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 Pumpkin Holler Gravel Smasher route is a challenging 30 mile multi-loop course. The 30 miler is our shortest, but don't let it fool you as there is plenty of climbing on this course. It is a challenge no matter your fitness level!
30-mile cyclists will grind this loop just one time, so soak in the scenery the first time. The 60-mile smashers will do two loops. For those taking the 70-mile challenge you will take a 10 mile out-and-back across J.T Nickel Preserve on your first loop.
The Gravel Smasher has a rolling start from the start/finish area to a safe location on the gravel roads.
Be aware of traffic when returning to the start finish line. Stay on the grass/gravel to the side of Highway 10 and watch for traffic near Eagle Bluff Resort.
The 1-mile rolling start and a small section in the middle of your ride are the only pavement on the course.
Watch for signs and/or volunteers as you approach mile 29 of the course. 30-mile smashers will turn left on E 690 Rd to the finish line. The 60 and 70-mile smashers will turn right on E690 Rd to ride their second lap. Turn left after your second loop. Note that runners return to the finish line between laps, but gravel smashers do not.
Downloadable maps are available on RideWithGPS using these links:
An updated and interactive Gravel Smasher map will be provided soon.
The Gravel Smasher awards ceremony will be at 2:00pm. Gravel Smasher awards will be given for:
Aid Stations are available every 8-10 miles on the course. The aid stations 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 believe this food spread" food).
Three aid stations are designated for the Gravel Smasher and will be open for the last Smasher. These stations will have “Bike Aid” signs so you know when to stop.
The other aid stations will be open for the last runner but some will close before all Smashers are complete.
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 start and finish line for the Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd and Gravel Smasher is on the Eagle Bluff Resort. Driving directions to the start/finish area at Eagle Bluff Resort can be found on Google maps by clicking here.
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. We want vehicles to stay off the main path in the lower campground for the runners.
Camp sites at Eagle Bluff must be reserved and paid directly with Eagle Bluff by calling (918) 456-3031.
Packet pickup for the Gravel Smasher is near the Eagle Bluff store and the shower facility in the upper parking lot starting at 6:30am. Parking for the Gravel Smashers is available just north of the start area. Follow signs and volunteer directions.
The 60 and 70 mile Gravel Smashers do not return to the Start line, instead they will head north on N 569 Rd at the Y. Watch for signs and follow volunteer directions.
Gravel Smashers will finish at the Start/Finish Line arch by the river. Follow the orange line on the map. Please use caution as you approach Highway 10 imediately after the bridge. Highway 10 is open to traffic.
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.