Race Notes and Information
The Hellhole Gravel Grind Prologue, 2-Day Stage Race and 1-Day Race will take place on the gravel roads in and around Hellhole Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The forest is named for the revolutionary war hero Francis Marion, who was known to the British as the Swamp Fox. He used these swamps, creeks and forest areas to ambush and hide from the British and was depicted in the movie “The Patriot”.
Friday, September 19, 2014 Saturday, September 20, 2014 Sunday, September 21, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 pm Start Time: 9:00am Start Time: 9:00am
6-Mile Prologue* (optional**) Day 1 of 2-Day stage race start Day 2 of 2-Day stage race start
Time Trial style start @ 30sec. 1-Day, 75 mile race start Location:
Interval. Front & Rear Lights 1-Day, 35 mile race start Witherbee Ranger Station
will be required to compete. (start groups may be staggered)
Witherbee Ranger Station Witherbee Ranger Station
* The Prologue event is open to all. Time bonuses will be awarded based on finishing time and will be subtracted from the racers total time for the event entered.
** The prologue event is optional to all racers.
The Friday evening Prologue will be an optional, time bonus event on an all gravel 6 mile loop around the Witherbee Ranger Station. The time trial style event will begin at just before sunset so headlights and tail lights will be required. Riders will go off at 30 second intervals.
Prologue - 6.2 miles, 61 feet of elevation gain
2-Day Stage Race
The 2-Day Stage Race will be approximately 75 miles each day and will feature a different course each day. The courses will be 90%+ of unpaved roads and trails (single and double track). This is a true stage race with the lowest cumulative time over the two days determining the overall winner.
Course information and routes will be published no more than14 days prior to the event
For those less ambitious, there will be a 1-Day 75 mile, long course and 32 mile, short course race on the first day of the Stage Race. The 75 mile course will be the same as the first stage of the stage race. The 35 mile race will feature approximately 18 miles of the 75 mile course before splitting off and returning to the start/finish area.
Course information and routes will be published no more than 14 days prior to the event
One stocked aid station will be available on each day’s course and limited support will be provided along the courses. To say this area is remote is an understatement. Bring with you what you think you may need for before, during, and after the race.
Stage Race - Riders must reach the mid-point aid station within 3.5 hours and must complete each day’s stage within 7 hours from the start of the race.
75 Mile Race - Riders must reach the mid-point aid station within 3.5 hours and must complete the course within 7 hours from the start the race.
35 Mile Race - Riders must complete the 35 miles within 5 hours from the start of the race.
Witherbee Ranger Station; 2421 Witherbee Rd.; Cordesville, SC, 29434-9604
Latitude 33.16209, Longitude -79.82983
Categories: (for all events)
Men Open Men Open 40+ Women Open
Online Registration ends Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:00pm.
Day of Registration will be available at the Starting area beginning at 7:00am on Saturday, September 19, 2014.
There will be a $10.00 day of registration late fee for the 2-day stage race and the 1-day races.
Registration for the Prologue will be online, pre-registration ONLY! NO DAY OF REGISTRATION FOR PROLOGUE!
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Awards/prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers in each category of each race. Additionally, awards/prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers of each day’s stage of each category for the Stage Race racers. Cash payout for the top 3 in each category for the stage race general classification ($1,125 cash purse)
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Rules and General Information:
- Helmets MUST be worn and fastened at all times while on the bike.
- The course and all roads are open to traffic. ALL racers MUST obey all rules of the road along the course, at intersections and road crossings. Racers should yield to all traffic and should stop at all road crossings where traffic is present. There will be several highway and road crossings with heavy car and truck traffic. There may be an area of the course where the racers will share the road with car and truck traffic. Please keep to the right and ride single file except where passing. Following the rules of the road is for your own safety.
- Traffic in the National Forest includes horses. Horseback riders have the right of way on trails. Please ask the rider what to do if you encounter a horse on the trail.
- Though there will be an aid station and limited support on the course, racers should carry with them what they need including tools, parts and nutrition.
- Course cue sheets will be distributed to all riders at packet pickup and the course download will be available for navigation systems. Additional cue sheets will be available at the start-finish area and at the mid-point aid station. The courses will be marked with signage.
- Cyclocross, Gravel Grind, Mountain and Road bikes will be allowed and can be used. The best choice would be a cyclocross or gravel grind bike. A minimum of 28c wide tires with tread is recommended. Gravel can be very hard on tires and pot holes are numerous. Don’t ruin your race by cutting an expensive tubular in the first mile.
- No tri-bars or aero bars.
- Support crews are not permitted to help racers on the course except for the aid station. No motor pacing, no pacing from a rider not in the race, no external support. Limited SAG will be available and a sweep will be made of the course according to the appropriate cutoff time.
- Please let the race officials or staff know if you leave the race. We want to ensure everyone is safe and accounted for at the end of the day.
- Absolutely no littering on the course. Littering on course will result in disqualification. It is vital we leave the forest as we found it.
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Please visit www.mtpleasantvelo.org for more information, rules and to download the Racer’s Hellhole Event Guide.
The Hellhole Gravel Grind is being held under a special use permit issued by the Francis Marion National Forest.