You asked for it and you got it!
The Pumpkin Holler Gravel Smasher is held alongside the Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd 100-mile running race. The Gravel Smasher shares the road with the 100 mile runners as they are finishing thier final loop.
The Pumpkin Holler Gravel Smasher is an introductory course into gravel riding. This is the ride for you if it is your first endurance gravel event or an experienced gravel smasher. This ride is all about the fun and challenge of just finishing. Aid stations every 4-6 miles will provide just what you nee to finish this race!
Gravel Smasher shirts will be provided on a first-registered basis. Shirts are limited so sign up early to insure you get one. Everyone who makes the cut-off of 2:00pm and crosses the finish line will get a finishers' award.
Finish line activities include campfires, food, ample aid station supplies, music, and spontaneous dance parties.
Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd runners will be on the course during the Gravel Smasher. They may not be perfectly sane after 24+ hours of running. Cheer them on with yells, chants, and other encouragement.
Key times for the Pumpkin Holler Gravel Grider race are:
The Gravel Smasher awards ceremony will be at 2:30pm. Awards will be given for:
Aid Stations are available every 4-6 miles on the course. Supplies may be limited based on number of runners still on the course. All will have water, Gatorade, and grab-and-go food available. You will also have a chance to sample "endurance" runner food (aka - "wow! I can't belive this food spread" food).
Most aid stations will be located on the left side of the road for runners. Please use caution as you approach the aid stations. There will be runners, volunteers, and vehicles on the course. Please dismount and walk your bike across the road to the aid station.
The course intersections are marked (yes, we heard your feedback from 2019). Maps and GPX files are available to assist with navigation on the course page.
If you must, the aid-stations are your bail-out spots. You may have to walk your bike a few miles to the nearest aid station. There will be at least one support vehicle on the course, primarily for bail-out rides to the start line.
Gravel Smashers are welcome to bring family and friends for support. However, this support can only be provided at the “crew” locations described in the course description.
The roads in and out of Eagle Bluff will be in use by the 100 Mile runners so we ask our gravel friends to be cautious driving and riding in and around the resort. Review the Eagle Bluff section on the home page for directions. We want you to stay off the main path in the campground for the runners.
Packet pickup will be held under a tent near the Eagle Bluff convenience store and the shower facilities starting at 6:30am. Parking is available in the grass campground area just to the north of the convenience store.
The Gravel Grinder start line is below this area by the river. You can access the start line using the staircase by the shower facility or one of the gravel roads leading to river.
The Gravel Smasher has a rolling start from the start/finish area to a safe location on the gravel roads. A race director will escort smashers onto Highway 10, across the bridge, and to a safe point on E 690 Rd. Do not pass the escort vehicle until the director has given the secret signal (most likely, waving an orange flag and a cowbell).
We want your experience at the Pumpkin Holler Gravel Smasher to be the best possible. For your safety, the safety of others and to ensure we can continue this event we have a few rules to follow.