Funk Bottoms Gravel History





In 2011, Funk Bottoms Gravel started in Funk Bottoms, Ohio.  Three blokes from Northeast Ohio, started the race as a training challenge for the Gravel Worlds put on by our PCL brethren in Lincoln, Nebraska. Soon after, our PCL brethren gave us the honorary distinction as the PCL East Coast Chapter.  We didn’t take that lightly.  Our main matey CK, aka Mr. Big Ring, decided to lay the hurt down by scouting some of the nastiest and steepest, dirt & gravel roads Ohio could offer.  To increase the percentage of dirt & gravel roads and CK’s thirst for steepness, the race eventually moved a few miles south of Funk to Lakeville.  In honor of the races beginning departure point, the name was kept.  Besides, Funk Bottoms Gravel just sounds cool!  

Each year, there are slight modifications to the course as more gravel and dirt roads are worked in. In 2013 the race grew to its current format of 100K and 200K course. Also in 2013, America's oldest brewery Yuengling, started donating cases of beer which are awarded to each of the winners.  That same year, our good friends at Hammer Nutrition started sponsoring the event by providing HEED and Hammer Gel for the weary racers. In 2014, we had our first riders from surrounding states participate.  Each year’s race will offer some new twist and turns. Funk Bottoms Gravel is a free race with some cool awards, great scenery, awesome riders, and friendly waves from the folks in central Ohio.  

2011


The 2011 Funk 50

Potenza winner of first ever Funk 50

2012


2012 Funk 50

Paul White 2012 Funk 50

2013


2013 Funk Bottoms 100K\200K


2013 Funk Bottoms 100KWinner Tom Sherry

2013 Funk Bottoms Womans 100K Trish Riess

2013 Funk Bottoms 200K Chris Karpowicz


2014

2014 Funk Bottoms 100K\200K

2014 Funk Bottoms 100K Single Speed Alex Valigosky 

2014 Funk Bottoms Mens 100K Jason Blodgett

2014 Funk Bottoms Womans 100K Sandy Sherry

2014 Funk Bottoms 200K Scott Morman

2015


2015 Funk Bottoms 100K\200K

2015 Funk Bottoms 100K Single Speed Alex Valigosky 


2015 Funk Bottoms Woman's 100K Judy Porter 

2015 Funk Bottoms 100K John Porter

2015 Funk Bottoms 200K Markley Anderson

2015  wooden spoon award Marlin Steinhauser




2016



2016 Funk Bottoms Gravel 100K\200K


100K Mens Jay Gasner, Drew Purcell 4:05


Womans 100K Judy Porter 5:29


Single Speed Alex Valigosky 6:04 4th year in a row 


200K Winners Gary Blair, Dan Dayton tie 13:00



2017


Mens 100K

Brett McKay, James Pooler, Brett Thompson 4:22


 Mens 100K Single Speed

Markley Anderson 5:06

Womans 100K

Daniela Mehech 5:16

Mens 200K

Scott Morman 10:15

Mens 200K Single Speed

Jordan Caverly 1023