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GRR Gravel Challenge

Huntington, Massachusetts , United States
36 mi




ft elev +


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The GRR Gravel route begins and ends at the Gateway Regional High School in Huntington. The GRR Gravel Route is a mix of pavement, gravel, dirt and seasonal roads that we’ve enjoyed fall riding on for over 50 years. The 36 mile route has several gravel/dirt sections totaling 18 miles.  The route will take you through the remote Knightville Basin and Chesterfield Gorge with stunning vistas along the East Branch of the Westfield River. You’ll pass through the Knightville Meadows, the Rainbow Pool, the Little Gorge and the Chesterfield Gorge on your ride.  Most climbs are paved but Thayer Rd. is a moderately difficult climb of 1.4 miles on dirt ranging from 10% to 7%.  A long descent to River Rd. follows a seasonal road with some steep downgrades. At River Rd. you will have your final  final gravel climb up Maynard Rd with a section of 15% grade.  Be prepared to handle mechanical problems,and flats , cell phone coverage is limited along this route.  Several miles of the route follows a gated road closed to motor vehicles.   Tire widths of 38mm or wider are recommended.  Fallen leaves will hide loose and bony surfaces, so caution on descents is advised. 

While you won't be sitting down to our traditional post-ride buffet, you can enjoy a tune from Jon Berman our 2018 post-ride entertainer.
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 While this is a free event we do suggest a donation to the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail (FOCGRT)     

Challenge details

Start date

Saturday, September 19, 2020

End date

Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Challenge award

Color coded pins for each of the 4 different distances will be awarded at the end of the Challenge. Collect all 4 by riding each of the Challenge routes.