Sandpoint, Idaho
June 29th, 2024

The Monarch Grind Is a gravel gran fondo that starts and ends near Clark Fork, Idaho. The 70-mile route is predominantly on U. S. Forest Service gravel roads and includes approximately 8,000 feet of elevation gain. The Monarch Grind is last leg of the Idaho Panhandle Gravel Series (IPGS).

Tuesday, June 25 – Friday, June 28, 2024:

  • 11:00-6:00 PM: Registration/Packet Pickup at Syringa Cyclery, 518 Oak Street Sandpoint, Idaho

Saturday, June 29, 2024:

  • 6:30-7:30 AM: Last-minute Registration/Packet Pickup at Start/Finish Area, Clark Fork, Idaho
  • 7:45 AM: Pre-Ride Meeting
  • 8:00 AM: Ride Starts
  • 10:30 AM: Rider cut-off time at Johnson Saddle Aid Station. Riders not reaching this point by 10:30AM will be turned around back to the start without completing the ride.
  • 2:00 PM: Awards at Race Finish – Prizes for top three men, women, and non-binary finishers, as well as top three men, women, and non-binary Idaho Panhandle Gravel Series finishers

January 19-21: Early Bird pricing, $50, will be open for ONE WEEKEND ONLY starting January 19 and ending January 21

January 22 – June 21:  Regular Pricing of $75 for the event will run January 22 – June 21

June 22 – June 29: Pricing is $90 for the week leading up to race day

June 29: Race day registration is available and will cost $90

To register, click HERE

You can also come into Syringa Cyclery and register in person from Saturday, June 22 – Friday, June 28 between 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Online registration starts on January 22nd with Early Bird pricing is available January 19-21, 2024. Secure the best price and lock-in your 3/4 Minus race early. After June 21, pricing goes up to $90. 

Onsite registration can be done at the event on the morning of race day, June 29.

The Idaho Panhandle Gravel Series debuted in 2023 as the brain child of Syringa Cyclery shop owner, Charles Mortensen. 

The series is comprised of three races: The 3/4 Minus Cykeltur, Chafe 150, and Monarch Grind. Riders are given points based on their finishing place for each race they participate in and an overall winner is crowned at the end of the final race, Monarch Grind. The 3/4 Minus and Chafe 150 are based out of Sandpoint, ID and the Monarch Grind is based out of Clark Fork, ID. 

Entrants do not have to compete in all three races to be eligible to win the overall IPGS series. 

Monarch Grind
Finishing Place Points
1 30
2 26
3 23
4 20
5 18
6 16
7 14
8 12
9 10
10 9
11 8
12 7
13 6
14 5
15 4
16 3
17 2
18 and up 1
Details
Monarch Grind

You can pick up your race packet at Syringa Cyclery (518 Oak Street, Sandpoint, ID) from Saturday, June 22 – Friday, June 28 between 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. You can also get your packet on race day at the venue between 6:30 – 7:30 AM. 

  • Electronic chip timing will be used for the Monarch Grind and results will be available online shortly after the end of the ride.
  • The ride will begin as a neutral start at a controlled speed, after which riders are free to ride at their desired pace.
  • All riders are required to wear helmets and follow State of Idaho traffic laws for bicycles, including yielding at stop signs and treating red lights as stop signs. Extra caution shall be taken at railroad and highway crossings.
  • Participants may ride any style of bicycle; however, motorized bicycles, including eBikes, and bikes with aero bars are not allowed. A large percentage of the route is on gravel or dirt roads; bicycles with traction tires are recommended. Traditional road bikes are not recommended.
  • The route will be marked with directional arrows, as needed, at road changes and intersections. Select road intersections will be controlled by volunteer flaggers wearing high-visibility vests. All riders shall to follow directions from the flaggers.
  • Riders shall ride single file when vehicular traffic is encountered for safety reasons and to not unduly obstruct vehicular traffic.
  • The route includes one rest/aid station (accessed at miles 16 and 54) where hydration and energy supplements will be available, and riders can seek first aid if needed. A sweep vehicle with drinking water and first aid will follow the riders, as well.
  • A mandatory 10:30AM cut-off time at the aid station at the 16-mile point into the route will be enforced in an effort to ensure all riders finish the ride before sunset. This point is at the top of the first major climb on the route and at the start of the looped portion of the course. Riders not reaching this point by 10:30AM will be turned around to ride back to the start/finish.
  • Participants are responsible for their own mechanical repairs during the event if needed. If a bicycle becomes unrideable, a support vehicle will be available to transport riders and bicycles back to the finish line

 

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