One lap for bragging rights! The Gateway Grind is an 11.3-mile trail race in Time Trial format. Awards will be given to the top 3 male/female overall times in the Junior, Beginner, Sport, Masters, Single Speed, Expert, and Expert 40+ classes; some with 2 age divisions, and a separate “King/Queen of the Hill” award for the fastest male/female time on the “Cardio Hill” climb. Deceptively challenging, the fast double-track course features relentless climbs and a section of the Carolina Thread Trail. Race Timing provided by Neal Boyd and the Start2Finish team. The speed will thrill you, the grind will get you!

The Gateway Trail Mountain Bike Festival is held Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 and features activities for the whole family. Friday will feature a Kids Bike Rodeo to teach about bike skills and safety, recreational bike rides, night riding along an illuminated bike path, a bonfire with hotdogs & s’mores, a 25′ climbing wall from 6-8pm, and bike rentals all weekend from Pinnacle Cycle Sport, less that 1 mile from the Gateway Trail. Saturday the main event is the Gateway Grind, followed by recreational riding or hiking on the trail. Grilled chicken and other food items will also be available after the race. Lodging is convenient, with Hounds Campground next to the race course, featuring tent and RV sites, as well as cabin rentals. Hotels are located within 3 miles of the Gateway Trail.

Cost is $25 Before the Race and  $30 On Race Day. Riders can choose campground lodging at the Hounds Gateway Campground (HoundsGatewayCampground.com). For more information about the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail visit KMGatewayTrails.org

The Gateway Grind is presented in partnership by the Kings Mountain Family YMCA, the Gateway Trail, and the City of Kings Mountain, and made possible by a generous grant from the Kings Mountain Tourism Development Authority

For more information and event updates visit www.kingsmountainymca.org  Facebook.com/ClevelandCountyCyclists