As more gravel events continue to show up on the calendar, each featuring its own unique style and set of challenges, the new Grinduro promises to be different than any other event yet. Held in Quincy, California the Grinduro combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro and a gravel road race.
Riders must complete a 60-mile loop with 8000 feet of climbing, but overall loop times will not be considered, as race results will only taken from four timed segments on surfaces that vary from smooth pavement to loose gravel to dirt roads.
Giro Sport Design has partnered with SRAM and Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship for the two-day event in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, October 10-11, 2015. Open to just 450 riders, the weekend will include food, camping, live music, an art/bike show, and of course the 60 mile gravel event. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.
“Grinduro is all about rewarding the most well-rounded rider,” said Giro Marketing Director Dain Zaffke. “It’s hammering short segments, then regrouping and laughing with friends about the effort. It’s how most of us ride on the weekends and we feel like modern bike racing needs a format that represents this style.”
With a Gran Fondo-style mass start from Quincy, the riding portion of the weekend kicks off at a casual, conversational pace. That will change once riders hit the timed portions of the course. With male and female categories including Pro, Masters 35+, and Open, the Grinduro champions will be well-rounded riders who can descend as well as they can climb.
Back at the campground, attendees will be treated to live music, displays of art and hand-built bicycles, and world-class food from former Clyde Common chef Chris DiMinno of Gourmet Century fame. Featured builders include Black Cat, Blue Collar Bikes, Caletti, Falconer, Retrotec, Steve Rex, Soulcraft and others. There will also be displays of handmade creations from Paul Component Engineering, White Industries, Strawfoot and Traugot Guitars alongside art from Geoff McFetridge and others.
Registration is now open and is $200 for the weekend including race entry, camping, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday.
For more information and registration go to: www.grinduro.com