Hoosier Mountain Bike Association

The Den => Racing...from the novice to seasoned => Topic started by: tjuillerat on September 01, 2014, 11:56:28 AM

Title: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 01, 2014, 11:56:28 AM

Registration is now open for the 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel!


Join us at the Midwest Trail Ride Horseman's Camp (Norman, IN) on Saturday, Novebmer 29th (yes, the Saturday after Thanksgiving) for the 6th annual event.  This year our 62 mile race is once again the finale for the American UltraCross Championship Race Series.  We will also host our popular 20 mile Fun Ride as part of this year's event.


Gravel Grovel Race - 62 Miles
~ Men's Open
~ Men's Open Masters (40+)
~ Women's Open
~ Women's Open Masters (40+)
~ Singlespeed/Fixed
~ Tandem
~ Men's Open MTB
~ Women's Open MTB


Gravel Grovel Fun Ride - 20 Miles


Online registration will close at NOON on Wednesday, November 26.  YOU MUST REGISTER NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14 TO GUARANTEE RECEIVING YOUR FREE EVENT TSHIRT.


Early Bird Registration now through the end of September.  Price increases beginning October 1.  Hoosier National Forest passes ARE INCLUDED in this year's registration.


Go to http://www.gravelgrovel.com (http://www.gravelgrovel.com) for all event info or http://www.bikereg.com/gravelgrovel2014 (http://www.bikereg.com/gravelgrovel2014) to register.


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Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Fett on September 02, 2014, 09:57:32 AM
Tania,
What are the guidelines for mountain bike division? Is it a flat bar and a certain tire size?  I know many racers run cross tires on their mountian bike for this race.  It may be good to sepcify a 1.8 or 1.9" minimum tire size.  You know how some guys always push the rules ;)
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 02, 2014, 10:09:31 AM
Here is my one and only answer regarding mountain vs cross bikes...

Your bike must definitively fit into one of the listed categories (cross, mtb, ss, tandem). Franken-bikes run the risk of being ridiculed by others and subsequently disqualified from the category entered. Any questionable bike will automatically be entered into the cross bike category.

In other words.. I don't care about tire size - be that on a mountain or cross bike, but if there is any question about the bike itself it will automatically go into the cross bike category.  I'm not looking to spend my time defining the difference between a mountain bike and a cross bike. I realize I may have opened a can of worms with this one.. but if it becomes a pain in my ass I will just pull the plug on the mountain bike categories.  :-D


This year will be a test.  Pass - and I will continue splitting out mountain bikes... fail and next year everyone will be grouped together again. 

Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Fett on September 02, 2014, 11:05:39 AM
Good Answer!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Dave G. on September 02, 2014, 02:36:13 PM
I agree-if it looks and walks like a duck...

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Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tomc on September 02, 2014, 04:15:57 PM
I don't know that I can even compete in the MTB category but I know for sure I can't compete in the Cross category with my bike. Thankful you have chosen to try and separate the bike types as there is a major difference in Cross bikes and my old school 26er. BTW if I'm over 40 (which I am) and riding a mountain bike, will I be put in the Masters category or the MTB category??
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 02, 2014, 04:27:20 PM
I don't know that I can even compete in the MTB category but I know for sure I can't compete in the Cross category with my bike. Thankful you have chosen to try and separate the bike types as there is a major difference in Cross bikes and my old school 26er. BTW if I'm over 40 (which I am) and riding a mountain bike, will I be put in the Masters category or the MTB category??


Anyone on a mountain bike will be grouped in the mountain bike category regardless of age. 
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Fett on September 03, 2014, 07:29:52 AM
There is just enough single track in the race that a mountain is not at a disadvantage in the race. In the lead group of 5 last year, there were 3 cross bikes and 2 mountain bikes
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Fett on September 03, 2014, 08:54:50 AM
One other question.  Will the route remain the same as last year?  I thought you guys did a great job of tying together all of the brutality that the area had to offer in one route in last years course.
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: chuckdlou on September 03, 2014, 12:22:47 PM
yes, there will be changes...yes, it will be more brutal...(insert big evil grin here)
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 03, 2014, 12:35:00 PM
One other question.  Will the route remain the same as last year?  I thought you guys did a great job of tying together all of the brutality that the area had to offer in one route in last years course.


you know I can't leave well enough alone... of course the route will have some changes this year.  ;-)
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Fett on September 03, 2014, 01:32:13 PM
Add in the trails to Callahan and I will be happy ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 03, 2014, 01:36:12 PM
Add in the trails to Callahan and I will be happy ;D


But then you give away the location of Callahan!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: MikeHufhand on September 03, 2014, 11:10:39 PM
MORE SINGLETRACK!!!!!! MORE SINGLETRACK!!!!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: bboehman on September 04, 2014, 08:05:05 AM
Absolutely Mike!!  How about all 45 miles of Hickory Trails and "sprinkle" in some gravel. :) :) :)
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 16, 2014, 12:02:23 PM
We are half way through the month... remember price goes up October 1!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 24, 2014, 01:23:04 PM
We are half way through the month... remember price goes up October 1!


Six more days for early bird pricing!  We are working on some fun changes to the route this year... and I may just have a few other tricks up my sleeve.  You'll have to show up to find out!


For those not interested in the 62 mile race, we also offer a 20 mile fun ride (no mtb trails on the shorter distance).  All participants get a t-shirt and hot meal from our favorite, Yats!


Check out all the details at www.GravelGrovel.com.


Looking forward to seeing you there!


Cheers,
~Tania



Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Bill Ardery on September 24, 2014, 03:52:27 PM
 What if im over 40 and ride a 3 wheel bike with 26 inch wheels on back , chopper forks, flat bars and a 29er up front ? Where u going to put me then , hmm ?  Or, Put me back at the" intersection of Hell" w my chair and my medical goodies !
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 24, 2014, 04:29:39 PM
What if im over 40 and ride a 3 wheel bike with 26 inch wheels on back , chopper forks, flat bars and a 29er up front ? Where u going to put me then , hmm ?  Or, Put me back at the" intersection of Hell" w my chair and my medical goodies !


Oh, you'll be at the "intersection from hell" alright!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tony on September 24, 2014, 04:33:44 PM
What if im over 40 and ride a 3 wheel bike with 26 inch wheels on back , chopper forks, flat bars and a 29er up front ? Where u going to put me then , hmm ?  Or, Put me back at the" intersection of Hell" w my chair and my medical goodies !

single speed or geared?
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Bill Ardery on September 25, 2014, 08:13:02 PM
 2 speed kick back AKA 1966 Schwinn Typhoon !

Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on September 30, 2014, 08:55:41 AM
Last day for Early Bird!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on October 28, 2014, 12:50:58 PM
Hey folks! The Sub-9 Gravel Grovel (https://www.facebook.com/gravelgrovel) is just a few weeks away.. and we need volunteers! All volunteers get a free t-shirt and hot meal from Yats Columbus Indiana (https://www.facebook.com/YatsColumbus) after the race. Volunteers are needed for support stops, registration, setup/tear down, timing, etc. If you are willing to help, we will put you to good use! If you are interested, or have a buddy/significant other/etc that wants to be a part of the fun, please send an email to info at sub-9 dot com.  Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on November 06, 2014, 10:51:59 AM

Hey folks... We've had some questions about the course for this year... just a reminder we will NOT be publishing the route until the week of the event. This allows us to make any necessary changes due to weather and also keeps the locals from having to much of an advantage... plus, I don't want to give away our surprises for this year just yet.


If you're heading to the Hoosier National to pre-ride, the 2013 course will give you a good idea of what to expect. Also, just a reminder that hunting season is upon us. Wear your blaze orange and we strongly suggest a bell. Happy graveling everyone!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on November 11, 2014, 04:02:00 PM

Just a reminder that if you plan to register for this year's Sub-9 Gravel Grovel you MUST sign up by THIS FRIDAY in order to GUARANTEE receiving your FREE event t-shirt. www.bikereg.com/gravelgrovel2014


While we do make every effort to have plenty of t-shirts and food available, please understand that orders must be placed at least a week or two ahead of time. Your effort to sign up early will help us ensure we have plenty of everything to go around. The Gravel Grovel is rain or shine, so no need to worry about the weather.. just get signed up!


Don't forget to tell your family and friends about the 20-mile fun ride. This is a great way for everyone to enjoy the beautiful hills in the Hoosier National Forest.


Go to www.GravelGrovel.com for all the info on the 2014 event or www.bikereg.com/gravelgrovel2014 to register today!


We look forward to seeing you all again in just a few short weeks!


Cheers,
~Tania Juillerat
Sub-9 Productions
www.sub-9.com


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Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: Rick M on November 23, 2014, 06:15:29 PM
Just wondering if anyone else is riding in the gravel grovel next saturday? I signed up for the fun ride just recovering from a collarbone injury.I also turn 49 on that day and figured what a better way to celebrate my birthday.
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on November 24, 2014, 12:24:09 PM
Last couple of days to sign up!  Online registration closes at NOON (est) on Wednesday.  You can sign up onsite, but it is an additional $10 to do so.


Temps are looking to be 55 degrees on Saturday! 


Go to www.GravelGrovel.com to get signed up today!




And Rick... happy early birthday.  We'll look forward to seeing you there!
Title: Re: 2014 Sub-9 Gravel Grovel - NEW MTB CATEGORIES!
Post by: tjuillerat on December 04, 2014, 09:37:45 AM
In case you missed it - here are the final results from the weekend:


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D-DxjEhT4ClvnG4UeMoZUk59Jocu2BOqHry_qXZ69f8/edit


You can also check out this great video and recap from Gravel Cyclist:


http://www.gravelcyclist.com/videos/sub-9-gravel-grovel-video/


http://www.gravelcyclist.com/race-reports/sub-9-gravel-grovel-race-report/


And finally - some great photos from the weekend:


http://www.snowymountainphotography.com/Sports/Cyclocross/Gravel-Grovel-2014/