CHINO GRINDER

RACE INFO

What is the Chino Grinder?

The Chino Grinder is a 106 Mile (or 42 mile if you want to go shorter) Gravel Grinder, Ultra Endurance, Cycling Event.  

The course will be a 106 mile-long out and back from Chino, Arizona to Williams, Arizona and back through the upper Verde Watershed of the Prescott and Kaibab National Forests. There is approximately a 60/40 split between gravel and paved roads. Elevations along the course vary from 4000 ft to 7500 ft.

Three aid stations support riders with water, sports drinks, energy bars and more. Roving mechanic support throughout the ride. All riders free beer (must be 21), event tee shirt, a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes!

SCHEDULE

So you are signed up and ready to take on this beast – awesome!  We just need you to check in before we get you rolling out on course.  Please see below for all of your race day reminders, and a rough idea of our schedule for the day.  We look forward to seeing you all and watching you finish this ride!

FINAL RIDER instructions can be found here – http://eepurl.com/TIq69 (NOTE -revised directions onDirections page)

Note:  All riders may check in Friday pm or Saturday am.  No registration on Saturday.

FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015 – CHECK IN

6:00pm – Check in/Registration at Old Manor ball fields
8:00pm – Check in/Registration CLOSED (online shut down, day of in person available)

SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 – RACE DAY

6:00am – Check in / Registration opens for 106 mile and 42 mile courses at Old Home Manor ball fields
7:00am – Check in / Registration for 106 mile course will close!
7:15am – 106 Mile riders to the line for instructions
7:30am – 106 Mile START (all riders)
7:30am – Check in / Registration for the 42 mile course will close!
7:45am – 42 Mile riders to the line for instructions
8:00am – 42 Mile START (all riders)
12:00pm – New Belgium kegs tapped – First beer on us

$3 thereafter, proceeds to benefit local non-profit the Chino Valley Rotary Club
~12:00pm – 42 Mile Awards
~4:00pm – 106 Mile Awards

AWARDS:

Awards will be done onsite day of the event.  Assuming internet connection, we will be posting results live to this site
http://www.webscorer.com/hubevents
Awards will be 3 deep per category/distance.

DIRECTIONS

The start/finish/check-in/registration will all take place at the same location, the Old Home Manor ball fields.  Directions to the venue are listed below.

CHECK IN – START/FINISH ADDRESS:
Old Home Manor (Ball fields)

2100 Old Home Manor Dr.
Chino Valley, AZ 86323

From PHOENIX (approx 1:45 drive time):
Google map from Phoenix

1. Take I-17N  exit AZ-69 Cordes Junction
2. Continue on AZ-69 through Dewey-Humboldt to Fain Rd.
3. Turn right at the light Fain Rd, Go through the traffic light (straight turns in to a freeway (AZ 89A).
4. Continue on AZ-89A west to the exit for Arizona 89 (the exit after Larry Caldwell and the big cross on the right).
5. Turn right at AZ 89 (north). Continue north past the round about at the south end of Chino Valley through the first three stoplights. Approximately .7 miles past Road 2 North is Perkinsville Road (no light, but it does have a visible sign). If you hit the stoplight at Road 3 North (McDonalds on the left), you’ve three short blocks too far. Turn right on East Perkinsville Road.
6. Take Perkinsville past the park on the right and greenhouses on the left, through a short, steep downhill and uphill and until you see the festivities on the left at the ball fields at Old Home Manor. Immediately past the ball fields is Old Home Manor Dr (Turn left and destination is on the left).

FROM FLAGSTAFF (approx 1:20 drive time):
Google map from Flagstaff

1. Go west on I-40 through Williams to AZ 89 at Ash Fork.
2. Take the AZ89 exit and turn left (south).
3. After about 33 miles, go through the first stoplight in Chino Valley (Road 3 North) and stay in the left lane.
4. Three short blocks past Road 3 North, turn left (east) on Perkinsville Road.
5. Take Perkinsville past the park on the right and greenhouses on the left, through a short, steep downhill and uphill and until you see the festivities on the left at the ball fields at Old Home Manor. Immediately past the ball fields is Old Home Manor Dr (Turn left and destination is on the left).

ELK RIDGE SKI AREA (106 Turn around, Relay Exchange)
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Link to directions
From Highway 40, once you have arrived in the historic town of Williams:

1. Drive south on 4th street (becomes Perkinsville Road)
2. Approximately 2.5 miles to Ski Run Road
Also posted as Forest Service Road 106.
The sign is on the right!
3. Take Ski Run Road 1.5 miles to Elk Ridge !!!

LODGING

Depending on your level of creature comforts, we have you covered!

DRY CAMPING

Available at Old Home Manor Park Friday and Saturday.  The park will open at noon at Friday May 2nd.
We are asking for a $5 donation to the Chino Valley Mountain Bike Club.  This money will go directly to them and will help them in the upcoming 2015 season!

HOTELS/INNS

Primrose Inn and Suites
1304 Arizona 89
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 636-2894
primroseinnandrv.com

Days Inn Chino Valley
688 Fletcher Ct,
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 636-0311
website

REGISTRATION – OPENS November 1, 2014

(Limited to 300 riders total)

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106 mile Course:

$75 Early Bird – Thru Feb. 28th 
$85 Standard – March 1st to April 30 

42 Mile Course and Relay (per person)

$55 Early Bird – Thru Feb. 28th 
$65 Standard  – March 1st to April 30 

May 1 – Registration fees (if slots available):
106 Mile Course—-$95
Relay—-$75 (per person)
42 Mile Course—-$75

ATHLETE PACKAGE:
Official race time
Stocked aid stations
Customized bib
Schwag
Raffle prize entries
1 Free New Belgium Beer (balance are just $3 and benefit a local non-profit)

CATEGORIES

The Chino Grinder is an event for experienced and well-trained endurance bicyclists.  Riders will choose to ride either 42 miles or 106 miles.  Although not technical, this is a challenging course with over 9,700 feet of climbing. If you have not completed a century ride in the past, you should consider signing up for the 42 mile course the first year to gauge your level of fitness.  This will be an annual event so you will have the opportunity to try the 100 mile course next year.

COURSES/CATEGORIES:

106 MILE COURSE CATEGORIES:  From Chino Valley, AZ to Elk Ridge Ski Area (Williams, AZ) and back.
39 & under Male / Female
40 to 49 Male / Female
50 & 59 Male / Female
60+ Male / Female
(Awards 3 deep, Age as of Dec 31, 2015)

RELAY OPTION:

To experience the gravel and paved sections of the course we will offer a two person relay category. One member will start from Chino Valley and pass the baton to their teammate at the Ski Resort in Williams who will then finish the return route to Chino.  The second rider for the team must commute to the Ski Lodge via AZ-89, not the race course.  The drive time from Chino Valley to Elk Ridge Ski Area in Williams Via AZ-89 (55.24 miles) is approximately 1 hour 3 mins.

Two Person Relay
Full 106 mile course with rider exchange at the Elk Ridge Ski Area (Williams, AZ).

Duo Female
Duo Coed
Duo Male

– Above categories must report to the start line at 7:15AM.
– Start time for all 106 milers is 7:30AM

42 MILE COURSE CATEGORIES:  From Chino Valley, AZ to Perkinsville, AZ and back.

Open Male / Female

– Riders must report to the start line at 7:50AM.
– Start time for all 42 milers is 8:00AM

COURSE BETA

The course will be a 106 mile-long out and back from Chino, Arizona to Williams, Arizona and back through the upper Verde Watershed of the Prescott and Kaibab National Forests. There is approximately a 60/40 split between gravel and paved roads. Expect little to no motor vehicle traffic. Conditions of the gravel roads can vary from hard-pack, to rutted or washboard depending on the last time the roads were graded. Elevations along the course vary from 4000 ft to 7500 ft. At the lowest point of the course average high temps are in the mid 70′s for this time of the year.

106 MILE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Start from Old Home Manor Park, Chino Valley 2 miles east of Highway 89 on the corner of Perkinsville Road and Old Home Manor Road. Continue on Perkinsville Road Yavapai County Road 70 for 30 miles. Perkinsville Road Yavapai County Road 70 becomes Coconino County Road 73, proceed 23 miles to the turnaround at Elk Ridge Ski Area. Return to Chino following the same route.  There are cut-offs.

Aid stations at miles 21, 53, 85.  Cold beer at the finish.

***Two person relay will use the full 106 mile course with rider exchange at the Elk Ridge Ski Area (Williams, AZ).

42 MILE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Start from Old Home Manor Park, Chino Valley 2 miles east of Highway 89 on the corner of Perkinsville Road and Old Home Manor Road. Continue on Perkinsville Road Yavapai County Road 70 for 21 miles. Turnaround is at Aid Station 1

Aid Station: at mile 21, after the Verde River bridge on the west side of the road.  Stocked with water, ice and goodies.

COURSE MAPS

The course will be marked, however riders are reminded that they are responsible to know the course.
106 mile course map is located here
42 mile course map is located here

Full Interactive Course Map (note the 42 mile turn around at Aid Station 1) 

GPX

Just because you have a Garmin does not mean you don’t have to know where you are going – this is just another data point for you.
106 mile course – GPX
42 mile course – GPX

ELEVATION PROFILE

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COURSE CUE SHEET:

– Right Old Home Manor Rd 0.01 Mi
– Left onto E Perkinsville Rd 19.8 Mi
(NOTE:  Just past rail road tracks on the left is Aid 1/3, this is the turn around for the 42 milers)
– Left at stop sign Perkinsville Rd. 31.3 Mi
– Left onto E Ski Run Rd 1.5 Mi

Return route (106, back the way you came)

– E Ski Run Rd 1.5 mi
– Right Perkinsville Rd. 31.3 mi
– Right Perkinsville Rd. 19.8 mi***
– Right Old Home Manor Rd. 0.01

*** Turn right where the stop sign was on the way out., If you miss this turn you’ll end up in Jerome!

AID STATIONS

There will be two aid stations on course; the 42 milers will have one aid station, and the 106 milers will have three (you will use one twice).

AID STATION 1  – MILE 21
Sponsored by: The Pedal Bike Shop

pedal_logoLocated just of the Verde River Bridge on the west side of the road,  approximately 21 miles into the ride.
This is the turn around for the 42 mile riders!
Aid station will be stocked with – oranges, bananas, PB&J, water, Gu Brew, pretzels, Endurolytes Fizz, rad volunteers.

Porto – yep, we will have one of those too.
Note:  If you signed up for the 106 and decided to cut your day short – let the aid station support know.
Cut off:  10:00am – all 106 mile riders must reach this aid station by 10:00am – no exceptions, this is for your safety and the safety of the event staff.

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AID STATION 2 – MILE 53
Sponsored by:  Absolute Bikes

Located at the Elk Ridge Ski area (big climb, lodge type house), approximately 53 miles into the ride.
This is the turn around for the 106 mile riders.
All riders must check in!
Aid station will be stocked with – 
oranges, bananas, water, Gu Brew, pretzels, Endurolytes Fizz, rad volunteers.

Porto – restrooms available onsite!
Note:  If you signed up for the 106 and decided to cut your day short – let the aid station support know.
Cut off:  1:00pm – all 106 mile riders must reach this aid station by 1:00pm – no exceptions, this is for your safety and the safety of the event staff.

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AID STATION 3  – MILE 85
Sponsored by: The Pedal Bike Shop

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Located just BEFORE the Verde River Bridge on the west side of the road, approxiately 85 miles into the ride.
This is a revisit to aid station one and your last stop before the finish.  Fuel up to finish up!
Aid station will be stocked with – oranges, bananas, PB&J, water, Gu Brew, pretzels, Endurolytes Fizz, rad volunteers.

Porto – yep, we will have one of those too.
Note:  If you signed up for the 106 and decided to cut your day short – let the aid station support know.
Cut off:  3:30pm – all 106 mile riders must reach this aid station by 3:30pm – no exceptions, this is for your safety and the safety of the event staff.

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Cold beer is waiting for you at the finish.

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VOLUNTEER

All good events need some extra hands to make them awesome – ours is no different, so if you can help make this event awesome and lend a hand, please sign up!  We’ll give you a heads up before the event and also some extra goodies/food for your support – thanks in advance.  Sign up to volunteer here!

SPONSORS

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RESULTS

This event is hand timed with an insanely powerful app that allows us to time, score and post results online within seconds of your finish – barring internet connection.  Hand timing is slightly old school, but it is accurate, and is used consistently throughout the industry to back up chip timing – simply because it works.

RULES

  • Riders must ALWAYS obey all traffic laws and strictly obey any law enforcement persons or official event personnel.
  • Pass on the left and let yourself be known when doing so.
  • DO NOT PASS riders or vehicles on blind corners.
  • Riders must respect the directions of all course marshals at all times.
  • All riders must attend the pre-ride briefing (riders’ meeting) held at the start 15 minutes prior to the event.
  • Riders must respect the directions of all course marshals at all times – No exceptions.
  • The responsibility of keeping on the prescribed course rests with the rider.
  • A rider may not leave the prescribed course unless ordered to do so by public authorities or an event official.
  • A rider is required to stay on the designated route that is marked and or specified as the event course.  Lack of tape or barriers on the course, or misplaced signs will not constitute an excuse for cutting the course.

OUTSIDE SUPPORT

  • Support crews are not allowed on the course.
  • You are responsible for your mechanical needs during the event.
  • No outside help or outside event vehicle support.
  • Any rider that cannot complete the full distance of their event should report as a DNF to timing immediately.

NOT ALLOWED ON COURSE (COMMON SENSE TYPE STUFF)

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  • NO aerobars!
  • NO headphones will on course – this is for your safety and the safety of those around you.
  • No public urination or exposure.
  • No public profanity.
  • All riders are required to wear an ANSI or other approved helmet.
  • A rider may be disqualified for damaging or destroying public or private property. A rider may be held liable for all costs associated with the damage or destruction.
  • Local laws and ordinances of appropriate jurisdictions shall be observed at all times

CUTOFF TIMES

10:00am (2.5hrs) – 106 Milers – riders who have not made it to the 1st Aid Station (mile 22) by 10:00am will not be allowed to continue on the course and will be directed back to the finish.  Riders who are not capable of getting back to the start/finish areas under their own power will be transported by an event “sag” vehicle whenever possible.

1:00pm (5.5hrs) – 106 Milers – riders who have not made it to the 2nd Aid Station (mile 53) by 1:00pm will not be allowed to continue on the course and will be transported back to the finish when possible.

MANAGEMENT

Epic Gravel Rides reserves the right to remove and “DNF” any rider from the event that is deemed incapable of safely finishing the course for any reason.
Epic Gravel Rides reserves the right to make changes to the course as necessary for safety or security purposes or at the request of permit issuers U.S. Forest Service, Yavapai County and Coconino County.

FAQ

What is the Chino Grinder?​

The Chino Grinder is a 106 mile-long bicycling endurance challenge on the Perkinsville Road, consisting of a 42 mile paved section and a 61 mile gravel section from Chino Valley, Arizona (12 miles north of Prescott) to Elk Ridge Ski Area near Williams and back to Chino Valley.

Who can participate in the Chino Grinder?

The Chino Grinder is an event for the experienced and well-trained endurance bicyclist. Although not technical, this is a challenging course with 9700 feet of climbing. If you have not completed a century ride in the past you should consider signing up for the 42 mile course or the relay the first year to be able to gauge your level of fitness. This will be an annual event so you will have the opportunity to try the 106 miles the next year.

What kind of bike will I need?

Almost any type of bicycle can be ridden on gravel roads. You could definitely do it on a roadbike but the skinnier tires would be more prone to flats and the road bike calipers limit mud/debris clearance in case of wet weather (not likely in Arizona but something to consider). A Cyclocross bike would be a good choice, tough enough for the gravel and light for when you hit the pavement. A mountain bike would be the most comfortable but you will pay a price for the weight, especially on the 22 mile climb from the Verde River up to Williams. There are also bikes made specifically for gravel racing.

What is the course like?

The course is comprised of two county maintained roads. It is an out and back course 106 miles in length. Going out the first 30 miles is gravel and the next 23 pavement (short section of gravel leading to the ski area). The gravel section varies between smooth hardpack and some areas of washboard, there a number of wash crossings but generally speaking they do not slow you down.

Will the course be marked?

Yes. This website contains a detailed map that you should checkout before the event. Major crossroads will be signed. Aid Stations will be located near the Verde River Bridge (21 miles from start, also the 42 mile turnaround) and at the Elk Ridge Ski Area near Williams (53 miles, also the turnaround). Aid Stations will be stocked with water and refreshments. A SAG vehicle will follow the last rider on the course. (Tip: The restaurant at the Ski Area will be open for this event, bring some cash.)

Am I allowed to receive any outside assistance during the event?

No, outside support at any point other than official checkpoints will result in disqualification. Riders may assist other riders by any means and at any time.

What equipment should I carry on the Chino Grinder?

Outside support (except from other riders) is prohibited other than at official check points located at the the aid stations. You should plan on being as self-reliant as possible. Here are some suggested items to carry when riding the Chino Grinder.

– master chain link
– spare tubes (2)
– multi tool
– chain break tool
– warm gear (course goes above 7500 ft at highest point)
– tire levers
– pump/ CO2
– cell phone
– sun screen
– patch kit

May I have a support crew follow me along the route?

NO. Support crews are not allowed on course. We will provide a SAG vehicle that will provide assistance if a mechanical issue causes you to abandon the event. Additional vehicles on the course will compromise the event for the participants, especially the dirt section. If a support crew is found to be on course, that rider will be immediately disqualified from the event.

How many different classifications will be offered?

We will have eight competitive classifications for the 100 mile Course and two for the 42 mile… Plus the Relay.

106 Mile Men
39 & Under

40 to 49
50 to 59
60+
106 Mile Women
Open Women–39 & Under

40 to 49
50 to 59
60+
Two Person Relay
Coed Duo

Male Duo
Female Duo
42 Mile
Open Men

Open Women
 If I bring my family, will they have anything to do?

Yes. The Chino Grinder is a family run event aimed at entertaining entire families! Follow us on Facebook for more information.

Is lodging/camping available in the area?

You betcha, in addition to the hotels in Chino within riding distance to the Start/Finish there are numerous hotels in the town of Prescott located 25 minutes from the start line.

Dry camping will be available at Old Home Manor Park Friday and Saturday for a $5 donation to the Chino Valley Mountain Bike Club. The park will open at noon at Friday May 2nd.

Primrose Inn and Rv
1304 Arizona 89
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 636-2894
primroseinnandrv.com

Days Inn Chino Valley
688 Fletcher Ct,
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 636-0311

What is your refund policy?

“We know life can get in the way sometimes, and inevitably sometimes you can’t make it…but we plan on you being there. Rather than cut you no slack, we offer more than most. Up until 4 weeks out – 50% refund Inside of 4 weeks till the event, norefunds. No exceptions.”

Can I transfer my entry to someone else if I can’t use it?  

Yep, although there is a transfer fee to another rider is $20.

WHICH BIKE?

While you can never own too many bikes, picking the right one for this event will be a challenge for a few of you.  This page goes through various sections of the course, giving you our (not too biased) take on which type of bike will be most advantageous.  The final decision, well that’s up to you.  Choose wisely.

Road Bike: lightest bike, 50/34-53/39 Crank, ≥28C tires

Cyclocross:  46/36 Crank, drop bars

Gravel Bike: 50/34 crank, wider tires than cross bike, drop bars

Mtn Bike: largest front chain-ring ≤42t, suspension, flat bars

*** This course can definitely be done on a properly configured road bike and there would be some great advantages. If you think you want to go that route there are plenty of articles on the internet dealing with the setup of bikes used in Paris/Roubaix (http://www.letour.com/indexPRX_us.html) and Strade Bianche (http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/StradeBianche/it/). These races use routes that transverse roads with terrain similar to sections of the Chino Grinder course.

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Leaving the start from Chino Valley a short section of pavement soon transitions to dirt. There is a cement plant a mile or so down the road and with the heavy truck traffic quite a bit of washboard. You can easily pick your way around the worst of it. Past the cement plant the road smooths out and climbs gently for the next several miles.

Advantage:  CX bike, Mtn bike, Gravel bike

Near the 10 mile marker begins the 11 mile descent of Wildcat Draw into Perkinsville. This section is very fast with some high speed turns. Surface of the road is generally smooth but there are a few sections of washboard. Aid Station 1 is located north of the Verde River Bridge and is also the turnaround for the 42 mile option.

Advantage: Mtn bike

The next section is approximately 9 miles long with an elevation gain of 700 feet, a series of rollers with a couple of flat sections thrown in. This is the least maintained section of the course but it is obvious that they grade it on occasion. CX and Gravel bikes will need to pick a line to avoid the sections of washboard or ruts.

Advantage: CX bike, Gravel bike

At mile 30 the course hits pavement and begins the steady 12 mile (3000 ft. elevation gain) climb up Bear Canyon to Summit Mountain. This section is also part of the Williams RR for those that have done that before.

Advantage: Road bike, CX bike, Gravel bike

From the summit of the Bear Canyon climb to the turn off to Elk Ridge (9.5 miles) you will pass through large stands of Ponderosa Pines. There are a couple large alpine meadows where the wind may become a factor. Mostly flat with some rollers the big gears of the Road and Gravel bikes should provide a significant advantage.

Advantage: Road bike, Gravel bike

The 1.5 gravel road climb up to the Elk Ridge Ski Area (location of Aid Station 2 and relay exchange) definitely favors the lightest bikes, although there are some rough sections. Not an extremely steep grade (cars need to make it up in the winter) its enough to put the hurt on your legs, especially after riding 50 miles and the fact that the elevation is approaching 8000 feet.

Advantage: CX bike, Gravel bike

Elk Ridge Lodge

Return trip to Chino

The forest service road exiting Elk Ridge is generally in good condition. There are a couple of downhill corners where wide tires will provide an advantage. There are usually a few sketchy loose areas also (Careful, as there are several corners that come up real fast!).

Advantage: Mtn. bike

The paved 21.5 mile section of pavement from the turnoff at Elk Ridge to the end of pavement will favor big gears. It will also be beneficial to try to organize in a group to take advantage of the draft. The predominate wind in this area comes from the southwest which translates into a headwind for this direction.

Advantage: Road bike, Gravel bike

The 9 mile section return section of the end of pavement to Perkinsville section provides an advantage for the mtn bike. Much faster doing this section on the return route as you descend 700 feet in elevation to the Verde river.

Advantage: Mtn bike

After crossing the Verde River bridge you will begin the 11 mile 1500 ft climb up Wildcat Draw from the 21 mile marker to the 10 mile marker.

Advantage:  Road bike, CX bike, Gravel bike

Near the 10 Mile marker the course begins the gradual descent back to the start finish.

Advantage:  CX bike, Gravel bike