Gravel Grinder + Alleycat-Style Event
An “alleycat” is an unsanctioned, informal, underground bike race that traditionally takes place in cities and urban areas where participants race from one checkpoint to the next in an effort to complete all challenges and/or hit as many locations as possible.
The Dirty Kitten Gralley Cat (DKGC) is a “choose-your-own-adventure” gravel event on the grounds of Locust Hill Farm & Preserve (LHFP) in Rapidan, VA. Instead of following a set course from start to finish, riders will be able to select their own route as they make their way around the property, visiting multiple checkpoints along the way. Both competitive and recreational riders are welcome.
Participants will have the choice of riding either the “short course” (~20 miles) or “long course" (~40 miles) individually, in pairs, or as small teams. All participants will be given a map of the course prior to their designated start time on which the checkpoints, course boundaries, and key navigational points will be clearly marked. After visiting all checkpoints, riders will return to the start area where their scorecards will be verified and finish times recorded.
The course is approximately 20-40 miles (and 1,000-2,000+ ft of elevation gain), 100% unpaved and the majority of terrain is private, gravel, farm roads with some dirt and grass double-track sections. The gravel varies from smooth, groomed roads to rough, choppy sections with the possibility of mud if there is rain.
Participants will choose their own route according to a course map provided at the start of the event. The majority of the course is on private, gravel, farm roads with a few sections running along a quiet, local gravel road (Robinson River Road/Rt.721). Riders are expected to stay right of center at all times and obey regular traffic laws when riding the public road sections (there will be obvious signs and markings).
*Gravel, cyclocross, and mountain bikes are recommended (anything with 32mm tires and up). Road bikes are not suggested.
Solo - 1 rider (all levels)
Duo - 2 riders (all levels)
Team - 3, 4, or 5 riders (all levels)
Junior - riders under the age of 18
Registration: Duo & Team riders must enter additional member names at registration
Short Purrito (~20 miles): $40/rider
Long Purrito (~40 miles): $50/rider
*Juniors $5 OFF registration
Additional information regarding the event, course, accommodation recommendations, and more can all be found in the event notes section of our registration page:
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