COAL COUNTRY GRAVEL GINDER
The Coal Country Gravel Grinder is a unique & historical part of Wyoming’s cycling past. Our course takes you on a ride through time. The American Bicycle Corps journey of June 1897. A military cycling campaign? YES cycling soldiers from Missoula Montana to St. Louis Missouri. Their route went through Arvada to Gillette. The Coal Country Gravel Grinder takes you 70 miles into their historical journey in the 135 mile course option. These brave men cycled on some serious terrain heavily loaded on heavy steel bikes & yes single speeds. Our history is never ending here in Wyoming, along with the beautiful mountains, wildlife, open sky, deep valleys, rivers and prairies.
This is pure Wild West Gravel!
lunch bucket 135
135.1 miles, 120 miles of Gravel with 4,533 feet of elevation gain. This route is truly remarkable. Leaving Gillette to Arvada, WY. you travel the route of the American Bicycle Corps of 1897. The Gravel is superb and all county roads, (well maintained) all year round. Even if it rains the roads hold up phenomenally. You will see the Big horn mountains as you head West & follow the beauty of the Powder River as you head South. Open prairie and great valleys, seeing as far as the eyes can see, as you head East back to Gillette. This is truly a ride you will never forget & will test you to your limits.
1ST PLACE FINISHER $250.00
2nd place finisher $150.00
3rd place finisher $100.00
TROPHIES & SWAG FROM ALL OUR SPONSORS ALONG WITH HEAVY BRAGGING RIGHTS INCLUDED!
55 miles, 43 miles of gravel with 2,343 feet of elevation gain. Our out and back short course of the 135. You will have the Big Horn Mountains in view as you head West and there is no shortage of wildlife, open prairie and deep valleys. The Coal Country is a name we give ourselves stemming from our towns history. We are known as the Energy Capital of the Nation. From our rich oil, gas, uranium & coal. Natural Gas powers around 32% of the entire US & Coal comes in 2nd at 30% after 2017. However we here in the least populated state are not just known for our energy. We have the most untamed wide open landscapes you will ever see. The clearest skies and amazing views. Not to mention the endless backroads full of peace and quiet.
So saddle up and come ride Wyoming!
25 miles, 14 miles of gravel with 1,090 feet of elevation gain. Our introductory course aimed at our local youth and those of you wishing to get into the gravel scene and possibly your children into it as well. At just over or under 2 hours of ride time you will experience roughly a 50/50 split. Not to hard and not to soft. Completion of the 25 will set you up for the 55 next year without a doubt.
So don't just bring yourself bring the whole family to this event!
coal country aid stations
(SUPPORT CREWS, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS ARE ONLY ALLOWED AT AID STATIONS! NO FOLLOWING ALLOWED ON THE COURSE!)
All Aid Stations are fully stocked, full of free items to choose from to keep your energy high.
ARVADA BAR, THIS IS YOUR FIRST AID STATION AT MILE 50 IT IS A RESTURANT/BAR. THE AID STATION IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE BAR. NO ALCOHAL WILL BE PROVIDED HERE. IF YOU DESIRE A COLD BREW YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO GO IN & ORDER ONE. COLD WATER AND SNACKS FROM OUR SPONSORS @COCA-COLA WILL BE FULLY STOCKED IN THE AID STATION. FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS CAN WAIT FOR YOUR ARRIVAL.
POWDER RIVER REST AREA, THIS REST STOP WILL HAVE A FULLY STOCKED AID STATION. THIS IS WHERE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS CAN WAIT FOR YOUR ARRIVAL. STOP IN TO REFILL YOUR WATER BOTTLES AND KEEP YOUR ENERGY HIGH! YOUR ALMOST AT THE FINISH LINE!
SHADED TENT AREA WITH CHAIRS. FULLY STOCKED STATION WITH PLENTY OF GOODIES. DON’T FORGET THE HIGH FIVE’S AND GOOD GAMES FULL OF CHEERS FROM OUR VOLUNTEERS OUT THERE ON THE COURSE!
RULES & REGULATIONS
1.) SUPPORT CREWS, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS ARE ONLY ALLOWED AT THE AID STATIONS! NO FOLLOWING ALLOWED ON THE COURSE!
2.) SUPPORT CREWS, THEY ARE YOUR SAFETY NET! (WE WILL NOT COME GET YOU) IF YOU BRAKE DOWN AND CANNOT FINISH THE RACE IT IS ON YOU TO GET PICKED UP. WE DO NOT PROVIDE SUPPORT VEHICLES ETC.
3.) AS RACE PARTICIPANTS WE ARE NOT IN CHARGE OF YOUR SAFTEY! YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR OWN SAFETY AND WELL BEING!
4.) RACE PARTICIPANTS CAN AND SHOULD ASSIST OTHERS WITH NAVIGATION, MECHANICLE ISSUES AND ANY OTHER MEANS NECCESSARY IF YOU SO CHOOSE. HELP US HELP YOU MAKE THIS EVENT A SUCCESS AND A DELIGHT FOR ALL OUT THERE ON THE GRAVEL.
5.) AT PACKET PICKUP YOU WILL ALL RECIEVE MAPS ON YOUR DISTANCES. USE THESE MAPS ON RACE DAY. WE HIGHLY RECOMEND DOWNLOADING THE STRAVA APP AND USING IT ON YOUR PHONE OR OTHER GARMIN DEVICE. STRAVA APP PROVIDES A BEACON THAT WILL ASK YOU TO TEXT UP TO 3 SAFTEY CONTACTS UPON STARTING THE ROUTE! USE THIS BEACON SO THEY CAN TRACK EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE AND SEE IF YOU HAVE NOT MOVED IN AWHILE.
6.) THIS IS A FAMILY FUN FILLED EVENT. NO MATTER THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE CHOSEN PLEASE BE HELPFUL, CURTIOUS & KIND TO ALL OTHERS ON THE COURSE. STAY ENERGIZED, RIDE HARD & SEE YOU AT THE FINISH LINE!