Gravel Grinder

Event Date - Dec 11, 2021

We get the party started with an unique start on the Fayetteville downtown square.   Then head out east of town to enjoy some magnificent gravel roads!  There are so many options it allows to make changes to the routes to keep them fresh and exciting!  A mixture of pavement, gravel and some single track dirt.  Gravel or Mountain bikes will be the questions.  This event has a twist....only the mileage and elevations of road, gravel and dirt will be released early.  For many, you will discover some new terrain and road that you didn't know existed in NW Arkansas.  There will be 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. Great post race party on top of Mt Sequoyah with food and drink after a hard day in the saddle.

Finish Location - Mount Sequoyah Conference Center, 150 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville, AR  72701
Start Location - Experience Fayetteville Visitors Bureau, 21 S. Block Dr, Fayetteville, AR  72701

Onsite Packet Pickup/Registration Info (1 Location):

  • Friday, December 4:  3 pm - 6 pm. Pre-Event Packet Pickup & Registration
    • Location - Mount Sequoyah Conference Center, 150 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville, AR  72701
  • Saturday. December 5:  6:30 am - until 30 minutes. Packet Pickup & Registration
    • Location - SAME AS ABOVE
  • Online registration will be open until midnight, December 4.  Follow LINK to register online
  • Raceday registration will be held from 6:30 am until 30 minutes prior to start of each category


New for 2021:

  • Start Line Location - Historic Downtown Fayetteville Square in front of the Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center. 21 S. Block Dr, Fayetteville, AR  72701
  • The final finish option.  We are keeping the 1.4 miles of single track, but a competitor will have the option to ride an alternate section (which is paved) to the finish. Alternate path participants will not be eligible for awards, but the finisher medal, food and beer will all be the same!
  • Alternate Paved Finish -

2021 Course Info TBA . 2019 Courses Listed Below for reference only:

  • 2019 Group XXX (8:00 am start):
    • 73 miles / 5,400’ elevation gain with the final 1.4 miles of single track
    • Aid stations - Mile Markers - 16 & 40
    • Strava Club -
  • 2019 Group XX (8:15 am start):
    • 57 miles / 4,400' elevation gain with the final 1.4 miles of single track
    • Aid stations - Mile Markers - 16 & 23.6
    • Strava Club -
  • 2019 Group X (8:30 am start):
    • 37 miles / 3,100' elevation gain with the final 1.4 miles of single track
    • Aid stations - Mile Markers - 16 & 21
    • Strava Club -

Raceday Timeline:

  • 6:30 am - Coffee served
  • 6:30 am - 8:30 am - Packet Pickup & Athlete Sign-in from
  • 7:50 am - Pre-race announcements for Group XXX
  • 7:55 am - Prayer and National Anthem
  • 8:00 am - XXX Start
  • 8:05 am - Pre-race announcements for Group XX
  • 8:15 am - XX Start
  • 8:20 am - Pre-race announcements for  Group X
  • 8:30 am - X Start

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

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

Total Time for the top three males and females and the first place 50+ male and female in each distance will be recognized.  Remember that regardless of circumstances...Rules of the Roads apply when trying to be the fastest. 

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. 2021 coming soon.

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