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Super Jambo Grom Pre presents a 200km informal Gravel Event 2020


This is an informal self-supported 200km gravel adventure ride following primed dirt roads and fire trails on the border of ACT and NSW in the Lower Snowy Mountains Region in the Kosciuszko National Park. 

To be held on the 21st and 22nd of November 2020

The goal of this ride is to build a new format for gravel events. To set a standard when holding a gravel race here in Australia. To help the evolving gravel scene to become one that values education, to increase and advocate for more gender and racial diversity. 

Or privilege to travel to ride bikes in beautiful places, necessitates our responsibility to understand the history of the region we ride, what is special and unique about them, what the threats are, and how we can make a difference. 

WHAT BIKE?

The road surfaces include smooth dirt, washboard, loose dirt, foliage littered tracks and occasionally rocky roads. The optimal bike for Grom Pre is somewhere between a gravel bike with 40mm+ tires and a mountain bike with 2.2” tires. This route is certainly do-able on less and more for the strong and finessed. 

This bike was an ideal choice for me. Details on this build found here 

 

SELF-SUPPORTED

This is a self-supported race, which means there is no sag following you in a car, and no Moms or boyfriends handing you Mexican Cokes along the route. You are 100% responsible for yourself, your mechanicals, your food/water resupplies, and your retrieval off route (in case of emergency). That being said, there is very little cell service along the route so have a plan. Each rider who expects to participate in this ride is required to come prepared with the necessary food, water, equipment, clothing, and know-how to ensure that they safely complete the route. Lights are required. If you are unsure if you are capable of completing this route successfully then have someone on call or be prepared to hitchhike your way back. 

EVENT LOCATION

Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch 

366 Research Ranch Rd, Elgin, AZ 85611

THE REGION

As spectacular as this region is for gravel riding, the human and wildlife consequences of U.S. Immigration Policies, current, and proposed mining operations in the Santa Rita Mountains and the Patagonia Mountains demand your attention.

The Sky Islands is a specific ecoregion within the Sonoran Desert, named for a series of isolated forested mountain ranges surrounded by radically different lowland desert and grassland environments. Ruta del Jefe circumnavigates one of the Sky Islands, the Santa Rita Mountains, and offers views of many others most notably, Baboquivari and Whetstone. These habitat “islands” host some of the highest levels of biodiversity of plants and animals in the world. Along with hundreds of bird species, reptiles, pronghorn antelope, javelinas, jackrabbits, black bear, and coatimundi, rare species found nowhere else in the United States can be found here, specifically, one of the three remaining North American Jaguars, El Jefe.

Current and proposed mining operations plague the Santa Rita and the Patagonia Mountains (El Jefe’s habitat). In theory, jaguars and jaguar habitat enjoy legal protection in the United States under the Endangered Species Act. That theory is now being put to the test, because a Canadian mining company, Hudbay Minerals Inc., intends to build a gigantic open-pit copper mine (The Rosemont Mine) in El Jefe’s home territory. This mine would be built just north of Box Canyon Road along the north portion of the race route. 

Lurking in the background to all this is the reality that this region is a border-crossing corridor at the center of the US Immigration debate and a humanitarian crisis. Our current national strategy is called “Prevention Through Deterrence” and is designed to disrupt the traditional routes of undocumented traffic near urban areas with more border infrastructure and to deter further traffic toward more hostile terrain, less suited for crossing and better suited to enforcement. Unfortunately, this strategy has done little to deter migrants and has simply redirected traffic to cross through the rugged terrain of the Sonoran Desert. As a result, thousands of undocumented migrants suffer or die from the extreme journey and dehydration each year within these borderlands.

Lastly, Executive Order 13767 which calls for a physical, solid wall to be built along the border of this region will have a detrimental impact on many of the migratory species in this region. 

RESOURCES

I am attaching this list of resources for those interested in learning more about Ruta Del Jefe, the Sky Islands Region, the environmental threats at play, and the humanitarian crisis. 

2019 Ruta Del Jefe Event

Sky Islands Odyssey Route 

El Jefe

Rosemont Mine

Border Wall 

Humanitarian Crisis

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