So what does the course look like? The ride has a little bit of everything. Some flatter sections, some saw tooth hilly areas, a few grass/dirt lanes, and about 9 miles of pavement (sorry, it's the best I could do). Currently the gravel is different than it was last year. There are some sections with pavement smooth "hero's gravel", but there are more loose gravel sections this year. This is most likely due to the lack of rain we have experienced this year compared to last year, and the gravel just hasn't packed in as much. There are some sections with some "chunky monkey" larger fresh gravel rocks, but they are short lived and far between.
With just two weeks left until the Grumpy Grind, the rider roster is up to 34 participants. Currently there is only one female on the roster, which kinds of surprises me. I've ridden with some really strong women riders in the last couple of years, so I'm not going to read into this situation too much. Maybe, like for most people, the weather is the determining factor. You just never know what the spring weather will bring. But that's part of what makes spring "grinding" an adventure. And for me personally, that's what drives me.