- Imagine a mountain bike race where the fittest might not win. A race where your wits, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, can bring you to the podium. A race where you decide the best route to the finish. That race is the Gear Grinder coming this March.
It's an event for the mountain bike athlete or for the adventerous spirit. You will explore Birdsboro Preserve where you will see beautiful reservoirs, an abandoned road washed out by floods, logged woodlands, scenic streams, deep woods experience not far from suburban sprawl, and a glimpse of a popular rock climbing venue. The trails are generally fast and passable but with ample amounts of climbing and areas of singletrack and rock.
The Gear Grinder is a mountain bike orienteering event. Simply, MTBO is navigational racing on mountain bikes, in which each participant is given a map showing a series of checkpoints to be found in a designated order in the shortest possible time, with the choice of route between checkpoints left up to the racer. Success therefore depends on raw speed, of course, but also on the ability to read the map, make good route choices and execute them efficiently.
Half Gear Grinder: Approx. 7.5-9 miles with plenty of climb
The Gear Grinder: 12+ miles with ample amounts of climb
All checkpoints will be directly on trail and competitors will choose their own route to get to each point.
Hay Creek Road deadends at Rustic Park where the event is held so you must approach from the north. Find your way to 724/345/Furnace Street intersection in Birdsboro and take Furnace Street which becomes Hay Creek Road until it dead ends.