The Gravel Battle
Event 1 of 6
Event 1 of 6
It's the week of the event!
Download the Race Bible to show up prepared. If you have any questions, the answers are here.
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March 13, 20219:00 am Start Time
Event 1 of 6 in the Southeast Gravel SeriesStart off your season in the monst fun way possible. Enter for season long points standings and if you ride in all 6 events, you are registered to win a carbon wheelset from Boyd Cycling
No TrafficEnjoy gravel roads that traverse through some of the most remote areas of South Carolina. Focus on your riding, not battling vehicles.
Challenging CoursesYou may think that with Clinton being in the Piedmont region of South Carolina that the terrain means an easier ride. Don't be fooled, everyone who finishes this event knows it was much harder than they anticipated.
New Start and Finish Venue for 2021The old course had us coming back into Clinton on a few busy roads. The new venue is at the Clinton House with an added section of gravel. Having the venue here is a major improvement over the school.
Free Food, Free Beer!Go as hard as you want, and know that a hot BBQ meal and a cold refreshing beer will be awaiting you at the finish line. Stick around and cheer on fellow riders who are finishing.
What People are Saying
“ The Sumter Forest Gravel Event brings us through the best gravel roads around. There was no traffic, the course was very challenging, and the food afterwards hit the spot. This event had me mark down every Southeast Gravel event on my calendar.”
Placed 6th overall on the long course
The Clinton House
The Start Finish venue is located on a beatutiful hunting preserve on over 2000 acres There is plenty of parking and you will enjoy the scenery overlooking the lake as you take in your meal and beer while telling stories of your event with friends. There's no better way to spend a day!
As we mentioned above. Please do not park and ride from the Clinton House except on the day of the event!
Camping / Lodging options
If you are looking for a place to stay the night before the Gravel Battle of Sumter Forest we have a few options.
Brickhouse Campground $5 per night. First come/first serve. Primitive camping with no electric or water. Vault toilet available 13.6 miles to the Clinton House
Newberry KOA Until very recently this was the Magnolia RV Park. $45-50 per night (based on motorhome). Electricity and water hookups available. 10.5 miles to the Clinton House
There are 4 hotels very close to the Clinton House just off I-26.
- The Comfort Suites is $73 for the night - decent quality
- Days Inn is $58 for the night - could be nicer
- The Quality Inn is $60 for the night - hey, it's cheap
- The Hampton Inn is off exit 54 and is $85 for the night. The Hampton Inn is the nicest option in terms of quality.
Show up in Stlye!
- Provide a safe, fun, and challenging event
- Score everyone and provide instant results
- Make pictures available to share on social media
- Have delicious food and beer
- Provide GPS and signs for directions
- Ensure you want to compete in a future event
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a race?
Some people will race the course, some will ride to finish. You are free to go as hard as you want, but the rules of the road apply.
How many rest areas?
The long course will have two rest areas and the short course has one. They are stocked with water, drink mix, and snacks.
If I have a mechanical will you fix it?
This is a self-supported event. This means you are expected to bring tools and parts with you to fix your own mechanical and have the knowledge to fix it. If you have a mechanical that can not be fixed we do have sag support, although there may not be cell service and the support vehicle may be far away.
Is the course marked?
We try to mark the course extremely well. That being said, in every event there are people who rely only on the course markings to guide them and up up off course. It is *extremely* highly recommended to download the gps file we provide.