HARDford 50 Gravel Grinder

Event Date

Sun, Mar 23, 2014


Hartford, TN

About This Activity

The HARDford 50 Gravel Grinder is pretty much summed by the name.  It will be a hard 50 mile gravel road grinder climbing just over 6000 feet.  The course climbs 3 notable climbs through the day.  The first is from the start where the course climbs up through the Grassy Fork community before descending again to the Pigeon River at Waterville.   Another climb up Mt. Sterling Rd to 288 and great views looking over onto Mt. Sterling and Mt. Cammerer as you travel towards Buzzards Roost, .  The third climb tops out just below the bald knob of Max Patch.  The course will be well signed and manned at some critical turns.   Both cross and mountain bikes will be suitable for this ride.  Some riders may prefer the extra width of MTB tires on the long decent from Max Patch back down to Grassy Fork.

 The race will be fully supported with three rest stops stocked with food, water, and sports drinks.   These will be located approximately at miles 14, 24, 31.   The first and last stops will be at/near the top of a climb.  We will have a sweep vehicle for sag and there will be on site bike mechanics at the start for last minute support.

Race entry will include supported race route, as well as a event t-shirt, and a post race meal.   The awards and post race events will take place at the Bean Trees cafe in Hartford, which is next door to our staging area at the Rapid Expeditions outpost on the Pigeon River.

We are proud to donate a portion of our proceeds to benefit the Grassy Fork Elementary School.  

Thanks to River Sports Outfitters and Rapid Expedtitions as our primary sponsors for the event, and  please visit our website to find out about these and other sponsors.

We will follow up your entry with race rules and more information is available at our website www.3fivenorth.com

Event schedule and times

March 23, 2014   at Rapid Expeditions

7 AM   Race registration/ number pickup

8:30  Start time

Awards and post race meal to follow at Bean Trees Cafe

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