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Presented by studioDRIFT, this ride 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 ride will begin at 10 AM on May 27th and will originate at Court Square Park at the intersection of Porter and Cherry Street in Downtown Helena.
The 50-miles Route 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 a beautiful downtown and local culture. The return will follow the high road through the St. Francis National Forest along a mix of asphalt and gravel returning to downtown Helena where a festive atmosphere awaits.
The 30-mile 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 Mile 15. The return will follow the high road through the national forest, past Storm Creek Lake, and back into downtown Helena.
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.
The deltaGRIND is an annual ride that raises money to re-animate the Delta and rural Arkansas by inspiring renewed interest in the area by focusing on natural resources. The Arkansas Delta is rich with music and history, but the Delta is equally rich in superior trails and routes for gravel riding – and, so far, has been underutilized and untapped. So join us and experience the Delta’s uniquely authentic culture and history that makes it one of the most unique places on Earth.
Read our story from the 2022 event.
*All riders get a deltaGRIND t-shirt – along with a goody bag of cool stuff, you can keep and show your friends, who will envy you and your Delta adventure!