

109

9000

-

-

bigsugargravel.com

Oct 31

BWR: Kansas  

KS

111

8000

-

-

belgianwaffleride.bike

The Events

There were 15 events in 2021 that met our criteria for inclusion in the power rankings. BWR California should have an asterisk here. We are fairly certain it was the largest gravel event of the year, BUT… Because the timing system was nuked by a freak thunderstorm hours before the event, the results were tabulated by hand from a video feed of the finish line. Obviously not all number plates were able to be read and tabulated. For our purposes, we can’t guestimate how many riders were actually at the event, we just have to use the numbers we have and accept that the BWR is being undercounted as a penalty for its screw-up. 

power ranking events 2021

 

The event are given a weight score based on the size of the competitive field. In most cases, this is different than the total event size. For example, in BWR events we count the full Waffle ride, but we do not count Wafer and Wanna riders who ride a different course and distance. Below are the relative weights of the ranked events. 

power ranking events weighted

As you can see, BWR California carries the most weight, even though the total number of riders across all distances was less than some of the other events. CO2UT is an outlier here with only about 150 of their 850 riders choosing to compete in the long course. Vermont Overland is another notable event since it only has one distance, their weight is the same as their total field size.

The Results

Check back very soon for the results.

 

A peloton of riders at SBT GRVL