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Gorge Gravel Grinder
April 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
An event every year that begins at 8:00 am on day first of April, repeating until April 7, 2024
One Day Spring Ride
The Gorge Gravel Grinder started with the Gorge Roubaix in 2010 but it really started back in the 90’s when Chad and his racing buddies would head east in the spring for early training. The Dalles is one of the best spring time riding secrets in the Northwest. Moderate marine air flowing inland from the coast, coupled with being just on the other side of the Cascade Mountain Range rain shadow, it’s your best bet for sun and warm temps March through May each year. Surrounding The Dalles are hundreds of miles of gravel farm roads with little to no motor traffic on them. The course offers great views of the Gorge and surrounding Cascade Mountain peaks as well as an assortment of old school buildings, barns and houses from the late 1800’s. Rolling bright green wheat fields dominate the landscape in all directions.
Come prepared! Expect average temps to be in the mid 40’s by race start and up into the mid 60’s by the peak of the day. Gravel sections are well packed, smooth and fast. Spring rains provide good moisture keeping the dust down. No portion of the courses exceeds double digits for climbing or descending. Just a lot of fast rolling hills.
Total Gravel 29.1 miles
Total Ride Distance 59 miles
Total Elevation 4426 feet
Total Gravel 46.0 miles
Total Ride Distance 74 Miles
Total Elevation 5868 feet
Super Big Grind
Total Gravel 57.9 miles
Total Ride Distance 106 Miles
Total Elevation 7855 feet
Ride Starts at 9am
The Gorge Gravel Grinder is a mix of pavement and packed gravel. Gravel roads are good to excellent in condition. Suggest tires are 700×28 if you are a light rider, 700×32 if you are a medium to slightly heavier rider or cyclocross tires if you are a beast! Thorn resistant tubes are a great idea. Plan to use strong tubes- this is not the time to go ultra light. Suggested gearing is a 11-25. There is one short climb at 10% but everything else is 7% or less.
Mt. View Cycles will be on hand to assist you with new tires and tubes prior to the race should you need to purchase some last minute tread. Please either see them at Packet Pick-Up on Saturday night or arrive early on Sunday. Gravel sections are in great shape and can be ridden with confidence.
This ride is a rules of the road event. We will provide flaggers and traffic control to get all the riders out of town but once on course it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to watch for traffic and follow rules of the road. These country roads are very desolate do not be lulled into the fact that you have not seen a car in an hour and you blow a stop sign or an intersection way out in the middle of nowhere. The exceptions to this rule are the two locations were Super Big Grind ride crosses Highway 97. For safety we have two sets of flaggers. After crossing Highway 97 the first time please stay to the right and ride on the shoulder the entire time. The shoulders are wide and clean.
Event details subject to change. Check event websites for details.