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Title: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: Fett on September 28, 2011, 10:04:26 AM
I think the Gravel Grovel is the last mountain bike race of the year in the area. It looks like Sub9 has taken over the promotion of the event and the website has been updated. I have not been able to do it the past 2 years and am looking forward to a little post Thanksgiving suffering.
 
www.gravelgrovel.com (http://www.gravelgrovel.com)
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: tmac on September 28, 2011, 10:25:55 AM
I'll be there! I didn't get to do this last year and it sounds like fun.
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Bentcrank on September 28, 2011, 10:53:31 AM
I'm in! 3 years in a row.  ;D
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: bboehman on September 28, 2011, 11:36:44 AM
I think I have it worked out with the wife!  We will have a 3 week old at that point, but as long as she gets an hour break every night from now until then from the other two kids, I get one day!  Not sure I got the better end of that deal!
Bob
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: tjuillerat on September 28, 2011, 04:42:59 PM
Dang.. you guys are quick!  I was planning to put up the official message board topic today!
 
The Gravel Grovel is a self-supported, solo bicycle race through the hills of Indiana's Hoosier National Forest and beyond.
 
Gravel Grovel 62 Mile Race
  ~ Open Men
  ~ Open Men Masters (40+)
  ~ Open Women
  ~ Single Speed/Fixed
  ~ Little 500 Special
 
Gravel Grovel 30 Mile Fun Ride
  ~ A casual, fun ride to help burn off that extra plate of Thanksgiving fixin's!

The 2011 event now includes on-site camping, participant changing rooms, limited showers for after the ride, and a huge dining hall for a hot meal after the event!  Go to www.gravelgrovel.com (http://www.gravelgrovel.com) for all the info.  You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gravelgrovel (http://www.facebook.com/gravelgrovel).
 
Online registration begins on Saturday, Oct 1 and ends at Noon on Friday, November 24.
Cost is $35 for online registration or $45 onsite.
Little 500 Special is only $10.
http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14184 (http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14184)
 
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Loretta on October 06, 2011, 11:24:09 PM
Planning on being there.
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Doe on October 18, 2011, 10:12:42 AM
Thinking about doing this if we don't go to FLA over T-giving.  First timer but sounds like a blast! 
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: tjuillerat on October 18, 2011, 10:30:35 AM
We're excited to partner with the Story Inn for the 3rd Annual Gravel Grovel.  Our 62 mile riders will enjoy a special SAG at the Story Inn, the turn around point for the Story "out-n-back" leg of the race.
 
Folks not interested in the on-site camping should consider reserving a room at the Story Inn and make it a fun weekend!
 
www.storyinn.com (http://www.storyinn.com)
 
 
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Doe on October 18, 2011, 01:12:34 PM
I've never done anything like this (more of a road rider who just got into MTB'ing recently) and am wondering how to know if I am ready for it or how to prepare. Any advice is welcome! :D
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: edf on October 18, 2011, 02:01:31 PM
I had been toying with the idea of riding this for the past few weeks. It now appears Thanksgiving plans will put me in Bloomington the night before, which works out perfectly. I may treat this as a ride more than a race, but it seems to be a good training goal heading into winter.
 
I was wondering about times.  Beyond a few blog postings and a few references to the times placed by top riders, does anyone care to share their finish times? It looks like the course has changed from previous years, but getting a range of times would still be interesting for inquiring minds.

 Ed
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: chuckdlou on October 19, 2011, 07:37:28 AM
I've never done anything like this (more of a road rider who just got into MTB'ing recently) and am wondering how to know if I am ready for it or how to prepare. Any advice is welcome! :D
i'd say you'll be just fine...the only part of the course that resembles "trail" is the traverse across combs road and it is steeper than it is technical...everything else is on gravel road...
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Doe on October 19, 2011, 09:03:51 AM
Thanks, that's kind of what I was thinking, too.  Wondering how to compare these 62 miles to road miles.  Guess I'll just have to get out and do it and see!
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Bentcrank on October 19, 2011, 09:24:07 AM
Thanks, that's kind of what I was thinking, too.  Wondering how to compare these 62 miles to road miles.  Guess I'll just have to get out and do it and see!

It will be a lot harder then 62 miles on a road bike, but very doable.

I would say the majority of the people are just riding and not actually racing. Just another reason to get out for a fun day on the bike.
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Doe on October 19, 2011, 09:54:46 AM
I am thinking the biggest potential problem for me will be that is is self-supported.  Hopefully, I won't have any flats or mechanical issues (but I do plan on being prepared for them).
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: chuckdlou on October 19, 2011, 09:59:10 AM
bentcrank is right in that a lot of people are just out for a ride...we'll have volunteers at the fire tower, and at the Story Inn if you need help...and since a lot of people are just riding i would be surprised if you had a mechanical and no one offered help...in fact, if you have mechanical trouble and people DON'T offer to help remember their numbers and let me know ;)...i'm in the red truck with the camper in the back...
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Sparky on October 19, 2011, 01:54:24 PM
Bob and I are in if the weather is good.  :)
 
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Fett on October 19, 2011, 03:29:34 PM
I am curious as to the tire selection that people have used in the past and are going to use for gravel grovel.
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: pigfarm on October 19, 2011, 05:18:53 PM
I'm thinking about giving it a try this year.  I'm pretty certain that doing it on a single speed is a really bad idea, but has anybody done it?
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: chuckc1971 on October 19, 2011, 07:54:28 PM
I'm thinking about giving it a try this year.  I'm pretty certain that doing it on a single speed is a really bad idea, but has anybody done it?

I did it on a fixed gear mtb last year. The only time I felt really held back was on the powerline climb at Coombs. It was a bit slimy and I was geared pretty high, as well as, using a bit too slick of a commuter tire. That and bouncing down through the rubble at the bottom of some of those gravel hills was the only time I felt hampered by my combo. Since you can coast, you should do fine. I would run a much higher (tougher) gear combo than I would normally run on a SS. For reference, I ride 34x18 SS and 36x16 fixed.

BTW, there were at least 5-6 of us on single speed bicycles. I don't know if he finished, but one guy did it on a Little 500 bike with a coaster brake and no brakes otherwise.

The only other thing I would recommend is to use a fairly durable wheelset and either run tubeless or have a few tubes on hands. I saw a few tacoed cross wheels and many, many folks repairing flats.
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: Bentcrank on October 19, 2011, 09:11:55 PM
I'm thinking about giving it a try this year.  I'm pretty certain that doing it on a single speed is a really bad idea, but has anybody done it?

Not a bad idea at all. I am had so much fun last year I am doing it again this year.

Last year I was on my normal mtb tires. This year I have some cross size tires that I am thinking about trying.
Title: Re: So, who is doing the Gravel Grovel?
Post by: tjuillerat on October 24, 2011, 04:57:16 PM
The Gravel Grovel is just a few weeks away and we've been busy working out all the details.

Be sure to check out the Event FAQ for all the info on the 3rd annual event at www.gravelgrovel.com.
You can also find up to date news and announcements at www.facebook.com/gravelgrovel.

A big addition to the event this year will be a warm, catered meal from Indianapolis-area Cajun, Creole favorite, Yats for after the ride.  Riders will be able to choose from the popular Chili Cheese Entoufee, White Chili with Chicken and the Vegan Succutosh.  We'll have water and hot chocolate available, but feel free to BYOB for post-ride refreshment.  The 2011 event is only open to 250 participants (race and ride combined) so be sure and sign up early to guarantee your spot at the last Sub-9 event of the season!


(http://www.bikereg.com/inc/content/images/EventLogos/14184.png)

Just a reminder that event t-shirts are available and must be purchased on-line.
 http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14184


Title: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on October 27, 2011, 04:51:16 PM
We're excited to announce SRAM as the title sponsor for the 2011 event!
 
We'll have tons of great prizes including a set of Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher wheels valued at $2700!
 
You can find out all the details on the 2011 event at www.gravelgrovel.com (http://www.gravelgrovel.com/)       
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on November 09, 2011, 11:35:32 AM
Just a little over two weeks left until the third annual SRAM Gravel Grovel!  Join us for a grueling 62 mile (100 km) race or a 30 mile fun ride on "mother nature's cyclocross course" through Indiana's Hoosier National Forest and beyond.  Go to www.gravelgrovel.com (http://www.gravelgrovel.com/) for all the info and a link to register.
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on November 14, 2011, 12:28:22 PM
Less than two weeks left until the 2011 SRAM Gravel Grovel.  We have tons of great prizes to give away at the 3rd annual event.  All 62 mile racers will automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a brand new Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher wheelset valued at $2700!  Brown County stone engraved awards will be given to the top finisher in Open Men, Open Men Masters (40+) and Open Women race categories.  Lots of other great prizes will be given away randomly to all event participants.. must be present to win!  Winners and awards will be announced during the Awards Ceremony and Yats Dinner after the ride.
 
Online registration closes at NOON on Friday, November 25.  On-site registration is available for an addition $10.
 
Don't forget to order your 2011 event t-shirt!
 
Go to www.gravelgrovel.com (http://www.gravelgrovel.com/) for more info or http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14184 (http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14184) to get signed up today!
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: Doe on November 22, 2011, 01:45:58 PM
Chance of rain for Saturday keeps going down--20% at the moment.  Anyone in the Indy area interested in carpooling Sat. AM and returning Sat. PM?
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on November 22, 2011, 05:22:43 PM
Chance of rain for Saturday keeps going down--20% at the moment.  Anyone in the Indy area interested in carpooling Sat. AM and returning Sat. PM?

You might also check on the Gravel Grovel Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/gravelgrovel (http://www.facebook.com/gravelgrovel)
 
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on November 23, 2011, 09:55:45 AM
Depending on our final number of riders, we may have Yats meal tickets available ($10) for friends and/or family coming to cheer on riders this weekend at the Gravel Grovel.  See you all there!
www.yatscajuncreole.com (http://www.yatscajuncreole.com)
Don't forget we'll have water and hot chocolate available, but feel free to BYOB for post ride refreshments!
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: slamnsam on November 24, 2011, 11:09:37 AM
Any idea how deep the creeks will be?
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on November 24, 2011, 11:28:18 AM
Looks like they've received between 1-2" in the last week and about 1/2" in the last 24 hours.  Luckily doesnt look like anymore rain in the forecast until after midnight on Saturday.  Should give everything a bit of time to dry, especially if we can get some wind and/or sun.  Even Combs Rd should be in pretty good shape by Saturday.
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on November 25, 2011, 10:29:17 AM
Alright folks... last chance to register.  Already 160 signed up for this weekend's event.  On-line registration closes at NOON today!  On-site registration is available (additional $10 on-site reg fee).  Hope to see you all there!
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on November 28, 2011, 12:54:46 PM
Here's a sneak peak at some of the great 2011 Gravel Grovel photos coming from 2 Pedals Photography.  Photos will be available for viewing and purchase in about a week.  http://www.2pedalsphotography.com/2011/11/28/sub-9-gravel-grovel-2011/ (http://www.2pedalsphotography.com/2011/11/28/sub-9-gravel-grovel-2011/)
 
A full recap of the event will be available soon.  Results should be posted on the event website tonight.
 
I will be placing one more order for event t-shirts on Wednesday.  If you would like to order a t-shirt, please send an email to tania at sub-9 dot com.  Cost is $15+$3 shipping if outside of Indianapolis.  Indy based folks can pick up shirts at Nebo Ridge when they come in. 
 
Thanks again to everyone who came out to ride, race, support, volunteer, cheer on and have a good time.  We hope to see you all again in 2012!
Title: Re: 3rd Annual SRAM Gravel Grovel
Post by: tjuillerat on December 05, 2011, 03:43:59 PM
Official event recap is up!  Congratulations to all our category winners and event participants.  We look forward to seeing you all again in 2012!
 
Event Recap:  http://indytriple.tripod.com/gravelgrovel/2011-recep.html (http://indytriple.tripod.com/gravelgrovel/2011-recep.html)
 
Event Photos:  http://chellecraig.zenfolio.com/gravelgrovel2011 (http://chellecraig.zenfolio.com/gravelgrovel2011)
 
Official Race Results: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqfwV3A4sOJWdDZuVVd1aHRkUkdsYjFpcnlzQ2JSQWc#gid=1 (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqfwV3A4sOJWdDZuVVd1aHRkUkdsYjFpcnlzQ2JSQWc#gid=1)