Panoche Desert Hills
The Panoche Desert Hills: a little piece of the desert that found itself isolated a mere two hours from San Francisco. It’s remote for as close as it is and when you’re out there, you’re really out there. Dirt double tracks that roll endlessly up and down giant hills that border the remote San Benito Mountains on one side and the Central Valley on the other.
This year’s route offers a new extended climb option to add even more amazing scenery and desolate terrain. The only thing we saw moving out here when we first scouted it was a huge coyote. The finish line is a lush winery lawn with the post-race buffet you love.
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Where is the start/finish location?
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
YES! But you’ll have to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) more than 3 days (72hrs) in advance of the ride start, and all transfers are subject to a $10 fee.Due to the nature of this event, we cannot offer refunds or last-minute (after the 72hr cutoff) requests to transfer your registration to another of our fine adventure offerings. We can accommodate transfers to another rider (to ride this event) right up to the ride start, though.
First and foremost, you’ll benefit from Murphy Mack’s twisted genius for finding routes guaranteed to leave you dumbstruck and cursing in equal measure. Our dedicated team of incredible volunteers will keep you fed and hydrated at superbly-stocked aid stations at regular intervals along the route. A pro mechanic and roving medic will be out on course with you, and we provide an emergency SAG vehicle (for bona fide emergencies only).
And of course, a YUGE post-race buffet and podium party is part of the SuperPro Gravel Gauntlet experience. So many noms. Icy cold beverages. Stuff your face then come back for more.
Will you have any super cool merchandise so people who meet me know what a badass I am?
YES! In years past we have done a limited run of t-shirts and jackets, and are looking into continuing this fine tradition. Bring cash. Cash is king.
Standard route: ~80 miles, ~6,000ft. Express route: ~60 miles, ~4,000ft.
We will send you the final course link 24-48hrs ahead of time to account for any route surprises we encounter while marking the course. GPS devices highly encouraged. Please plan accordingly.
- Panoche Desert Hills (Mendota) – March 18
- Rumble in the Ranchlands (Mariposa) – April 2 https://2017gravelgauntlet-mariposa.eventbrite.com
- Menso’s SLO Ride To Hell (SLO)- April 15
- Spring Classic (tbd) – April 29
- The Tainthammer – May 20