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It will be a great day on the bike for The Forge Gravel Grinder. Forging takes a mighty hammer and for riders who complete the event under 1 hour 50 min, you're earning the custom hammer! You smashed it and this hammer will be one of your most unique pieces amongst other trophies and medals! 26.2 is the theme of the day but make no mistake, it will be a barn burner. Hop up on your gravel, cx, 29er hardtail, full squisher or fatbike. Keep your eyes up, get that tire pressure not too soft-not too hard.
Important: The surface of the course has degraded in such a way that there is a lot of loose rock around the size of a cue ball to baseball size. Some of the rocks are sharp edged. On your cx/gravel bike, go with robust casing and wider the better. It's all good if you show up with 35mm, but please be super careful at speed while descending to avoid punctures. Front suspension crowd won't have this concern but gravel bikes, please bring tube(or 2) and co2's to address punctures. Support is in the form of water and a sag. No mechanical support on course.
The surface and elevation gain will be in the spirit of true Gravel Grit and you're invited to ride as competitively or as comfortably as you like. There are several short watts buster inclines which present the challenge of a clean line rather than burning a match. Recommended low gearing minimum 34/30(1 to 1 for a very short period isn't a bad idea) for a lightly supported 1 loop grinder from Thendara to nearing Big Moose and back. The Forge is destined to be an instant classic and we are pleased to announce a U14 category and Fatbike! The Gravel Grinder will be a timed event with overall winners (Male/Female/Masters Male/Female). Race start will be a Trail entrance at Rt 28/Herreshoff Rd. just past the Railroad Bridge. Race will end at the George T. Hiltebrandt Rec Center @ 201 North St., Old Forge, NY
When viewing the Garmin link, please know to do the upper most loop clockwise, middle loop clockwise, lowest loop counterclockwise.
THE FORGE 26.2 Milie Gravel Grinder is the bike component of the inaugural Old Forge Ky-Tri (kayak, run, bike) event set for the same weekend (Sept 11/12/13). To learn more about the Old Forge Ky-Tri please visit the event website @ OLD FORGE KY-TRI
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