Earlier this gravel season, we covered Ohio’s Baitin’ the Shark gravel race. Gravel racers from the Buckeye State will have another chance to grind some gravel at the Black Fork Gravel Grinder on May 4.

The 2019 Black Fork Gravel Grinder starts and finishes in Loudonville, Ohio, located between Akron and Columbus. The event offers a 54-mile race, and rides of 30 and 23 miles.

The 54-mile race features 10 climbs on a route that is 80% gravel, and the route intersects with the Mohican 100 Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Race course.

Click here to register for the Black Fork Gravel Grinder

2016 Black Fork Gravel Grinder. photo: YouTube

2016 Black Fork Gravel Grinder. photo: YouTube

The event offers payouts to the top three women and men in the 54-mile race, and race winners get a free entry to next year’s Barry-Roubaix in Michigan.

The race website describes what racers can expect.

The condition of the gravel depends greatly on the weather and which road you’re on.  You will likely encounter sections as smooth as silk, soft and mushy and others that are as rocky as a mountain bike trail.   The few short sections of pavement are a nice break and are generally more rolling and flatter in character. 

The Black Fork Gravel Grinder is part of the Ohio Gravel Race Series.

For more information and registration, visit