Element Adventures is proud to present Gritventure! 2, an adventure ride based out of our Element Adventures West Camp in Augusta, WV. Featuring quiet gravel roads, stiff climbs, beautiful vistas, and backcountry riding, this ride will bring out the little kid in you! With three route options to choose from, you’ll find the perfect challenge.
This will be a true gravel adventure: minimal SAG support, no route markings. Download the GPX files so you can navigate the route (Cue sheets will also be provided). There will be no aid stations set up, though there will be bars and gels available at the ride start to throw in your jersey pockets to take with you. You’ll need to carry enough water with you to last the ride or refill at stores or spigots found along the way (We will have water available at the top of Nathaniel Mountain for the two longer routes). You can also refill bottles at about the mile 21 on the long and medium route at the Grassy Lick Kirby Community Center at a spigot. Be prepared with flat changing tools and spare tubes, as gravel can be rough on tires (Some of the “roads” are now two grooves of singletrack!). Take a cell phone, but be aware that service can be spotty. This ride will go rain or shine, and being summer, there are always chances of afternoon thunderstorms. Be prepared!
Suggested Equipment: A cyclocross or gravel / adventure bike with at least 32-40 mm tires would be your best choice. A mountain bike would not even be out of place, especially on Nathaniel Mountain for the Long and Medio routes. You’ll want a wide range of gearing, too, as some of the hills can be steep. Helmets are required for all participants.
Food! Be sure to stay for the barbecue after the ride! BYOB
Cost: $25 through August 3, then $35 through August 16. Day of registration will be $45.
Time: Check-in will be at 8:00 am through 10:00 am. You may begin your ride as soon as you have checked in! You can show up and start whenever you like between 8 and 10, however, we will have a group start time of 8:30am for the Long Route and 8:45 for the Medium Route and 9:00 for the Short Route. The group rides will have a leader familiar with the route. You do not need to stay with the group. Long Route Special! If you choose to do the long route with the group leader, we will be doing a slightly different route than the route provided below. It will be extra-challenging; same mileage but with more gravel and an extra 1,500 feet of elevation gain. Not for the faint of heart!
Directions to Element Adventures West Camp: From NoVA, take I-66 West to I-81 North to exit 310 (Route 37). Take 37 North to Route 50 West. Take Route 50 West through Augusta, WV. Make a left onto McKee Hollow Road. Take an almost immediate right onto South Fork of Little Cacapon Road. In about 1.2 miles you will see a large mailbox with the address 1332. Turn right up the driveway, and follow all the way up past the house and the barn to the parking area. (Google Maps of South Fork of Little Cacapon road brings you just short of the address – you’ll go a bit further to reach the driveway). There will be an Element Adventures sign at the driveway.
Route Details: will be updated when available
- 65.1 miles
- 6,672 feet of elevation gain
- Climbs both Short and Nathaniel Mountain
- Water at Grassy Lick Kirby Community Center (spigot) and water drop atop Nathaniel Mountain (miles 21 and 41)
- 44.8 miles
- 4,160 feet of elevation gain
- Climbs Short Mountain
- Water at Grassy Lick Kirby Community Center (spigot) (mile 21)
- 26.6 miles
- 2,213 feet of elevation gain
- No mountain climbs