What to expect
Osage County offers two prime seasons: Spring and Fall. However, Spring can be unpredictable and sometimes turbulent, potentially disrupting your plans. On the other hand, Fall is the ideal time to embrace the outdoors, enjoy bike rides, and experience camping. That's why we introduced Osage Passage. While riding through the picturesque hills of Osage County is an epic experience, the camping aspect truly forms lasting memories. Gathering around campfires, indulging in s'mores, savoring an evening nightcap before bed, or simply immersing yourself in the camping lifestyle—these moments become cherished snippets of life and create perfect memories. This is what you'll remember from your time at Osage Passage.
Saturday morning: Before your grand departure, have a satisfying breakfast that suits your preferences, whether a smart and nutritious meal or a more casual breakfast. You have the freedom to choose. Remember to fuel up with a cup of coffee to start your day off right (or, if coffee isn't your cup of tea, maybe sip a little whiskey — we won't tattle). Bathroom facilities are located in the pavilion, and additional porta-potties will be available onsite for your convenience.
Saturday post-race/ride: Take a quick shower or try to win the “Iron Chamois” award (where no one wins anything). We will have a late lunch / early dinner available that is included with your race registration.
Saturday evening: The most enjoyable and laid-back segment of the weekend is Saturday evening, where you can witness the Osage Passage XL riders arriving in their various states of disrepair. Please take a moment to be amazed by their determination and accomplishments. Relax and immerse yourself in the music playing in the background. Alternatively, gather with fellow participants and share laughter as stories circulate about the incredible experiences that just unfolded on course. These stories and shared experiences are what build our community. The camp will also be filled with individuals at different stages of caloric deficiency, so feel free to prepare and share a dessert with friends. Embrace the spirit of camaraderie and enjoy the delightful treats together.
Or head back home because you have chores you are looking forward to doing. Said no one ever.
Sunday morning: Sunday morning is the last morning of camping. Wake up and prepare your coffee or tea, fry an egg in a cast iron skillet, and have some fun speculating how long it will take for someone to advise you on cleaning said skillet or eating the food you forgot to eat during yesterday's ride. Remember, you have the freedom to make your own choices. Now it's time to start packing up your campsite.
Once you have everything packed up, consider going on an unofficial post-race recovery ride. Look for fellow riders and head towards Rock School Road to get your heart rate up again. Afterward, pedal smoothly to the lake and turn back. This is a recovery ride where you can enjoy the company of both old and new friends. This is the community to which you belong. So, go ahead and have a great time!
Sunday noon: Leave a clean campsite and head back home. Make sure to tip your camp host — just kidding, it is all included!
*While we love our beer sponsors, if you have a few beers you want to throw in the beer canoe to share, we welcome it. It can be a few or a few dozen. Sharing is caring. And these shared discoveries usually have a pretty good story (and start a few more).
Friday, Oct 6
8:00 AM - XL Gravel begins the 301 distance
12:00 PM - Venue opens for tent and RV camping
4-6:00 PM - Registration and packet pick up in pavilion
6-9:00 PM - Live Music
Saturday, October 7
6-8:30 AM - Coffee provided by DoubleShot Coffee
8:30 AM - Gravel races begin (All distances)
1-6:00 PM - Post ride meal for riders
The Eagleton BBQ menu includes: smoked pulled pork, smoked beef sausage, potato salad and another side + condiments.
6:00 PM - DJ music
Sunday, October 8
7-9:00 AM - Campers cooking breakfast and having copious coffee
9-11:30 AM - Unofficial recovery ride if anyone wants to ride outside of the ranch
2:00 PM - Campground closes