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Watch the 2022 Race to Valhalla

The Race to Valhalla is the hilliest of our course. Situated in the mountains of Oconee County, SC the Race to Valhalla will be the true test of your fitness. Join us downtown as we combine a gravel bike race with an art festival. It's fun for the whole family!

May 04, 2024
9:00 am Start Time
Walhalla, SC

  • Event 3 of 6 in the Southeast Gravel Series

    Early May is the best time to  ride in the Carolinas. The temps will be cool to start and won't be too hot yet. Long gravel roads with no traffic, a half hour long climb, and riding along the Chattooga River greet you in our most demanding and scenic course.
  • Bring Your Climbing Legs

    Winding Stairs Rd come in the early stages of this course. Climb from the scenic Lake Cherokee on a steep winding gravel road that can take the better part of a half hour to climb. 
  • Lots of Camping Nearby

    Oconee State Park and South Cove County Park both offer plenty of camping spots and are very close to the start. What better way to make a full weekend in the most beautiful part of South Carolina than to enjoy the whole weekend outside.
  • See the Town Come Out

    With an amazing downtown start/finish venue in conjunction with an art festival, the entire town of Walhalla comes out for this event. On finishing, riders come down main street (which has been closed to traffic) for an amazing final mile stretch to the finish. 
  • Free Food, Free Beer!

    Go as hard as you want, and know that a hot meal and a cold refreshing beer will be awaiting you at the finish line. Stick around and cheer on fellow riders who are finishing.


Course Distances, Maps, and GPS Files

The Race to Valhalla

Long Course - 72 Miles

Short Course - 48 Miles

105 West Main Street, Walhalla, SC 29691

The Start Finish venue is on beautiful Main Street in Walhalla, SC. The Race to Valhalla will be held in conjunction with the Mother's Day Art Walk festival. Bring the whole family, stay for the weekend, and enjoy all that Oconee County has to offer. Finish your gravel ride right into a festival type atmosphere.

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What People are Saying

“ The Race to Valhalla is a real test with a great combination of climbs, scenery, and no traffic. The downtown finish has a cool vibe that you usually only get in events like Unbound. You can tell this area is all for people riding bikes”

Loren Drake

First event was Walhalla

Other Events in the Series

Southeast Gravel consists of 6 unique and challenging events in the Southeastern USA.
All events have chip timing, live results, overall and category prizes. Everyone who participates also receives a free hot lunch and free beer afterwards.
Other events include
  1. Gravel Battle of Sumter Forest
  2. Greenwood Gravel Grinder
  3. Kershaw Gold Rush
  4. Tryon Gravel Gallop
  5. Hot Springs Gravel Gauntlet

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Our commitment

  • 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.