|Epic courses await riders in the 4th Annual Mammoth Gravel Classic (MGC IV)! Photo Credit: John Schletty|
The Mammoth Gravel Classic has a course to suit just about any cyclist who craves adventure. Ranging from rugged fire lanes dozens of miles from anywhere to the famed Gandy Dancer State Bicycle Trail - all riders will be raving about our event courses!
Following is info on each of the courses, with links detailed chronicles of each course:
8:00AM / 100 MILE RIDE ROLLOUT: NOTE ROLL OUT TIME OF 8AM! The 100 mile ride will roll out at 8AM sharp from the Scenic Overlook in downtown St. Croix Falls - 1/2 block north of Cyclova XC. The 100 mile ride is a HARDCORE UNSUPPORTED RIDE. Do not consider doing this ride if you're not entirely self sufficient in any riding situation. Do not consider doing this ride if you're not comfortable spending a full day on your bicycle. Do not consider doing this ride if you're not comfortable navigating yourself through tens of miles of untamed wilderness. This is not a ride to take lightly. You will be spending a whole lot of time many miles from anywhere, without cell phone reception on most of the course. The course will not be marked, so we suggest using GPS navigation. There are hungry bears in this area, and we will not have a course sweep - so you must take care of yourself out there. This multi-surface course will be roughly 70% gravel and less than 30% pavement. We absolutely recommend only riding a bike with mountain bike width tires - anything narrower than 40mm tires will result in a lot of walking - on this course due to many very soft sand pits. The narrowest tire recommended is 40mm, such as the Clement MSO 40mm or the Kenda Happy Medium 40mm tires (our soft gravel tire of choice) - available at Cyclova XC. Riders will have the opportunity to stop in 6 towns, 3 of which each have great coffee shops. Much more info including a detailed course chronicle and navigation details can be found HERE.
9:00AM / 70 MILE RIDE ROLLOUT: The 70 mile ride will roll out at 9:00AM from the Scenic Overlook in downtown St. Croix Falls - 1/2 block north of Cyclova XC. This multi-surface course will be roughly 50% pavement, 25% gravel & sand, and 25% packed limestone. Sections of the course are very soft loose sand, so mountain bikes are recommended for most - cyclo cross bikes for expert bike handlers who are comfortable riding through long sand pits - and note that we ABSOLUTELY DO NOT recommend anyone attempt to ride this course with a road bike. While this this is a relatively flat course, it will surprise the heartiest gravel enthusiast - this is a difficult course, particularly from about mile number 17 through 25. We will not have a course sweep - so you must take care of yourself out there - you must be self sufficient while doing the 70 mile ride. The final 10 miles or so of the course is literally a gentle downhill ride back into the St. Croix River Valley on the Gandy Dancer State Bicycle trail, and then the city streets of St. Croix Falls! Much more info including a detailed course chronicle and navigation details can be found HERE.
9:05AM / 35 MILE RIDE ROLLOUT: The 35 mile ride will roll out at 9:05AM from the Scenic Overlook in downtown St. Croix Falls - 1/2 block north of Cyclova XC. This beautiful out & back course will gradually climb out of the St. Croix River Valley to the Gandy Dancer State Trail. Once on the Gandy Dancer Trail, riders will enjoy the amazing bicycle only trail all the way to Cafe Wren in Luck, WI. You'll definitely want to stop here to re-fuel, and then head back south for a gentle descent back down to St. Croix Falls. This surface is ideal for nearly any type of bicycle (skinny or fat tires). Much more info including a detailed course chronicle and navigation details can be found HERE.
|At the 2014 Mammoth Gravel Classic, Mother Nature threw us a hard curve-ball, but we made sweet lemonade out of sour lemons!|