The GRVL-XX Project
ArMan here. I’ve been riding and presenting gravel events since 2011. Considering that many of my regular rider pals are women I was struck with how few female riders were actually showing up at the organized events, typically 15% of participants or less. It didn’t make sense; you can speculate the reasons why but, instead, I decided to do something about it. In 2015 I offered a significant number of free entries for women into my gravel events (Raid Rockingham and Raid Lamoille) and also arranged a few free entries into other promoters’ events. In 2016 I formalized and expanded this effort. The project continued to thrive and, in 2018, we added a charitable component, where for many events interested riders “pay” for their free entries by making a modest contribution to the respective ride director’s chosen non-profit beneficiary. Everybody wins!
Oh, and I dubbed it the GRVL-XX Project – for current news you can follow our GRVL-XX Project Facebook page.
2019 information appears below – PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE COMP CODE AVAILABILITY!
Our Premise: Let’s get more women riding in gravel events!
For each free entry you receive through this project you must announce your participation in the ride via social media (including reference to the GRVL-XX Project) AND recruit at least one more paying female rider to join you at the particular event. We’re on the honor system here.
The Process (aka Rules):
Due to the large number of events and potential requests I am requiring a separate email request with an event-specific subject line for each request.
SPECIAL NOTICE: some comped entries (noted below) will require you to make a donation to a specified non-profit before you request a comp code. When you make your donation to the entity you should receive an email confirmation from them; for these noted events you must include a copy of this confirmation in your emailed comp request.
You may request entries for more than one event but please be thoughtful of others; while we appreciate enthusiasm please limit your requests to a couple of events so others can have a shot.
Request codes for only those events where you are sure you can attend and deliver on your Promise. If you are already registered for an event please allow others to participate in this program but do spread the word!
Legitimate requests (per the Process above) will be honored in the order received while the code supply lasts for each event.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Premium (aka free rides):
The roster below includes events for which I’ve obtained – donated, cadged or bought – a specified number of free entries for female riders. Some are still under negotiation and will be posted as confirmed. Most comps also include a charitable donation component. Updates will be announced on GRVL-XX Facebook page. Please request only by events that have remaining active codes.
INFO UPDATED AS OF May 1st 2019:
Fatty Walrus – February 10th – event concluded
Vermont Overland Maple Adventure Ride – March 24th – Reading/W. Windsor Food Shelf donation required – event concluded
Muddy Onion – April 20th – MAMBA donation required – event concluded
Raid Rockingham – June 2nd – all comps claimed but you should still sign up!
The Ranger – June 9th – all comps claimed but you should still sign up!
Raid Lamoille – July 20th – – all comps claimed but you should still sign up!
Kearsarge Klassic – Aug 3rd – Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail donation required – 3 comps remain available!
Rooted Vermont – Aug 4th – Cochran’s MTB Trail donation required – 1 comp remains available!
The Overland – August 25th – Reading/W. Windsor Food Shelf donation required – all comps claimed, event sold out!