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Date(s) - 04/23/2023
12:00 am


Gorge Gravel Grinder

One day, early-season gravel ride — 52, 67, or 93 mile ride options
April 23, 2023 • Dufor, Or


Gorge Gravel Grinder


The Gorge Gravel Grinder started with the Gorge Roubaix in 2010 but it really started back in the 90’s when Chad and his racing buddies would head east in the spring for early training. The Dalles is one of the best springtime riding secrets in the Northwest. Moderate marine air flowing inland from the coast, coupled with being just on the other side of the Cascade Mountain Range rain shadow, it’s your best bet for sun and warm temps from March through May each year. Surrounding The Dalles are hundreds of miles of gravel farm roads with little to no motor traffic on them.


The course offers great views of the Gorge and surrounding Cascade Mountain peaks as well as an assortment of old school buildings, barns, and houses from the late 1800’s. Rolling bright green wheat fields dominate the landscape in all directions.

Expect average temps to be in the mid 40’s by race start and up into the mid 60’s by the peak of the day. Gravel sections are well packed, smooth and fast. Spring rains provide good moisture keeping the dust down. No portion of the courses exceeds double digits for climbing or descending. Just a lot of fast-rolling hills.

Small Grinder

  • Total Ride Distance 52.2 mi
  • Total Gravel 31.5 mi
  • Total Elevation 4360 ft

Medium Grinder

  • Total Ride Distance 67.2 mi
  • Total Gravel 41.5 mi
  • Total Elevation 5850 ft
  • Medium Grinder

Big Grinder

  • Total Ride Distance 93 mi
  • Total Gravel 55.2 mi
  • Total Elevation 7330 ft

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