Presented by studioDRIFT, The Delta Grind will take gravel riders on a one-of-a-kind tour and experience in the Arkansas Delta.
Starting on Cherry Street in downtown Helena, AR, there will be three ride options: a beginner, intermediate, and a 50-mile loop for more experienced cyclists.
The 50-mile loop leaves Downtown Helena along the levee, then along the low road of the St. Francis National Forest. It is approximately 25 miles to Marianna winding through city streets, around the city square in downtown and past the famous Jones BBQ. The city square will be a welcoming break in beautiful downtown and rich local culture. The return will follow the high road through the St. Francis National Forest along with a mix of asphalt and gravel returning to downtown Helena where a festive atmosphere awaits. Total Distance 50 Miles, Elevation 2025, approximately 50% gravel and 50% asphalt.
The 50k route follows the same path, but will not reach Marianna. Instead, it will move from the low road to the high road just south of Bear Creek Lake where aid stations will await riders at the 25k point. The return will follow the high road through the national forest, past Storm Creek Lake, and back into downtown Helena. Total Distance 50k (31 miles), Elevation 1,350, approximately 50% gravel and 50% asphalt
The Beginner Gravel Route is 18 miles leaving from Downtown Helena and moving to the high road at approximately mile 9. The climb to the high road is a nice challenge where aid stations will provide a respite. The return is 9 miles back into downtown along paved roads winding through the St. Francis National Forest and passing Storm Creek Lake and Mississippi River State Park. Total Distance 18 miles, Elevation 725 and 50% gravel, 50% asphalt.