The Shred Mobb was well represented at the this years Funk Bottoms Gravel Grinder. Here's a race report from Shred Mobbster Carl J. aka YouTube.
Funk Bottoms Gravel Grinder 2017 dubbed Ohio's toughest gravel grinder lives up to its name. This grinder is a slog fest but in a good way. It's intense, exhilarating and utterly exhausting. The race starts is Lakeville, Ohio not far from Mohican State Park with a mix of gravel, chip & seal, crater sized puddles, a taste of single track and enough double track to last you an entire season. Funk Bottoms will leave you zonked at the end of the day but at no point will this course bore you.
It couldn't have been a better day, the high was 70 something and rain the night before made the dirt firm but not saturated in the slightest. The race starts neutral for a mile or so and once you hit
dirt it's on. The first 13 miles had a few rollers with some nice descents to payoff your hard work but that didn't last. It was just enough to get your confidence up. Next you pass through Glenmont and hit 2 brutal dirt climbs one after another and that's when you realize this ain't gonna be easy. Once again you are rewarded with some white knuckle, fast and fun descents until the next one. After that you get to the mile 18 bike n' hike - this is more fun than it sounds. There's rocks, quicksand (not actually but if you don't pay attention your front wheel will be 6 inches deep in mother earth) those crater puddles I mentioned that hold miniature lakes. That all said this mile or so on the course is pretty fun and very rideable. I rode 90% of it and I think the rest of the field did too. However, you must be careful cause at any moment you can find yourself over the bars and soaked feet are a probability but totally worth the cyclecross training you get on this techy terrain. We then continue through rolling hills, gravel forest roads, downed trees, a sketchy bridge where you taste some singletrack through the high grass before entering and exiting. You finally get around mile 60 (I don't ride with a computer so my mileage locations may be a little off) and you think the hard part's over when you hit the 2 most brutal climbs of the day, they're pretty close together but FB delivers some fine descending in between to give you a bit of a break. After that last climb you hit some chip seal and a bit of pavement on the 3ish mile
homestretch and you see the train tracks providing you with vindication for what you just did to your legs.
At the end of the day Strava told me I climbed nearly 6500' but my legs would argue it was more. Steep, brutal climbs on all surfaces was the theme of the day with some white knuckle downhills to break up suffering.I found that when I really started to hurt looking around at the beautiful scenery helped me keep my chin up and slog it out. Unfortunately, the day wasn't all swell for everyone on the Shredd Mobb, a debilitating mechanical took 1 of our teammates out after mile
18 and he didn't even get to hit the bike n' hike! Another rider was doomed with 2 flats and i think we all started to cramp at the end but we enjoy beer too much so cramping is par for the course. All in all we all had fun and finished in 5 and 6 hours.
Funk Bottoms is a grassroots race I highly recommend. The promoters don't charge a penny for the race yet still provide a well marked course, an aid station, and great volunteers that make sure you're safe and keep track of your timing, oh and free beer! The race may be free but you will definitely work for that beer with a long but awesome day in the saddle.
Be sure to check out next years edition of the Funk Bottom Gravel Grinder.