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©2019 by Southeast Gravel

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

68 mile and 38 mile options.

Half gravel / half pavement

Delicious BB Q served afterwards

Greenwood Gravel Grinder

Abbeville, SC

March 28th, 2020

100km and 50km routes

VERY low traffic

Rolling Terrain
Delicious BBQ served afterwards

Free Beer!

Tryon Gravel Gallop

Tryon, NC

October 3rd, 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 Camp Gravel
Zirconia, NC

Date: May 2nd, 2020

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

VERY Low Traffic

106km and 60km routes

Half gravel / Half pavement

The climb through camp to finish the ride will be a kicker!!

Hot Springs, NC

Date: June 6th, 2020

If you have never ridden in Hot Springs, NC you are in for a treat! Yes, this will be a very hilly and very difficult event. 

While some people will race, we encourage everybody to look around, take in the amazing mountain scenery and the epic gravel roads running alongside flowing mountain rivers.

Climb up to Max Patch for the most amazing views in the Southeast and then enjoy the fact that the last 22 miles of the event are all downhill!

This is a bucket list event that you will not want to miss!
77 mile option (with a bunch of climbing)

24 mile option (lots of climbing for the first 9 miles, then downhill and flat)