I tried to create a ride that incorporates all the amenities that I would look for in a ride. It is free, doable (not amazingly long), challenging, and will offer some cool swag to a few luck individuals at the finish. The finish will also provide food and beverages, which are always most appreciated after a long ride. I realize not all aspects of this ride will please everyone, but it should satisfy most.
In the spirit of the traditional roots of gravel grinds, the Grumpy Grind is also a free event. How can something be free you ask? Sponsorship and volunteer support cover a lot of what we offer (so nothing is really free). Yes, donations are always welcome, but we do not rely on them. The nice thing about something being free is that there is no reason for anyone to really complain about things, because it is solely their choice to participate.
It is nice to be able for people to contact me in regard to whether they are planning to ride. And if they are unable to make it, it is also nice to know. Our planning for food and t-shirts is based around these numbers, so please contact me regarding your ride status if you haven't already. It's the right thing to do