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.