Recap: Union Furnace Gravel Grinder

Quick stats

  • 25 cyclists

  • Group 1

    • 33.5 miles

    • 3150 ft climbing

  • Group 2

    • 38 miles

    • 3700 ft climbing

  • Mechanicals

    • Broken chain

    • Flat tire

    • Derailleur issue

  • Temps in low 60’s to mid 70’s

  • Nice shade coverage

  • Mix of clouds and sun


We parked at Union Furnace Elementary School parking lot. Beginning of the ride features a pavement climb to warm up and the rest of the route is a mix of gravel and pavement. Gravel roads were dry, fast and loose. Weather was perfect for the whole ride with a mix of sun and clouds and low humidity.

Over the route the riders split into three pace groups and the last group of 11 experienced a broken chain, flat tire and a derailleur issue. One group cut the route short.

There were only a few dogs on the route and most stayed on their property.

We stopped for lunch at the Lake Hope State Park campground and for water and a bathroom break.