Gravel Unravel

Hoh-ly Roller

May 1, 2021 – Hoh River, WA

Photo: Maggie Boyd

CoursesEvent Info

Title Sponsor

Sarge's Place

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 Hoh-ly Roller

This course starts and ends at the world famous Hoh River. We hope you like the color green because you are going to be seeing a lot of it. Green trees, green moss, green hills. This is the heart of one of the largest temperate rainforests in the world and you are going to love rolling through it. The Hoh-ly Roller will have long sections of flowy gravel and degraded pavement, combined with some serious hills. 

On the long course there are hills of steepness that force you to stare at your toes for what can seem like endless turns on your cranks, with that dreaded question lurking… “should I walk?” We have been told that the climbs on the long course are “the most challenging climbs of any event in the region—by far.” 

The Hoh Rainforest and wilderness coast of the Olympic Peninsula is such an iconic area to visit (and a really long drive) that we recommend bringing the whole family! Take them deep into the rainforest inside Olympic National Park. Or take a short drive (only 10 minutes) to Ruby Beach and south from there to Kalaloch beaches. This is an incredible area and you will want to schedule in some time for these wild gems.

Hohly Roller Bridge

The Courses – Courses Being Finalized

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 – 26 miles (Start Time 9:00 a.m.)

This ride climbs 3,400 feet, and is approximately 90% gravel / with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34585117

Medium course – 44 miles (Start Time 8:30 a.m.)

This ride climbs 4,800 feet, and is approximately 80%  gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34585191

Long course – 66 miles (Start Time 8:00 a.m.)

The miles might seem short for a long course, but the difficulty more than makes up for it. We have been told by test riders that the climbs on the long course are “the most challenging climbs of any event in the region—by far.” With almost 9,000 feet of gain and extended up and downhill grades of 20%, this ride is only for the true masochist. This ride is 80% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

After crossing the Clearwater River and cruising along the Solleks River, things start to get spicy as you head up toward Kloochman Rock. Then just when you think you will get a break for a bit, you pass Yahoo Lake right into a steep technical descent into Stequaleho Creek right before another grueling climb.  Know your limits before you sign up for this one! 

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download: 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34585214

Giving Back

A portion of race proceeds for this race will go to Sarge’s Veteran’s Support in Forks, WA. The Mission of Sarge’s Place is to “heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope and self-sufficiency to all homeless Veterans in need and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among our local Veterans.”

Check In:

  • You can check in at Race Central (see below for location) on Friday, April 30, starting at 4pm, and on Saturday morning, May 1. 

Parking:

Main Parking and Race Central: https://goo.gl/maps/v5iJaKpfekakYzp58

There is no sign at the turn, but it is the next road after G&L Shake Road:

https://goo.gl/maps/2UMPHvo9mbg5WYnY6

Where to Stay:

Camp With Us at the Race Hub! See full information below.

Olympic National Park (info here)

  • Kalaloch Campground
  • Hoh Campground

Washington DNR (info here):

  • Copperbottom Mine
  • Cottonwood
  • Hoh Oxbow
  • South Fork Hoh
  • Upper Clearwater

If you don’t want to camp, check out this Lodging Directory from the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

Camping

Camp With Us at the Race Hub

6 Campsites Available
Campsites are $50.00 per night
8 people per site

Dogs MUST be on a leash AT ALL TIMES!!
Guests MUST PICK UP DOG POOP!!

Guest must take their own trash. LEAVE NO TRACE!!!

Check In is at 2pm – Check Out is at 11am. 

Available camping between April 30th & May 1st only. 

No POWER or WATER is available on site, this is dry camping.

Outhouses and portable toilets are available

Tent Camping is available for a discounted price $35 per night in designated areas only. 

This is a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.

Please make camping arrangements through Maple Creek Outfitter.

Please leave a voice message with Maggie Boyd at: 360-775-8339. In your voice message please refer to Gravel Grinder Campsite, and we will return your call, with info on how to pay for your site, as well as details on the directions or any other questions you may have.

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

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