Calling all Mountain Bikers, Gravel Grinders, Cyclocross Enthusiast, and Fat Bike Fanatics!
It's RACE TIME!
For the first time the Black Fork is a Race! This early season gravel road race and ride will test your spirit, legs, and lungs and is perfect for Mountain Bikers, Cyclocross Racers, Adventure Cyclist and Gravel Junkies itching for a challenge after a long winter of spinning on the trainer. Participants will get a glimpse of some of the same route as the legendary Mohican 100 National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Race and will have an adventure you just can’t get on pavement. The three route options near Loudonville, Ohio are almost entirely on gravel roads and have varying degrees of climbing. The 23 mile route has just three big climbs, lots of rollers and great views for participants who may be new to gravel grinding or don't have the legs and lungs to tackle the longer, more challenging distances. Our original 30 mile route has seven long, steep climbs that will test your strength, fast and furious downhills that will make you pucker, and an occasional smooth roller that will put a smile on your face. And our 54 mile race route is for the advanced adventure junkie who just can't get enough gravel. It has 10 big climbs that will test the strongest racers. Regardless of which route you choose, none are easy so you'll definitely have earned your beer at the finish!
For the 54 mile race, the top three overall finishers will receive a cash payout and award medals. The top three finishers in each age category will receive recognition at the awards ceremony. We also have a King and Queen of the Mountain Award for the first guy and gal to reach the top of our second major climb (on Big Hill Road).
Go to https://sites.google.com/site/bfggtest/ for more details and BikeReg to register on-line.
What people said about the 2016 event:
"Now that was a gravel ride, really tough but a blast just the same. Hope to do this well run event next year. We need more of these."
"Great job with this ride! Well organized, good course marking, great beer and roads!"
"Really fun ride! Can't wait for next year"
"Great event out in Holmes County, OH @ the Black Fork Gravel Grinder. If you missed it, this is one to put on your list for 2017!"
"Thank you Matt Simpson and Jay Clipse for hosting such a great event. The 30 mile ride kicked my butt. Looking forward to next year!"
"Loved the route, hard technical gravel, and a beer handed to me as I crossed the finish line"
"I just finished the Black Fork Gravel Grinder and highly recommend it for next year. It was very well run, good communication and course maps/signs. Hills were tough but good training ride for Michigan Mountain Mayhem. Winter Warriors should seriously consider."
"It was great. And the BBQ dinner was really good, plus free beer!!!"
Black Fork LLC