March 24, 2019
Spring Valley, CA
65 miles + 6500 ft
A Gravelstoke Development Team exclusive event
About the Ride
The event first took place on the same weekend in 2018. Just 7 riders took part in the inaugural GWR. It was originally crafted as an extended mixed surface riff on the Great Western Loop. The GWL is a storied Southern California route that got it's name years ago from a road race that had as its title sponsor Great Western Savings & Loan. With inspiration from the original road course, a gravel route was born that incorporated some amazing gravel and dirt sections the region has to offer. Not a race, the ride was meant to be enjoyed by its participants with several regroups and planned refuel stops.
Location and Schedule
The ride will start and end at the San Diego Distillery in Spring Valley, CA, with parking on location for participants.
We anticipate a start time of 8AM, with a finish time around 2PM.
This team event will offer not only a great ride, but post-ride festivities too at the San Diego Distillery. Be sure to join us after for a beverage or flight, and a BBQ lunch catered by Grill Fella’s. We must have a head-count ahead of time, so please purchase your lunch ticket with your registration.
We created a few unique items for the GWR, be sure to purchase the pint glass and a men’s or women’s t-shirt with your registration. These items will not be available for purchase on event day, we will only bring items purchased with registration. Select local pickup at checkout. If you can’t make the event, we can ship them as well.
Will be sent to registered riders on Friday March 22. Expect between 60-70 miles of road, dirt, gravel and singletrack with 6000-7000 feet of climbing.
This is a self-supported ride, which means there is no SAG wagon or dudes handing out Cokes along the route. You are 100% responsible for yourself, your mechanicals, your food/water resupplies, and your retrieval off route (in case of emergency). That being said, there is very little cell service along the route so have a plan. Each rider who expects to participate in this ride is required to come prepared with the necessary food, water, equipment, clothing, and know-how to ensure that they safely complete the route. If you are unsure if you are capable of completing the ride successfully then have someone on call or be prepared to hitchhike your way back.
Additional Event Items
We created this commemorative pint glass in collaboration with Dev Team member Jacqueline from Juniper and Ivy Designs. The glass is sandblasted with our team emblem and 2019 GWR event logo. These look and feel great, with a finish that will last.
We’ll be gathering at the San Diego Distillery for a post ride lunch and team gathering. Price includes one beverage or flight at the Distillery, and a BBQ lunch catered by Grill Fella’s.
Our Great Western Reroute tee is available in both Men’s and Women’s styles. The Men’s/Unisex t-shirt is a Heather Teal color 52% cotton/48% polyester. The Women’s t-shirt is a Tri Evergreen color 50% Polyester/25% Cotton/25% Rayon.