Hazel Valley Gran Prix Challenge | Ride Recap
With sunshine o’plenty and promising warmer temps the stage was set for another epic day in the Ozark National Forest. 200 riders accepted the Hazel Valley Gran Prix Challenge. Riders from Kentucky, Wyoming, Montreal (CA), Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri & Texas were represented. Attempting to tackle 55 miles of rugged Ozark gravel roads. Packed into those 55 miles was about 6000ft of elevation gain. This route has some of the most spectacular views of the Ozarks. The day would see a new course record set by none other then king of gravel Colin Strickland who went sub 3 hours at 2 hours 59 minutes. The fastest female finisher Crystal Anthony came in at 3 hours 24 minutes. Well done!
An update on the rider who fell on Winfrey Valley Rd. Brian sustained some very serious injuries but is expected to recover. I want to thank those riders who stopped to help Victor, Jon, Dan, Todd, Will and many others. Brian and Danielle recently moved here from Minnesota and I’ll let you know if they could use any help from our cycling community.
THANK YOU RIDE SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS! If you enjoyed this ride be sure to thank these folks.
HAZEL VALLEY RANCH | Generous hosts serving up awesome food & recovery beverages!
CLIF BAR | Aid station sponsor. #feedyouradvenutre
THE BIKE ROUTE | SAG vehicle and mechanic.
Did you know that you can rent Hazel Valley Ranch. Hmmmm, gravel camps?! Come here and rent this awesome facility!
Thanks to The Bike Route for the official SAG vehicle and shop mechanic John Sandy for providing pro support. Made possible by Lewis Automotive Group.
Awesome turnout on a super challenging course. 200 is a new event attendance record.
Top of the Rock!
Kenny is having a wheeeeelie good time! [Photo: Beckie Irvin]
Thanks CLIF BAR for sponsoring our aid station! And to our volunteers who absolutely crushed it. #feedyouradventure
[Photo: Beckie Irvin]
[Photo: Beckie Irvin]
Stunning views. [Photo: Jeremy Hornberger]
Ozarkia. [Photo: Noel Howard]
Now lets party!
The oldest finisher at 67!
The youngest finisher at 12 years old!
Colin Strickland went sub 3! And Crystal Anthony put the hammer down at 3 hours 24 minutes. Boom!
For more photos go to Beckie Irvin’s album on Facebook click here.
See ya next year!
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