For the past two seasons the Mudslinger Gravel Series, presented by Van Bortel Ford, has taken gravel racing to new heights and 2018 will be no different. This year we are excited to offer the same three exceptional events that riders have come to expect from the Mudslinger with the addition of the biggest names in professional bike racing, and one of the most dominate American cyclists in the history of the sport, 4 time National Champion Jeremy Powers of Aspire Racing!
Other exciting additions include a new 55-mile Elite Field, Heckle Wagons at The Giant, a Masters Category , and new course modifications.
All racers are scored in the series, which will again be loaded with prizes and swag. Check out the break down for each event and register early as spots will fill fast.
Ossian Giant Gravel Grinder (4/14 -4/15) Powers will join us for the first gravel race of the season as he competes in the Elite Field against all challengers who want to take on some of the most exciting gravel racing in the country. Held at Swain Resort, riders will get nothing short of a first-class event as they choose between 17, 35 and 55 mile fields on fully-supported gravel courses through State Forrest and seasonal use roads.
As with all three races in the series, the Elite Races will have cut off times where riders will race the clock to make the cut and stay in the race. All racers who don't make the cut will end up completing the 35 mile course and will still be scored in the Elite Series.
Following their races, riders in the Sport and Intermediate Races, along with all other fans, will have the option to watch Powers and the rest of the Elite Racers on board our Heckle Wagons as we shuttle you to key points on the course putting you right in the middle of the action.
No race is complete without a rockin' after party: join the official after party at the Shamut at Swain for food, craft beer, live music, and camping options to celebrate a great day on and off the bike.
But the weekend doesn't end there. On Sunday morning riders will be treated to a special group rider with none other than the man himself, Jeremy Powers. With a cap of 75 riders for the day, each participant will get a chance to interact with Powers at a pre-ride breakfast and a post ride lunch (both included in your entry fee) as well as the opportunity to ride a gorgeous and challenging 50-mile course with him that uses all different roads than the race course from the day before.
The ride will offer Bike Loft East Neutral Support for all your mechanical needs and rest stops built in for fuel. All proceeds from the day will go to local junior race development through the Livingston Cycling Club, making it a great way to give back to the sport!
"The Prattsburgh Gravel Classic course stands out in the Mudslinger Gravel Series as the course with the best mix of terrain. It combined 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
Prattsburgh Gravel Classic (4/28) As Ossian will no doubt leave you wanting more, The PGC will deliver two weeks later as Prattsburgh offers a whole new set of challenges.
One of the longest standing gravel races in NYS, and the first ever Gravel Racing State Championship in 2017, Prattsburgh is truly the classic of the series. With the famed Hungry Hollow Climb on all three courses and the newly added Newton Road Climb on both the Intermediate and Elite courses this races will test your legs before challenging your handling skills with some gnarly descents and technical seasonal uses roads.
Finger Lakes Gravel Challenge (5/12) This year's Championship Race is also the 2018 NYSBRA Gravel Racing State Championship! All NY racers who win in the Intermediate, Masters and Elite Fields will be awarded Championship Jerseys courtesy of the New York State Bike Race Association and will receive complimentary entries to the 2019 Mudslinger Series.
The course at FLGC will surely leave you breathless as it offers challenging climbs and thrilling descents.
The race starts and ends in Harriett Holister Park with an amazing overlook of Honeyoe Lake (if you haven't seen it you need to and if you have you won't forget it!). The course also includes a unique wooded section at the end of the race, creating no better way to cap off the series.
For more information about the races see our reg pages and follow us on Facebook for all the latest updates.
All events, teams and clubs are owned and operated by Sam Patch Promotions, Inc.
Photo Credits: Meg McMahon (All Powers photos) Anne Pellerin (All other photos unless otherwise noted) Sam Patch Promotions, Inc.