As much of a race as you want it to be and as much of a ride as you want it to be. But always an event. Having fun is a must. We celebrate riding in a unique way that I hope never goes out of style. - Sam Ames
From its humble beginnings in 2014 with 50 riders, to the 6.0 installment on February 9, the Rock Cobbler has become one of the must-do gravel events on the calendar. Originally inspired by some of the first great ‘gravel grinders’ like Dirty Kanza and The Crusher, the Cobbler is certainly a great one with its own unique style.
There would be two courses to choose from, an 85 mile Cobbler with 6000 feet of climbing or the Pebbler, a 60 mile course with 3000 feet of elevation gain. The ride started and finished at Lengthwise Brewing Company in Bakersfield, CA. The course was well marked with signs and arrows, and 4 SAG stop locations were well equipped with Bonk Breaker nutrition and Fluid Hydration.
One challenge that day was certainly the conditions. With Southern California undergoing an unusual wet spell, a light rain started just as race morning arrived. Fortunately the first several miles would be on road and bike path, and by the time we arrived at the dirt the skies had mostly cleared. With no time to dry, equipment choice became incredibly important with tricky sections of mud approaching.
You have probably seen images of riders going through a house, a tire obstacle course or the storied hike-a-bike-section. And yes, while there were plenty of shenanigans to be had we were most impressed by the overall experience of the Rock Cobbler. The ride itself was a memorable gravel adventure that included impressive singletrack, rolling dirt roads, remote paved sections and plenty of beautiful sweeping views. The riders we met that day loved all of it, and we did too.
“From the bottom of our mud-filled hearts, thank YOU for making Rock Cobbler 6.0 the best one yet!” -Sam Ames