Gold Rush Gravel Grinder

Outdoor Adventure Nature & Recreation
When: Saturday, June 8 2019 | 5:00AM

Find it and grind it as you take part in the best annual gravel bicycle race in the Black Hills!

These races aren't for the feint-hearted and only experienced gravel riders are encouraged to ride! Held in June, riders choose from three races in this annual event: Gold Dust, 70-mile; Gold Rush, 110-mile; and The Motherlode, 210-mile.

Registration is open from December 1st, 2018 and will close on June 1st, 2019!
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Course Information

The Gold Rush Gravel Grinder is a three-race ride/tour of the Black Hills. It consists mostly gravel roads, but will also include a bit of pavement while riders roll over open prairies. The course takes riders through canyons, flowing creeks, and trails provide a perfect opportunity to explore the deep forests, all while climbing toward views of the Black Hills.

The rides will be held again this year with a 5 a.m. start at the Spearfish City Park. Riders must carry their own food and water, but there will be four checkpoints in which riders can purchase food. Jewett said the first checkpoint will be at mile 69 at Trailshead Lodge, the second checkpoint is at mile 124 at Mountain Meadows, the third Checkpoint is at mile 153 at Moonshine Gulch Saloon, and the last checkpoint is back at mile 170 at Trailshead Lodge. There is a time limit to the race, so it is not for the faint of heart or first-time racers.

All riders will have from 5 a.m. to midnight to complete the ride. After midnight riders will not be given a finishing time, and there won’t be anyone or anything at the finish line. It is a challenging course with about 12,000 feet of climbing.


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