Gravel Unravel WhyNotChee

July 20 2024
Hoquiam WA
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Distances: 17, 28, 42, 84 miles
Difficulty: Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs

This endurance cycling event is designed for those who wish to challenge their physical abilities to the maximum while enjoying the lushness of Olympic National Forest. Participants can ride short (25-35 miles), medium (45-55 miles), or long (65-80 miles) distances on a combination of paved and unpaved surfaces, while enjoying towering evergreens and vivid green moss and ferns. There are both competitive and non-competitive Gran Fondo style divisions, all are welcome to give the Gravel Unravel a try on their own terms. Swag and post-race hot food included, plus awards and beer garden.  A portion of event proceeds will support local non-profit organizations.

Wynoochee Lake is a hidden gem on the South Side of Olympic National Park just outside the park boundary in National Forest on Chehalis tribal ancestral lands. Built in 1972, the Wynoochee Dam is used for flood control, irrigation, and industrial water storage. Every course will take you through older growth forest offering pristine views of the region and lake, and around the lake in its entirety, including one mile of single-track that is the Maidenhair Falls Trail. 

Gravel Unravel: Why-Not-Chee

Start Located At: Wynoochee Lake, Olympic National Forest, Hoquiam, WA, 98550
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Registration Fees

Short Course = $60
Medium Course = $70
Long Course = $80
Junior (under 18) = $35 (any distance)

Race Bundle Get $5 off each race if you register for Bon Jon Pass Out and Why-Not-Chee at the same time.


In addition to an epic outdoor experience in the far northwest corner, all participants receive a professional, well-organized event, custom race swag, RFID timing, a well-marked course,  on-course snacks and medical support, mechanical support, and post-race food and drinks.

Prize / Race Categories

Competitive Division

Categories for each distance are:  Open, Open Masters (45+), Non-Binary, Womens Open, Womens Masters (45+), Juniors (under 18), and Singlespeed.

Awards will be given only in the Categories that have 10 or more riders.

Gran Fondo

You can also Gravel Unravel in the non-competitive Gran Fondo style. Loosely translated from Italian as “the big challenge”, think of it as more of a group ride or tour. Set your own goal, be it to go fast or ride for fun, or heck just to finish! E-bikes are allowed in the non-competitive ride as a separate category.

Adequate Car Parking
Registration On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
After Party
Course Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry