The second year of the endurance bike race Hoh-ly Roller is coming up on May 14, 2022. The event is part of the 3-race series called Gravel Unravel, which also includes races in Quilcene and Wynoochee Lake. The races are organized by Lorrie Mittmann and Tim Tucker from Peninsula Adventure Sports in Port Angeles.
There are competitive and non-competitive divisions in short, medium, and long distances for each race. For the Hoh-ly Roller, riders on the short course will go 25 miles with 3,900 feet cumulative elevation gain. The medium course is 48 miles and 4,900 feet elevation gain, and the long course is 75 miles and 9,000 feet of climbing. The Hoh-ly Roller courses are on DNR and private roads by permission in the Hoh-Clearwater area. Organizers are expecting 200-250 riders.
A portion of proceeds from each race are donated to local non-profit organizations. The Hoh area race will donate funds to Forks Young Life, to be used for sending youth to summer camp. Young Life will be out on the courses helping with some of the water stations, making sure the riders can refill their water bottles and grab a snack before continuing on. Water stations are also a communications hub, where riders report issues such as someone with a mechanical issue or an injury, which the volunteers will relay to race staff.
Race Directors are looking for additional volunteers for a variety of duties including staffing the water stations not covered by Young Life, helping with check-in and race timing, and working as course marshals. “We also would love to have one or more folks with pickup trucks who would be able to respond on the course if a rider has a mechanical or other issue and needs themselves and their bikes to be picked up.” Mittmann said. Volunteers will be treated to food and drink and race swag after the race.
Course maps and other race information can be found at GravelUnravel.com (then click on “Hoh-ly Roller”)
If you are interested in volunteering, race sponsorship, or have any other questions about the race, contact Lorrie Mittmann at [email protected]