Gravel Unravel

Bon Jon Pedal Bender

June 26, 2021 – Quilcene, WA

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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.

About The Bon Jon Pedal Bender

Originally called the Quilcene Gravel Unravel, this is now the third race in the Olympic Peninsula Series. The village of Quilcene is perfectly placed at the base of the Olympic Mountains, and along Quilcene Bay. This town is synonymous with hospitality, and especially welcoming are the great folks at Worthington Park, where we will be based for the day.

After leaving Worthington Park, riders head for their first challenge – Bon Jon Pass. Luckily June is when the wild rhododendrons are in full bloom. Spotlighted against the deep green background of the forest, the blooms are sure to brighten up what might seem like an endless ascent. After Bon Jon Pass, enjoy the views and ridges, returning via Lords Lake Loop. Well, except the long course riders – they get to climb Bon Jon again!

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.

Short course – 32 miles (Start Time 9:00 a.m.)

This course has approximately 4,000 feet cumulative elevation gain and is 45% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Medium course – 55 miles (Start Time 8:30 a.m.)

This course has approximately 6,000 feet cumulative elevation gain and is 70% gravel, with the rest pave or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Long course – 80 miles (Start Time 8:00 a.m.)

This course is approximately 9,000 feet cumulative elevation gain is 65% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Giving Back

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).

Check In:

  • 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.


Parking is a Worthington Park, 151 W. Columbia Street, Quilcene.

Where to Stay: 

Port Ludlow resort is offering 20% off for any riders who mention Gravel Unravel when booking by phone.  June 25, 26, and 27, and phone number 360.437.7000

North Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce

Lodging options:

Camping options:

Quilcene Road

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)  


Gravel Unravel needs plenty of volunteers – if you are interested in helping out, please contact us at


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