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One day, early-season gravel ride.

First event of the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series


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The Big Gravel course just stepped up to 100 miles and three brand new “spicy” sections to provide the ultimate spring gravel experience, while the Medium and Short Gravel courses feature completely new roads and scenery as well as a more wind-friendly experience. All courses will enjoy not having to endure the Endersby Wall (that giant climb for those of you who've done it in the past) right out of the gates.


1 Day

45 - 100 Miles

3,500-8,300 Feet Elevation


Gorge Gravel is the perfect early spring event perfect for beginner riders and seasoned gravel gurus!  Test your fitness coming out of the winter with beautiful views, pure gravel camaraderie, and a pre and post-ride celebration based in Oregon's gem of gravel, Dufur.  Gorge offers challenging competition for racers and also a supportive, inclusive ride for fresh gravel converts, with the innovative gravel pace group program. 

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Castelli Cycling has been part of Breakaway Promotions for over eleven years, supporting our riders and production and helping to launch gravel in Oregon. Chad Sperry, known as Bad Chad of Breakaway Promotions, shares the story of how Castelli jumped in to gravel before most knew what gravel was and helped launch the historic Gorge Gravel and Oregon Gravel Series events.  Read the story of Castelli Cycling & the Beginnings of Oregon Gravel here

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Instead of asking your friends what their miles per hour were (MPG)  at Gorge Gravel, you will be asking them about their gravel pace group (GPG) instead. All joking aside, our GPG are meant to help you have the most fun and ride our race how you want to, plus you’ll get to make new friends. Each freight train of fun will have an Engine and a Caboose, two designated leaders who will help keep the ride sandwiched together and moving along at the designated speed. Sound like fun?


Ride it or race it: it’s up to you. The goals at this year’s Gorge Gravel are to support all levels of rider and to chase our dream to achieve an unprecedented 50% female ridership.  We think you can, so click here to learn more about this first-of-its-kind freight train of fun!

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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.


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.

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Getting ready to join us at the Gorge event?  


Our pals at Dirty Freehub, who are going to join us at the Gorge event, have offered up some suggestions on additional routes that you can include on your visit to Dufur.  Dirty Freehub is a nonprofit that creates amazing gravel Ride Guides that help you to find cool places to ride and to learn about these places. Here's the map of their Ride Guides in Oregon; we hope you carve out extra days on your journey to enjoy some of them.  (Maupin, Tygh Valley and Dufur all have routes that are low enough to be snow free.). We also hope you support their great cause with adonation to their organization.  


Photo:  Kevin English from Dirty Freehub on Macks Canyon.


We couldn't do it without these great sponsors. Please thank them for their support and let them know you are a part of this event!

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The Gorge Gravel Grinder takes place on the historic land of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs.  To learn more and search to identify the Native Peoples of your area, please see


Be part of the full celebration of Oregon's Gravel Greatness by entering the full series.  Ride or race all four events and be part of an exclusive VIP team. LEARN MORE HERE!

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