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Additional race information can be found at https://peninsulaadventuresports.com/events/quilcene-gravel-unravel/bon-jon-pedal-bender/.
The Gravel Unravel Experience
Gravel Unravel is a 3-race gravel series on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas of Washington State. This series is brought to you by a partnership between Peninsula Adventure Sports, Bucks NW, and Night Owl Cycling. This event is designed for those who wish to challenge their physical abilities to the maximum while enjoying the lushness of Olympic National Forest and Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. Participants can ride short (25-35 miles), medium (45-55 miles), or long (65-80 miles) distances on majority gravel courses (percent varies by race/distance) while enjoying towering evergreens and vivid green moss and ferns. There are both competitive and non-competitive Gran Fondo style divisions, and all are welcome to give the Gravel Unravel a try on their own terms. Thank you to Title Sponsor Eleven Winery for making Gravel Unravel happen again for 2023!
You can race/ride in just one of the events, or all three. For racers, scores will be combined from all three races for series points and prizes at the Why-Not-Chee race on July 22, 2023. Racing categories are Open, Open Masters (45+), Non-Binary, Womens Open, Womens Masters (45+), Juniors (under 18), and Singlespeed.
You can also Gravel Unravel in the non-competitive Gran Fondo style. Loosely translated from Italian as “the big challenge”, think of it as more of a group ride or tour. Set your own goal, be it to go fast or ride for fun, or heck just to finish! E-bikes are allowed in the non-competitive ride as a separate category.
Bon Jon Pass Out
The village of Quilcene is perfectly placed at the base of the Olympic Mountains, and along Quilcene Bay. This town is synonymous with hospitality, and especially welcoming are the great folks at Worthington Park, where we will be based for the day. A portion of race proceeds will support the Quilcene Museum/Worthington Park and also to Count me in for Quilcene, both local non-profit organizations.
After leaving Worthington Park, riders head for their first challenge – Bon Jon Pass. Luckily June is when the wild rhododendrons are in full bloom. Spotlighted against the deep green background of the forest, the blooms are sure to brighten up what might seem like an endless ascent. After Bon Jon Pass, enjoy the views and ridges, returning via Lords Lake Loop. Well, except the long course riders – they get to climb Bon Jon again!
What’s included in your Bon Jon Pass Out entry fee?
In addition to an epic outdoor experience in the far northwest corner, all participants receive a professional, well-organized event, a great piece of custom race swag, RFID timing, a well-marked course, on-course snacks and medical support, mechanical support, and post-race food and drinks.
Short course – 32 miles (Start Time 9:00 a.m.) This course has approximately 4,000 feet cumulative elevation gain and is 45% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved. Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download. There will be hydration/snack stations and portable toilets at approximate miles 11 and 22.
Medium course – 55 miles (Start Time 8:30 a.m.) This course has approximately 6,000 feet cumulative elevation gain and is 70% gravel, with the rest pave or “rustic” paved. Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download. There will be hydration/snack stations and portable toilets at approximate miles 11, 22, 33, and 45.
Long course – 80 miles (Start Time 8:00 a.m.) This course is approximately 9,000 feet cumulative elevation gain is 65% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved. Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download. There will be hydration/snack stations and portable toilet at approximate miles 11, 22, 33, 45, 55, and 70.
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