The Chinkapin Hollow Gravel Grinder returns to Fayetteville this fall for a gravel racing experience not to be missed. Starting from the Lake Wedington Recreation Area just west of Fayetteville, the Chinkapin Hollow Gravel Grinder winds through the hardwood timber forests of the Ozarks before crossing into Oklahoma – for a two-state dirt road adventure!
Featuring a popular mass start format, the gravel racing kicks off Sunday morning, October 23rd, at 8 am with multiple route options of 42, 63, and 109 miles. Participants can expect long stretches of rolling gravel roads that descend through historic communities predating the American Civil War. The long route comes with 5,500 feet of elevation gain, and the medium route comes with 2,800 feet. Riders will depart from Lake Wedington through wooded, canopy-covered roads that are not normally open to riders. From there, they’ll travel into western Oklahoma on some of the best gravel roads you can imagine!
The event usually attracts a diverse range of cyclists, including local enthusiasts, amateur riders, and even professional athletes. Participants can expect a friendly and supportive atmosphere, with opportunities to connect with fellow cyclists, share experiences, and celebrate the joy of cycling.
The Chinkapin Hollow Gravel Grinder is promoted by All Sports Productions, a sports event management and consulting company promoting cycling, running, and other outdoor events in the Fayetteville, Arkansas, area. Strambecco rates the events as one of the best gravel events in the South-Central region.
The event takes place in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a city located in the picturesque Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Fayetteville is widely recognized as a cycling-friendly community, with an extensive network of trails and roadways that cater to both casual and avid cyclists. The city has gained a reputation as a top cycling destination, hosting various cycling events throughout the year.
The Chinkapin Hollow Gravel Grinder offers participants the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Fayetteville. The event typically features multiple course options, ranging from shorter distances suitable for beginners to longer and more challenging routes for experienced riders. The courses are predominantly composed of gravel roads, providing riders with a unique and adventurous cycling experience.