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Farmer's Daughter Gravel Grinder

Columbia County , Hudson Valley | Outdoors

Farmer's Daughter Gravel Grinder

This “must ride” Spring cycling event is a non-competitive “gravel Gran Fondo” of 100K, approximately 65 miles long, almost entirely on dirt roads with some sections of off-road thrown in as well. You’ll ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northeast, with plenty of climbing, and plenty of fun descents to match.

The Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder is a non-competitive bike ride that will take you through some of the most scenic country in the Northeast, in and around Columbia County, NY. It is approximately 65 miles long, on a rolling course that provides over 6100 feet of climbing, almost entirely on dirt roads with a bit of pavement here and there, and several sections of off-road thrown in as well. Even though there’s plenty of climbing, some of it steep, there are no long “killer” climbs, but lots of rolling terrain with plenty of fun descents to match the climbs.

The ride is named after Chatham Brewing’s “Farmer’s Daughter” Rye IPA, born and brewed right in the town of Chatham, NY, where the ride starts and finishes. The 2017 start/finish venue is still under consideration at this time, but will be in or very close to Chatham NY . Start Time: 9:00 AM, Sunday May 21, 2017. There will be  free parking available, and we’ll be having a great after-ride party there as well. There will be a barbecued chicken dinner (with vegetarian and vegan offerings as well) included for entrants, and beverages including a free beer from Chatham Brewing provided to all participants age 21 or older, at the finish.

Rules of the Road
We will mark the course at all turns, and plan to have marshals on hand periodically at some intersections. However, we will not be stopping traffic for cyclists. This is not a race; you should obey all the normal rules of the road for cyclists, e.g., come to a full stop at stop signs, ride to the right, single file if there’s any chance of motor traffic. Be safe and be courteous. Several parts of the course are likely to be on private or restricted access property, and the only way we’ll be able to hold this event in coming years is if you act as good citizens in their neighborhoods.

If you see a fellow rider in distress, please stop and provide what help you can. It’s the right thing to do.



Event Details

    May 21, 2017 - May 21, 2017
    09:00 AM - 09:00 AM