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Gravel Rides

All the distances. All the gravel. All the everything.

Get pumped for year three of the Spin the District Union City Gravel Grind and Gran Fondo! We’ve been called one of the best Gran Fondo values in the country, and so deeply has this honor touched our gravelly little hearts that we’re doubling down for 2020. Even more weekend fun. Even more day-of challenges. Even more, more, more post-ride entertainment.

Why Union City?
Lots of reasons!

  • Union City loves cyclists. It feels good to ride where you’re wanted.
  • The start line is the gateway to horse country. It’s shocking how quickly you can go from the concrete congestion of Atlanta to unspoiled rural vistas.
  • It’s only 10 miles from the World’s Busiest Airport. ATL has more direct flights than any other U.S. airport, delivering you and your bike affordably and conveniently, just up the road from the race.

Plus Union City is part of the ATL Airport District, which boasts over 8,000 hotel rooms (priced an average of 30% cheaper than downtown Atlanta) within minutes of our start line. Oh, and incredible restaurants. Oh, and tons of other stuff to do in addition to our spectacular event. So bring your buds, your loves, your family units, or just yourself—but you’ll want to make a weekend out of it.

What’s the gravel like?
Are you kidding right now? Georgia has some of the best gravel in the States. We may not have the five-mile climbs of Steamboat or the death shards of flint from Kansas—and yeah, we’ve discussed those insecurities with our therapists—but last year’s ToughSkin150 route was over 10,000 feet of climbing and 65% gravel and every mile was an experience. This year, we’re tweaking it to be exactly that good, but also better. Over the course of each route, the ride ranges from scenic and liberating to grueling and gnarly, delivering a soul-satisfying ride whether you’re riding for pleasure or punishment.

What’s so special about this Grand Fondo versus all the others, though?
We. Are. So. Glad. You. Asked.

First, this isn’t just an amazing day of rides (although it is an amazing day of rides, if we haven’t tortured that point enough yet). It’s a whole weekend of legitimately awesome activities:

  • Arrive sometime Friday, settle in, and join us for an evening party at the Velodrome with food, beer, a DJ, and people who love cycling.
  • Take it easy the next morning, then hop on your bike to join our Beltline Brew Tour Saturday, where visits to two nearby bars and five (now six) Atlanta breweries will take us into the city and back again. More on that soon.
  • And then get a good night’s rest, because Sunday is Sunday. You’ll ride until your metaphorical wheels fall off (we have SAG support for your literal wheels—it’s all covered in the Ride Bible), and upon returning, you’ll find the post-ride party in full swing: food, beer, music, massages, and more. You’ll be treated like royalty as you come down from your post-ride high. Filthy, sweaty royalty.

In addition to being a blast in every way, there’s one other thing that sets this ride apart: in both the men’s and women’s 100- and 150-mile gravel rides, you can expect to test yourself against the best of the best. Although our authentically rural setting requires field limits, we hold 100 additional slots open for riders who have proven to be the best of the best (it’s also covered in the Ride Bible). So in addition to our 250 first-come-first-serve registrations, we invite riders with kickass resumes to contact us and ask for special treatment. Ashton Lambie, if you’re out there, we’re waiting to hear from you! Update: Ashton is confirmed. That leaves 99 spots for the men’s Toughskin150, so check in soon to find out if you qualify.