SWAIN - Sam Patch Promotions is excited to announce that four-time Elite National Cyclocross Champion, and the winningest American racer in the history of the sport, Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) is scheduled to race at the 2018 Ossian Giant Gravel Grinder on 4/14.
JPOW will also participate in a fully supported group ride to benefit local junior racing the following day on 4/15.
The event will be the first of three races offered by the Mudslinger Gravel Series as Powers, defending Champion Dan Timmerman (Park Ave Bike) and other top racers battle it out at high noon at Swain Resort in the Elite Field.
Elite racers will tackle 55-miles of backwoods gravel roads, seasonal use roads and state forest access roads, creating an exciting dirt format in a fun race setting that athletes won’t soon forget.
With grinding climbs, thrilling descents, and technical wooded sections, the course is on open roads (no single track), offering a challenging race adventure for riders of all abilities. The Elite Race will have cut off times but is open to anyone interested in challenging the distance. The event will also offer two shorter yet equally challenging courses that contain much of the same roads with 35 and 17 mile options.
The shorter racers will go off in the morning and conclude before the start of the Elite race. As a way to enhance the spectator experience, racers from those fields, along with other fans, will have the opportunity to hitch a ride on one of our Heckle Wagons where they will be chauffeured around the course to watch Powers and other elite racers compete on some of the more interesting course features.
Following the races, and our podium presentation, the party will continue at the Shawmut of Swain Resort for food, live music and craft beer.
Continue the fun on Sunday and join JPOW in a fully supported gravel group ride as we take you through 50 miles of gravel terrain completely different from the race course. With rural farms, state forests, and a stop at Allen Lake, this ride will have full mechanical support from Bike Loft East Neutral Support as well as our roving rest stop to keep you fueled.
All athletes will also be provided a breakfast and lunch at Swain Resort as part of their entries, allowing for time to hang with JPOW.
All proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to local junior race development.
Camping, RV spots and Condos are available on our reg site or register for this event and the whole Mudslinger Gravel Series.
Don’t miss out. Registration for all events will be capped reserve your spot when reg opens on Nov. 1.
All riders who register before Feb. 1 for the race will receive a free pair of custom event socks.
Photo Credits: Meg McMahon (All Powers photos) Anne Pellerin (All other photos unless otherwise noted) Sam Patch Promotions, Inc.