Date: Oct 15, 2022
Location: Shaver Lake, California
Region: California - Southwest
Directions: Get Directions
The Hammer Road Rally
October 15$85 – $115
The Hammer Road Rally, produced by Bike Monkey, is one of California’s premiere gravel events. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in California, it features some of the most incredible roads and scenery you can find on two wheels, and takes place near the end of California’s road cycling season before winter grips the higher elevations. The fall colors are incredible this time of year, and crisp air at elevation fills your lungs. The event has ride options for most ability levels. The longest route, the Hammer, is a timed, competitive event with prizes awarded to top finishers across a range of age/gender categories. The Hammer is an epic ride with one particular gravel climb you won’t soon forget. In preparing for this event, keep the altitude in mind, both the Sierra elevation in addition to the climbing elevation offered on each route!
The Hammer honors the late Edward O. Lund, a Fresno State faculty member, avid cyclist, artist, curator and one of the founding organizers of Fresno’s Art Hop. Ed tragically lost his life in late 2015 due to a cycling accident. The event brings attention and funds to the Ed Lund Foundation which supports aspiring artists at Fresno State University through a study-abroad scholarship program.
Besides the event itself, what makes the Hammer worth a visit is the Shaver Lake region and Sierra National Forest scenery. This is great event to build a weekend around. The Shaver Lake area offers loads of casual restaurants & bars, and there are ample lodging, Airbnb, and camping options in the picturesque region.
85mi + 9,175′
THE REAL DEAL
The Hammer features an absolutely massive 15 mile long gravel climb from Stump Springs Road to Kaiser Pass at 9,196′ above sea level.
Features nearly 30 miles of legit gravel.
Timing ENDS at the top of Kaiser Pass. The rest of your ride after Kaiser Pass is for the pure enjoyment of it with your friends.
53mi + 5,897′
STRENUOUS 53 MILE RIDE
With nearly 6,000′ of elevation gain, Riders will take on a major 2,000′ paved climb as they make their way from the town of Big Creek to Huntington Lake.
Features several miles of mixed, chunky road and gravel descending.
28mi + 2,885′
MODERATE 28 MILE RIDE
The “Easyish” route is a beautiful option for those looking to explore the region without taking on such gruelling climbs.
The course features an out-and-back format with one moderate descent which turns into a moderate climb after you turn around. If you don’t want to drop all the way to Dinkey Creek, you can simply turn around at the aid station located at mile 10.