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One day, early-season gravel ride.

First event of the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series

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SCHEDULE

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Saturday 
Festivities

Dufur City Park

636 Hogan’s Alley, Dufur OR

 

SHAKE-OUT RIDES

9:30 - 10:00 am Ride Check-In

10:00 am Shake-Out Ride

No need to RSVP for this Shake-Out Ride.   Please note, that this is NOT a guided ride.  It is an opportunity to preview the course, meet new people, and get your legs to spin.  You will need to check in and sign a waiver to be an official part of the group ride. 

Gravel 101, hosted by Annick Chalier, Brave Endeavors and Campfire Endurance- Skills and short ride, no drop, 10-12 miles

Gravel Shakedown + Course Preview, hosted by Serena Bishop Gordon & Special Blend Gravel. We will preview the first 15 miles of the course, check out the “spicy section” and loop back to Dufur. 25-30 miles. Please plan to be self-supported. 

TEAM TENT SET-UP

12:00 - 5:00 pm 

Teams can register to have a spot in the team tent area.

Email us for more information.

PACKET PICKUP 

12:00 - 5:00 pm Ride Check-In

3-5 pm Meet your Gravel Pace Group Leaders

Meet the pace group leaders to know your crew for your ride tomorrow.

PARTY IN THE PARK!

3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We've planned all of your pre-race celebration with fun games, music, Fat Tire Beer Bar, and BBQ supporting the local community of Dufur through the Ranger Pride Foundation.

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3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Castelli Cornhole Clash

Sign up for the corn hole competition for Single Player or 2-Person Team. First round starts at 3pm with finals at 5:30pm

Prizes for winners from Castelli.

REGISTER HERE.

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6:00 pm

Fat Tire Hold My Beer Single-Toss Contest

Hold My Beer Single-Toss will start at 6pm with day of sign-ups.

Prizes for winners from Fat Tire.

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5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Ranger Pride Dinner Fundraiser

The Ranger Pride Education Foundation will be back again to do the pre-race fundraiser feed.  Tri-tip, vegetarian options, and all the fixings.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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Saturday
Packet Pickup

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Saturday Packet Pickup

Dufur City Park

Noon to 5 pm

636 Hogan’s Alley, Dufur OR

 

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Sunday
Packet Pickup

Sunday Packet Pickup

Dufur City Park

6:30 am to 9:30 am

636 Hogan’s Alley, Dufur OR

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Ride / Race Start

  • BIG GRAVEL

    • Rider Lineup: 8:30-8:55 am

    • Ride Announcements: 8:55 am

    • Race Start:  9:00 am

  • MEDIUM GRAVEL

    • Rider Lineup: 9:00-9:15 am

      • Gravel Pace Group Check-In- 8:45 at Dirty Freehub Tent in the field 

    • Ride Announcements: 9:15-9:20 am

    • Race Start:  9:30 am- *pace groups roll out following mass start*

  • SMALL GRAVEL

    • Rider Lineup: 10:00-10:15 am

      • Gravel Pace Group Check-In- 9:45 at Dirty Freehub Tent in the field 

    • Ride Announcements: 10:15 am

    • Race Start:  10:20 am-  *pace groups roll out following mass start*

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Post Ride Refuel

Check-in at the registration tent after your ride to pick up your post-ride meal ticket, pint glass, and beverage!

12 till 4:00 pm

Cobblestone Catering will be serving a Taco Bar with chicken and pulled Pork. 

 

We will also have a vegetarian option with grilled vegetables.

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EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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Cousins Country Inn has been a tremendous supporter of the Gorge Gravel for the past 10 years.  They are the best bang for your lodging buck in the Gorge!  

Gorge Gravel participants will receive the special rate of $99 plus tax for any classic room or $129 plus tax for a Barn room.

Riders need to call for reservations and let them know they are coming in for the race to get their discount.  Just call Cousins Country Inn at 541-298-5161.

Host Hotel - Special Rider Rate

Tent/RV/Car Camping 

We have tent camping, car camping, RV hookup spots available for rent at the Dufur City Park.  With 50+ tent spots and another 8 full hookup RV spots, you can prepare at the race start right after you roll out of bed!  The cost is $30 for a tent site, $35 per car/truck/van site and $45 for a trailer/RV spot.  Each spot (tent and RV) allows one vehicle. 

You can easily add your camping spot to the BikeReg registration.  If you haven't registered for the Gorge Gravel Grinder, you will see it directly below where you pick your ride distance.  If you have already registered, you can go back into your BikeReg account and add it to your registration.  

VERY IMPORTANT

This ride is a rule 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 the 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.

Timing

This ride is being chip-timed. Results will be posted to the website immediately. Use your smartphone to check and see how you did. Timing chips are on bands that must be worn around your ankle (you can choose which one). The timing mat and station for the finish are located 2 miles prior to the City of Dufur. Look for the lane of cones and signage. Make sure you roll over the timing mat so we can get your official time. You will also be given a bib number to wear on your right side.

Parking

Event parking is located at Dufur School. The Start/Finish line and after-ride lunch are located 10 blocks south of the School at Dufur City Park. The park has restrooms with flushing toilets and sinks!

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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.

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