A Gravel Road Cycling Event
106 mile, 53 mile, 42 mile, and relay courses
106 Mile Gravel Road,
Join AZ Gravel Rides and the Town of Chino Valley as we host Arizona's most unique one day cycling event on May 6, 2017. The course is a 106 mile-long out and back from Chino, Arizona to Elk Ridge Ski Area near Williams, Arizona and back through the Prescott and Kaibab National Forests. There is approximately a 60/40 split between gravel and paved roads. Elevations along the course vary from 4000 ft to 7500 ft.
In the three years since the Chino Grinder has arrived on the cycling calendar, it has quickly attained a honored status among cycling fans of the Southwest. They call it, “The Youngest Gravel Classic,” and, “The New Gravel Monument.” Is it really on par with true, established classics like Barry Roubaix, Trans Iowa and the Dirty Kanza? The battle with the elements at the 2016 edition certainly asserted its status as among the grandest, most beautiful and most challenging of one-day cycling events.
In a period of time when the furor for competitive cycling and adventure has converged in the form of gravel grinding, The Chino Grinder reverberates deeply with its signature dirt and gravel roads paired with traditional tarmac. The route traverses several climate zones and ends in a demoralizing and devastating 11 mile climb followed by a wind swept 8 mile descent composed of thick gravel and washboard. The toughest men and women of the peloton come out and swing hard at the Chino Grinder, fighting just to finish in the Town of Chino Valley's Old Home Manor Park.
Five aid stations support riders with water, sports drinks, energy bars and more. Roving mechanic support throughout the ride. All riders free beer (must be 21), event tee shirt, a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes.
* There are also 53 mile, 42 mile, and relay course options.