Mark your calendar, the date for the 2018 Evergreen Grinder is Saturday December 8, 2018. The race begins at 5:45am, but there is a mandatory riders meeting at 5:30.
This year’s race will have two options: The original long course (93.3 miles), and another shorter, but still challenging course (61 miles). The starting location is the Safeway parking lot at the intersection of Cooper Point Rd and Harrison Ave in West Olympia. Both courses will follow the same route for the first 38 miles until the longer course splits off to head south on the the D-1000 towards Bordeaux while the shorter course continues east on the C-Line, skirting the edge of Capitol Peak. The courses will again merge on Sherman Valley Rd, therefrom all riders will take on one last gravel stretch on the C-9200, capped off by a scramble down some neighborhood dog-walking trails that lead to Alpine Dr. and the rolling paved hills back to West Olympia. Keep an eye out for pre-ride write ups.
As was the case last year, here are some important things to keep in mind when planning for the race:
-there is no entry fee and no registration, just show up.
-the course is UNMARKED; you are responsible for navigation. RidewithGPS files are available for download and I’ll have paper cuesheets as well.
-there is no support; you must carry all your own food, water, layers, tools, spares, etc.
-along the same lines, there are no services on route and the Safeway won’t be open yet, so plan ahead and bring enough food with you to the start on race day.
-There is live traffic on all roads on course- cars, trucks, ATVS, logging equipment, etc. Follow rules of the road and use common sense.
-You must have lights and a helmet.
– you are responsible for your own safety, have an emergency contact standing by in case of injury.
-there is no prize for first place, and it’s likely no one will be there when you finish.
Last year we really lucked out on weather- clear skies and above freezing temperatures all day. I don’t think we’ll be so fortunate this year, but that’s part of the fun! Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or DM on Instagram @evergreen_gravel_racing