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Premium women’s gravel camps designed to take your riding to the next level.

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WHAT IS SBG?

Special Blend Gravel Camp is a stepping stone for a season of success and smiles. You’ll spend the weekend riding amazing gravel roads, focusing on cornering and descending technique, and learn about tire setup, road-side mechanical skills, nutrition and recovery, and stage race tips and tricks from some of the best in the business of gravel.

IS SPECIAL BLEND GRAVEL RIGHT FOR ME?

Are you a seasoned roadie curious about gravel riding, a competent mountain biker looking to rally the double track, or a gravel rider looking to hone your craft? If yes, Special Blend Gravel is for you. We welcome intermediate to advanced riders who are looking to build confidence, refine skills, and find some free speed on through corners and on descents.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED?

What does it mean to be intermediate to advanced? 

  • You feel comfortable riding in groups and understand pack riding etiquette. 

  • You can ride steep climbs and descents, and you want to go faster! 

  • You can ride washboard and navigate bumpy and rocky terrain, but want to do it with more confidence and speed. 

  • You are comfortable eating and drinking on the bike, and riding one.

  • You ride or exercise a minimum 5 hours per week and can ride up 4-5 hours, 2-3 days in a row,

  • You ride 5 hours, once in a while.

  • You have access to a bike with at minimum 38mm tires and disc brakes.

Still have questions, just ask! 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 3.5 days of riding, education, and community

  • 3 nights of lodging

  • Dinner each night

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Lunch /Snack bar for ride days

  • Daily education and Q&A sessions

  • 25% discount on all Oregon Gravel Series Races (Gorge camp participants will get free entry into the Gorge Gravel Grinder)

  • Small group rides/instruction with some awesome coaches! 

  • Wine, dark chocolate, and recovery boots! 

  • Awesome goodie bag!

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You can experience miles and miles of the great gravel that Oregon has to offer by signing up for one, two, three, or the full Oregon Gravel Grinder Series.

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The Oregon Gravel Grinder series is proudly produced by the team at Breakaway Promotions. 

What makes Special Blend unique is the blend is those glorious gravel roads, the ratio of coaches to students, and the level of service back at the hotel. In no other situation can I focus on only my riding. They take care of food, and bike things between rides, social time, and classes. My only job was to ride my bike and enjoy myself. -Shannon Herriges, SBG Gorge 22 camper

Special Blend Gravel camp brought together an amazing group of coaches, stunning gravel rides, and a community of like-minded women that felt like an instant group of friends.  The camp had so many fun surprises along the way—tire demos from Schwalbe, an on-site mechanic who was more than willing to clean bikes, morning lattes from “Rad Chad,” and ridiculously well-stocked aid/party stations during each ride. I felt like I was on a luxury cycling vacation with my close friends the entire time. -Laura Rosema, SBG Gorge 22 camper

 

I had the best bike weekend of my life, topped off by a 3rd place finish in my race at the Gorge Gravel Grinder Sunday in women over 45 (top three finishers were 52, 56, and 54 💪🏼) in a field of 36 women. I did that after riding nearly 100 miles and climbing almost 9000 feet Friday and Saturday at @specialblendgravel - a women’s gravel camp organized by @serenabg, pro gravel and MTB racer, incredible, warm, generous, kind human and dear friend & mentor to me. I spent the weekend learning from Serena and also my other dear cycling friend, hero, mentor, and fellow goofball @sarah_sturmy and drastically improved my descending skills (note: cowboy stance🤠) which I’m convinced helped me make the podium yesterday. I also met so many incredible women who also inspired me (thank you to @janelspilker who talked me up a 7-mile climb Saturday❤️) , laughed, ate, learned, saw gorgeous scenery, and was literally in my happy place all weekend even when my legs and crotch were burning. I met @sarah_sturmy and @serenabg through @oregontrail_gravelgrinder which is that crazy gravel stage race I did last June. These two women won the race (1st and 2nd, respectively). And so how does a 54-year-old mediocre amateur cyclist become friends with pros and call them mentors? Well, gravel cycling is one of the most welcoming sports I’ve ever experienced with some of the most generous, humble people, and women who support each other at the highest and lowest levels. Gravel camp embodied that for me. Thank you @serenabg and Chad and Colleen at Breakaway Productions for organizing this life changing experience.  I ❤️ gravel!! -Lisa Congdon, SBG Gorge 22 camper

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