Stetina’s Paydirt Gravel Race $4,000 Pro Scholarship: Women Only

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Mechanical bullfights, tire throws and a women’s purse? The Stetina Paydirt Gravel Race is not your typical bike event.

This Saturday, May 21, Stetina’s Paydirt Gravel Race, 3 years in the making, will finally take place in the Pine Nut Mountains near Carson City, Nevada.

The brainchild of famed cyclist and event manager Pete Stetina Monkey Bike, Paydirt is an offshoot of a traditional gravel race. It’s competitive, but it also aims to be less of an all-out race and more of what Stetina hopes will be the “best day on gravel.”

the gravel meets dirt with side event rewards the first three among female, male, masters and para competitors. However, the only monetary payment, a sum of $4,400, will only be granted to the women’s field.

Carson City, Nevada, trail; (photo: Lisa Parsons/Shutterstock)

Stetina Paydirt Gravel Race

“My entire road career, the women’s race, if there was one, was generally considered the opening act of the men’s race,” Stetina mentioned. “I took advantage of my whole career because of cultural norms, and I realized that I had a platform to change things. So at Paydirt, women are the main show. I believe top-notch exposure and attention will lead to better endorsements and career opportunities for these talented riders.

The race will consist of two substantial timed segments, combined with mechanical bull riding and tire throwing. Ability in these unconventional areas might be what separates the winners from the rest.

The old way of racing isn’t the right one at Stetina’s Carson City Paydirt. Instead, there will be plenty of beer, food, traditional gravel riding, and plenty of random wonders that will be Stetina’s Paydirt 2022 only.

Stetina's Paydirt Course
the Paydirt location of Stetina; (photo/Paydirt PR)

Dark rules

Curious rule for racing as listed in Stetina’s Shimano Women’s Challenge: “No male domestics are allowed.” The gravel is special because of the mass start, and we don’t want to compromise that; however, having male assistants solely dedicated to helping tow a competitor goes against the ethics of this challenge.

“Also, there is a difference between being in the same group and having a predetermined tactic. We will monitor the course, and any riders who do not respect this will be ostracized, shamed, potentially disqualified and put on the next train from here.

Program

Friday, May 20: Expo and parcel pick-up

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Try out a Canyon Gravel Bike. Canyon will offer 30-minute trials on the Grizl, Grail and Grail:ON models.
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Free bike tunes for the Canyon owner before the race
4:00-7:00 p.m.: Happy Hour with Canyon x Revision Brewing: The beers are on Canyon! Join Pete and the team in the Canyon and High Fives Foundation tents. If you’re feeling tipsy, QR codes will float around to donate a beer to High Fives.

Saturday, May 21: parcel pick-up, walk and festival

6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.: Collection of parcels
7:30 am: We roll! 2.3 mile neutral deployment, all categories.
10:30 a.m.: First arrivals expected
11:00-18:00: Festival opens for food, beer and shenanigans
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Mechanical Bull and Pull Lasso for bonus seconds
5:00 p.m.: Prize giving and podium
5:30 p.m.: Closing of the festival

Find more information about the event website.

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