Gravel Grape Crusher

2020 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:




Segment Sponsors:



In-Kind Sponsors:

Contact info@veloamis.org if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

SAVE THE DATE: 6/11/2022
RAIN DATE: 6/12/2022

One of the best parts of the ride is that it travels through multiple states, a bunch of parks, and has an awesome after party. However, this also means that we are under the varying restrictions of each state and are faced with major limits on the number of people that can be in any given place at any given time. We do not want a watered-down event. We want a kick-ass Gravel Grape Crusher. Above all, we want to have a safe environment.

If you are interested in donating what might have been your GGC registration fee, we suggest checking out these two options:

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League – More Kids on Bikes! - http://www.pamtb.org/
James Beard Foundation Open for Good – Support Independent Restaurants - https://www.jamesbeard.org/aboutopenforgood

Paradocx Vineyard
1833 Flint Hill Rd, Landenberg, PA 19350 
Grande (99K) and Petite (63K) Routes


 

Check out the new trail project that your 2020 donations are funding!
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2019 GGC INFORMATION:
Thanks to Paradocx Vineyard for hosting this fantastic event!

Ride through the grapes with Velo Amis for the 4th annual Gravel Grape Crusher - a challenging Petite or Grande ride. What is the best bicycle? It is up to you, but if you are not comfortable on a gravel bike, we'd suggest a mountain bike...

We will begin at Paradocx Vineyard in Landenberg, PA and will travel through White Clay Preserve, White Clay Creek, Redd Park, Newark Reservoir, Fair Hill Park and a few others.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The information below this line is subject to change. 


The ride:
Both routes are a mix of gravel, double track, single track with rocks and roots, field and road. Enjoy a number of parks including Fair Hill, White Clay, Redd Park, and White Clay Preserve. Four rest stops (see below) for the Grande  & two for the Petite (a 3rd aid station is optional). Please be aware that both routes will use single track trails - a road bike is not the tool for this event. The Grande route has more single track compared to the Petite route. Remember, this is is not a race. 

What you'll get:
Come for the ride, stay for the wine and beer! Registration comes with one Paradocx wine or one local Pennsylvania craft beer for participants 21 and up. Soda/water ONLY for those cyclists under 21 years of age - but also only $10 for anyone 19 and under to ride. Ride registration also comes with post-ride food, stocked rest stops, GGC event swag, and the chance to compete in a Strava segment competition. Please see the rules below.

Times to know:
Friday, April 17, 2020
3 pm to 7 pm
: Demo Bicycle Event -
Try out a great new bicycle from a number of manufacturers including Jamis, Niner, and Specialized. Stay tuned for the complete lineup!
5 pm to 7 pm: Ride Packet Pick Up (also available Saturday am)

Saturday, April 18, 2020:
6:30 am: 
Parking lot opens
7:00 am: 
Registration for the Grande opens
8:00 am: 
Grande ride departs Paradocx as a GROUP
8:00 am: 
Registration for the Petite ride opens
9:00 am: 
Petite ride departs Paradocx as a GROUP
11:30 am: Post-ride party begins

Please note: you must depart at the appropriate time for your ride. Do not be late. We have permits and road closures for specific times and cannot afford to miss them. Thank you for your understanding!


Pricing & Registration:
Pre-registration open 2/1/20 BikeReg and will close on April 15, 2020. 

Please note the following registration fee schedule:
February 1 - February 15: $60
February 16 - April 15: $75
April 18th (if spots are available - see waitlist information below) $90

$10 registration is available for the following cyclists with no late fees:
Cyclists 19 & Under - no discount code required.
Cyclists that are active duty or veterans of the military, members of the National Guard, or first responders - please use the "Contact the Event" tab on BikeReg or email info@veloamis.org for your discount.

Registration Transfers & Route Changes
Transfer of registration to another participant is allowed and can be handled by the participants directly on BikeReg for $5. Please note that this option closes when pre-registration closes on April 15.

Category change between distances is allowed at any time while pre-registration is open for no charge. Please note that after pre-registration closes on April 15, there will be no further changes allowed.

Waitlist Information
Registration is capped to 800 riders - a waitlist is available if we reach that limit. Cyclists will be moved off the waitlist only if a registered participant cannot make the event. You will be informed if you are moved off of the waitlist, so do not contact us at the last minute looking to get in. 

*WE WILL NOT ANSWER EMAILS AFTER ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES*


Accommodations

Discounted hotel stays are available at the Fairfield Inn & Suites courtesy of our friends at Chester County's Brandywine Valley. Book your stay using this link.


Rules:
- No e-bikes.
- No outside alcohol allowed.
- Follow the rules of the road and obey all street signs. Roads are NOT closed during this event and your safety is most important.
- While in parks, please be courteous to other users as parks are open. There may be other cyclists, pedestrians, horses, and animals.
- Do not litter. There will be trash receptacles available at rest stops.
- This is not a race. Enjoy the ride with old and new friends.
- If you purchased merchandise, you (or someone else) must pick it up at the event; we will not ship.
- Rain or Shine event, sorry no refunds.

In order to be eligible for Strava segment prizes, you must adhere to the Strava competition rules.

You must be a member of the Strava club for only the route you ride (links below) in order to be eligible for prizes. Please join the clubs before the event to ensure your eligibility. Cyclists must be members of the club and have public profiles at the time of the event to be eligible. Cyclists must be registered for the 2020 event and complete the entire ride to be eligible (based on Strava activity). Strava segment results will be posted Tuesday after the event by 3 PM. At this time, all segment results and winners will be FINAL - no exceptions.

Petite Strava Club:  2020 Strava Club Petite
Grande Strava Club: 2020 Strava Club Grande


Aid Stations & Route Information

PETITE GGC AID STATIONS
11.5K Aid 1: WCC (optional out and back 0.5 km) Mini Aid Station and bathrooms

21K Aid 2: Wooden Wheels Full Aid
41K Aid 3: Fair Hill racetrack Full Aid and bathrooms

GRANDE GGC AID STATIONS 
28.7K Aid 1: WCC Mini Aid and bathrooms
40.2K Aid 2: Wooden Wheels Full Aid
70.8K Aid 3: Little Goat Espresso Aid
79.2K Aid 4: Fair Hill racetrack Full Aid and bathrooms

TENTATIVE Route Maps

The Grande route has approximately 4,081 feet of climbing.
Final map and RideWithGPS files will be sent to all registered riders and posted once registration closes. Please do not contact us for the map or files before this time.

The Petite route has approximately 2,379 feet of climbing.
Final map and RideWithGPS files will be sent to all registered riders and posted once registration closes. Please do not contact us for the map or files before this time.


Drone footage from 2018, courtesy of Gunnar Bergey: