Gravel Unravel is a brand new endurance bicycle series on the gravel road systems of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

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COVID-19 Update:

On 10/6/2020, Governor Inslee issued Reopening Requirements for races and rides. The new guidelines include the ability to have races during Phase 2. This means that at this point we are planning for live events for 2021!  See the bottom of this page for the specifics on what is changing with the new guidelines.

When

May 1, 2021 – Hoh-ly Roller
June 5, 2021 – Sol Grinder
June 26, 2021- Bon Jon Pedal Bender

Where

Pedal and explore the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State on the gravel road systems of Olympic National Forest and coastal State forests.

Who

All riders with a Gravel, Cross or Mountain Bike.  E-Bike riders are also welcome in the non-competitive ride.

What
Gravel Unravel is a brand new endurance bicycle event series on the gravel road systems of the Olympic Peninsula.  Each event will have short, medium, and long courses , and all are followed by food and beer. *Food and beer provided according to covid guidelines in place on race day.

Registration

Short course = $60
Medium course = $70
Long course = $80
Juniors (under 18) = $35 (any distance)

Multi-race Discount: $5 discount on second and 3rd race. *To get the discount you must register for all races at the same time.

What’s included?

In addition to an epic outdoor experience in the far northwest corner, all participants receive a professional, well-organized event, a great piece of custom race swag, RFID timing, a well-marked course, on-course snacks and medical support, mechanical support, post-race food and a refreshing beer (21+).

Competitive Division

Categories for each distance are: Juniors (under 18), Womens Open, Womens Masters (45+), Mens Open, Mens Masters (45+). There is also an Open category for Single Speed (Mens and Womens).

Note: we need 10 riders to run a category. If there are less than 10 riders for a category, riders will be transferred to the appropriate Open category.

Gran Fondo

You can also Gravel Unravel in the non-competitive Gran Fondo style. Loosely translated from Italian as “the big challenge”, think of it as more of a group ride or tour. Set your own goal, be it to go fast or ride for fun, or heck just to finish! E-bikes are allowed in the non-competitive ride as a separate category.

Registration

Open now / Closes day before race. ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY.

Photo Credit: Roger Burton

Photo Credit: Roger Burton

The Gravel Unravel Experience

Gravel Unravel is a 3-race gravel series on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Sign up for just one, or try all three! This event is designed for those who wish to challenge their physical abilities to the maximum while enjoying the lushness of Olympic National Forest. Participants can ride short (25-35 miles), medium (45-55 miles), or long (65-80 miles) distances on majority gravel courses (percent varies by race/distance) while enjoying towering evergreens and vivid green moss and ferns. No matter the distance, these courses are no joke – you will climb. And then climb some more. There are both competitive and non-competitive Gran Fondo style divisions, and all are welcome to give the Gravel Unravel a try on their own terms.

The Courses

Tip: each of these routes is no joke, even the short one – there is a lot of climbing involved, folks.

Important: there is very spotty cell coverage on the course – you will want to download the tracks onto your phone ahead of time.

Hoh-ly Roller

May 1, 2021, 2021 in Hoh River Area, WA

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Sol Grinder

June 5, 2021 in Sol Duc Area, WA

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Bon Jon Pedal Bender

June 26th 2021 in Quilcene, WA

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EVENT GUIDE

Packet pickup will go faster if you print out and sign your Liability Waiver prior to arrival!

REFUND POLICY

  • There are no refunds allowed and no deferrals to future years race.
  • Transfers to other riders are allowed – email us at contact@peninsulaadventuresports.com
  • If we are forced to cancel the race due to covid-19, riders will get the choice of a free transfer to a future race, or an 80% refund.

Safety & Rules

  • Helmets and rear light are mandatory.
  • All roads on the course, paved or dirt are open to traffic. Please use your head and brakes. Yield to traffic if you don’t have the right of way.
  • Remain attentive and curious at all times.
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players etc. are strongly discouraged. If you insist, keep the volume low so you can hear park visitors, course marshals and passing participants. If you can’t hear your own tires, the volume is too high..
  • Be kind and helpful to other riders. Communicate when passing other riders.
  • Riders must carry all the supplies/tools they need for the rides. Outside support is only allowed for riders that need to be removed from the course. There will be limited Mechanical Support at the water stations.
  • Riders are responsible to learn/know/navigate the course. There will be course markings at key intersections, but the reality is that rain happens, lame people mess with markings, things beyond our control, so be prepared to find your way!
  • Bike Racing/Riding is dangerous. Please use caution and utmost concentration when riding these courses. You are responsible for your safety and the riders around you.
  • Racers are not allowed to advance on the course by any other means than the two wheeled, non-motorized bicycle that they started on. Cross, Gravel, and Mountain Bikes are all allowed. The best suited bike for the courses will be a cross or gravel bike.
  • E-Bikes are allowed in the non-competitive Gran Fondo only. Note to E-bike riders: SAG drivers will not pick you up if you run out of battery. Plan accordingly.
  • The course must be completed as outlined and all check-points must be counted for a rider to be considered an “official finisher”
  • If you or someone else is badly injured while on course please call 911. Please don’t be afraid to give assistance to other racers. Some of the areas of the courses are pretty remote so cell service is limited.
  • Please see our website for Recommended and Required items to bring.

In order to have races in Washington State during covid-19, there are some very specific safety guidelines rules that we need to follow. Please do your part to ensure that racing can continue until covid-19 is in the past.

  • All pre-registration must occur online. No same day in-person registration is allowed.
  • Race packets will be mailed, or picked up at staggered times.
  • Starting waves of 10 participants  or less – one minute or more apart. Please note we use chip timing and your time will not start until you cross the start line.
  • No more than 200 total participants starting per hour. 
  • The starting area is limited to no more than 50 participants at any time awaiting their staggered starts, maintaining 6 foot distance between participants.
  • Face coverings required at start and finish lines, but can be removed once on the race course, or when eating or drinking.
  • Try to maintain 6 feet distance while on the race course, with the exception for passing.
  • Spectators are not allowed.
  • No congregation of more than 5 people allowed at hydration and nutrition stations at any one time. Participants must obtain hydration and nutrition supplies and then proceed. 
  • Lines at portable toilets must be managed such that there is at least 6 foot of distance between all participants waiting in lines. The race must provide a hand washing station or hand sanitizer at all restroom stations.
  • Organizers must retain registration data for 30 days after the activity in order to aid possible contact tracing.
  • No congregation allowed at the activity start or finish area. Participants must leave the activity area when finished. No exhibitors, food vendors, beer gardens, awards ceremonies, or after party activities allowed in the activity start or finish area. (NOTE: food and beer are included in your registration fee and will be provided at a location separate from the start and finish area)

What to Bring

Supply Checklist: Required

  • Helmet
  • Cycling Computer
  • Red LED Tail light (All riders)
  • Enough food/water to get from one aid station to another (that may be over 90 minutes and 20 miles)
  • One spare tube (two is a great idea) even if you are tubeless it’s a good idea
    Pump or CO2’s or both, Tire Levers, Allen key set
  • Mask / Face Covering – Required to be worn at all times except while on course or while eating or drinking.

Supply Checklist: Recommended

  • Jacket for wind or rain
  • Cell phone (recommended rather than required, as there is very spotty cell coverage on the course
  • Tire Levers, puncture repair kit, chain tool
  • Food (lots for Grinduro) It will be 6 hours or more for most riders
  • White LED Front Light
  • Simple repair items; Chain tool, tire levers, Sealant, Spoke wrench, allen wrenches (don’t let the lack of these simple things ruin a great ride)
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Hydration pack (for carrying all the above stuff)

Food And Drinks

Snacks, water, and sports drink will be available at the support stations along the course. There will be food and beer at the end of the race. While we will do what we can to accommodate vegetarian racers, you should bring some of your own food if you have dietary restrictions.

Minding our Manners

We are guests of the parks and forests that we will ride and enjoy. We want to leave the park just as we found it, and we want you to help us by taking care of your own litter and by treating the facilities with care. Please be kind and respectful of any other forest and park users that you may meet.

Awards

The top finisher in each category of the competitive division will receive an award. We don’t know what it is. But you’ll get something fun.

 

Covid-19 Information

Phase 2 Reopening Requirements you should be aware of are:

  • All pre-registration must occur online. No same day in-person registration is allowed.
  • Race packets will be mailed, or picked up at staggered times.
  • Starting waves of 10 participants  or less – one minute or more apart. We will assign wave times to you before race day.
  • No more than 200 total participants starting per hour. 
  • The starting area is limited to no more than 50 participants at any time awaiting their staggered starts, maintaining 6 foot distance between participants.
  • Face coverings required at start and finish lines, but can be removed once on the race course.
  • Try to maintain 6 feet distance while on the race course, with the exception for passing.
  • Spectators are not allowed.
  • No congregation of more than 5 people allowed at hydration and nutrition stations at any one time. Participants must obtain hydration and nutrition supplies and then proceed. 
  • Lines at portable toilets must be managed such that there is at least 6 foot of distance between all participants waiting in lines. The race must provide a hand washing station or hand sanitizer at all restroom stations.
  • Organizers must retain registration data for 30 days after the activity in order to aid possible contact tracing.

  • No congregation allowed at the activity start or finish area. Participants must leave the activity area when finished. No exhibitors, food vendors, beer gardens, awards ceremonies, or after party activities allowed in the activity start or finish area. (NOTE: food and beer are included in your registration fee and will be provided at a location separate from the start and finish area)  

VOLUNTEER 

Quilcene Gravel Unravel needs plenty of volunteers – if you are interested in helping out, please contact us at contact@peninsulaadventuresports.com

SPONSOR 

Peninsula Adventure Sports could not host these events without the support and partnership of the local business community. Monetary donations as well as in-kind product or service donations serve as the backbone of these races. If you want to find out more about sponsorship, please contact us at contact@peninsulaadventuresports.com

GIVING BACK 

As a way of giving back, a portion of each registration will be donated to the Quilcene Historical Museum, Count Me In for Quilcene (local scholarships), and the North Olympic Mountain Bike Team (youth 4-H club).