Rider Information

Here is what you need to know to have a safe, fun, and successful event

  • Course notes
    • This is Cascade Adventure Gravel – you aren’t in Kansas anymore. That means you will be riding on gravel, loam, single track, sand, pavement… pretty much anything you can think of, you will be riding on.
    • This is an open course so all the roads will be open to other users. You MUST follow all traffic laws.
    • There is a lot of equestrian usage of these trails. Please yield to horses and avoid any potential conflicts. The Teanaway is big enough for everyone.
    • The descents feature some challenges including soft surfaces (like sand) and drainage berms. It is important to control your speed and stay focused to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
    • Some of the course is on private land. Please do NOT interfere with anything going on (like construction or storage) while on course.
    • Some of these climbs are very steep. Please ensure you have appropriate gearing on your bike.
    • The start from Cle Elum will include a 2-mile neutral rollout with a vehicle escort. We will follow all traffic laws during this time.
    • Course cutoff time is 5pm. The aid station at Teanaway Campground (Aid1) will close roughly at 4pm. The aid station at Twenty-Nine Pines Campground (Aid2) will close roughly at 12:30pm.
  • Bike notes
    • Tire size. With the mix of surfaces, you are going be happier with a wider tire. 40mm would be the narrowest. For gravel bikes, you want a 45-50. For MTB rides, a 2″ tire might be ideal.
    • Gearing. A 1:1 ratio is probably a good idea. For example, the course designers have ridden all the most difficult sections on 40t ring and 42t cassette.
    • Bike. The course can be ridden on gravel bikes w/o any suspension. A hardtail mountain bike would be great as well. There are no e-bikes allowed on some of these properties. TT bikes or DH rigs might be fun for some sections, but aren’t recommended…
  • Aid Stations
    • There are two aid stations. The GRiT course passes the aid stations at roughly mile 11 and 23. The GRiT L course passes at miles 11, 29, and 36. The XL course passes at 11, 29, and 56.
    • The Aid Stations will be well stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and a selection of proteins, carbs, fruits, bars, gels, and salty and sweet snacks, and maybe whiskey for those inclined.
    • We will also have bike stands, tools, tubes, chain lube, sunscreen, and other general supplies, along with some encouraging cheering. EMTs are stationed at each Aid Station.
  • Safety
    • There are a ton of side roads and crazy trails. While we will sign the course, it would be a good idea to download the course to your computer and phone. If you’ve never done this before, our courses are all downloadable on RideWithGPS. You can find instructions on uploading the course to your device here. Check our courses page for links to course maps.
    • Much of this course is remote so all riders must be self-sufficient. This means you need to bring food, water, and repair equipment. We will have that at our aid stations, but you will need to take care of yourself in between those stations. We will be sweeping the course to provide help.
    • Cell phone coverage is spotty in the Teanaway. If you’ve got a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) like a Garmin In Reach or SPOT, not a bad idea to bring it. That and/or ride with a partner.
  • Timing
    • We will be using chip timing for this event. The chips we use are the same timing “tubes” used at most local races including MFG, CXR, Wednesday Night Worlds, etc. So, if you have a tube, please bring it.
    • Don’t have a chip (tube) yet? Pick up one at Packet Pickup for $10.
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety. Plan accordingly, be prepared and have a great time.