Diamond Grinder

On September 9,  RCMBA and Revolution Bicycles hosted a gravel race/ride on Green Diamond Resource Company roads that left from Mad River Brewery on a foggy Saturday morning and looped around 22 miles and almost 3,000 feet of climbing on logging roads, around the Mad River drainage back to the brewery. This event was exciting for the club because it is the first event in many years held in cooperation with Green Diamond and is hopefully the start of a mutually beneficial relationship between the two organizations.  Gary Rynearson, GDRCo public relations, is already talking about expanding the ride for next year.  The Diamond Grinder itself had a great turn out with 68 riders from all disciplines- the randoneurring guys were there, the Downhill shuttle crew, the commuters, the mountain bikers, the kids, the grandparents!  The awards went to first place, but the creative "mediocre awards" made us all laugh, consisting of a pint glass, a $7 gift card to Safeway, and a Slim Jim- Awarded for best crash, 34th place, and youngest rider.  Big Thanks to Revolution's Andrew Spickerman and Justin Brown for this successful and creative event! Can't wait to see what you guys come up with next.

 Registration took place at mad river brewery and ended at 9:30am.

Registration took place at mad river brewery and ended at 9:30am.

 Taylor way was  crowded with cars from the substantial turnout

Taylor way was  crowded with cars from the substantial turnout

 After a brief riders meeting, all of the riders took a neutral roll out from the brewery to the Green Diamond Gate at the end of Hatchery Road.

After a brief riders meeting, all of the riders took a neutral roll out from the brewery to the Green Diamond Gate at the end of Hatchery Road.

 Riders working there way up the service roads in the forest

Riders working there way up the service roads in the forest

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 The official timed portion of the ride ended when your wheels touched the water of the Mad River about 14 miles into the ride.  Here, GIna baur makes the river cross to complete the rest of the ride back to Blue Lake.

The official timed portion of the ride ended when your wheels touched the water of the Mad River about 14 miles into the ride.  Here, GIna baur makes the river cross to complete the rest of the ride back to Blue Lake.

 Huge thanks to all the riders who came out to support the club and enjoy the new riding opportunities.

Huge thanks to all the riders who came out to support the club and enjoy the new riding opportunities.