Originating at Fayetteville’s highest point overlooking the beautiful downtown, the R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder will start out at the Mount Sequoyah Center. This particular race will involve a combination of pavement, gravel and single-track dirt trails. Participants will need a gravel bike or mountain bike to handle the course, and will be able to choose from one of three categories:
- RAPTOR X – 25 to 35 miles
- RAPTOR XX – 45 to 55 miles
- RAPTOR XXX – 65 to 75 miles
If you’re one who studies or tests out race courses ahead of the event, the R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder has a catch…only the mileages and elevations of the road, gravel and dirt trails will be released ahead of time. The actual course will not be shared until 8 a.m. on the morning of the event—and riders will have the unique opportunity and exhilaration of experiencing new Northwest Arkansas terrain and roads.
Registration pricing depends upon what wearables the participant chooses and includes a great post-ride celebration event. Early bird registrants will save a bit of cash until October 1, and the final deadline to sign up is November 15. Each race category does have a capped field limit, so racers are encouraged to not wait until the last minute.
To register or learn more about the R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder, visit bikereg.com/raptor-gravel-grinder.