Calling all Mountain Bikers, Gravel Grinders, Cyclocross Enthusiast, Adventure Cyclists, and Fat Bike Fanatics!

Saturday, May 2
, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

Black Fork LLC, North High Brewing, and Mohican Wilderness  are proud to announce the fifth annual Black Fork Gravel Grinder!  This must do gravel road race and ride spans some of the most scenic, grueling and diverse gravel roads in Ohio.   There are three route lengths offered; a 23 and 30 mile ride and 54 mile race loop.

Don’t miss out on Ohio’s premier gravel grinder event!  Registration will sell out so sign up early.  Go to to register on-line. And make sure to like us on Facebook! 

The Black Fork is proud to be part of the Ohio Gravel Race Series.  Check out the  Ohio Gravel Race Series for all the details!

What people have said about the event:

"Jay and Matt have done their homework to put together an absolutely top-notch event! If you ride any bike with knobby tires, you've GOT to put this one on your list. One of the best courses around, and a perfectly executed race."

"The Black Fork Gravel Grinder team knocked it out of the park!  Awesome job!  Thoroughly enjoyed your race.  3rd time for me and I hope to keep the streak going."

"Had a great time!  Route was really challenging and tough, but way cool.  I think I clocked my fastest time on a bicycle:  44mph."

"It was a blast!! It rained the whole time! Mud, potholes, rocks, gravel and hills, hills and more hills! 23 miles of this. It was crazy fun. 3 different times I was going 50mph down these kind of hills!! Loved it!"

"Now that was a gravel ride, really tough but a blast just the same. Hope to do this well run event next year. We need more of these."

"Great job with this ride! Well organized, good course marking, great beer and roads!"

"Really fun ride! Can't wait for next year"

"Thank you Matt Simpson and Jay Clipse for hosting such a great event. The 30 mile ride kicked my butt. Looking forward to next year!"

"Loved the route, hard technical gravel, and a beer handed to me as I crossed the finish line"

"I just finished the Black Fork Gravel Grinder and highly recommend it for next year. It was very well run, good communication and course maps/signs."

"It was great. And the BBQ dinner was really good, plus free beer!!!"

Cyclocross Magazine: Black Fork Gravel Grinder Young But Mighty

We've got three great routes to challenge riders of all abilities. There's a 23 and 30 mile ride and our signature 54 mile race.  All three are on some of Ohio's toughest, gnarliest and most bad-ass gravel roads.  Each route is unique and offers varying degrees of difficulty and fantastic scenery.  The routes span three counties (Ashland, Holmes and Knox) and traverse some of the same roads as the legendary Mohican 100 National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Race.  Along the ride you will see scenic farms, historic cabins, abundant wildlife and meandering waterways. 

Approximately 80% of the routes will be on gravel with the remaining on rural asphalt roads.  The condition of the gravel depends greatly on the weather and which road you’re on.  You will likely encounter sections as smooth as silk, soft and mushy and others that are as rocky as a mountain bike trail.   The few short sections of pavement are a nice break and are generally more rolling and flatter in character. 

This is a challenging event and you can count on lots of climbing.  However, the long climbs lead to some pretty amazing downhills.  We dare you to lay off your breaks!  To keep you on the right route, we will include a directional sign at each road crossing and you will receive a route map when you check in on event day.


At Black Fork Gravel Grinder our mission is to cultivate an awareness and passion for gravel road riding, challenge riders of all abilities and backgrounds, and do this by staging an epic cycling event!

For more information about Gravel Grinding in Ohio, visit our friends at  You'll find everything you need to know about social rides, routes, events and much more.