Mt Hood Gravel Grinder

Ride 3 - Oregon Gravel Grinder Series

Course Description

Once known for hosting one of the largest professional cycling events in the country, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, the roads of the Mt. Hood Gravel Grinder are like nothing you will find anywhere in the US. Reminiscent of the big mountain roads of the Tour de France, the Mt. Hood Gravel Grinder will start in Mt. Hood, Oregon at the picturesque Hutson Museum and Park in Downtown Mt. Hood. Exiting the park Big Grind riders will embark on an epic loop that circumnavigates the iconic and scenic Mt. Hood. They will utilize the beautiful asphalt on Highways 35 and 26 to gain speed and elevation before launching into the real challenges of the day, Lolo Pass and Vista Ridge. The first provides riders with a gradual 20 mile climb on paved roads that run deep into the Mt. Hood National Forest. The road is so narrow that it resembles more like a paved bike path than an actual road. Once you crest Lolo Pass it is a quick smooth gravel descent north towards Hood River. Before reaching Hood River riders will again veer off onto a narrow single lane road that climbs to the top of Vista Ridge with amazing views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, and of course Mt. Hood await. A fast technical decent back down into the Hood River Valley delivers riders back to Mt. Hood.

Small and Medium Grinder rides will start by heading the opposite direction retracing the roads used by the famous 3 Summits Road Race the final stage of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. Narrow single lane Forest Service Roads take riders up past Lost Lake, and across the many streams and rivers that feed the Hood River. They will join the with the Big Grind course at the base of Vista Ridge for the climb up and over the ridge and the trip back to Mt. Hood.

Registration Fees

Category Small Grinder Medium Grinder Big Grinder
Before June 24th $55 $65 $75
After June 24th $65 $75 $85

$5 Day-Of late registration fee on Saturday

  • Prizes will be given only for the Big Grind rides
  • Categories: men, women, masters men, masters women, and juniors.
  • Prizes include merchandise to the top 3 at each event, plus $1000 total in cash prizes for top 3 men and women for the overall series.
  • Overall series winner jersey awarded to top rider in each category.

Our Sponsors

Small Grind Course

Medium Grind Course

Big Grind Course

Aid Stations

Well stocked aid stations will be located approximately 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, and 3 for the Big Grinder and Aid Station 1 for Medium and Small

Small Grinder

Aid Station Mileage Elevation Location Supplies
Aid #1 16.6 2284 FS Road 16 Rice Krispie Treats, Jelly, Honey, Peanut Butter, Bread, Crackers, Nutella, Pretzels, Bananas, GU, Water Gatorade

Medium Grinder

Aid Station Mileage Elevation Location Supplies
Aid #1 30.9 2284 FS Road 16 Rice Krispie Treats, Jelly, Honey, Peanut Butter, Bread, Crackers, Nutella, Pretzels, Bananas, GU, Water Gatorade

Big Grinder

Aid Station Mileage Elevation Location Supplies
Aid #1 23.3 4235 White River Sno Park Cinamen Rolls, Fruit, Granola Bars, Water, Gatorade
Aid #2 45.6 1935 Lolo Pass Road ,Apple Sauce, Pretzels, Bananas, GU, Water, Gatorade
Aid #3 65.4 2284 FS Road 16 Rice Krispie Treats, Jelly, Honey, Peanut Butter, Bread, Crackers, Nutella, Pretzels, Bananas, GU, Water Gatorade

Ride Details- Ride Starts at 10 AM at Hutson Museum in Mt. Hood/Parkdale, Oregon

The Mt. Hood Gravel Grinder is a mix of pavement and packed gravel.  Gravel roads are in great 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 ultralight.  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 Friday night or arrive early on Saturday.  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.

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 a little over a mile away from Hutson Park. Look for the lane of cones and signage.  Make sure you roll over the timing mat so we can get your official time. 

Parking

Event parking and staging will be at Hutson Museum in downtown Mt. Hood/Parkdale.  The ride start and after party are located onsite.  We will have porta potties, hand wash stations and water onsite.

Mechanic Support

A huge thanks to Mt. View Cycles for providing a number of mechanics at the start as well as out on course. They will have tires, tubes, and supplies to keep you rolling.

Our Sponsors

Post Ride Refuel

The after party will be located at Hutson Museum with catered lunch provided by Cody’s Cook Shack and includes pulled pork, teriyaki chicken, chipotle apple cole slaw, bbq baked beans, potato mac salad, and cookies. Music and prize drawing will keep the party hopping.

Party starts at 1:00 PM and keeps going to 4:00 PM.  Check in at the registration tent after your ride to pick-up your post ride meal ticket, pint glass, and beverage!

Packet Pick Up

Friday, July 7

4pm till 7pm
Mt. View Cycles
Address: 205 Oak Street, Hood River, Oregon 97031
Phone: (541) 386-2453

Saturday, July 8 (Race Day)

8am till 10am
Hutson Museum
Address: 4967 Baseline Drive, Mt. Hood Oregon 97041

Ride Starts at 10 AM at Hutson Museum in Mt. Hood/Parkdale, Oregon