GRINDURO A NEW KIND OF BIKE RACE
In short, Grinduro is just what the name suggests: Gravel Road Race + Mountain Bike-Style Enduro = one long loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but four timed segments (each roughly five-to-seven minutes).
But Grinduro is not just a bike race. It’s a celebration of cycling with as much emphasis on the fun as the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, camping and a festival atmosphere.
The course is a serious affair (7,500-feet of climbing in 60 miles) but the Grinduro isn’t meant to be a sufferfest. We’ve linked together some of our favorite roads in a quiet corner of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The course features a mix of surfaces (smooth pavement, gravel and hard-packed dirt) with two main climbs, one long valley and two world-class descents. One descent includes a fast and flowy singletrack trail.
The other descent trends downhill for 30 miles!
With a Gran Fondo-style mass start from Quincy, you’ll be pedaling out of town and up the first climb alongside your heroes and the pace will be conversational—because overall time doesn’t matter, only the four timed segments. The Grinduro segments (the exact sections will be shared on
-September 26) are designed to reward the most well rounded of rouleurs.
-Segment One is a wide-open, practice-your-tuck, high-speed, non-technical affair.
-Segment Two is a flat-out, five kilometer time trial on flat-to-rolling blacktop.
-Segment Three is one mile of leg-searing, punchy climbing.
-Segment Four is a section of the twisty, singletrack descent back into Quincy.
Race entry is $200. Registration fees include the following:
EXCELLENT FOOD: Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday from celebrated chef Chris DiMinno.
TENT CAMPING: Two nights (Friday and Saturday) of tent camping are included in the race registration fee. RV camping is available for an additional fee ($35/night). There are also numerous hotel options in Quincy, for those that don’t want to camp.
ART & BIKE GALLERY: Grinduro is sponsored by builders from the Meet Your Maker Tour, so you’ll find stunning creations on display from Black Cat Bicycles, Caletti Cycles, Falconer Cycles, Paul Components, Retrotec/Inglis, Steve Rex, Soulcraft and White Industries.
LIVE MUSIC: Grinduro will feature an all-star music lineup. Mike Watt and the Missingmen will be headlining, with Ray Barbee as the opening act, and DJ Coop to take the party into the late night. “Grinduro is going to be a righteous event and we’re happy to be a part of it,” said Mike Watt, legendary bass guitarist and front man of the Missingmen. “And you can bet we’ll be playing our hearts out that night.” We’re looking forward to the music as much as the racing.
Grinduro is capped at 450 riders and these spots are going fast, so don’t miss your chance. Register now!
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