Several cyclists have asked me about the gravel sections along the 80mi course. I just got back from marking the route and have a detailed update of the course below (it is beautiful!!!).
The course is well marked with bright yellow arrows and white flour on the ground. GPS maps on our website at www.ochocogravelroubaix.com.
The first gravel section is from Mile 29.0-34.2. There is mild washboarding in this 5.2mi section, but bikes should be able to avoid it. This area is BEAUTIFUL. Watch for wild horses.
The second gravel section is from Mile 39.6-51.9. This 12.3mi section starts downhill and is a single lane road with many potholes and wash outs. Should be easy to avoid if not going too fast, but watch out around sharp turns. Initially the gravel is quite packed. If you have fatter tires, you are going to LOVE this section.
As the gravel section continues it flattens out, but the gravel quality worsens a little. It becomes thicker. One area is almost like cobble stone (ROUBAIX!). Nothing soupy.
The gravel gets really thick and choppy about 6mi in and this is the area where you will be at highest risk for flats.
The last bit of this section is packed and PERFECT. We saw fresh elk tracks here today, so keep your eyes peeled!
The third and final gravel section is from Mile 54.2-64.1. This 9.9mi section is fairly packed. There are some areas of smaller gravel that is loose in spots. Overall incredibly pleasant.
I hope everyone can take a minute to enjoy the sweet vanilla smell of a ponderosa pine and the breathtaking beauty that is the Ochoco National Forest.
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