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The Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder is a family-friendly off-road/mixed terrain cycling event that offers something for everyone. Hosted annually on the last Saturday in October, The Historical 3C Ranch, set in the natural beauty of Oracle Arizona, is where we call home. This event includes a 40, 50, and 60-mile Gravel Grinder, 13-mile Adventure Fun Ride, and a FREE Kids Race/Ride for ages 12 and under. This year, on Friday evening, we will host our annual Dirt Klunker Crit and Halloween Costume Contest. Participants, volunteers, friends, and family will be able to enjoy camping, live music, delicious food, craft beer, kids activities, and vendor expo.
These routes take cyclists through the lush, semi-desert landscape that skirts the lower elevations of the Santa Catalina Mountains and leads the way to the main climb up the "backside" northern slopes of Mount Lemmon. The course consists of a mix of gravel/dirt and paved roads that wind their way through sections of the Coronado National Forest and through the neighboring town of San Manuel. Along the way, you’ll pass through local cattle ranches and former mining operations while traveling across several cattle guards, over small narrow bridges, and through dry river beds known as washes. Incredible views of the San Pedro River Valley and Galiuro Mountain Range, a sky island mountain, can be seen from virtually anywhere along the course.
Where the mountains meet the desert, you’ll find the town of Oracle nestled between boulders, oaks, and grasslands. Located just 35 miles north of central Tucson, in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Its elevation is a cool 4,500 ft. and home to six guest ranches, great local eateries & shops, Oracle State Park, the Arizona National Scenic Trail, Arizona Zipline Adventures, Triangle L Ranch Sculpture Park, and Biosphere 2.
We invite you to round up your posse of family and friends and join us on Saturday, October 30th to enjoy the beauty and charm of Oracle. Spend the weekend with us!
Link to MLGG 2020 Short Video
12:00p-8:00pm - Check-in for Packet-Pickup, 3C Ranch Accomodations & Camping
12:00p-8:00pm - Bike & Gear Expo Open
12:00p-6:00pm - Bike & Wheel Demos Available
12:00p-6:00pm - REI Base Camp Activities
12:00p-8:00pm - Beer Garden Open
12:00p-8:00pm - 3C Ranch Bar & Grill Open (outdoor seating and 2-GO orders available)
12:00p-8:00pm - Single Speed Coffee Truck Open
12:00p-8:00pm - Ciao Down Pizza Truck Open
4:00p-7:00pm - Oracle Land & Homes Live Music Sessions
7:00p-8:00pm - Mandatory Pre-riders Meeting & SWAG Fest!
5:30a-5:00pm - Single Speed Coffee Truck Open
5:30a-5:00pm - Ciao Down Pizza Truck Open
6:30a-5:00pm - Bike & Gear Expo Open
6:30a-6:45am - Riders Begin Staging
7:00a START 60 Grind
7:15a START 50 Grind
7:30a START 40 Grind
8:30a START 13 Grind Adventure Fun Ride
9:00a START FREE Kids Race/Ride (20 min.)
9:00a-5:00pm - REI Base Camp Activities
9:00a-5:00pm - Beer Garden Open
9:00a-9:00pm - 3C Ranch Bar & Grill Open (outdoor seating and 2-GO orders available)
9:30a-11:00am - Mr. Nature's Music Garden takes the stage
11:00a-1:00pm - Oracle Land & Homes Live Music Sessions
1:00p-3:00pm - 40/50/60 Grind Podium Awards
3:00p-5:00pm - Oracle Land & Homes Live Music Sessions
4:00pm - Course Closes
9:00pm - 3C Ranch Bar & Grill Closes (outdoor seating and 2-GO orders available)
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