The gravel

battle of

sumter forest

February 15th, 2020

The event that started it all!


Join us Saturday, February 15th, 2020 for the Gravel Battle of Sumter Forest presented by Boyd Cycling and Southeast Gravel! 

This is the event that launched SouthEast Gravel!

A few years ago, Boyd scoped out what looked to be some gravel roads in a very remote part of South Carolina. After riding an 80 mile course, it was decided this course was way too good not to share. Soon word spread about the amazing dirt roads in the area and the Sumter National Forest became a mecca for people looking for a very remote gravel ride.

In early 2019, we put on our first official event, and it was so well received that we launch SouthEast gravel and planned for a 5 event series. The Gravel Battle of Sumter Forest is our first event of the year, and a great way to test that winter fitness. The gravel roads are in amazing condition, traffic is pretty much non-existent, and the flat to rolling terrain is perfect for a February event. Don't let that fool you, there is still 3500 feet of climbing for the 76 mile event, and with over 50% of the course being on dirt roads, event the most seasoned rider will fee the challenge.

There will be a free BBQ lunch and beer for all racers after the event! 

Routes can be viewed and downloaded here.

76 mile route:

46 mile route:


Cut off time for the long course!

For this event, we will be strictly enforcing a cut off time for our long course riders.  If you arrive at our first aid station that comes at 22.5 miles in after the cutoff time, we will direct you to continue on the short course. You will then be scored in the short course category. Cutoff time will be 11:30am. 

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