Dirty Kitten Gravel Grinder
The purpose of the DKGG is to be a fun and recreational experience for folks in the MidAtlantic area (2-3 hours drive) who wish to ride the DKGR course either solo or with friends and/or teammates. Although “noncompetitive” in nature, there may be a few Strava segment challenges for those who wish to sprinkle in a little action along the way <wink wink>. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a race and folks will be expected to treat the event as such (i.e. follow proper group riding protocol, keep an appropriate distance from other riders, signal when passing, engage in safe riding activity, and be considerate of others on course).
We believe that this style of event will allow us to take the precautions we feel necessary to protect riders, staff, and volunteers, as well as provide participants with a comfortable, safe environment to ride the beautiful, private gravel roads of Locust Hill Farm & Preserve. We anticipate that participants can spread out enough on the 20-mile course to ensure proper distancing, but we recognize that this is a choice folks will make for themselves based on their personal situation and comfort level.
HOW: There will be staggered start times (15 minutes apart) between 7am-12pm and folks will be able to sign-up for specific time slots either individually or in small groups (5-10 riders) with other riders of their choosing. Participants will be asked to carry whatever they need with them for an entire lap (approx 20 miles): water, nutrition, flat pack, cell phone, etc. Participants may ride as many laps as they wish as long as they are finished by the designated cut-off time (3pm).
Water and minimal snacks (provided by Wegman’s and Hammer Nutrition) will be available at the start/finish area, as well as at one staffed aid-station along the course. Port-o-pots and wash stations will be available along with Emergency First-Aid if needed. In order to ensure the safety of participants, staff, and volunteers, there will be very little person-to-person contact on-site (no post-ride food and beverages, no team tents, no awards, and no after party). Folks may bring their own food and beverages to consume on-site before, during, and after their ride.
RULES: Participants will be asked to arrive within 30 minutes of their designated start time, check-in with a staff member at a marked location, prepare and warm-up at their car or in a designated area, maintain appropriate social distancing (at least 6-feet), be prepared when called to the “staging area” at the start/finish, sign-out when finished, and leave within 30 minutes of completion. The course will be marked but minimally staffed at turns and intersections so participants are expected to download the GPS course map (if possible) prior to arrival and pay close attention to signage.