Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Funk Bottoms Gravel - The Course

The 2017 Funk Bottoms Gravel 100K/200K will start at 8:00 am  at a roadside park on SR-179 outside of Lakeville.  There will be a pavilion and an outhouse.  Google maps directions can be found here

Course notes can be found on the Maps page. Learn about the history of the FBG and past winners here

Two races, one brutal course!  A one lap 100K race and for the ultimate challenge, a double lap 200K race. The course will take riders through some of Ohio's most scenic roads.  On each lap, riders will be challenged with over 7,000 feet of vertical climbing! Road conditions are a mix of paved, chip & seal, gravel, and dirt roads. The Funk 100k/200k is a self-supported event and riders must be prepared for any mechanical and nutritional needs. No outside support is allowed. This is a cue sheet race. The course is NOT marked, and the roads are open to normal traffic in the area.  Expect to encounter cars, trucks, horses, buggies, farm equipment, ATV's, buzzards, road kill, and the occasional farm dog at any given time. Rain or shine, it’s Funk time! The course will have sections from the previous years races along with some new sections. There is no SAG, you are responsible for yourself. 

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.


 To enter send a postcard with your name, hometown, email address, and category (see below) for the event to:

Funk Bottoms Gravel
150 Bellus Rd
Hinckley, OH 44233

Category
Funk 100
Open  Men
Open Women
Single Speed

Funk 200
Open Men
Open Women
Single Speed

Since there are people who don't understand how to mail a postcard.  …
https://www.bikereg.com/funk-bottoms-gravel-100200

Link to course https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21477702

Leg Dir Type Notes Total
Left Slight left onto Co Rd 100 0.1
0.5 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 470/Township Rd 470 0.6
0.3 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 472/Township Rd 472 0.9
1.2 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 471/Township Rd 471 2.1
0.6 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 508/Township Rd 508 2.7
0.7 Right Turn right onto Township Rd 473 3.4
0.2 Left Turn left onto Township Rd 478 3.6
1.6 Right Turn right onto OH-514 S 5.2
0.1 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 503/Township Rd 503 5.3
0.9 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 501/Township Rd 501 6.2
1.8 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 217/Township Rd 217 8
0.5 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 218/Township Rd 218 8.5
1 Right Turn right onto Co Rd 280 9.4
0.5 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 221/Township Rd 221 9.9
1.1 Right Slight right onto Township Hwy 222/Township Rd 222 11
1.3 Left Turn left onto Co Hwy 52/Co Rd 52 12.3
1.5 Left Turn left onto Garland St 13.8
0.1 Right Turn right onto Co Hwy 25/Clifton St 13.9
0.4 Left Slight left onto Township Hwy 29/Township Rd 29 14.2
2.1 Right Turn right onto County Hwy 6/County Rd 6 16.4
0.2 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 34/Township Rd 34 16.5
2.1 Right Turn right onto US-62 W 18.6
0.2 Left Turn left onto Township Rd 28 18.9
1.5 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 130/Township Hwy 324 20.4
0.6 Right Turn right onto Township Rd 22 21
1.7 Right Sharp right onto Township Rd 19 22.7
2.5 Right Turn right onto Co Rd 33 25.2
2 Straight Continue onto Co Rd 401 27.1
0.7 Right Slight right onto Co Rd 20 27.8
0.1 Left Slight left to stay on Co Rd 20 27.9
1.3 Left Turn left onto OH-206 S 29.2
0.4 Right Slight right onto Township Rd 358 29.6
2.2 Right Turn right onto County Rd 368 31.8
0.2 Left Turn left onto Township Rd 364 32
1.8 Straight Continue onto Chestnut Ridge Rd 33.8
3.6 Right Turn right onto McGinnis Rd 37.4
0.8 Left Turn left onto Flat Run Rd 38.2
2.5 Right Turn right onto S Market St 40.7
0.1 Right Turn right onto W Washington St 40.8
0.2 Left Turn left onto East St 41
0.2 Right Slight right onto Mohican Valley Trail 41.2
1.9 Right Turn right onto Tiger-Valley Rd 43.1
0.6 Straight Continue onto Hunter Rd 43.7
0.6 Right Turn right to stay on Hunter Rd 44.3
0.2 Left Turn left to stay on Hunter Rd 44.5
1.9 Left Sharp left onto Hunter Rd/Main St 46.4
0.3 Left Turn left onto US-62 W/Millersburg Rd 46.7
0.6 Right Turn right onto Brinkhaven Rd 47.3
5 Left Turn left onto OH-514 S 52.3
0.3 Right Turn right onto Wally Rd 52.6
0.2 Left Turn left onto Beam Rd 52.8
0.8 Left Turn left to stay on Beam Rd 53.6
0.1 Right Beam Rd turns right and becomes Stumbaugh Rd 53.7
1.1 Left Turn left onto Big Hill 54.8
0.4 Left Turn left onto Gessling Rd 55.2
0.4 Right Turn right onto Jericho Rd 55.6
0.6 Right Turn right onto Temple Rd 56.2
1.6 Straight Continue onto Township Hwy 549 57.8
0.4 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 3352 58.1
0.1 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 539 58.2
0.9 Straight Continue onto Township Hwy 209 59.1
0.3 Right Turn right onto Township Hwy 210/Township Rd 210 59.4
0.2 Right Sharp right onto Township Hwy 208/Township Rd 208 59.7
0.6 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 211/Township Rd 211 60.2
2.4 Right Slight right onto Township Rd 211 62.6
1.5 Left Turn left onto Township Hwy 466/Township Rd 466 64.1
4 Left Turn left onto OH-179 N 68.1
0.6 Finish 68.7

The 2017 FBG Route





Getting through Glenmont

Mile 18 Hike a Bike (Twp 28)

There is a Hike a Bike section about 1 mile long on closed Rd


Getting through Danville

Mile 62.6 Twp Rd 211 and County Rd 22



Course Markings

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.

Port 

Starboard

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.  




Questions, comments, concerns? Post here or send me an email funkbottomsgravel@gmail.com


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Obey the traffic laws!Please obey all traffic laws. That includes stopping at stop signs, signaling when turning.
  9. 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. The pseudo-checkpoints have been warned of your arrival and will have plenty of sustenance available for purchase. 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