A Brand New Endurance Bicycle Event On The Gravel Road System Of Olympic National Forest With Distances Of 32, 55, And 80 Miles

The Race Experience2020 Event Canceled



June 26, 2021


Start at Worthington Park, Quilcene, Washington. Course loops up into Olympic National Forest, summiting Bon Jon Pass.


All riders with a Gravel, Cross or Mountain Bike


Gravel Unravel is a brand new endurance bicycle event on the gravel road system of Olympic National Forest. The event will have distances of 32, 55, and 80 miles. The 55 and 80 milers both summit Bon Jon Pass. All distances are followed by a superfun after-party at Worthington Park in Quilcene, including beer garden.



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

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, timing services, a well-marked course, on-course snacks and medical support, and a post-race party at Worthington Park, including food and a beer (21+) from 101 Brewery.

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!


Open now / Closes June 25, 2021. 

The Gravel Unravel Experience

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 32, 55, or 80 miles on a combination of paved and unpaved surfaces, while enjoying towering evergreens and vivid green moss and ferns. There are both competitive and non-competitive Gran Fondo style divisions, all are welcome to give the Gravel Unravel a try on their own terms.

The event starts and finishes at Worthington Park in Quilcene, Washington. All participants will receive food and a beer from 101 Brewery. There will be additional beer for purchase in the beer garden for both racers and friends and family of riders (21+).

A portion of event proceeds will support the Quilcene Museum, Count Me In for Quilcene (local scholarships), and the North Olympic Mountain Bike Team (a youth 4-H club).

The Courses

All three courses start at Worthington Park in Quilcene. After a short distance on Highway 101 (which is 35 mph as it goes through the village of Quilcene), riders will turn off the highway and start climbing into Olympic National Forest. The forest road starts paved, then becomes increasingly degraded pavement until it eventually turns to gravel, where it stays gravel for the entire course except a short stretch on the far north end of the medium and long courses, and the final down back to Quilcene.

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.

** NOTE: there could be minor revisions to the course prior to the event, so check back

Short Course – 32 miles (9:30 a.m. start)

The course starts/ends in Quilcene and goes in a clockwise direction. This route is 45% gravel – much of the pavement is “rustic”

Total elevation gain – Strava shows 3,823 feet, RidewithGPS shows 4,127 feet, and Mapmyride shows 4,713 feet. How’s that for helpful?

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Gravel Unravel 32 on Mapmyride


Gravel Unravel 32 on RideWithGPS


Medium Course – 55 miles (9:00 a.m. start)

The course starts/ends in Quilcene and goes in a clockwise direction. This route is 70% gravel – much of the pavement is “rustic”

Total elevation gain – Strava shows 5,664 feet, RidewithGPS shows 5,926 feet, and Mapmyride shows 7,141 feet. How’s that for helpful?

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Gravel Unravel 55 on Mapmyride: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2538384103

Gravel Unravel 55 on RideWithGPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31776043

Long Course – 80 miles (8:00 a.m. start)

The course starts/ends in Quilcene and goes in a clockwise direction, first the outer loop, then the inner loop. This route is 80% gravel – much of the pavement is “rustic”

Total elevation gain – Strava shows 8,600 feet, RidewithGPS shows 8,955 feet, and Mapmyride shows 10,806 feet. How’s that for helpful?

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Gravel Unravel 80 on Mapmyride: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2827424980

Gravel Unravel 80 on RideWithGPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31776041

NOTE: Both the medium and long courses have bail out spots – just in case…. If you bail out, please advise both the course marshal and finish line crew.


Check in

Check in will be:

  • Friday, June 25th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  at 101 Brewery, 294793 US Hwy 101, Quilcene, WA 98376.

Saturday, June 26th, starting 7:00 a.m. at Worthington Park, 151 W Columbia St, Quilcene, WA 98376.

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

Download Liability Waiver


Please follow the instructions of the parking volunteers at Worthington Park.


Covid-19 Update on Refund Policy for 2020

If Gravel Unravel is unable to happen due to Covid-19 closures, registered participants can choose from a free transfer to the 2021 event, or an 80% refund plus a coupon for the remaining amount off any of our future races. We appreciate your support to help us “keep the lights on” and keep bringing races to you into the future. 

There are no refunds allowed and no deferrals to future years race.

Transfers are allowed until 3 days before the race. In order to transfer, you will need to provide the following information about the new racer to the Race Director by emailing contact@peninsulaadventuresports.com:

  • Name
  • Category
  • Birth date
  • Gender
  • Email
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Emergency contact name & phone number

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 as one day you could be the rider that needs help. 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. Digital Versions of the courses are available for download/upload to cycling computers/GPS devices. 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.
  • Riders 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, although cool are not allowed. 
  • 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. Remember that the next accident could be you and because the course is so large, professional help can be far away. Some of the areas of the courses are pretty remote so cell service is limited.


North Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce

Lodging options: https://emeraldtowns.com/things-to-do/lodging/

Camping options: https://emeraldtowns.com/things-to-do/camping/

Port Ludlow resort is offering 20% off for any riders who mention Gravel Unravel when booking by phone.


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

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 (thank you 101 Brewery!) 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

Special thanks to Worthington Park for hosting the Quilcene Gravel Unravel. Remember we are guests of the park and that the public will be enjoying the park during the race. 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 facility with care.


The top finisher in each category of the competitive division will receive an award.

Weather & Sunrise/Sunset

Weather on the peninsula can change by the minute and the microclimate. Be prepared for sun, rain, flurries, drizzle, rainbows, mist, clouds, and wind. Typical June temperatures are 71° high / 48° low. Sunrise on June 27 is at 5:15 a.m. and sunset on is at 9:14 p.m.


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


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


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).