Session 2

Rothrock GRIT Gravel Grinder

June 1, 2024

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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

300 Women
300 Men


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Purchase our NEW Seasons of Rothrock cycling kit at the race! We'll also have socks and other great merch to choose from.



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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

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Awards + Organization

Happy Valley Women's Cycling
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We’d like to invite racers and volunteers to The Rothrock GRIT Podium Party at Boal City Brewing on June 1st from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM for podium awards, prizes, food trucks, and beer.

When you register for GRIT, you will receive merchandise and a voucher that can be used for food or beer at Boal City Brewery after the race. Our food vendors, Bonnie’s Blues and Breakfast on Boal, will be serving up delicious comfort food and smash burgers.

We will be presenting awards for GRIT 25, GRITTY 49, and GRITTIEST 65 starting at 4:30 PM at BCB. Expo booths will be open from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM, and Boal City will close at 11:00 PM. To add to the excitement, we will have live music directly after the podium presentation from 6-8 PM.

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Start/Finish Location

Tussey Mountain
301 Bear Meadows Rd
Boalsburg, PA 16827

This area includes parking + public restrooms. 


Pre-register: $50-$95
Day of Race registration: $110

Fri. 5-8pm | J.L. Farm + Cidery
Mandatory day before packet pick-up if in town. 

Sat. 7:30-8:30am | Tussey Mtn.

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. 

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Race Categories


Grittiest Women Open (Cash Prizes)
Grittiest 40+ Women
Grittiest 50+ Women
Grittiest 60+ Women
Grittiest Single Speed Women
Grittiest Athena Women (160lbs+)
Junior Grittiest Women (U18)

Grittiest Men Open (Cash Prizes)
Grittiest 40+ Men
Grittiest 50+ Men
Grittiest 60+ Men
Grittiest Single Speed Men
Grittiest Clydesdale (200lbs+)
Junior Grittiest Men (U18)

Grittiest Non-Binary

Grittiest Class 1 E-Bike/Adaptable


Grittier Women
Grittier Men
Grittier Non-Binary
Grittier Class 1 E-Bike/Adaptable


Grit Women – Non-Competitive
Grit Men – Non-Competitive
Grit Non-Binary
Grit Class 1 E-Bike/Adaptable

Course Info

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

Gritty 25 Miler

Follow the RED Arrows in the map below.

Check out the Ride w/ GPS map.

Grittier 49 Miler

Follow the BLACK Arrows in the map below.

Check out the Ride w/ GPS map.

Grittiest 65 Miler

Follow the BLUE Arrows in the map below.

Check out the Ride w/ GPS map.

GRIT 2024 Map

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GRIT Cue Sheet

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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:

Want to know more about each section of the forest you’ll visit? Keep on reading about Rothrock State Forest…

Other Details



Once registered there are NO refunds. We strongly encourage you to purchase the race insurance that is offered during registration on bike reg.

Seasons of Rothrock – Session II Rothrock GRIT Gravel Grinder provides you with:

    • A fully marked course
    • Well-stocked support station
    • Cash awards to top 3 Ladies and Gentlemen Overall (Grittiest 65 Miler only)
    • Top three podium awards in all listed categories
    • Post-race event snacks and beer tickets for riders *When alcohol permit is able to be obtained
    • Race swag

100% of the net proceeds from your race entry are donated to local cycling initiatives. In the past donations have been made to:

    • Nittany Mountain Bike Association
    • Harvest Fields Community Trails
    • National Interscholastic Cycling Association
    • Girls Rock
    • YMCA
    • Friends of Rothrock


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!

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