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Gorge Gravel Grinder 2024

April 28

Gravel riders racing in the Gorge Gravel race in Oregon.

Kicking off the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series with a burst of energy, the Gorge Gravel Grinder promises a single-day adventure through the awe-inspiring Cascade Mountain Range. Set against the backdrop of warm spring temperatures and abundant sunshine, this event offers a perfect blend of challenging terrain and breathtaking views. For the avid gravel grinder seeking the ultimate challenge, the Gorge Gravel Grinder’s Big Grind route extends over 93 miles, featuring an elevation gain of 6,100 feet. Riders will navigate the stunning Cascade Mountain Range, immersing themselves in the natural beauty of the Oregon landscape.

As the Gorge Gravel Grinder unfolds, cyclists can expect a challenging ride and a celebration of the thriving gravel cycling community in Oregon. The event sets the stage for the broader Oregon Gravel Grinder Series, offering participants a taste of the unrivaled adventure that awaits in the Pacific Northwest. Beyond the Gorge Gravel Grinder, gravel enthusiasts can anticipate a season filled with the Best Gravel Cycling Events in Oregon and the broader Northwest in 2024. Each event promises a unique blend of natural beauty, camaraderie, and the thrill of conquering diverse terrains on two wheels. Whether you’re a seasoned gravel grinder or a newcomer eager to explore the vibrant cycling scene, the Gorge Gravel Grinder and the upcoming gravel events in Oregon are sure to deliver an unparalleled experience in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.

Registration for any course option includes a host of perks to enhance the participant experience. From a custom t-shirt and a delicious lunch to a commemorative pint glass, chip timing, and mechanical support, riders are well-equipped for an unforgettable journey. The event ensures that every participant feels supported and rewarded throughout their gravel-grinding endeavor.

Event & Course Info

The course winds through The Dalles, where hundreds of miles of gravel farm roads are in excellent condition and offer amazing scenery: Cascade Mountain peaks, rolling wheat fields, and buildings from the late 1800s. This ride is a great way to start the biking season with many fast, rolling hills. Riders looking for less intense challenges can register for The Small Grind and The Medium Grind, which span 52 and 67 miles, respectively.  Approximately 60% of each course is gravel.  The Big Grind is the most challenging ride of the day, covering 93 miles. Aid stations are well-stocked and located along the course, every 20 miles. Mt. View Cycles is also on course for mechanical support.

For the first time in gravel cycling, the Gorge Gravel Grinder introduces Gravel Pace Groups (GPG) on race day! The Gorge Gravel Grinding Pace, Groups, have been created to help take the nerves out of gravel riding and racing by offering an inviting, inclusive, beginner-friendly, supportive riding environment while promoting the camaraderie that makes the gravel community so spectacular.

Six pace groups will be available for all rider levels, with four groups for the 56-mile Small Grinder and two for the 67-mile Medium Grinder. Each group will be headed by an experienced ride leader who will organize and keep the pace. At the same time, hand-picked Ambassadors will be within the pack, cheering riders on and celebrating every accomplishment.  Ride Leaders and Ambassadors will offer guidance and course knowledge and be able to support the pace group throughout the course.

Area Accommodations & Things to Do

When gearing up for the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series, the ride is spectacular, and the accommodation choices add convenience and charm to the experience. For riders seeking a seamless stay, Cousins Country Inn, the host hotel, offers special rates. Alternatively, those craving a more rustic experience can opt for a dedicated camping spot at Dufur City Park, conveniently bundled with their course registration.

Exploring Dufur and The Dalles extends beyond the thrill of the ride, as these charming towns boast a quaint downtown area adorned with eateries ready to satiate post-ride appetites. We 3 Coffee & Deli offers a cozy spot that blends the warmth of a coffeehouse with the savory delights of a deli, inviting riders to recharge over a cup of joe or a hearty sandwich. Transport yourself to a French-inspired haven at the Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie with delightful pastries, bread, and an array of culinary delights, perfect for a leisurely post-ride indulgence.

Dufur offers a charming escape for outdoor enthusiasts, surrounded by rolling hills and the natural beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Venture into the nearby Columbia Hills State Park, where hiking trails wind through stunning vistas, revealing breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. In the spring, the park is adorned with vibrant wildflowers, creating a colorful backdrop for nature enthusiasts. The Deschutes River, flowing nearby, beckons anglers with its abundance of trout. Spend a tranquil day casting a line and enjoying the serene ambiance along the riverbanks. Adventurous spirits can take to the Columbia River for windsurfing or kiteboarding. The steady winds and expansive river create an ideal playground for water sports enthusiasts.

Related Events

The Gorge Gravel Grinder, a key player in the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series, is set to unleash a gravel cycling extravaganza that goes beyond a single event. Produced by Breakaway Promotions, the series offers a full event line-up that includes some of the most sought-after gravel rides across the stunning landscapes of the Cascade Mountain Range and Oregon’s national parks. Venture deep into the heart of Oregon with the Cascade Gravel Grinder for an exploration of the diverse Cascade Mountain Range, embracing the gravel roads that carve through its scenic beauty. Or follow in the footsteps of pioneers as you navigate the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder, experiencing the rich history and natural wonders of the region on two wheels. Or maybe explore the rugged beauty of Ochoco National Forest, tackling gravel roads that lead to hidden gems nestled within this picturesque landscape in the Ochoco Gravel Grinder.

Whether it’s conquering the challenging routes of Gorge, soaking in the history of the Oregon Trail, exploring the depths of Ochoco, or reveling in the grandeur of Cascade, the Oregon Gravel Grinder Series promises an unparalleled journey for gravel cyclists. Each event is meticulously crafted to showcase the diverse beauty and varied terrains that define the Pacific Northwest.

If you want to extend your fitness into the spring, consider the Belgian Waffle Ride British Columbia in May, part of the highly respected North American Belgian Waffle Ride Series.  In only its second year, the race/event is already turning into a classic.

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