Experience & Bike Recommendations

Can I manage the 200km course?

Given the distance and the limited daylight hours needed to complete the 200km course, we ask that you are able to maintain a minimum 24km/hr pace. Your average speed will be lower than your road riding average speed given the gravel roads and climbing. If you cannot maintain this speed, please consider the 40km, 60km, or 100km course.

What kind of bike should I ride?

The 60km, 100km, and 200km routes cover several different surface types during the Growling Beaver with several gravel climbs and descents. It is recommended that you ride a gravel bike or a cyclocross bike with a minimum 30mm tire and appropriate tread. A front and rear light are mandatory for participants in the 200km route. Any style of bike for the 40km is acceptable.