Introducing an Inaugural Gravel Ride

Shawangunk Grit

An Epic Gravel Ride on the Shawangunk Ridge to Benefit Mohonk Preserve

Saturday, November 5, 2022 | 8:00 am

Close out your riding season at Mohonk Preserve!
Join us for an epic fundraising ride across the Shawangunk Ridge, just 90 miles north of Manhattan. Pick from two distances: 50.4 miles (4,030 ft gain) or 23.3 miles (2,580 ft gain). Both courses begin and end at the Ulster County Fairgrounds and once you enter the Preserve at mile two, the course is 99% gravel on our famous network of carriage roads.

This is not a race; think of it as a super challenging fun ride for a really good cause. Much of the gravel is quite rough and steep. Expect loose rock – especially on the descents. The long course includes some technical single track and a mandatory dismount/bike hike up a steep boulder garden. Bring your gravel, cyclocross, or mountain bike. Class 1 e-bikes are permitted if you can manage the technical sections. No road bikes, please.

Be prepared for a challenging, but fun ride!

Registration fees raise money for a great cause!
Your registration fees directly support Mohonk Preserve’s mission to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world. With more than 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forests, fields, streams, ponds and other unique and beautiful places, Mohonk Preserve is the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State.

About Shawangunk Grit:
The ridge where you’ll be riding is made from bedrock called Shawangunk Conglomerate, also known as Shawangunk Grit. Shawangunk Grit slabs were used to make millstones around the turn of the century and some of these millstones can still be seen on the land today. A nod to the history of the ridge is found in the Shawangunk Grit logo.

 


Registration

Shawangunk Grit
An Epic Gravel Ride on the Shawangunk Ridge
to Benefit Mohonk Preserve
Saturday, November 5, 2022 | 8:00 am

For our inaugural year, the field is limited to just 300 so register today!

Registration Fees:

50.4 miles $125
23.3 miles $100

Your registration fees directly support Mohonk Preserve’s mission to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world. With more than 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forests, fields, streams, ponds and other unique and beautiful places, Mohonk Preserve is the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State.

  • Registration fees are non-refundable. See below.
  • You may wish to take the optional Registration Protection Plan from Allianz during registration.
  • Registration fees also offset the costs of on-course support, food and hydration
  • Ride for the challenge, stay for the finish line party with food, music, vendors, and beer!
  • All riders receive a pair of commemorative Shawangunk Grit socks!

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
Shawangunk Grit is a major fundraiser for Mohonk Preserve. When you register, we hold a spot, make commitments to vendors, and deny others entry when the event sells out. Therefore, registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Event deferrals or transfers for any reason, including injury, are not allowed.

If you find you can’t participate, we would like to know. Please contact us at shawangunkgrit@mohonkpreserve.org. All cancellations will be acknowledged via email.

Protection Plan:
Consider taking the registration protection insurance offered by Bike.reg which will reimburse you registration fees if you are unable to participate due to a qualifying reason. This plan is administered by a third party, Allianz.

Race Packet Pickup:
Friday, November 4, 2022
12 noon – 6 pm
Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center
3197 Route 44 55
Gardiner, NY 12525

Saturday, November 5, 2022
6:30 – 7:45 am
Ulster County Fairgrounds
249 Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

 

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Course Description

Pick from two distances: 50.4 miles (4,030 ft gain) or 23.3 miles (2,580 ft gain). Both courses begin and end at the Ulster County Fairgrounds and once you enter the Preserve at mile two, the course is 99% gravel on our famous network of carriage roads.

50.4 Mile
23.3 Mile

The long course is for the serious cyclist and will feature an exclusive opportunity to ride up to Sky Top* the iconic tower on the Shawangunk Ridge. It will also include some challenging single track. The short course will test your endurance but skip the technical sections. Both routes promise epic climbs, technical descents, and amazing views.

This is not a race; think of it as a super challenging fun ride for a really good cause. Much of the gravel is quite rough and steep. Expect loose rock – especially on the descents. The long course includes some technical single track and a mandatory dismount/bike hike up a steep boulder garden. Bring your gravel, cyclocross, or mountain bike. Class 1 e-bikes are permitted if you can manage the technical sections. No road bikes, please.

You won’t be timed but you will be well-fed. Look for three well-stocked aid stations with portable restrooms and a post ride party at the fairgrounds where you will relax, listen to some music and share your course experience. Be sure to carry some food and water, and maybe extra clothes depending on the weather. You’ll be sharing the carriage roads with hikers and climbers, so bike bells are highly recommended. Pack a spare tube, tools, and pump as there’s no mechanical support on course and no sag wagon. Helmets are required.

Be prepared for a challenging, but fun ride!

*Shout out to our friends at the Mohonk Mountain House who granted us access to Sky Top for the event day only. Bikes are not allowed on this carriage road so you cannot pre-ride this section of the course. No exceptions – If we blow this, access to Sky Top will not continue. PLEASE DO NOT POST PICS FROM SKYTOP ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.

Also, near Spring Farm Trailhead, the private driveway near the Slingerland Pavilion, the Table Rocks Trail, and the Crag Trail on the Preserve are accessible to ride participants during the event only. You cannot pre-ride these sections.

 

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Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors:

 


Skratch Labs
BaseCamp

 

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Volunteer

 

Shawangunk Grit would not be possible without a strong corps of volunteers. Whether it is serving on a committee, supporting riders at an aid station, being a course marshal, helping with event setup and breakdown, or any of the many other important roles, we need you!

We’ll provide an event t-shirt, food and other amenities to all who volunteer their services to Shawangunk Grit.

To volunteer at the event in any capacity, please email volunteers@mohonkpreserve.org or call 845-255-0919.

 

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Contact Us

 

For more information about Shawangunk Grit, please contact shawangunkgrit@mohonkpreserve.org or use the form below.

For more information about Mohonk Preserve or to volunteer for Shawangunk Grit, please contact volunteers@mohonkpreserve.org.

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Cover photo by John Mizel