Cannonball Four Seasons 2021 Race Series

Get your race on this year.  With a race for each season and something for everyone, the Cannonball Four Seasons brings super fun and intensely competitive racing to the whole year.  Cannonball has been gravel racing in its purest form each fall and winter for the last three years in southwestern and southern Illinois. For 2021 we are adding to the fun with two additional races, a spring mountain bike/enduro race and a summer all-road race along with our winter and fall gravel events.

Earn your racing stripes this year at Cannonball Four Seasons with each event you complete. Custom Cannonball Four Seasons jerseys will be produced at the completion of the 2021 series. These will be available for purchase ($60) for all 2021 Cannonball participants.  If you have earned your stripes your jersey will include them  with custom event-based stripes based on the events you completed; you will also get a 10% discount per event completed (up to 40% off) off your jersey purchase.

Finally, for the overall Four Seasons series we will be paying out the top three male and female finishers, $100 in free drinks at the Bike Surgeon Bar for 1st, $75 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd.

Next Event:

Cannonball Fall, The Gravel Standard, Sunday, October 31st, 2021 $45

We will have a short, the “Single X”, a long, the “Double X” and new for this year an epic distance, the “Triple X” all with some new challenges and some of the same gravel goodness you have come to expect.  Tons of elevation, lots of gravel, and even more fun.  The short “Single X” route will be 37 miles with ~3,000’ of climbing, the longer “Double X” route will be 71 miles with 5,000’ of climbing and the all new “Triple X” route will challenge even the toughest riders with ~120 miles and over 6000’ of climbing.

Cannonball Gravel Races are self-guided (with provided GPS files), self-supported (plan to pack for all of your nutrition, hydration and mechanical needs), multi-surface (smooth gravel, chunky gravel, chipseal, mud, creek crossings, asphalt, potholes, expect it all) gravel races that challenge even the most experienced racer.  No course markings and limited on-course support (call for pickup only if you can’t finish).  At the completion of your Cannonball there will be a podium ceremony and meal at our sponsor The St. Nicholas Landmark.

Already Happened:

Cannonball Winter, Groundhogs Soul Crusher Gravel Circuit Challenge, Saturday, February 6th, 2021 $55

We are unveiling an all new gravel challenge for this year, the Groundhogs Soul Crusher gravel circuit race, it repeats over and over and over and over…..for 100K!   The most challenging winter Cannonball ever, with a 2.6 mile course that has over 250’ of elevation gain per lap…..62 miles and 6000’ within the 24 laps all professionally scored with chip timing to ensure the utmost in timing accuracy. Race this one by yourself or with a teammate and bring your cheering squad as this is the most fan friendly gravel race in the country with great opportunities to watch the race happen all over the course.   Results for the Soul Crusher are here.

Postponed due to weather….Cannonball Spring, Lucky4 MTB Race, Sunday, March 21st, 2021 $45

The first ever Cannonball MTB race on the rocking CampO MTB course.  An enduro style MTB race with four separate race loops with a winner for each course and an overall winner for the day.  Loops will range in distance from 2.5-4 miles and will be published here prior to the race weekend.  Timing for these races will be enduro style; beginning and ending at a central location and done on individual tt with you punching the time clock your start and finish.  Each race will have a color-coded timecard that corresponds to the color of the loop being raced. To begin the race loop, punch-in and when you’ve completed that race loop, punch-out (just like your first job).

Bonfires, hooting, hollering, a great post-race meal, in-race nutrition support, and a BYOB friendly racecourse will make for a great MTB race for everyone!  Bring your friends, bring your family and stay the weekend at Camp if you want.  Get in touch with CampO at www.ondessonk.com to set up the details.

Cannonball Summer, Burning Daylight Road Race, June 19th,  2021 $35

With over 15 hours of daylight we thought we should do something to burn it all.  An intensely long road race that will challenge even the most intense riders with distance options for everyone to push themselves hard.  100, 200 and 300K options have you racing anywhere from 60+ miles to almost 200, you pick your distance and come enjoy the challenge.  The race will be hosted at Bike Surgeon and their new bar/cafe Gears in downtown O’Fallon, IL.  Each entrant gets not only a full day or racing but a great post race meal and drink to finish the day of racing off right.    This self-supported race is being conducted in pure Cannonball style, on open roads with only your GPS for guidance rolling through five neighboring towns as you make your way around the 62-mile course road course.