Gravel Day

September 21, 2024

Gravel Day provides a cycling adventure on the gravel roads of beautiful Southeast Ohio.
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2024 Gravel Day Routes

Sat 09/21

Nelsonville Loop Route

22 Miles
$1,500 Fundraising Commitment

Winding through the hills of Athens County, this challenging loop route is an exciting challenge for all Riders, with a total elevation gain of over 1,400 feet. Riders should be sure to properly prepare prior to Gravel Day to ensure a great experience!

Sat 09/21

Nelsonville Loop Route

30 Miles
$1,500 Fundraising Commitment

This challenging loop route has advanced Riders travel through the hills of Athens County. Featuring several hilly sections and a total elevation gain of over 2,600 feet, Riders should be sure to properly prepare for some serious climbs!

Sat 09/21

Nelsonville Loop Route

52 Miles
$1,500 Fundraising Commitment

Riding through the hills of Athens County, this loop route is a true adventure and very challenging option for experienced Riders. This ride will feature multiple sections of climbing with a total elevation gain of over 4,700 feet.

New Gravel Day Weekend Experiences

Embrace the spirit of adventure and join us for new, exciting experiences throughout Gravel Day weekend on September 20-22, 2024. We’ll kick off the weekend with a community gathering on Friday night and participants are now invited to camp onsite!

Kick off Gravel Day Weekend with the Pelotonia community

  • Immerse yourself in the Gravel Day experience by joining us at Snow Fork Event Center for a community gathering on Friday evening from 6-9pm.
  • Enjoy acoustic music, food, drinks, and s’mores by the campfire to come together ahead of the Saturday morning gravel ride.
  • All Riders, Volunteers, and supporters are welcome to attend, setting the stage for an incredible weekend in southeast Ohio.
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Kick off Gravel Day Weekend with the Pelotonia community

Gravel Day Camping

We’re excited to offer Gravel Day Riders and Volunteers the opportunity to camp on-site at Snow Fork Event Center from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. You can make your campsite reservations online here
Each campsite is primitive, so there will be no power available or access to water. There will be porta johns in the camping area and a shower trailer nearby.  
Two campsite options are available based on your camping style and equipment – or you can stay at a nearby hotel or vacation rental. Explore your options below! 

Camping & Accommodations

Car & Tent Camping

Pull your vehicle up and set up a tent. Small pop-up campers or trailers also permitted as space allows. $25 per night.

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RV Camping

One RV, motorhome, or vehicle with camper permitted per site. Please note: there are no electricity or water hookups. $50 per night.

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Camping Equipment Rentals

Hocking Hills Outdoors offers camping equipment rentals, including setup so your campsite is ready for fun when you arrive!

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Hotels & Vacation Rentals

If you’d prefer to stay off-site, there are plenty of great hotels and vacation rentals within the Nelsonville & Hocking Hills regions.

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Gravel Day FAQ

When is Gravel Day 2024?

Gravel Day will take place on September 21, 2024.
Note: The original Gravel Day date announced was September 28. Due to another event in the Nelsonville area on that date, which includes racing on some of the same roads featured on Gravel Day routes, we’ve made the decision to change the Pelotonia event date to Saturday, September 21, 2024.

Is there an age requirement to participate in Pelotonia Gravel Day?

The minimum age to ride or volunteer is 14; however, any age can participate in Pelotonia as a Challenger.

Can I register for Ride Weekend in addition to Gravel Day?

Yes! Riders can participate in both Ride Weekend and Gravel Day. Riders' fundraising commitment will increase based on the Ride Weekend route that they select. High Rollers ($5,000 fundraising minimum) will be able to participate in both events at no additional commitment increase.

Can I ride my road bike in Gravel Day?

Some more current road bikes (likely sold in the last five years) allow for more robust tires which is key for safety and the best experience during Gravel Day. The minimum tire width we would recommend is 35mm. Hardtail mountain bikes would also be a great option that would allow for better handling, more robust tires and a really fun experience.

All Frequently Asked Questions

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