Where the rubber leaves the road

Sunday September 8th 2024 -- we’ll see you next year!


the best gravel roads Walla Walla has to offer, brought to you by Allegro Cyclery

What is the grit?

Is it a race, or a ride?

It could go either way. You are given a number and timed, so it might be a race. With three stunning routes and plenty of well-stocked aid stations, it could be a ride.

Is it a challenge to find the perfect bike, or a challenge to be the most under-biked?

Be ready to push your bike to the limit. The grit course will make you question the line between gravel riding and mountain biking, and find the balance between comfort and speed.

With years of experience running the Tour of Walla Walla stage race, Michael and Kathryn Austin have taken to the gravel race scene like ducks to water. With a route co-designed by Matt Faunt, you're (almost) guaranteed to have a good time.

Except if you're Matt. Sorry Matt :D

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Paved: 27.5 miles

Unpaved: 17 miles

Elevation Gain: 3,407 ft

Max Grade: 12.1%

Recomended tire size: 40 mm

Aid stations at miles 17.7, 30.7

Registration Fee: $75


Paved: 31.6 miles

Unpaved: 33.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 5,846 ft

Max Grade: 12.4 %

Recomended tire size: 40 mm

Aid stations at miles 17.7, 31.5, 51.5

Registration Fee: $85


Paved: 34 miles

Unpaved: 61.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 9,777 ft

Max Grade: 13.2%

Recomended tire size: 42 - 50mm

Aid stations at miles 17.7, 31.5, 42, 66.5

Registration Fee: $95


While there are steeper gravel climbs in the Walla Walla valley, all three grit courses take you over the Cottonwood Creek climb.

Chunky, dusty and loose, the road is less of a gravel road, and more of a rock garden at +10% gradients.

There is no shame in walking.

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RWGPS and STRAVA routing software rely on their estimate of the route, and have been known to give deceiving turn-by-turn navigation or off-course warnings.

Use your best judgement on navigation, keeping an eye out for course markers -- sometimes the 'road' is not really a road, but two shrubberies with a little path running down the middle.

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Sunday, september 10th, 2023


Number Pick-up

Saturday, September 9th

Allegro Cyclery

200 e main st, walla walla, wa, 99362

elevation gain: 10,000 ft

Grande| 95 miles

Sign in opens | 5:00 AM


Elevation gain: 6,000 ft

Medio| 65 miles

Sign in opens | 7:00 AM


Elevation gain: 3,500 ft

Bambino | 45 miles

Sign in opens | 8:00 AM


*Plan to be at the start line 5-10 minutes before your race starts


Race times will be posted in Gran Fondo fashion, noting the following achievements in each race:

Top 3 Riders

Cool merch prizes + bragging rights.

Top Masters (50+)

Bragging Rights.

Top E-Bike

(timed seperately) Bragging Rights .

Top 3 Women

Cool merch prizes + bragging rights.

Top Extra Masters (60+)

Bragging Rights .




In early September, Walla Walla will either be hot and dusty, cold and raining, or something in between.

Road conditions vary drastically; rocky peanut butter mud and ten inches of fine powder 'moon dust' have both featured in past editions. Check the forecast and come prepared!


While we've had mountain bikes, gravel bikes, cyclocross bikes, touring bikes and even a few knobby-tire road bikes finish the course, a gravel bike with 40mm+ tires and better than 1:1 gearing will feel the most comfortable. Visit your local bike shop for any bike upgrades!

As for the fastest bike, it comes down to technical skills, fitness and luck. Winners have historically ridden gravel/cyclocross bikes with 35mm - 42mm tires to victory.

Be Self-Sufficient

Only you know the type of food and amount of water needed to get through the course, and only hindsight knows how many flat repairs you'll need.

Have enough food, water and bike tools to last between aid stations. Bring plenty of flat repairs, a derailleur hanger if it's muddy, or extra sunscreen if it's hot.


Pre Race: Two bathrooms at Quirk open at 5 am. Short course riders can enjoy coffee at WW Roastery starting at 8 AM.

Mid Race: Five curated aid stations, stocked with food, water, bike pumps and a limited amount of tools. There will be a bathroom at the 3rd aid station (mile 42) on the long course.

Post race: Enjoy a beer and food truck fare at one of the best race finish lines in Washington: Quirk Brewery!



water, coke, sports drinks, cookies, oreos, bars, gels, electrolytes, pickles, pickle juice, oranges, bananas, pretzels, pb&j, and coffee!

*All specifications are subject to change without notice


But all good things must come to an end. Our aid stations will close at predetermined times, check here for updates.

Aid station volunteers have been instructed to let riders know when they are cutting it close and may not make the next aid station's cut off, and offer alternative routes. At this point, expect to pack enough food, water and bike repair supplies to finish the ride.

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Cancellation Policy

Since BikeReg offers third party registration insurance, the Walla Walla Grit will not offer any full refunds. Registered riders unable to participate due to injury, schedule conflicts, bike malfunctions, etc, may receive a 50% refund, defer their registration 100% to 2024, or transfer their registration to another rider. Riders looking to transfer registration or switch courses can do so via email up to early-bird packet pick-up on September 9th. Riders switching to a shorter course mid-ride will be given a ride time, but will not receive a placement in their new course category.

Unfortunately, Walla Walla is subject to Wildfire Smoke blowing into the valley.

The following Air Quality Policy was modeled after Whitefish Montana's TLBR:

For AQI of ≤100, as reported on Weather Underground, we will ride.

If either

  1. The AQI falls between 100 to 180 (we still ride), or
  2. The AQI falls above 180 (race cancelled),

registered riders will be eligible for a 50% refund or 100% deferral to 2024. Cancellation due to course conditions will be decided by 5 AM on race day.

Join the Team

We are always looking for race support. From aiding riders on the road, to welcoming them home at the finish line, volunteers help make the Walla Walla Grit happen. Contact us today to get involved!

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