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New Lisbon Gravel Grinder

October 05 2024
Garrattsville, NY
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Distances: 15, 33, 65 miles
Difficulty: Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs

CNYC, Butternuts Brewery, and Butternut Valley Alliance (BVA) invite you to come have some fun and ride your bike  on some amazing dirtphalt terrain. This event is co-sponsored by the BVA, a community non-profit whose mission is to protect and conserve the environmental qualities, farming, economic development and cultural heritage in the Butternut Creek watershed.


Please read everything below.  It contains some important and useful information!

Ride Protocol:

Come join us for the 2022 New Lisbon Gravel Grinder! On site parking will be at the Butternuts Brewery, and from there you'll take in some of the nicest (and steepest) roads in the area.

This is not a race; more like a cycling challenge. All riders will be placed and hopefully timed.  Strava segments are scattered throughout the course and you are free to ride at your own pace. This ride is an adventurous and challenging day on the bike, but I'm sure some will want to ride it fast. The most important things to remember are to have some fun riding your bike and to be safe.

We plan to have motos and follow vehicles for each category. As of this moment we plan to have marshals at intersections that cross a lane of traffic. Since this event takes in close to 25 intersections all participants must obey all traffic laws. That means stopping at intersections when necessary. Our marshals have no control over motor vehicles. They will have complete control over our riders for everyone's safety.    We will try to get riders through every intersection quickly. But safety comes first over speed. If marshals tell you to stop, you must stop.

Course Info:

15,33 or 65 mile challenging route.  Please look at the course profile and consider bike gearing and category appropriately.  

Presently this is our route:  A races do two laps, B races do one lap of the same course.

Manzo road is steep and rough: there is a section that is washed out but rideable.  But we promise you the dirt road climbs will more than make up for it.  Approximately 2900 feet of climbing per lap.  We may even throw an uphill finish used to slow you down just a little to time and place you.   (If bad weather - water causes significant damage to the course we will re-route to a tamer but still tough course. ) 

Suggested Equipment:

Since we are riding seasonal roads the course is subject to change, but bring your climbing legs.  A 1 to 1 ratio for climbing steep stuff is  42 x 42.    Most of the gravel roads are fairly smooth.  You will be riding on some dirt roads that are not maintained and contain some technical sections. Tires of 35mm+ width are suggested. Mountain bikes and road bikes are welcome, but the weapon of choice is a modern gravel bike with 40-47mm tires.

Post-Ride Festivities:

After the ride there will be food provided by The Empire House of Gilbertsville.   Beer will be on tap from Butternuts Brewery.   Plus we are having live music !   Come join us for a great day of fun!

Entrants will be receiving a free meal with their entry fee.  But you must be registered by Monday, September 26th to assure a meal ticket.  We  have to know quantities by then as this is delicious food that takes time to prepare... check out the Empire House Menu to get an idea of the food that will be provided.  We will try to accommodate and feed everyone, but this food is being bought and prepped early in the week.  In other words if you want some tasty Mediterranean Chicken stew, sign up by the 26th !

Your first beer is on us.  Afterwards expect about a $4 or so for a pint refill.   You must be 21 or older to drink the beer.

Cool entry gift grab bag !  Pick from socks, water bottles, cycling caps and more.  Please if you are picking a sized item give a good guess at your correct size and don't try a lot of stuff on. 

Live Music too.

We here at CNYC want a fun and safe day out on the bike for everyone.  What could be better ?   A great course...riding your bike with your friends.....some tasty beer....good food and live music.  All for a good cause !   Proceeds from this year's event will go to BVA, Garrattsville Fire Dept and  CNYC. 

New Lisbon Gravel Grinder

Start Located At: 4021 NY-51, Garrattsville, NY 13342
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