The Durty Bikes Gravel Series, presented by Van Bortel Ford, is excited to roll-out its 2020 calendar with four killer gravel road races featuring amazing courses in the Finger Lakes Region.
Riders who pre-register for the full series will be entered in a drawing to win an American made gravel bike from Growler Performance Bikes!
Now in our 5th year of hosting a gravel series, the Durty Bikes brand of gravel racing brings riders a completely unique experience. With punchy courses of 35-45 miles (long) or 15-20 miles (short) these races offer a sweet spot of gravel where road, cross, and fondo meet, creating true American Spring Classics.
“This year marks a significant jump in our growth," said series founder and director Tony Sylor. “Adding two new events and a fourth race to the series brings in more partners, spreads our races to more athletes, and gives our sponsors more visibility. Between the new races and the addition of new sponsors like Growler Bikes, we are really excited for 2020 gravel season in NY State.”
The series features racers from beginners to some of the best pros in the country with prizes including Growler Performance Bike’s newly released American Session IPA Gravel Bike.
“I am thrilled to be working with Grolwer to give away two American made gravel bikes," said Sylor. “We will award the bikes as a raffle to one male and one female rider with various ways to enter, including pre-registering for the whole series.” More about Growler’s new gravel bikes!
Other prizes include winner’s jerseys from Castelli in all categories, and rider raffles for Castelli and Once Again Nut Butter products.
Series sponsors include: Van Bortel Ford, Once Again Nut Butter, Growler Bikes, Pack Chatter Podcast, American Rock Salt, Castelli, Silver Lake Brewing Project, Dansville Collision, Cycle Craze, Geneseo Chiropractic, Bridgett Hoag Empire Reality, Tompkins Bank of Castile.
"The Prattsburgh Gravel Classic course stands out with the best mix of terrain. It combines fast pavement with the quintessential steep gravel climbs of the Finger Lakes Region and technical two track 4wd roads that pushed rider's skill." - Dan Timmerman Retired Pro CX Racer/PGC Winner 2017
As one of the oldest gravel races in the country, we are stoked to welcome back the Prattsburgh Gravel Classic to the Durty Bikes Gravel Series. PGC will kick off this series this year under the leadership of one of the top Race Directors in the U.S., Jeff Poulin. As the former director of events like Chris Thater Memorial Criterium, the founder and President of the NYS Bicycle Racing Association (NYSBRA), and a highly respected USA Cycling official, Jeff brings a level of expertise and leadership to this event that is second to none.
“I am thrilled to be able to participate in the new and exciting world of Gravel Racing!" said Poulin. " With the experienced crew working to put on the Durty Bikes series, I know we will have a fantastic series starting in Prattsburgh, through the Hills of High-Tor and Natifo, and then wrapping up with GHITV in Oswego!"
Now in it's second year with the Durty Bikes Gravel Series, the Hills or HighTor will be the second race of the 2020 calendar. Held in beautiful Naples, NY this course in 2019 was an instant classic. With tough climbs, a technical descent down Wood Hill and thrilling trail finish, HOHT pulls out all the stops.
The quality of the event should be no surprise as it's hosted by Race Director Andy August. As a long time leader in WNY cycling, Andy is the former owner of Park Ave Bike Shop, a business he ran for 25 years. He has hosted dozens of MTB and Cyclocross races, including the S6 and the YMCA MTB series as well as leads one of the country's best cyclocross development teams.
Andy is also no slouch on the bike as he is the current Pan Am CX Champ and earned a silver medal at CX Nationals in 2019!
New to the Durty Bikes Series, the Natifo Forty is primed to showcase a new gravel epic in CNY. After two years of testing the waters with this event, Race Director John Compton is prepare to showcase some of his favorite gravel roads to the Durty community.
NatiFo is hosted out of Potomac Group Campground, which is reserved for racers to tent if they wish both Friday and Saturday nights. The course offers plenty of challenge along with a lot of opportunity to chase back.
Compton is no stranger to hosting great races. As the Director of the Trumansburg Criterium (the 2019 and 2020 NYS Championship) John has quickly developed one of the most exciting races on the calendar. In addition, he is the Owner of Main Street Cycles in Trumansburg and the director of a hardnose master's team that is always ready to shred in gravel, cross, mtb, or road.
“We are excited, after a few years of working out the kinks, to share this fantastic race with the masses, and thrilled to be part of the amazing 4 race series," said Compton.
GETTING HAPPY IN THE VALLEY p/b Growler Preformance Bikes NYS Gravel Championship JUNE 20, 2020
New to the Durty Bikes Series, but not new to gravel racing, our championship race also brings you the 2020 NY State Gravel Championship sponsored by NYSBRA.
GHITV features an exciting course of punchy climbs, technical bits, and a thrilling motocross track finish all as part of the local fireman's festival. Hosted by Byran Blake of Ride Oswego County, this event will surly be our best championship race to date. Bryan comes to the series with mounds of experience. Having hosting GHTV three times, as well as being the director of Seneca Circuit and Tour de Loop, among several others, Bryan is a well-established leader in the CNY racing community.
"My goal for Ride Oswego County for our events has always been three fold: give people a reason to come to and enjoy Oswego County, get people out riding and racing bikes at quality events, and to work with various public safety agencies to provide a means of donation and fundraising," said Blake. "Joining the Durty Bikes Gravel Series gives us a broader opportunity to achieve those goals. Besides, as a multiple time participant in the Durty Bike Gravel Series…. IT’S A BLAST!"