With more than 20 miles of dirt on the long course and new features on both courses - including a climb that is loaded with raw, unadulterated, unapologetic huzzah - the 2015 Prattsburgh Gravel Classic, sponsored by Larson Design Group and Swain Resort, will not disappoint.
In preparation for the event we have spent quite a bit of time driving around the Prattsburgh area, and I was amazed by all the options of dirt roads we have at our disposal. While looking at all these options, and comparing them to the previous route, there were a few things we wanted to accomplish: we wanted to be able to maintain the integrity of the event; we wanted to overlap the short and long courses as much as possible to provide the best and safest experience for all athletes, and we wanted to freshen things up a bit and add our own personality to the race.
After a lot of deliberation, I am confident we accomplished all those goals.
For the long course we have chosen to keep Cook School, the beautiful dirt sections of Butts Road, Walker Road and Ridge Road, while also keeping the always daunting Hungry Hollow Climb.
However, we have cut Canen Hill, along with all the private property, and added a new road to the course that maybe more technically challenging and harder climbing than any section of the course has been in the past.
This year we will be adding an epic climb up Harrisburgh Hollow that will surely change the face of this race. This climb rocks some amazingly steep switchback dirt before turning into a narrow, rutty seasonal use road that will offer excellent technical challenges. And as if that isn't enough, almost as soon as riders hit the valley for some relief, they are shot right back up over another ridge as they tackle the iconic Hungry Hollow climb - I know; it's evil.
With more than 20 miles of dirt and 2,876 feet of elevation this course will be like no other gravel race around.
Our short course has gotten a bit longer than in the past, but the extra couple of miles will be worth the added overlap to the long course as well as the chance to ride new sections of dirt that were not perviously offered. Now 20 miles long, this course gets some gnarly dirt down Butts and Ridge Road in the first half as well as some more dirt on Dienhart's Crossings and some of the other roads that surround it. With 1270 feet of elevation, the course will be both challenging and accessible to all riders.
In addition to the course maps, I have listed some other important notes below. Thanks for your support. See you on race day.
Notes and Highlights
- Course Map Long Course
- Course Map Short Course
- Download a Cue Sheet for both courses
- $500 in cash prizes split for overall male and female top finishers in 30-mile race
- Top male and female splits = 4 places $100/$75/$50/$25
- More than 20 miles of dirt road on the long course; Approx 10 miles of dirt on the short course
- Cross bike or mountain bike recommended (several dirt sections are not "road bike friendly")
- Registration will be at The Town Hall on North Main
- Municipal Parking available in town and parking available at the school
- Bathrooms with showers available at the school
- Professional Mechanical Support from Bike Loft East Neutral Support
- Kid's Bike Rodeo