Gravel Grinder


Event Date
- November 23, 2019, 9am start

Start/Finish Location - Mount Sequoyah Conference Center, 150 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville, AR  72701

Onsite Packet Pickup/Registration Info:

  • Location - Mount Sequoyah Conference Center, 150 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville, AR  72701
  • Friday, November 22  5 pm - 8 pm. Packet Pickup & Registration
  • Saturday, November 23. 7:00 am - 9:00 am. Packet Pickup
  • Online registration will be open until midnight, November 22.  Follow LINK to register online
  • Raceday registration will be held from 7:00 am - 8:30 am.

Event Details:

New for 2019:

  • A third distance has been added - Group X. 25 to 35 miles.
  • The final finish option.  We are keeping the 1.4 miles of single track, but now a competitor will have the option to ride an alternate section (which is paved) to the finish.  Those that choose the single track will receive a time bonus (reduced ride time).

Three different courses - Group X (25 to 35 miles), Group XX (45 to 55 miles) and Group XXX (65 to 75 miles).  A mixture of pavement, gravel and some single track dirt. Gravel or Mountain bikes will be the choice. This event has a twist...only the mileages and elevations of road, gravel and dirt will be released early.  The exact course maps will be published at 8:00 am the day before the event. For many, you will discover some new terrain and roads that you didn't know existed in NW Arkansas.  Great post-race party on top of a hard day in the saddle.

Raceday Timeline:

  • 6:45 am - Coffee served
  • 7:00 am - 8:30 am - Onsite Registration
  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am - Packet Pickup & Athlete Sign-in from
  • 8:50 am - Pre-race announcements for Group XXX
  • 8:55 am - Prayer and National Anthem
  • 9:00 am - XXX Group Start
  • 9:20 am - Pre-race announcements for Group XX
  • 9:30 am - XX Group Start
  • 9:50 am - Pre-race announcements for  Group X
  • 10:00 am - X Group Start

Category and Courses:

  1. Group XXX (9:00 am start):
    • 65 to 75 Miles. Specific course info to be announced.
  2. Group XX (9:30 am start):
    • 55 to 65 miles. Specific course info to be announced
  3. Group X (10:00 am start):
    • 25 to 35 miles. Specific course info to be announced 

There will be one aid station (mileage TBA) per each group with roaming support on the course, but all riders should come prepared to be self-sufficient.  Remember that this event is Rules Of The Road and riders should obey all traffic rules.

To participate in awards, a rider must do the following:

  1. Join the Strava Group which coincides with your event registration:
    1. RAPTOR Group X - link coming soon
    2. RAPTOR Group XX - link coming soon
    3. RAPTOR Group XXX - link coming soon
  2. Use a GPS enabled device to upload your ride to Strava.

Total Time for the first place male and female in each distance will be recognized and will be taken at the finish line.  Remember that regardless of circumstances...Rules of the Roads apply when trying to be the fastest.  There will be 2 to 4 KOM/QOM on each course. The segments will be totaled with a handicap scoring system similar to the R.A.P.T.O.R. Cycling Relay which will be applied to the total times.  Top three NET times for both courses will receive special awards (this will be calcualted post-event and posted). The top Gross time for both male and female will be recognized for each course. 

Post-race food and drink for all competitors will greet you at the finish line. There are places to take showers. We suggest bringing friends and family as we will have food and drink available for purchase at the finish line. There will be games and a bouncy house if weather permits. We're testing some new technology, so we hope to have regular course updates which we can announce throughout the ride.

There's not many, but riders must observe the Rules of the Road.  Stop at all traffic signs/lights, ride to the right, don't impede traffic, Leave No Trace and enjoy the day.  And no personal support following you on the self-sufficient.  There may be a couple of other rules to add, but this is gravel!


Finisher Medal
for all who complete the course. Below is the 2018 Medal. 2019 To be released.

2018 Gravel Grinder Finisher Buckle