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.