FIELD LIMIT: 250
GRAVEL SEGMENTS: TBA
% OF GRAVEL: TBA
AID STOPS: 3
WHAT COMES WITH REGISTRATION?
- Entry into the event, of course
- Ride t-shirt and ride badge
- Aid station snacks
- Post-ride food and festivities
DATE: October 2, 2021
ESTIMATED START TIME: 7:30am*
The Toughskin Open will be a hard-as-nails blend of whatever heaven and earth throws at us. A bunch of gravel here, some asphalt there, dirt, sand, grass, water, obstacles —we figured we’d try to include just about everything short of lava. For 250 committed riders, it will be punishing and relentless, yet satisfyingly good for the soul. Heck, it even comes with soup.
We’re still putting the finishing touches on the perfect mixed-surface journey, which will come out to about 100 miles. Right now, the every changing route, is a 112-mile course that’s darn near 55% gravel, 30% pavement, 10% single-track and 5% “other”, with a total elevation gain of 8,500′ that’s giving us plenty of warm fuzzies. However, we’re working on some unique opportunities that would shorten the length while amping up the thrills, with less asphalt and more who-knows-what thrown in. On a scale of one to ten, ten being a giant can of whoop-ass, we’re gunning for a solid eight kicks in the pants.
2019 was an epic inaugural route for the Toughskin Open—155-miles total, with 10,000 feet of constant up and down, over 65% gnarly to pristine gravel. You can download our 2019 course here.
The goal of the course.
Create an exciting and challenging route that most mortals will need to train a good bit for, constructed to push you to—and maybe beyond—your limits while beaming from ear to ear.
- Designed to be suited to win on a gravel bike, but…
- Maybe with enough single track that a mountain bike could be the pro move, or…
- The roadie finds just enough pavement – puts on his best Paris-Roubaix face – avoids all the flats, and dodges just enough obstacles, or…
- Since we’ll be almost into Cross season, the CX’er, wakes up late, drinks a sixer beforehand, and crushes everyone?
With its limited SAG support, soul-crushing time cuts, and field limits guaranteed to give you plenty of alone time, we fully admit that this adventure is not for everyone. We made it that way on purpose. To finish is an accomplishment and comes with a badge of honor. To win secures your claim as the best in the South…and scores you one hell of a giant belt.
Make sure to keep up with us through our blog.
Start/Finish address will always be at Union City City Hall – 5047 Union Street, Union City, GA 30291
Just in case you don’t believe us, here’s what we were told about last year.
– JOM (Gravelcyslist.com) Husky100 – If you reckon there’s no gravel to be found near Atlanta, you would be very wrong. Overall, a great day complimented by hanging out at the start / finish line with new friends, enjoying food and beverages provided by the promoter to every entrant. Mark Spin the District on your calendar for 2020. (Read the full article here or watch the video)
– Jason Hanlin Husky100 – Hard as h#ll ride, but a post-party worth every bit of pain. I’m already getting ready for 2020.
– Dennis Decker Toughskin150 – Come for the gnar, stay for the party! This was one of the best-run events I have ever done. Top-notch from the start/finish, the overall route, the timed-segments, to the well-stocked SAG stops. A big, big bang for your buck.
We want our Gravel Grind participants to ride the ride the way they want to ride. Fast, slow, medium-fast, lightspeed—we’re here for all of it. If you’re the type to take your time, stop and smell the gravel, and really experience the route’s stunning natural scenery, be our guest. All participants who complete this punishing course will receive the satisfaction of a tough job well done and an exclusive Spin the District embroidered patch. (Good luck finding either one on eBay.) If you want to skip the scenery and go for the gold, we’ll cheer you on. The top three ToughSkin-Open riders from each category will receive the patch, an event medal, and free registration for next year’s event. In addition, the first-place finisher from the Time Segment Challenge, regardless of category, for both men and women will also receive a year of fame on our website and social media, and a giant, badass belt. (It won’t fit through your belt loops, but your pants will stay up from sheer intimidation.)
TIME SEGMENT CHALLENGE
More challenging segments are in store for 2021 where we will offer a Time Segment Challenge for the participants of the road Rayon100 event and the Toughskin Open versions. The winner of each Time Segment Challenge will be rewarded a custom, giant badass belt. (Think All-star wrestling big) To win the Time Segment Challenge, you must have the fastest overall accumulative time of the segments provided for each event. For this year’s Toughskin Open course there will be at least one time segment for each riding style discipline (Road, Gravel, MTB and Cyclocross) With multiple gravel segments for sure. See the Race Bible for full details
Calling out the best of the best
Have you had good results this year past year (well… 2 years… thanks COVID) ? Come check out the ToughSkin and save some green. If you’ve placed in the top 5 of any Gravel Race, Grinder, or Gravel Gran Fondo that’s 60 miles or more this since September 2019 to August 2021, we’re offering you free registration for the first 50 male and 50 female riders into the ToughSkin-Open. This ain’t our first rodeo, but it is the only the second time wrangling these particular bulls with these particular clowns. (We’re so much better at planning rides than metaphors.) Come on, take us up on it—what have you got to lose? Not a top 5 finisher? Don’t worry if you don’t qualify for free registration this year. Put the pedal to the metal in this year’s Toughskin Open to compete for free registration in 2022.
Please see our registration page for complete details.
Fees & Field Limits
Field Limit: 250 total
ToughSkin Open Classes and Entry Fees:
Men’s Open (18+) $90
Men’s Master 40+ $90
Women’s Open (18+) $90
Women’s Master 40+ $90
Single Speed – Men $90
Single Speed – Women $90
Tandem (Open gender/age) $180 Per Team
Registration is first come, first served until we fill up.
Day of Registration: NO DAY OF REGISTRATION FOR THE TOUGHSKIN-OPEN. Registration ends September 20th. For complete registration details, including transfers, refunds, field limits, etc. go to our registration page.