Calling all Mountain Bikers, Gravel Grinders, Cyclocross Enthusiast, and Fat Bike Fanatics!  It's RACE TIME!


Saturday, May 5
th, 2018

Loudonville, Ohio

Black Fork LLC, Four Strings Brewery, and Mohican Wilderness  are proud to announce the third 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.   Three route lengths are offered for the 2018 event.  A 23 and 30 mile ride and 54 mile race loop.

Don’t miss out on Ohio’s premier gravel grinder event!  Registration is capped at 300 participants so sign up early.  Go to www.bikereg.com/35903 to register on-line.


One comment said it all for the 2017 event:

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!

What people said about the 2016 event:

"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"

"Great event out in Holmes County, OH @ the Black Fork Gravel Grinder. If you missed it, this is one to put on your list for 2017!"

"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. Hills were tough but good training ride for Michigan Mountain Mayhem. Winter Warriors should seriously consider."

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


For the first time the Black Fork is a Race!  We've got three great routes offered 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.


OUR MISSION:

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!