PRATTSBURGH - The Prattsburgh Gravel Classic hosts one of the longest standing venues of gravel racing in New York State and in 2017 was the first every NYSBRA Gravel Racing State Championship event.
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
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About the course
The course begins in the quiet country village of Prattsburgh and weaves through the hills and valleys of the rural Finger Lakes Region, a part not often seen by tourists looking for wineries and lake front vacation spots.
With 3,380 feet of elevation through a mix of country dirt roads made up of three harrowing climbs, the PGC is one of the most challenging and unique experiences you can have on a bicycle.
With approximately 20 miles of dirt, the long course was new and improved for 2017. Featuring the iconic Hungry Hollow climb that has been which has been a signature of the course since 2008, the PGC is more thrilling than ever as it now offers the daunting new challenge of Newton Road and the technical seasonal use Harrisburg Hollow that was added in 2015.
The climbs start at around mile 9 with Glenbrook Road before turning on to Two Rod for one of a several thrilling descents that leave riders smiling for more. With much the first third of the racing featuring more rolling climbs than in the past, the race is bound to stay together longer, that is until racers hit what might be the most challenging climb on the course, Newton Road. Newton Road is 2.5 miles long with one .5 mile section that has an average grade of 10.5 percent. Steep and punishing, this gravel climb sheds the pretenders, leading to the most technical descent of the course through a seasonal use road, before climbing again up Robbins Road.
Robbins Road leads riders up to Harrisburg Hollow, taking them through another seasonal use road rewarding riders with more dirt rollers and descents before they tackle an old favorite at mile 27, the Hungry Hollow climb.
Arguably the hardest, and certainly the most iconic climb on the course, Hungry Hollow takes riders through seasonal use roads, this time in Pigtial Hollow State Forrest. Hungry Hollow's steep, rutted and often muddy face has long-been part of the Prattburgh experience, often forcing fatigued riders off their bikes for what is the final elevation again of the race.
With the end of Hungry Hollow, riders are again rewarded with another of the course’s breathtaking descents, before the final four miles of paved road that leads back to village.
About The Short Course
Not quite ready to tackle 30 miles and all those hills but still looking for a little dirty adventure? No worries. Check out our 18-mile course, which features 9 miles of dirt.
Our short course may be less difficult than it’s counterpart, but it’s no stroll in the park. With about 50 percent dirt roads and just over 1,000 feet of elevation, the short course offers a challenging and fun race.
The short course hits dirt early as it descents down Dineharts Crossings just 3 miles into the ride . Riders then get a small amount of pavement before they enter Pigtial Hollow State Forrest and work their way toward the Hungry Hollow where short course riders get to conquer the grand daddy of the PGC, a feature that has brought long course riders back to the race for more than 10 years.
After conquering the steep and often muddy face of Hungry Hollow, racers then connect to Two-Rod and Colesgrove road for what will no doubt be the most rewarding dirt downhills of their racing careers.
Whether it’s the long course or short course, a cross bike, mountain bike or fat bike, or whether you’re a seasoned veteran of dirt racing or about to embark on your first dirt adventure, the PGC will not disappoint.
Mark your calendar and be sure to join the LCC and Cyclepath for a cycling experience that you won’t soon forget.