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Gravel Unravel: Sol Grinder
Sat July 16
This endurance cycling event is designed for those who wish to challenge their physical abilities to the maximum while enjoying the lushness of Olympic National Forest. There are 3 races in the series located around the entire Olympic Peninsula – Hoh River area (Pacific Coast), Sol Duc River area, and Bon Jon Pass in Quilcene. Participants can ride short (25-35 miles), medium (45-55 miles), or long (65-80 miles) distances on a combination of paved and unpaved surfaces, while enjoying towering evergreens and vivid green moss and ferns. There are both competitive and non-competitive Gran Fondo style divisions, all are welcome to give the Gravel Unravel a try on their own terms. All participants will receive food and a free beer after the event. A portion of event proceeds will support local non-profit organizations.
About Sol Grinder
This race will take you down through long cathedral-like corridors of Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir and Cedars. You will have the sound of water as you cross the sparkling Sol Duc River or one of its many tributaries. Little creeks are constantly gurgling and splashing by you as you grind your way to the pinnacle of this course, opening up to views into the interior of Olympic National Park and Forest. Wildflowers line the high stretches of roads. The short and long courses go through the “Keyhole”, a passageway blasted through the spine of the dividing ridge.