The 4th Annual Gold Rush Gravel Grinder will be held on June 11, 2016. We will be riding on the same courses as last year, so those of you who haven’t yet made it out, will get a chance to ride these beautiful but grueling course. Anyone who raced in previous years will have a chance to beat their time or just finish the ride (if you haven’t made the ‘cut-off’ time). Thank you to all the Volunteers and Sponsors who make this event possible. We look forward to another great season of grinding gravel and leave you with a few words from our riders.
“Wow! What an awesome event! Best course, people, and fun! Thank you again for such a wonderful event! 3 days later & I’m still buzzing from the thrill. We will be back!” Lincoln, NE
“I had a great time! Loved the vibe, the course, the post-ride pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and beer, the color of the shirt, the packet pick up at Killian’s, the free salsa water bottle, the awesomely positive aid station people, great weather,…had a blast! Thanks for all the hard work and doing such a great job.” Mandan, ND
“This is among the BEST organized, competitive, and enjoyable rides I’ve undertaken in my 20+ years of cycling. The pre-race email updates, pre-race instructions, and on-course “support” (race organizers were around enough that I never felt too far from help in the event of an emergency) were top-notch. The course is challenging for sure, but well within the abilities of those who have trained for both the distance and rolling, sometimes steep, hills. Excellent job to Kristi, Perry, and all their crew members! I plan on having this as one of my annual rides. Much thanks for your time and effort in putting on such a great Grinder!” Spearfish, SD
“Thank you for a fantastic event, job well done to the both of you and to all your Volunteers and Sponsors!!!
I’ve been biking and racing for 36 years and grew up in the mountains of Colo. The Mother Lode was by far was the most beautiful and scenic race I’ve ever done, shoot, any ride for that matter!” North Platte, NE
“What an amazing ride!!! I will be back next year. The course was challenging, but worth every painful mile. The views were spectacular. The weather held out; although that headwind coming down Spearfish Canyon could have held off…was looking forward to the paved downhill “relief”…but Mother Nature had different ideas. Your race was / is the most organized gravel ride I have done to date!” Minneapolis, MN
“The Mother Lode was the best race and course I’ve done in years if not ever!! You guys do an amazing job gathering prizes and making sure everything goes off without a hitch. I know the struggles of putting on events and it no easy feat. But you make it look cool an smooth!! Once again thanks and we can’t wait for next year. I’ll come with more mileage/training and some grit in my teeth! And more folks from Montana.” Red Lodge, MT
70, 110 or 210 Miles of Black Hills Gravel
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Registration opens on December 21st 2015
Gold Rushing in the Black Hills in 2014
The Second Annual Gold Rush Gravel Grinder brought old friends and new faces back to the Black Hills for some epic gravel grinding. With drizzling rains throughout the day Friday, we were relieved to have a calm, rain free day, for Saturdays race. It was a bit greasy for the first 10 miles or so, but soon the course dried out and the sun even blessed us with her presence for brief periods of time. This year we did a slight re-route off the top of the Cement Ridge Climb. Rather than dropping off the “backside Hellride” descent, we took the long course riders back down the same course as the Gold Dust riders. This left the mileage exactly the same, but I think gave the course a little better flow overall. James Meyer, of Spearfish, ended up with the winning time of 6:53:34 for the men’s overall, and Aubrey Hoard took the women’s overall spot with a winning time of 8:34:47. Congratulations to everyone who came out and gave it a shot, and a bigger congratulations to those that finished the ride!
If you haven’t done this race yet, I’d encourage you to give it a go. The course is a very scenic route through the hills, with flowing creeks and flowers galore! It’s a challenging ride with 7,000+ ft of climbing, in 110 miles. The course is 90% gravel, with only the 4 mile lead out and the last 13 miles down Spearfish Canyon, being pavement. It’s a small race, so you might be out there on your own for hours at a time, but that’s the way we like it. It’s semi-supported, so you’ll have a few places where you can get water, or maybe some raw potatoes, but you’ll also need to carry much of your own gear. It’s a race if you’re into racing, or just a ride if you want to get out and challenge yourself for the day. It ends with a party and plenty of food, as many Crow Peak brews as you can drink, great stories, new and old friends, and a few prizes if you’re lucky. It’s a gravel grinder, that we put on for you, to give you a glimpse of some of the beautiful and unique riding in the area! We hope you enjoyed it, and we hope to have you all back next year for another Gold Rush Gravel Grinder. In 2015 we look forward to presenting you with a new piece of the Gold Rush, “The Mother Lode”, a 210 mile route, taking you deeper into the darkness of the Black Hills.
Find it and Grind it!
PJ & KJ