Seven Feathers Casino Resort, nestled among tall Douglas firs and pine trees just off of I-5 at exit 99 in Canyonville, is the beginning of the Takelma Gravel Grinder. Riders can choose between the 30-mile Decaf and 57-mile Bold routes. The ride begins by taking riders through the doors of the casino before rolling towards the town of Canyonville and onto rural, Tiller Trail Highway.
Passing farm and ranch landscapes along the South Umpqua River, soon you’re into the gravel experience with the first climb of the ride. A challenging 1.3-mile KOM climbing effort with 9% average gain, then cresting to a spectacular valley view of Days Creek. During the ride, aid stations with electrolyte drinks and food will be provided, as well as SAG vehicles.
The 15-mile mark will be the turn-around for the Decaf riders, as the Bold riders continue on towards Chief Miwaleta Park and along the scenic view of Galesville Reservoir. Riders then return to Seven Feathers Casino Resort to relax at Squatchee Fest, formerly the Bites, Blues & Brews Festival, enjoying food and beverage from the Seven Feathers Food Truck, compliments of the race organizers.
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