In it's 10th year of gravel racing, Prattsburgh, NY hosted nearly 200 racers in the 2017 Prattsburgh Gravel Classic presented by Cyclepath Geneseo.
The race was not only the championship event of the Mudslinger Gravel Series, sponsored by Van Bortel Ford, but it was also the first ever NYSBRA Gravel Racing Championship.
For more photos of the event see the Mudslinger Facebook page and for full results, course maps and an on-bike race video, click here.
2017 NYS Gravel Racing State Champions
Men’s Elite - Dan Timmerman of Park Ave
Women’s Elite Christine Schyrver of Full Moon Vista
Men’s Intermediate - Scott Birdsey of Capital Bicycle Racing Club
Women’s Elite - Anya Bogdanets of The Bike Shop
Junior Boys - Julian Olivieri of Crankskins.com
Junior Girls - Madeline Smith of KMS Cycling
Photo credit: Marnie Soom
MOUNT MORRIS - It’s the year of the comic book hero at The Rock Crit and Gran Fondo. And I’m psyched for it.
As we approach the the 9th edition of gravel racing in Prattsburgh, NY, the Prattsburgh Gravel Classic has become an interesting sample of the evolution of an emerging style of racing. Unlike road races that offer sections of dirt, often ridden on a road bike, Prattsburgh is one of the longest running races in NY to offer a more technical gravel experience where riders began on mountain and cross bikes and now are race gravel specked rigs to fat tire whips and everything in between.
Guest blogger Dave Schneck, a school counselor at Prattsburgh Central School, was at the beginning of that evolution as a member of the original race crew.
The inaugural Prattsburgh gravel race, dubbed "The Rambler," took place in April 2008.
See the results of results from 2008 here.
A couple years earlier during a casual bike ride, Casey and I wondered what it would be like to race on the incredible gravel back roads of Steuben County. We were pair of avid backroad commuters who cycled year-round to work in Prattsburgh, and knew other riders would enjoy the stunning Finger Lakes vistas and country roads free of traffic.
Casey and his crew from Pedaling Productions (Val Berner, Suzanne and Mark Hartman) hatched a plan to create a gravel/backroad race that included area "seasonal" roads that would minimally require the need for a cross bike and that would occasionally tempt one to consider a hard tail.
Casey and the gang liked to mix it up and threw in occasional singletrack surprises. The course included a 50-yard swamp along an abandoned RR track along with a cyclocross-style quad burner across a farm field toward the end of the race, which surprised riders who would later brag about surviving such a muddy tester after 30 + miles of racing.
The signature climb has always and continues to be "THE WALL" on the Hungry Hollow Climb.
This year however riders will also gasp at the formidable climb up Newton Road out of Mitchellsville and white knuckle it down Newton's rocky and rutted backside, surely causing some cyclists to again wonder briefly, as in the early days, if a hardtail might have been a better option.
Whatever the weather or conditions, the Prattsburgh Gravel Classic continues in the spirit of its creators from Pedaling Productions in providing a backroad race with intense challenges, great scenery and small town flair sure to thrill riders of all skill levels and ages.
SWAIN - Nearly 200 riders (50 more than 2016) gathered at Swain Resort Saturday to race some of the most pristine rolling gravel terrain NY State has to offer. Featuring two distance options, and several race fields, the event offered courses with nearly 80 percent dirt, multiple backwoods seasonal use roads, and an epic finish up the face of Swain Ski Resorts' mountain.
The Ossian Giant Gravel Grinder is the second race of the Mudslinger Gravel Series, presented by Van Bortel Ford. Of the 192 riders who raced the event, 118 were registered in the series, which includes the Finger Lakes Gravel Challenge (4/22) and the Prattsburgh Gravel Classic (5/13).
All fields saw heavily contested battles as Dan Timmerman of Stans Notubes Elite CX and Ruthless Ruth Sherman of Cayuga Ski and Cyclery (last year's winner of the OGGG and the Mudslinger Series) took home the victories in the Elite Fields. The winners were followed closely by Chris Welch of Killington Mountain School and Christine Schryver of Full Moon Vista.
See full race results for the OGGG here.
Click here for the results from the FLGC.
Once Again Nut Butter Racing's Turner Boone took the win the Men's Intermediate after flatting out on a breakaway last week while Anne August of Park Ave Racing won the Women's Intermediate Field.
Rob "Cave" Mann crushed the fat bike race while sporting his Leadville Belt Buckle for good measure on the podium as Dave Thorton took second for the second week running, which will put him first in the series standings going into Race #3.
In Sport Fields William Solt and Traci Judge of Areo Tech Design Factory Team picked up victories while Julian Oliveri of Cranskins and Haley Kuhns of GVCC Junior Cross Development won the juniors fields.
Full series standings will be updated in the next couple days. The series will take a rest week before heading to Prattsburgh for the final race and for the first every NYS Gravel Racing Championship sponsored by NYSBRA and Cyclepath Geneseo.
Registration is still open for the PGG and will close on 5/11.
PRATTSBURGH, NY - The Livingston Cycling Club, NYSBRA, and NACS is proud to announce that The 2017 Prattsburgh Gravel Classic will be the inaugural NYSBRA Gravel Racing State Championship Race.
NYSBRA currently supports State Championship Races in road, crit, time trial, track and cyclocross but saw a new partnership with NACS as an opportunity bolster a growing interest in gravel races by creating a new State Championship category.
“NYSBRA is extremely excited to help Livingston Cycling Club launch the first New York State Gravel Grinder Championship event at the Prattsburg Gravel Classic,” said Jeff Poulin NYSBRA President. “Gravel Grinders are exploding in popularity as tons of new riders and entire families are discovering a great new way to have fun on their bikes.”
The PGC is also the final race of the Mudslinger Gravel Series, a three-race event featuring an epic trio of dirt road events in the Western Finger Lakes Region.
“Prattsburgh is a great little town with extremely welcoming folks who have some awesome terrain for riders to explore,” said Tony Sylor, Race Director and LCC President. “We are thrilled to be the first championship event in what will no doubt be many more to come for this growing discipline.”
Prattsburgh has been hosting a race for more than a decade, making it one of the longest standing gravel races in the state. The event offers two course options (36 miles and 3,500 feet or 16 miles and 1,900 feet). Both options are filled with gravel and seasonal use roads that traverse the rural hills of two state forests. Each features steep climbs and technical descents sure to thrill gravel junkies of all abilities.
The race will offer a total of six State Championship Fields where each winner will receive an official NYS Championship Jersey thanks to NYSBRA.
“This would not have been possible without NACS and NYSBRA,” Sylor explained. “We have insured these races through private companies in the past but with a new sanctioning body that is focused on grassroots racing, promoters now have more support and a more affordable option to offer racers high-quality gravel racing events.”
Championship fields for 2017 will be the Men’s Elite and Women’s Elite, Men’s Intermediate and Women’s Intermediate, and Junior Boys and Junior Girls.
In addition to the being crowned the top gravel racer in the state, Elite winners who compete in the Mudslinger series will be awarded cash prizes and the first 100 to register for the Mudslinger Series will receive a custom mug thanks to series sponsor Van Bortel Ford.
Top finishers in all categories will also be awarded medals while the first 150 PGC riders to registered will be given a free pair of custom event socks.
To register for this year’s event, go to the Prattsburgh Gravel Classic Bikereg page or register for the entire Mudslinger Gravel Series and automatically be entered into the State Championship Race.
Tony Sylor is the Founder and President of the LCC and the Race Director of the OANB Team.