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Gravel Race up Spruce Knob

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Gravel Race Up Spruce Knob


July 8, 2017

Permitted through U.S. Forest Service
(permit on file with race director)

This is an adventure-cycling race on and around the highest peak in the mountain state, Spruce Knob! This race will take riders through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the East. The road conditions on course will vary from buttery pavement, to smooth dirt, to chunky gravel, to poorly maintained, pot-hole infested backroads.  This race is a true challenge for the adventurous spirit within every cyclist and one you don't want to miss.


Choose between 72 or 53 mile distance options or 24 and 32 mile non-competitive options.

Click here for course info.

The race will start and finish at The Mountain Institute’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center (SKMC). Click here for directions.

Registration will be hosted on and opens January 1, 2017 and closes the week of the event.

Late registration will also be available on Race Day until 9am, but will be $85, so make sure to register early to save money.

  • Entry Fee - $75 (Early registration discounts available); $85 day-of-event registration
  • The Spruce Knob Highlights non-competitive ride – $55 (Early registration discount available) see details below
  • Food Package - $40 (3 Meals Friday evening – Sunday morning)
  • Dorm Lodging - $25 per night (Please reserve these early as space is limited)
  • Camping- $15 per person (This covers one or two nights of camping)
  • (Food, lodging and camping fees go directly to The Mountain Institute)


Epic Course (72 miles):

  • Men Open
  • Men 40+
  • Men 50+
  • Women Open
  • Women 40+
  • Single Speed
  • Clydesdale (200+ lbs)

Classic Course (53 miles):

  • Men Open
  • Men 40+
  • Women Open
  • Women 40+

Spruce Highlights (non-competitive ride)

What you’ll get with your entry:

  • Race t-shirt (if registered by 6/15/2016)
  • Post-race Dinner
  • Two (2) Gallon-size Ziploc Drop Bags to send out to the aid stations
  • Three (3) stocked aid stations on the course
  • A well-marked course on some of the best gravel roads in the state
  • Finishers pint glass
  • Awards (Cash at least 3 deep for Epic course and Prizes for Classic Course. There may be some trophies too.)

Refund/Transfer Policy:
We offer a fairly generous refund/transfer policy:

  • On/Before 4/30/2017 – Full refund (Includes full refund of camping, dorm and food package)
  • 5/1/2016 – 6/15/2017 – Free transfer of race entry to another racer; free transfer or full refund of camping, dorm and food package. (Please contact us by e-mail)
  • After 6/15/2017 - $10 Transfer fee to another racer, no refund of dorm or food package, but dorm and food package will transfer to the other racer)

A few important notes about the
Spruce Knob Mountain Center

  • SKMC is a remote location. The nearest gas station is 12 miles away.  The nearest grocery store is an hour away. Please bring everything you think you may need and maybe some things you might not...just in case.  If you plan on cooking your own meals, bring plenty of food, camp stove and fuel. 
  • NO PETS! Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the venue in order to promote the viewing of wildlife. Please leave Fang and Fluffy at home.  We're pet owners too, but we want to respect the rules of the venue and be invited back.  Thanks for understanding!
  • Good Samaritan Rule: Should you encounter an injured rider, please stop to ensure the rider is OK and determine if emergency aid is needed. You may be the first responder and it's important to help a fellow racer in need of medical help should the situation arise. For that reason, please keep track of the time you stopped to help and we'll do our best to adjust your finish time.
Earlier Event: July 8
Fair Hill Classic
Later Event: July 15
Women's Social Road Ride