Join us for a weekly ride

Every Monday, departing at 6pm

Start at the Merrill Park west shelter

We'll select a 20-mile gravel route each week


As cyclists, we know the tremendous benefits we enjoy when we see the world on two wheels, whether on our own or as part of a group. We all can acknowledge that COVID-19 creates some challenges when it comes to group activities. With that in mind, the Prairie Burn team wants to provide an outlet where people can experience the fun of riding your bike in the countryside but with some basic guidelines to help keep everyone safe. We ask that anyone joining us adhere to the following guidelines. If you don't like the rules, that is okay, maybe this ride isn't for you. 


  1. You are responsible for you. Although we strive to facilitate the most welcoming and inclusive experience, by joining this ride you acknowledge that it is done entirely at your own risk, on your own accord and every participant is to be considered on a solo excursion. 

  2. If you or anyone in your immediate household has any of the COVID-19 symptoms this ride is not for you. Stay home. 

  3. The use of a face covering is strongly encouraged for all participants at the start and end of the ride and at any point when there is prolonged stationary activity involving more than 2 people. 

  4. We ask that people use their better judgement when on the ride to maintain the desired physical separation of each rider. Some riders may elect to ride close together and draft while others desire some breathing room. We won't enforce any specific restriction on this other than asking you to be sensitive and considerate of others. 

  5. If a lot of riders show up, we will encourage the formation of "pods" of 3–5 riders each to help maintain some physical separation. These clusters of riders almost always happen organically during group rides anyway. 

  6. Summer time in Iowa can get steamy. If the heat index reaches 90 degrees, we’ll postpone the ride until the following week.

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Nope, but go ahead and git 'er done in a hurry if that's what you want. This event is about having a good time, making connections and promoting all the good that comes from cycling. Proceeds from the event will go to Imagine Grinnell, a non-profit organization that makes the world a better place (or at least cities named Grinnell). The course makes an initial 25 mile "Spark" loop. Pull your iron out of the fire at that point if you want to or continue on for a second, different 25 mile loop to complete the 50 Mile "Bonfire." For the ultimate gravel goodness, complete the final 50 mile loop for the full-on Prairie Burn 100. Each loop of the course returns to the start at Central Park so you can refuel as needed. Everyone is invited to enjoy live music and awesome food at Central Park after the ride. To foster a more casual vibe, there will be no official results apart from a list of successful finishers of each course. 


​Interested in sponsoring our event? Download our media kit for details or contact Katy Wells at ​Proceeds from the Prairie Burn 100 benefit Imagine Grinnell, a non-profit organization supporting a healthy and sustainable Grinnell community. Please consider donating to make a lasting impact on our town and to help make future Prairie Burn events bigger and better.

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