Founded in 2018, Jersey’s epic gravel continues to gain popularity. The event occurs in and around Bedminster, NJ, a Somerset County township within striking distance for athletes throughout the tri-state area and Philadelphia. Jersey Gravel Grinder is one of three North American Events that comprise the 16 events in the Gran Fondo World Tour – Gravel Series. Strambecco rates the event as one of the best gravel events in the Mid-Atlantic.
There are three routes to choose from. The Mega comes with 85 miles and 6,000 feet of elevation gain. The Adventure at 55 Miles and 3800 feet of elevation gain, and the Soul at 28 miles and 1600 feet of elevation gain. Each route features a mixed all-surface ride with 50%+ gravel. The Mega includes an optional single-track course extension. The courses are well-marketed, and you can use the event operator’s RideWithGPS event account to follow the route with visual and audio cues while riding. If you prefer to use your bike computer, a GPX file will also be sent before the event.
In an Enduro/Grand Fondo style, you’ll have the chance to compete for the fastest combined time for specific timed segments rather than total ride time. Well-marked signage will indicate the start/finish of timed sections. It’s a friendly format to mix all-out efforts with more relaxed riding to enjoy the scenery and rolling countryside. The Mega route has six timed segments: Adventure 4 and Soul 2.
The event is produced by Ready Set Go Adventures, a regional event producer dedicated to creating fantastic race experiences spanning gravel, MTB, trail running, and triathlons. Expect well-stocked aid stations every 20-25 miles \with GU Gels, Stroop waffles, Skratch Hydration Drink, Water, Swedish Fish, Coke, Pickle Juice, and more. You’ll be treated to Organic Pancakes & Real Maple Syrup at our famous Aid Station #1 and a post-race celebration featuring food trucks and their signature ice-cream truck experience. Finally, there will be post-race awards and prize raffles for all participants.
The event route below is from a prior year. It will be updated closer to the event and represents what you can expect for the Mega route.