What is 

The Who, What, and Why of gravel in the Southeast

Officially started in 2019, but in development since 2010 when Ben and Boyd first became teammates on the same road cycling team.

Southeast Gravel is the work of two roadies who over time grew to love exploration into the unknown and the community aspect of gravel riding and racing.

Ben Renkema

Former profession rider, national champion, and current coach for Red Rocket Racing. Enjoys helping developing riders and all aspects of cycling.

Spends more time riding wheelies than Peter Sagan and hasn't found a "Road Closed" pile of dirt that he can't ride over.

Boyd johnson

Founder of Boyd Cycling, one of the premiere wheel companies in the world. Has been riding gravel since before it was cool; on a road bike with 22mm tubular tires.

Creator of infamous "Boyd Rides" where you are likely to end up riding through Dead Ends, walking in the woods, and almost always trespassing.

Boyd's birthday ride

Every year in mid June

Hotel Domestique north of Greenville, SC

Every year since 2012 Boyd celebrates his birthday by inviting a bunch of his closest friends and trying to kill them.

The ride features a great combination of paved road, dirt roads, elevation, and bears over the 73 mile distance. It's a true test of a rider's fitness, skill, and equipment.

The birthday ride became the inspiration for making a series of events throughout the Southeast that provide the challenge that commands a sense of accomplishment when completed. Some will race, some will ride, all will enjoy the courses we have scoped out. 

List of Events for 2020

The Gravel Battle of Sumter Forest

Clinton, SC

February 15th, 2020

76 mile and 46 mile options.

Half gravel / half pavement

Delicious BB Q served afterwards

Greenwood Gravel Grinder

Abbeville, SC

September 5th, 2020

100km and 50km routes

VERY low traffic

Rolling Terrain
Delicious BBQ served afterwards

Free Beer!

Tryon Gravel Gallop

Tryon, NC

July 11th, 2020

100km and 53km routes

Rolling  to Hilly Terrain
Delicious BBQ served afterwards

Free Beer!

This route features many of the gravel features from Boyd's Birthday Ride!

Falling Creek Pinnacle Punisher
Zirconia, NC

October 3rd, 2020

100km and 50km routes

Falling Creek Camp is located in the heart of the gravel featured on both the Tryon Gravel Gallop and Boyd's Birthday Ride.

If you have ridden the Tryon course, this brings you into the heart of the action without the opening and closing sections.

All action, all fun!

Hot Springs Gravel Gauntlet

Hot Springs, NC

Cancelled for 2020!

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 virus, we are having to cancel the Hot Springs Gravel Gauntlet for 2020.  With a massive amount of events being rescheduled for the late summer and fall of 2020 we thought it best to cancel the event instead of competing with another event in a very crowded fall schedule.

We will be back, and better, in 2021

We have the course info and descriptions still up (click more info below). We encourage people to go check out the area, but please ride safe and responsibly!

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