Gravel riding has always been about adventures. It is escaping traffic and getting from here to there by any means necessary. This often consists of back roads, gravel roads, FSR, dike trails or even sections of your local mtb network. It takes a bit of planning to be able to escape busy traffic and the like. But when its done right, it's definitely worth it!
Around here, we call the Chilliwack River Valley home. It has hundreds of km's of pristine back country roads, lush old growth forestry roads, paved roads and single track/double trails to explore. The perfect ingredients for all-day adventures.
Saturday, May 4th @7am, we're showcasing some of the routes that have been our local favourites. We'll have three different distance offerings - a 27km Intro to Gravel route, an 85km Medio route and the 130km Epic route.
We've taken care of all the planning to create a premier level Gravel Adventure.
There's rider-priority traffic control at all paved intersections, three fully stocked Aid Stations with satellite phone support, there's moto support, backcountry First Aid attendants, volunteers at every major intersection or trail fork and then,.... there's a beer garden!
We'll also have hotel packages and on-site camping available with prebooking. Keep an eye on our Facebook for promo codes.
Now, it's up to you to come experience one of the most scenic Gravel Adventure routes in North America.
As an added bonus, we're offering something a bit different from other events. We're offering you a slice of social consciousness.
100% of your entire registration goes to provide accessible clean water to thousands of people in Bekyye, rural Oromia, Ethiopia this year. This has only been made possible by all of our generous sponsors covering our event costs.
Interested in trying a gravel grind event but don't want to tackle a large chunk of climbing? Our Intro to Gravel route only has 420m of climbing and it will give you a bit of everything.
You should have a medium comfort level riding on mix surface terrain. Ride time 2.5hr to 4hrs.
Uses the majority of the Epic Route, except eliminates two major climbs. The Medio Route is for the rider seeking an adventure, but doesn’t see the need for it to last all day.
85kms, 1200m of climbing, ride time between 4.5hrs to 6.5hrs.
Presented by Easton Cycling: this route will showcase high vista lookouts, canyon river banks, old growth cedar giants at the mouth of Chilliwack Lake and 2200m of climbing. It's a beast!
50% gravel, 30% lush doubletrack/singletrack and 20% paved. Ride time 6.5hrs to 9hrs.
Easton Cycling is committed to the growth of gravel adventures events, and Ride for Water just happens to be in their own back yard. As our podium sponsor, they're presenting $3400 in Male & Female podium cash!!! (Epic Route only)
A Gravel Grind adventure that links multiple mixed surface terrain in a format that showcases the stunning beauty of the Chilliwack River Valley.
In the spectacular Chilliwack River Valley, starting and finishing at Cultus Lake's Main Beach area. See map below.
From Metro Vancouver - travel East 1hrs on HWY 1 to Chilliwack, then south to Cultus Lake. From the Interior BC - travel West on HWY 1 to Chilliwack, then south to Cultus Lake. Flying in, use Abbotsford's YXX airport, then 30 mins East on HWY 1 to Chilliwack, south to Cultus Lake. There are numerous hotels in Abbotsford that are close to the airport and amenities.
No and Yes. The Intro to Gravel and Medio routes will be more of a spirited adventure ride. Our 130km Epic route is geared towards an advanced riders who are comfortable with being self-sufficient in a competitive event. 80% of our Epic route has 0% cell reception. Being self-sufficient is key. Aid stations are placed at a 1.5hr to 2.5hrs interval of riding from each other.
Yes! Easton Cycling is presenting $3400 in equal podium cash for Top 3 Male & Female riders. This applies to the Epic route only. 1st - $1000, 2nd - $500, 3rd - $200
100% of your entry goes to complete a clean water project in Bekyye. For more info, see below.
Expect 2hrs - 3hrs for the 28km Intro to Gravel route, 5hrs - 7hrs for the 85km Medio route and 6.5hrs - 9hrs for the 130km Epic route.
A good amount of base miles training will be key for any of the route distances. Try to fit in some green level mountain bike trail riding too.
A good sense of adventure, with a medium to moderate comfort level for riding on mixed surface terrain. The first half of our Intro to Gravel route will be comprised of 12kms gravel forestry roads and some double track jeep trails and 12kms of newly paved road with a wide cycling shoulder for your return trip back.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the generosity of the title sponsor for the Ride for Water event, 100% of the money raised by the gravel grind event will go toward providing clean water to thousands of people in Bekyee.
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