ADVENTURE SPORTS: Registration open for Gravel Unravel

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PORT ANGELES — Registration is open for Peninsula Adventure Sports’ 2022 Gravel Unravel and other long-distance events on the Olympic Peninsula.

The Gravel Unravel, a series of three gravel bike course races, returns with a few changes. Runners are warned that these endurance courses “are no joke”, as even the short courses contain thousands of vertical feet of climbing.

The first is the Hoh-ly Roller in the Hoh River area on May 14. The second is the Bon Jon Pass Out on June 18 in the mountains between Quilcene and Blyn. The third is a new event, the Why-Not-Chee around Lake Wynoochee, just south of Olympic National Park, to be held on July 16.

The Hoh-ly Roller has redesigned the courses, which begin and end on the main Hoh Road near Coppermine Bottom Campground. There is a new course on the long and medium runs which includes a traverse of Mount Octopus. The short course is 25 miles long and climbs 3,600 feet. The medium course is 48 miles long and climbs to 4,900 feet, and the long course is 75 miles long and climbs to 9,000 feet.

The Bon Jon Pass Out is much the same as the old Bon Jon Pedal Bender, only with two additional water stations. All three races start and end at Worthington Park in Quilcene.

The short course is 32 miles long and includes 4,000 feet of climbing. The medium course is 55 miles long and has 6,000 feet of elevation gain, while the long course is 80 miles long and has 9,000 feet of elevation gain.

The title sponsor of the Hoh-ly Roller and Bon Jon Pass Out is 11 Winery.

The Why-Not-Chee replaces the Sol Grinder, which had taken place in and around the Sol Duc Valley. The Sol Grinder had to be canceled due to traffic congestion, which will not be fixed by July.

The Why-Not-Chee offers four routes that begin and end near Coho Campground along Lake Wynoochee. There is a 17-mile “micro” course that circles the lake, a 36-mile course with 3,200 feet of elevation gain, a 51-mile medium course with 4,600 feet of elevation gain, and an 87-mile course that climbs at 8,400 feet.

The title sponsor of the Why-Not-Chee is Honda of Grays Harbor. Oly Pen Real Estate is a sponsor and the beer garden is sponsored by Hoquiam Brewing.

If people had already registered for the Sol Grinder, they will receive a notification that the race has been changed to Why-Not-Chee. People can either receive a refund or transfer their registration to the new race.

New this year will be series rewards and for individual podiums there will be team points.

The 2022 Peninsula Adventure Sports Big Hurt will be held in and around Port Angeles on September 24th and the Little Hurt will be held on September 25th.

The Big Hurt contains four stages – mountain biking, kayaking, road biking and running. People can compete solo or as part of a two to four person relay team. All stage-to-stage transitions will take place on the Port Angeles waterfront. This year the area will feature music, food and an outdoor cafe.

The Little Hurt is for children in grades four through nine. Kids will ride BMX on the Lincoln Park BMX track for the bike leg, row on rowing machines for the kayak legs, and take a train ride around Lincoln Park. Distances vary by age.

Peninsula Adventure Sports also operates the Olympic Adventure Trail on April 16, the Great Olympic Adventure Trail on September 10, and the Pacific Northwest Extreme Cyclocross (date TBD) at Extreme Sports Park.

To register for the OAT run, Gravel Unravel, GOAT run, the Big Hurt and the Little Hurt, people can go to www.peninsulaadventuresports.com.

North Olympic Healthcare Network is a community partner for these events. Sponsors include Sounds Bikes and Kayaks, Delta Dental of Washington, Angeles Millworks/Hartnagels and Red Lion Port Angeles Harbor for the Big Hurt. Bike Garage, Phoenix Dragon Martial Arts, Lincoln Park BMX and Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association all helped create the Little Hurt.

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