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The FlannelGrinder 2018

The FlannelGrinder is back for 2018! 
Dust off those flannels and get ready to ride some mixed terrain.

Meadow Vista Park
1101 Meadow Vista Rd. Meadow Vista, CA
8 Miles north of Auburn

We are encouraging people to come out and ride in their favorite flannel/plaid outfits. Of course, if you want to come out in your spandex or Hawaiian shirts we will not judge you in the least.

The recommended steed for this event is a gravel/adventure/cyclocross bike with nice big tubeless tires. Tire specifics depend on day-of conditions but you'll want something you're comfortable descending dirt/gravel while rolling relatively well on pavement. All bikes are welcome and doable so just come along and run whatchu brung! Just remember to bring tubes and some basic tools because there is a chance you may have an incident out on the course. If you choose to ride a road bike you should probably start with some fresh rubber and try to fit some big ones on there.

40-50% of this ride is on gravel/dirt/broken pavement with the rest being on good pavement.

We are looking into doing two route options this year.
- The shorter: 38miles 5,000ft of climbing (est. ride time: 3-4 hours)
- The longer: 60miles 7,400ft of climbing (est. ride time: 4-6 hours)

Route GPS links will be made available once we get closer.

Choose wisely. Both are tough routes!

Early registration is strongly encouraged. So much so that we are offering limited edition FlannelGrinder 2018 tees to those that register before March 25th at 11:59 pm Pacific time.


Some notes about the day.


We will have an aid station out on course with water, GQ-6 drink mix, and some light snacks. 

Please come prepared to change a flat!

- We are on mixed terrain and the probability that there will be flats on course is high. Make sure your equipment is ready (good rubber, newer brake pads, thoroughly checked drivetrain).

Post ride:

Ruhstaller will be supplying the beers again this year! We will also have water, GQ-6 drink mix, sodas, and Zola coconut water at the finish. 

Lunch will be provided. Tacos!

Keep an eye on our social media pages for various updates leading up to the event. Remember to use #debikery and #flannelgrinder on all of your social media posts.


Earlier Event: April 9
The FlannelGrinder
Later Event: April 7
The FlannelGrinder 2019