Gravel Grinder Saturday

At a past event, an estimated 170 people from all over the country registered and competed in the Gravel Grinder bike race in Smithville. This spring's race is Saturday, May 14.

SMITHVILLE — Cyclists from the around the region and beyond will return to downtown Smithville before the sun rises Saturday, May 14, to take part in the Humphrey’s Gravel Grinder bicycle race. The annual event includes chip-timed races with 25- to 200-mile options. Race day starts at 6 a.m.

All race proceeds benefit Smithville Parks and Recreation. The event is organized and supported by the Smithville Bike Co-op, Smithville Main Street District and the parks department.

Spectators along with cyclists’ family and friends are welcome to attend and cheer on the cyclists as all races begin downtown off Main Street. Parking will be limited as roads around Smithville’s downtown will be closed for the event.

There will also be family-friendly events throughout the day including a fun ride on the Main Street Trail; a kids car race with motorized cars, trucks and tractors down Bridge Street; a vendor event hosted by Smithville Main Street District; a mental health fair with local resources; live music on the Ali Kemp Memorial stage in Courtyard Park; and food for purchase from the Chops BBQ food truck.

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