If you’re into early season lactic acid burning in your legs and have a sense of adventure, this ride is for you.
Kick off your spring gravel season with the Frozen Apple! Starting and ending at River Outpost Brewery in Peekskill, the 40-mile course is designed to be beautiful and challenging – including 2.5 miles of unmaintained roads and about 4,500′ of climbing. About 70% of the course is dirt – most of the pavement is getting in and out of Peekskill.
This ride is not for beginners or those that prefer smooth hardpacked dirt. Conditions will be unpredictable, including wash-outs, potholes, ruts, rocks, sand, mud, ice, snow, or any combination of these conditions.
All riders must wear a helmet on the course.
We also have no idea what the weather will be like in March. It could be sunny and 60*, could be 35* and sleeting. The ride will be on like Donkey Kong unless there is a state of emergency, in which case we will be in touch.
All riders will receive a token for a beer at the end of the ride. River Outpost will have food and additional beverages available for purchase.
Please support these businesses that are also supporting the Frozen Apple:
Can I ride my mountain bike or fat bike?
Heck yeah! You may be a bit slower on the pavement but you probably know that and are ok with it.
While our route designer is a nut job who regularly rides gnarly stuff on narrow tires, we recommend 35mm+ due to the variable terrain on the 2.5 miles of unmaintained roads. Optimal width is about 38-40mm with some knobbiness.
When can I get the route?
We will send the route to registered riders a few days before the event, in case we need to adjust for any reason. Here’s the current elevation profile:
Will there be a rest stop? What will be offered?
Yes, there is one rest stop at mile 20ish. We will offer water, nuun electrolyte tabs, maple syrup shots, potato chips, pickles, and apple cider as well as sports nutrition items.
I like to take my time on these kinds of rides. When does on-course support end?
The rest stop will be open from 11am-1pm and all on-course support (SAG, roaming bike support in the unmaintained section) will end at 3pm.
Under optimal conditions, the minimum average moving speed to finish by 3pm is 9 mph.
Under conditions that require significant slowing/walking in the unmaintained section, the minimum average moving speed to finish by 3pm is 10 mph.
This is more than my legs can handle. Do you have a bailout?
Yes! You can bail onto the pavement from the rest stop (cuts about 10 miles/1,000′ climbing) or on dirt at the bottom of an awesome dirt descent (cuts about 7 miles/700′ climbing). Cue sheets for the shortcuts back to the start will be available at the rest stop.
How do I get my beer token?
Please check in with the friendly volunteers when you have finished the ride to receive your token for a free draft beer.
River Outpost will have additional food and beverages available for purchase. Have the fam meet you at the finish! Spins Hudson is located on the same property.
How much is the ride?
Your $45 covers insurance, SAG, rest stop fare, and a post-ride beer. Everyone also gets a sticker!
The first 75 riders EVERYONE will also get a beanie featuring our mascot Chip.
I need regular updates. Where can I get that information?
Your logo is rad – have any merch?
Our logo was designed by STR Designs & Dev. Check out the sweet beanie and sticker!
I have more questions!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.