Race Notes and Information
The Hellhole Gravel Grind Prologue, 2-Day Stage Race, 1-Day Race, and 1-Day Ride will take place on the gravel roads in and around Hellhole Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The forest is named for the revolutionary war hero Francis Marion, who was known to the British as the Swamp Fox. He used these swamps, creeks and forest areas to ambush and hide from the British and was depicted in the movie “The Patriot”.
* The Prologue event is open to all. Time bonuses will be awarded based on finishing time and will be subtracted from the racers total time for the event entered.
** The prologue event is optional to all racers.
The Friday evening Prologue will be an optional, time bonus event on an all gravel 6 mile loop around the Witherbee Ranger Station. The time trial style event will begin at just before sunset so headlights and tail lights will be required. Riders will go off at 30 second intervals.
Prologue – 6.2 miles, 61 feet of elevation gain
2-Day Stage Race
The 2-Day Stage Race will be approximately 75 miles each day and will feature a different course each day. The courses will be 90%+ of unpaved roads and trails (single and double track). This is a true stage race with the lowest cumulative time over the two days determining the overall winner.
Course information and routes will be published no more than14 days prior to the event
1-Day Race and 1-Day Ride
For those less ambitious, there will be a 1-Day 75 mile, long course and 42 mile, short course ride on the first day of the Stage Race. The 75 mile course will be the same as the first stage of the stage race. The 42 mile ride will feature approximately 35 miles of the 75 mile course before splitting off and returning to the start/finish area. The 42 mile ride will be timed.
Course information and routes will be published no more than 14 days prior to the event
One stocked aid station will be available on each day’s course and limited support will be provided along the courses. To say this area is remote is an understatement. Bring with you what you think you may need for before, during, and after the race.
Wyndham Garden Inn Mount Pleasant
1330 Stuart Engals Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
3157 Highway 17 North
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Awards/ Medals/Prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers in each category of each race. Additionally, Awards/Medals/Prizes will be given to the top 3 finishers of each day’s stage of each category for the Stage Race racers. 42 mile ride participants will receive a Hellhole Gravel Grind Finishers Medal.
Rules and General Information:
Please visit www.mtpleasantvelo.org for more information, rules and to download the Racer’s Hellhole Event Guide.
The Hellhole Gravel Grind is being held under a special use permit issued by the Francis Marion National Forest.