Race Day Parking
Please car pool if possible the parking lot at Lakeville Boosters Park is small with limited parking. Lakeville Elementary has kindly allowed us to use their parking lot for overflow parking. Please be respectful and clean up when using the parking lot. The elementary school bathrooms may not be available before the race; however, the bathrooms at Lake Park 2 miles from the start is always open.
6:45-7:50 Rider check-in, everyone will be required to sign a waiver and will receive a course map & cue sheet along with some Hammer Endurolytes and Hammer Gel. Each racer must sign a waiver. There will be a limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at start for $15.
7:50 Rider meeting final instructions, course notes
8:00 Race starts at the railroad tracks.
8:00 Race starts at the railroad tracks.
There will be a neutral roll-out for the first mile. Once we ride past the cemetery on TWP 472 it's Funk Time.
There will be a park with bathrooms and water along with a store in Glenmont around mile 13. There will be an aid station with water along with Hammer Nutrition HEED at the Tiverton Twp. Park around mile 29. The town of Danville will have a park with bathrooms and water and several stores at mile 40. There will be two natural spring along the side of the road at mile 46 and 48. There will be an oasis with water along the course watch out for the sign.
Awards will be given to the overall winner in Men's 100K, Women's 100K, Single Speed 100K, Men's 200K, and Single Speed 200K. Winner's will be given awards when they finish. The winners of each category will receive a custom trophy, a case of Yuengling beer, and a pair of DeFeet socks. Any racer doing the 200K in under 12 hours will receive the coveted Cook'em Kwick Hobo Stove.
Expect to encounter farm dogs, cars, trucks, horses, farm equipment and ATV's along the course at any time. Any racer doing the 200K race starting the second lap after 6.5 hours must have lights with them. There is a cutoff of 7.5 hours for 200K racers to start second lap. A cue sheet will be distributed prior to the event. All riders are required to have a cyclocomputer that can track mileage - Yes, we will verify that you completed the entire distance at the end.
Mile 13.8 Getting through Glenmont
Mile 18 Hike a Bike (Twp 28)
There is a Hike a Bike section about 1 mile long on closed Rd. Keep going straight dont take side trails.
Mile 22.7 Sharp right
At mile 22.7 there is a sharp right hand turn on to Twp 19 at the bottoms of the hill.
Mile 40.7 Getting through Danville
Mile 46.4 Hunter and Mohaven
Your GPS may send you up Mohaven then down Hunter. Stay to the left on Hunter
Mile 62.6 Twp Rd 211 and County Rd 22
Slight left/ right to stay on Twp 211
Thanks to the generous rider who have made donations and help keep the Funk Bottoms Gravel a free race we will be marking the course again this year.
As you navigate the gravel seas of Ohio you will be making Port and Starboard turns.
Arrows on ground
Don't rely on course markings as the locals may remove them after the course has been marked. Each rider will receive a map and cue sheet that will be accurate. Email me if you need a gpx file.
Gravel Etiquette & Safety
This is common sense stuff, but needs to be mentioned. There are several things folks must do on a gravel ride that will keep themselves and others safe which will ensure a fun and rewarding experience.
- Stay to the right and don't ride in the opposite lane especially up climbs/rollers! If I catch or even hear of anyone riding in the opposite lane up a climb, they will be disqualified. No questions asked. Why? If a vehicle comes blasting over the top, you and/or everyone behind you will most likely get hurt and/or killed. Not cool. Stay to the right. Stay to the right. Stay to the right.
- Remain attentive to your surroundings! Please keep your head up and be sure to be on the look out for traffic, dogs/animals, loose gravel, wheel sucking ruts or cracks in bridges, soft sand, large white rock, or anything else that can potentially take you or someone else down. Look at your cue sheet when it is safe. If you need to stop to view the cue sheet, stop. There's no time limit on this bad daddy.
- Call things out! If you see or go through something sketchy be sure warn your colleagues by calling it out and pointing to it if you can safely do so. Yes, you can say "car up" on a gravel ride. In fact, it's the courteous thing to do. Also when passing, please do so at a safe juncture and kindly and loudly proclaim "on your left". If you plan on slowing or stopping be sure the folks behind you are aware prior to taking action.
- Stop if someone needs help! This is all about fun folks. So if you see someone stopped or in need of assistance, please ask if they need help and offer a helping hand if possible. The bike Gods will smile upon you if you do.
- Let the dust settle if you get dusted! If you get dusted by a vehicle, and this is highly likely right now do to the lack of moisture recently, slow down and let the dust settle. First off this will prevent a potential collision from another vehicle traveling through the dust cloud who is unable to see you until it's too late. Secondly it's a lot better on your lungs, trust me.
- Keep a straight line and call out/signal when changing position! If you find yourself in a group or even with another rider, please keep a straight line and avoid dramatic lines changes. Also signal with your hand or call out when you plan on making changes in your line. The crushing of gravel is louder than you think and you may not hear a rider behind or even beside you on occasions.
- Don't be a dick! If I hear of any dickish behavior by any rider, they will be disqualified. Remember this ride is about fun.
- Obey the traffic laws!Please obey all traffic laws. That includes stopping at stop signs, signaling when turning.
- Come prepared!First off, be sure to have everything you need to ensure you can deal with a mechanical issue (broken chain, flat tire, etc.). Secondly, plan your food and fluid consumption needs prudently. So bring some cash along! The minimal things you should have on you during the ride include: helmet, eye protection, , a minimum of two water bottles or a hydration pack, snacks, cyclocomputer, tools, tubes, cell phone, cue sheet holder, your wits and climbing legs!
Thanks to the Pirate Cycling League for the Gravel Etiquette and the inspiration for the event.