Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race
Gravel grinding isn’t new to Pulaski County. The Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race has been held the first Saturday in October since 2018. More and more cyclists are discovering that Pulaski County’s gravel roads and rural routes are filled with stunning scenery and leg-quivering climbs. If you haven’t registered for Nasty Pulaski there is still time to so.
In the meantime, here are three great gravel grinding routes with stunning Ozark Mountain scenery and compelling historic sites in Pulaski County to pedal.
This 25-mile ride begins and ends on at Schlicht Springs Access on the Gasconade River near Crocker, Missouri. The area is named for John Schlicht, a German immigrant, who purchased the old Gasconade Mill in 1876. The ride loops through a residential area of Crocker and then heads west to the village of Swedeborg. The end of the ride will reward you with dramatic Gasconade River views.
Another 25-mile ride, 10 Crossings begins and ends at Riddle Bridge Access on the Gasconade River near Saint Robert. This spin crosses Jones Creek five times, the Gasconade River twice. You will also cross Clemens Creek and the Maries River. A portion of the route near Dixon parallels what is now BNSF Railway tracks. The majestic Yellow Bluff signifies the end of your ride.
Turkey Tracks, a 25-mile loop, begins and ends at Mitschele Access on the Gasconade River south of Richland. This ride winds through farmland dotted by silos and country churches. Some of the farms along this route have been held by the same family for more than 100 years. Pedal between the Gasconade River and the towering limestone bluff that is the site of the former Ozark Springs Resort.