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.


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