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

Washington State has issued the following requirements for racing:

To find out what Phase that Clallam County is in, visit:

Race requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Wave starts and maximum participant caps

  • Face coverings when not on race course (start / finish area)

  • No congregating or after-party activities at the start / finish area – participants must leave the area after they finish the race

  • Social distance of 6 feet while waiting to start, after finish, at hydration stations, and in line for portable toilets

Additionally, the various permitting agencies (city, county, state, federal, and liquor board) may have requirements on top of the state requirements issued by the governor. Please be patient with us, as we have to respond to constantly-changing guidelines from various agencies, so we will not know all of the details of each race until pretty close to the race date. All registered participants will be advised by email 1-2 weeks before the race regarding the details of what race day will look like.

Food/beer: Some races have food and beer at a location away from the start/finish area. Our ability to provide this, or in what form we will provide this, will depend on the rules in place for the location of the food/beer service, and the health and liquor board guidelines in place at the time for that location.  Races that typically have food/beer at the finish line – GOAT Run and Big Hurt – are in September. At this time we are planning for business-as-usual for these races, but keep checking our website for updates.


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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