Gorge Gravel Grinder

Ride 1 - Oregon Gravel Grinder Series

Course Description

The Gorge Gravel Grinder is where it all started. Located in The Dalles, Oregon this eastern Oregon location is the best location in the Northwest for Spring riding. With moderate marine air flowing off the coast coupled with being located in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range it is your best bet for sun and warm temps in the spring. Surrounding The Dalles are hundreds of miles of paved and 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 wheat fields dominate the landscape in all directions blanketing hills in sea of green.   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.

Registration Fees

Category Small Grinder Medium Grinder Big Grinder
Before March 15th $55 $65 $75
After March 15th $65 $75 $85

$5 Day-Of late registration fee on Sunday

Award Categories for Small, Medium & Big

  • Juniors
  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Masters Men
  • Masters Women

Award Medals go to the top three for each of these categories in each of the distances.
Special awards go to the top three overall in the Big Grinder race for Men and Women.
* Masters category is defined as anyone 40 years of age or older on race day. 

Our Sponsors

Lodging Sponsor

Our sponsor Cousins Country Inn is offering 'Oregon Gravel Grinder' riders discounted rates- be sure to let them know you are with the event when calling for reservations (541) 298-5161
 

Small Grind Course

Medium Grind Course

Big Grind Course

Aid Stations

Well stocked aid stations will be located every 20 miles along the course.  Attached is a list of items at each aid station.  In addition to food we will also have extra tubes tire pumps and tires.  Mt. View Cycles and Clement Tires will both be at the start as well as out on course for anyone who has need for bike repair.  We will have porta potties located at Aid Stations # 1,2, and 4.

Small Grind

Aid Station Mileage Elevation Location Supplies  
Aid #1 21.5 mi. 1260 ft. Roberts Market/15-Mile Intersection Cinamen Rolls, Granola Bars, Bananas, Apple Sauce, Peanut Butter, Nutella, Water, Gatorade

Medium Grind

Aid Station Mileage Elevation Location Supplies
Aid #1 21.5 mi. 1260 ft. Roberts Market/15-Mile Intersection Cinamen Rolls, Granola Bars, Bananas, Apple Sauce, Peanut Butter, Nutella, Water, Gatorade
Aid #2 35.8 mi. 2596 ft. Longhollow Market/Center Ridge Peanut Butter, Jelly, Honey, Bread, Ritz Crackers, Nutella, Apples, Pretzels, Bananas, GU, Water Gatorade
Aid #3 42.6 mi. 1273 ft. Boyd Loop Gravel Pit Granola Bars, Cookies, Pretzels, Granola Bars, Oranges, GU, Water, Gatorade, Coca Cola and Gummy Bears!!!

Big Grind

Aid Station Mileage Elevation Location Supplies
Aid #1 21.5 mi. 1260 ft. Roberts Market/15-Mile Intersection Cinamen Rolls, Granola Bars, Bananas, Apple Sauce, Peanut Butter, Nutella, Water, Gatorade
Aid #2 35.8 mi. 2596 ft. Longhollow Market/Center Ridge Peanut Butter, Jelly, Honey, Bread, Ritz Crackers, Nutella, Apples, Pretzels, Bananas, GU, Water Gatorade
Aid #3 53.7 mi. 2467 ft. Hix Road/Friend Road Rice Krispie Treats, Jelly, Honey, Peanut Butter, Bread, Crackers, Nutella, Pretzels, Bananas, GU, Water Gatorade
Aid #4 73.5 mi. 1273 ft. Boyd Loop Gravel Pit Granola Bars, Cookies, Pretzels, Granola Bars, Oranges, GU, Water, Gatorade, Coca Cola and Gummy Bears!!!

Ride Details- 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 700x25 if you are a light rider, 700x28 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 now is not the time to go ultra light.  Clement Tires and 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 pickup on Saturday night or arrive early on Sunday.  Gravel sections are in great shape and can be ridden with confidence.  The huge amounts of rain and moisture this spring means they will be firm and fast without the dust factor.  VERY IMPORTANT

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 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.

Timing

This ride is being chip timed.  Results will be posted to the website immediately.  Use your smart phone to check and see how you did.  Timing chips are tags that must be secured to your seat post.  The timing mat and station is located 1 mile prior to Clock Tower.  Look for the lane of cones and signage.  Make sure you roll over the timing mat so we can get your official time.  Please be respectful and ride in just one lane at the speed limit through downtown The Dalles on the way back to the post ride party at Clock Tower.

Parking

Event parking is located at Lewis and Clark Park in downtown The Dalles.  The ride start and after party are located one block south of the park.  Onsite restrooms, with flushing toilets and sinks are open for athletes!  

Our Sponsors

Lodging Sponsor

Our sponsor Cousins Country Inn is offering 'Oregon Gravel Grinder' riders discounted rates- be sure to let them know you are with the event when calling for reservations (541) 298-5161
 

Post Ride Refuel

The after party will be located at Clocktower Ales in downtown The Dalles. A huge selection of craft beers will be on tap as well as an assortment of menu options for your post event lunch. Music and prize drawing will keep the party hopping.

Party starts at 11:30 AM and keeps going to 4:00 PM.  Check in at the registration tent after your ride to pickup your post ride meal ticket, pint glass, and beverage!

Packet Pick Up

Saturday, April 1

5 till 7pm
Mt View Cycles, Hood River

Sunday, April 2 (Race Day)

7 till 9am
Clock Tower Ales, The Dalles

Ride Starts at 9am

Clock Tower Ales - The Dalles