Gritty – 25 Miles / 2,600 ft
Grittier – 49 Miles / 5,100 ft
Grittiest – 65 Miles / 7,400 ft
RECORD TIMES: Benjamin Write 3:44.33 (M, 2023); Vicki Barclay 4:20:23 (W, 2021)
LOCATION: Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg, PA
TOTAL REGISTRATION LIMIT:
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The Rothrock GRIT Gravel Grinder is an epic off-road bike adventure over the rugged ridges of Rothrock State Forest. The awe-inspiring vistas, mountain laurel-flanked trails, and crushing climbs of this ride will leave you breathless in more ways than one.
This unique race offers riders the opportunity to participate at 3 levels: Gritty, Grittier, and Grittiest. Riders participating in the Gritty distance will cover 25 miles climbing to an elevation of 2600 feet. Those feeling a bit grittier can opt for the 49-mile course with four steep climbs and a total elevation of 5000 feet. And finally, those vying to become the grittiest rider will ascend to a leg-crushing 7500 feet over the 65-mile loop. All that climbing means that riders are also rewarded with thrilling descents.
Whether your goal is to take the crown, push your limits or test the waters of racing in a fun and unintimidating way, this race is for you. Come out and enjoy the stunning scenery of Rothrock State Forest on this festive and exciting supported ride.
The aim of this race is to attract a substantial women’s field and support equality and inclusion in gravel racing. We will achieve this objective by reserving half of the 600 race spots for female-identifying athletes.
Ride it. Race it. Enjoy the Forest!
Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 12PM ET
Race Day Schedule
9:00am: Race start
1:00pm: Finish line after race social time w/ beverages.
3:00pm: Podium and Cash payouts.
No Refunds - No Transfers - No Deferrals
We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur, so we encourage participants to purchase race-day insurance from Bike Reg. If you do not purchase insurance and must cancel before online registration closes, we can only provide a 50% refund. Unfortunately, we do not offer deferrals.
Rothrock State Forest
What is your level of GRIT?
You’ve got GRIT for sure. But only the GRITTIEST will go the full distance to become eligible for the title!
GRIT – Tackle the first two climbs and 25 miles. 2,600 feet elevation RED ARROWS
GRITTIER – Make it over four climbs and 49 miles. 5,000 feet elevation BLACK ARROWS
GRITTIEST – Complete all 65 miles and 7,500 feet of climbing to stake your claim as the grittiest rider of the day. BLUE ARROWS
About Rothrock State Forest
Get to know the course…
The start and finish for this series is Tussey Mountain — a primary gateway to Rothrock State Forest. Due to its easy access and proximity to State College, as well as the exceptional trail system, this is a recreational hotspot. Within minutes of entering the state forest, visitors can easily access an array of hiking and/or biking trails.
All race distances travel through Whipple Dam State Park. The longer-length rides also take riders through Penn Roosevelt State Park. The 49- and 65-mile riders head deep into the forest as they zig zag through the Natural Areas of Alan Seeger, Bear Meadows, Detweiler Run, and Thickhead Mountian Wild Area, as well.
Take a look at the Ride with GPS Course maps:
- Gritty 25 Miler – Red – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32098629
- Grittier 49 Miler – Red and Black – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32098762
- Grittiest 64 Miler – Red, Black and Blue – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32098830
Want to know more about each section of the forest you’ll visit? Keep on reading about Rothrock State Forest…
We are grateful for all of the volunteers that come out to help us coordinate and execute successful Season of Rothrock races. Want to be a part of the show? We need course marshals, EMS, registration table help, bikers to sweep, course markers, people to direct traffic, and aid station attendants for Session II – Rothrock GRIT Gravel Grinder. You’ll find open positions on the Bike Reg page. Check it out!