The first annual Mid-State Gravel Grinder bicycle race will take place on July 17, 2021. Over 250 people have already registered to compete, and that number is expect to grow to 300 by race day. Many riders will be coming to our region from neighboring states.
The 52-mile race course begins and ends at Mid-State Airport. Because of the mountainous terrain, cell phone reception is nonexistent in many sections of the course. When a rider has a mechanical or medical problem, they typically rely upon passing riders to alert volunteers at the next aid station. Aid stations are typically spaced about 15 or 20 miles apart.
A Support and Gear wagon (SAG wagon) typically follows the race to assist riders who are unable to continue. As you can imagine, a rider who experiences trouble may have to wait a significant length of time for assistance. Not all riders are young. Some riders continue to compete into their fifties and sixties . Serious medical issues are not common at bike races, but should one occur, response time could make a difference.
A small number of radio amateurs stationed at key points along the route will enable riders to more rapidly obtain assistance. Each radio operator will communicate through a designated repeater with a net control operator stationed alongside the race organizers at Mid-State Airport.
RACE SCHEDULE – JULY 17, 2021
- 9:00 AM — RACE START
- 11:30 AM — First 31-Mile Finisher Expected
- 12:30 PM — 31-Mile Course Awards
- 1:00 PM — First 52-Mile Finisher Expected
- 2:00 PM — 52-Mile Course Awards
- 4:00 PM — First 98-Mile Finisher Expected
- 5:00 PM — 98-Mile Course Awards
Volunteers can work in pairs and/or bring along a family member, some comfortable folding chairs and refreshments. The only requirement is to remain stationed at a designated point along the course and provide radio communication if the need arises.
This is an all-day event. Volunteers who cannot stay for the entire day could cover a morning shift (9-1) or an afternoon shift (1-5).
We are hoping to provide at least five communication stations along the 52-mile race course.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Bob Snyder as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, July 16.
|Name||Call Sign||Hours Available|
|Jason Terosky||KB3KPP||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Bob Snyder||KC3KVS||9:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Bernie Ropchock||W3BAR||9:00 am – 1:00 pm|