4th Annual Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder

September 22, 2018- 47 miles  5300’ climbing


The 4th Annual Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder hits Transylvania County this fall!  Starting and finishing at the REEB Ranch and sponsored by Oskar Blues, this course will feature a backcountry/gravel road tour through Transylvania and Henderson counties. A great 50/50 blend of paved and gravel roads meandering through DuPont State Forest and gated private property, and ending on 2 miles of single track.  Plan your bike selection carefully – do you plan for the pavement?  The gravel?  The single track at the end?  We can’t wait to see how this all plays out!  Riders are supported with our well-marked course, chip timing, fully supported rest stops with medical assistance available, and SAG wagons.

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Race Information

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 (Rain or Shine)

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Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 7:50 am. Ride starts at 8:00am.

Packet Pickup: Registration packet pickup is race morning from 6am-7:30am. Early packet pickup will be available on Friday from  6-8pm at the start/finish at REEB Ranch Farm.

Camping:  On-site camping is available both Friday (9/21) and Saturday night (9/22). All camping is handled through Oskar Blues. Click here for more information and to make reservations. Questions can be sent to [email protected]

Amenities: Timing with Category Results & Awards for the Top 3 in these categories- under30, 30-39 40-49, 50 plus. Time clock, awesome rest stops with medical assistance available (if needed), SAG Wagons, Well Marked Route, Restrooms, and so much more.

Required Gear: All riders must wear a secure helmet at all times during the race.

Rest Stops: There are 2 rest stops on the course. Rest stops are stocked with H20, CLIF Energy Drink, bars and assorted snacks, fruits, PB&J sandwiches, and lots of encouragement from our rest stop personnel!

T Shirts: 100% cotton pre-shrunk T-shirts are an option to all participants pre-registered by August 26th, 2018.

Directions: Race start/finish is in front at the REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, NC.  From the intersection of Highway 280, Highway 64, and 276 in Pisgah Forest, head about 3.5 miles south on Highway 64 to a right on Crab Creek Road at the traffic light.  Follow Crab Creek for 4.5 miles to a right on Shoal Falls Road into the REEB Ranch.

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For 2018, all of Blue Ridge Adventures’ races help support the Bread of Life.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder? This bicycle tour of some of Western North Carolina’s finest paved and gravel roads will also have chip timing and police officers at important intersections to keep the ride flowing. Choose your weapon of choice – your cross bike or mountain bike – and come out to show off your stuff!

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2. What is included with my entry fee? Chip timed event with police at important intersections to allow riders a smooth flowing course. Fully staffed aid stations with medical assistance available. SAG Wagons following behind.

3. Do I need a racing license and what is my racing age? No you will not need a USA cycling license to race this event. Your racing age is your age on 12/31/18.

4. What is the start time for the event? Shuttle items must be dropped off and ready to go by 7:30am. There will be a race meeting at 7:50 am at the start line where the race director will go over important information. The race will start at 8AM.

5. Where does the race start?  In front of the REEB Ranch in at 315 Shoal Falls Road in Hendersonville, NC.  From the intersection of Highway 280, Highway 64, and Highway 280 in Pisgah Forest, head about 3.5 miles south on Highway 64 to a right on Crab Creek Road at the traffic light.  Follow Crap Creek for 4.5 miles to a right onto Shoal Falls Farm into the REEB Ranch.

6. What is provided at the Rest Stops? Rest Stops will be fully stocked with plenty of Cold Water, energy drink, PB & J, Chips, Soda, Fresh Fruit and Advil.

7. Is the course shut down for race use only on race day? No. This is an open course and you may encounter other users during the race. You must abide by road regulations which require bikers yield to pedestrians. Beware of cars on all sections of the course.

8. What happens if I can’t finish the race? There will be several SAG wagons following behind the race to transport you and your bike back to the finish in case you are unable to complete the route. There is no extra fee for this.

9.  Can I do this race on a road bike?  No.  The fire roads are too rugged, and the final 2 miles are on single track – for safety purposes, riders are strongly suggested to be on a mountain or cross bike.

10. Are there awards?  There are awards for the top 3 men and women in all categories. *Must be present to collect your award – no exceptions.  

11. Are there cut off times?  Yes:

  • Rest Stop 1 (Mile 18): 11am
  • Rest Stop 2 (Mile 35): 1pm

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Camping at the REEB Ranch

(Questions about camping can be sent to [email protected])

Other lodging options in Transylvania County


Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder Schedule


Oskar Blues Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder Results

2018 Dirt Diggler Sponsors
Squirt arose in the cycling world with a group of off-road bicycle riders from South Africa who were committed to innovating the necessary bike products that are both friendly to their bikes and the environment they rode in. Through constant testing and a life time of cycling in the harshest conditions around the globe, our products are now independently testing and performing above and beyond the trails and roads we use them on.