Wednesday, June 16, 2021

2021 Funk Bottoms Final Instructions


2021 Funk Bottoms Gravel Final Instructions



The 11th edition of the Funk Bottoms Gravel 100K/200K race will start promptly at 7:00 am for 200K and 8:00 am for 100K on June 19.2021, at the Glenmont Village Park 108 Main Street, Glenmont, OH 44628 Google maps directions can be found here 

Race Day Parking

Race day parking is available at the park and at the school next to the park. This year we have our largest turnout yet for the Funk Bottoms Gravel.  Racers from 13 states are registered, thanks to everyone that signed up! Please carpool if possible.  No parking on the main roads leading into or out of town. Park in an orderly fashion at the park. Do not take up multiple spaces. Make room for other vehicles. The Village of Glenmont has been more than welcoming to us, so please be respectful and clean up after yourself when leaving.


Arrive early to pick up race packets. Both races will start on time at 7:00AM and 8:00AM SHARP! 

- See Road Closures if you are running late. You will not be able to pass through until after racers have gone through. 






Race Day Schedule


Friday early check-in at Glenmont Park 6-8

5:30-7:45 Rider check-in, everyone please bring a signed waiver. You will receive a number that must be visible on the front of your bike, a course map & cue sheet along with some Hammer Fizz and Hammer Gel. The timing chip will be placed around seatpost.


6:50 Rider for 200K meeting final instructions, course notes

7:00 200K Start

7:50 Rider for 100K meeting final instructions, course notes
8:00 100K Start
Race starts at the Glenmont Park entrance. There will be a short neutral roll-out this year.  Once we make the slight left on to Twp 14 it's Funk Time. 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.

Post Race

Awards will be given to the top 3 in Men's 100K, Men’s 100K Masters, Women's 100K, Women’s 100K masters, Single Speed 100K, Men's 200K, Men’s 200K Masters, Woman’s 200K, Women’s 200K Masters and Single Speed 200K.  The top 3 in each category will receive a custom trophy.  There will also be merchandise from our sponsors for the top 3. Thanks to DeFeet, Hammer Nutrition, Kenda Tire, Steadfast Fenders, and Yuengling.  Any racer doing the 200K in under 11 hours will receive the coveted Cook'em Kwick Hobo Stove. The top male and female winner in the 200K will also get a free entry into this year’s Gravel Worlds courtesy of the Pirate Cycling League


For the 200K racers 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. You cannot decide after the race starts that you will be doing the 100K, if you do not start the second lap it will be counted as a DNF. You must ride over the timing loop when starting the second lap.

 The weather looks good for Saturday with a chance of showers in the afternoon and a high around 80. The Funk Bottoms Gravel race is self-supported and no outside support is allowed. There will be a creek crossing with less than half mile from the finish.  We will bypass the creek for safety reasons if heavy rain.  There is no SAG, you are responsible for yourself.  

A little clarification on outside support.  The course is designed for the racers to be as self-sufficient as possible.  There will be a secret checkpoint that will be stocked with Hammer Nutrition products. The location of the secret checkpoint will be announced in the morning. There will be several stores around mile 23 when the course heads through Killbuck.  You also will have the option around mile 53 to head about half a mile off course for a Dollar General in Killbuck. The intention is to make the race fair for everyone since some people will travel to the race alone, and not be able to get hand-ups along the course.  There is no formal SAG, however, if you have a medical problem or major mechanical there would be no problem getting outside assistance. We have picked up racers in a final sweep late in the evening in the past. I normally try to ride with $40 cash with me when in the area. $20 for food and water at small-town stores and $20 if things go horribly wrong and I need to pay someone gas money since cell phone service is sketchy along the course. You will find that the people in the area are very friendly. Gravel Angles are allowed to set up an open oasis along the course.


Ohio Gravel Race Series


The Funk Bottoms Gravel 200K is stop #2 on the new Ohio Gravel Race Series.  Racers completing the 200K will receive points towards the series.


The course will be marked at all intersections where you turn.  The color of the course-markings will match the cue sheet supplied on race day. Think like a pirate as you navigate the gravel seas of Ohio and you will understand the course markings. Expect to encounter farm dogs, cars, trucks, horses, farm equipment and ATV's along the course at any time. If you encounter someone on horseback or an Amish buggy, please approach with care so you don’t spook the horse.



Course Notes:

 2021Funk Bottoms Gravel Course








Mile 63 use caution at the bottom of TWP 36

Follow orange cones


The rock yard at Briar Hill will be marked.


Mile 66.3 Creek crossing


To finish, cut through the parking lot, across the bridge to finish.






Course Markings

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.

Port Turn


Starboard Turn

Additional Information


We would like to thank Tom Alexander, The Village of Glenmont, and The Holmes County Parks, Briar Hill Stone for everything they have done this year to help us with the race.

Unfortunately, the Glenmont Tavern and Glenmont Store which have hosted racers for the past few years will be closed due to the unexpected recent passing of the owner.  There are no other stores or restaurants located in town.


Hammer Nutrition has been sharing Fueling Tips with everyone for the past few weeks. You can use code 81989 to save 15% off your first order.


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Funk Bottoms Update


First off thanks to everyone who has registered, we have our largest filed ever.  All 250 slots were filled 6 weeks before the race.  


There is a waitlist for this year's race, if someone drops out of the race the next person on the waitlist will move to the start list.  You have until Friday, June 9th to make any category changes.


There will be an optional Friday night check-in at the Glenmont Village Park.  Time yet to be determined, most likely 6-8 pm.  

New this year the 200K will start at 7:00 am and the 100K will start at 8:00am.  

This year's course will go through the village of Killbuck around mile 23 and there will be stores to get food and water.  Around mile 53 you can venture about half a mile off course to a Dollar General.  There will be a secret checkpoint again this year supplied by Hammer Nutrition.

 We will have awards for the top 3 in all categories plus prizes from our amazing sponsors.  The winner of each category will receive a case of beer from YuenglingDeFeet is sending socks for the podium winners, Steadfast Fenders has created custom front fenders for the podium winners as well. Kenda will be providing tires, Fuzzy Stichworks has made bags for the 200K winners.

Any 200K racer that finishes in under 11 hours will earn the coveted Cook'Em Kwick Hobo Stove.  There will also be special pint glasses for the 200K finishers.

The last 2 miles will be the same as the 2019 course. Ride down the abandoned railbed, through Briar Hill Stone, and back on the trail before a creek crossing.  Please do not ride through Briar Hill before race day since it's private property.  

To help us with final planning we would appreciate it if you took a moment of your time to answer a brief 5 question survey.

This year's race will be the second stop in the Ohio Gravel Race Series.

For anyone that is still reading, one of the course markers will be painted gold.   The first person to show a picture of the Golden Course Marker at the finish will win a special prize.

 200K route

100K route



The Funkamster.


Chris, Marc, Paul


Monday, May 3, 2021

2021 Funk Bottoms Gravel - The Course

Here is information for the 11th Funk Bottoms Gravel.  New this year the 200K will start at 7:00 am, and the 100K will start at 8:00 am.  Starting location is Glenmont Park.

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

Registration on BikeReg

The course will be marked the day before with color-coded turns.  Think like a pirate as you navigate the gravel seas of Ohio. All Starboard turns will have green signs, and all Port turns will have red signs.  There will be blue arrows painted on the ground at turns this year.  

As usual, the course will be a mix of previously used roads along with new roads. Some sections of this year's route have not been included since 2012. There are around 1.5 new miles of roads.  The town of Killbuck around mile 24 will offer riders to purchase food/ water at the local stores.   The last few miles will be like the 2019 course of riding down the abandoned railbed before going through the rock pit at Briar Hill Stone.  Please do not ride the section of Briar Hill Stone before race day as it's private property and will only have access to the land on race day.  There will be a creek crossing again at the end of the railbed near the finish.

There will be 13 sections of pavement for 11.8 miles total. 

Course map on

Left on ​Twp Rd 140.3
2.8Right on ​Twp Rd 323.2
0.5Right on Holmes County 753.7
0.2Left on Twp Rd 173.9
1.5Right on ​Twp Rd 165.4
0.7Right to stay on ​Twp Rd 166.1
1.3Slight Right on OH-520 E7.4
0.6Left on Twp 208
1.5Left on Twp Rd 2258.9
1Left on ​Co Rd 5010
1Right on ​Twp Rd 22411
1.6Right on ​Co Rd 5212.5
0.6Sharp Left on ​Twp Rd 22313.1
0.9Right on Twp Rd 22114
2.5Continue on Twp Rd 25116.5
0.8Slight Left\Continue ​Twp Rd 3617.3
0.1Right on ​Twp Rd 25217.3
1.9Right on Twp Rd 5519.2
2.3Left on ​Twp Rd 5421.5
1.1Right on Twp Rd 6422.6
0.8Left on OH-52023.4
1Left on Co Rd 62124.4
0.3Continue on W Front St24.6
0.1Right on S Railroad St24.8
0.1Left on ​E Grover St/​S Railroad St24.9
1.2Right onTwp Rd 7926.1
0.9Slight Right on Twp Rd 8126.9
2.2Right on Twp Rd 8529.1
0.2Continue on Twp Rd 12929.4
0.7Right on Co Rd 1930.1
1.5Left on OH-60 S31.6
0.3Right on Twp Rd 49031.9
0.1Left on Co Rd 1932
0.5Right at Twp Rd 32432.5
1.4Left on Co Rd 32333.9
1.4Right on Co Rd 1935.3
0.6Left on Twp Rd 33035.9
0.8Slight Right on Twp Rd 32936.7
2.3Right on Co Rd 3339
2.7Right on Twp Rd 1941.8
2.6Left toward Co Rd 1944.3
0Continue on Co Rd 1944.4
0.2Left on Twp Rd 32644.6
1.8Right on Twp Rd 32446.4
2.1Left on Co Rd 5348.5
0.3Left on ​Twp Rd 6748.8
1.6Right on Twp Rd 7350.4
1.6Right on ​Twp Rd 7151.9
1.1Left on Co Rd 5353.1
0.3Continue on Co Hwy 62053.3
0.4Right on ​Twp Rd 5753.7
1.5Right on ​County Rd 655.2
0Continue on ​Twp Rd 6455.2
0.8Left on Twp Rd 5456
2.3Right on ​Twp Rd 5557.1
0.4Left on Twp Rd 25259.4
1.9Left on Twp Rd 3661.3
2Left on OH-520 E63.3
0.6Right on Twp Rd 3163.9
0.1Right on Old RR tracks64
2.4Right on Clifton St66.4
0.1Left on Galatian St66.5
Through parking lot across Bridge