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16th Annual Gravel Grinder

May 5th, 2024
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WATA cannot wait to welcome you all back to our largest and most important fundraiser of the year! It's always a blast and this year is going to be the best ever. All proceeds from the event directly support trail building, maintenance, and land stewardship in the Waterbury Area--Perry Hill & Little River State Park. They also help fund our long-range plans to link WATA trails to other local trail systems. So, come on out for a great day of riding and support the trails while you're doing it!

Online registration: $65, includes a limited edition 2024 Gravel Grinder t-shirt, aid stations, and food and beverage tickets after the event. Register by April 26 to recieve a t-shirt on the day of the event.  

*We will be featuring the "Self-Guided Grind" ride again this year for anyone who might not be able to make the event or aren't into big group events.  We'll map out the route for you and have a shirt waiting for local pick-up and you can complete the ride any time you'd like.  


The Traditional Grinder: This route will be 28 miles with about 2800' of climbing and lots of dirt winding through the hills of Waterbury.  The route will be the classic to keep nostalgia high.

The Big Grind: A 47 mile route with 4900' of climbing and gravelly goodness. Really want to test your early season legs? Stoked on the Traditional Grinder but want to see if you can push it a little farther? This one's for you. 

*Traditional Grind course map with cue sheet*

*Big Grind course map with cue sheet*


Pre-ride breakfast: STAY TUNED - some of your favorite amazing local shops will help get you fueled for the ride.

On the ride: We're still kitting out the mid-ride aid stations, but we will make sure you are fueled for miles ahead.  

Post-ride refuel: After the ride, we will be serving up a tasty and satisfying meal in partnership with some of the best local restaurants this side of the Mississippi. They've taken great care of us in the past and we're stoked they're back this year.  Beverages will be provided by the Vermont Beer Shepherd. 

Your registration gets you a delicious meal and 2 drink tickets. 

Weather: We ride rain or shine - it's a gravel grinder after all!

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