Angry Monkeys Racing Note- Here is a link to some Gravel Grinder races that are coming up. This might really fit some of your needs to go the distance. Check out the links and see if you are interested.
About the Series: Four race series on gravel and paved roads using cross or mountain bikes. Appalachia Mountains of Western North Carolina , East Tennessee and North Georgia.
Race # 1
Feb. 16th (already passed)
Individual race fees are 75.00 each race, 50.00 for the short course option.
T-shirts and an after event meal will be provided to each competitor
Racers intending on contesting the complete series can save 75.00 by entering the entire series before the date of the first event, 150.00 for all three races.
Sags drops will be provided at each event along with water and some food, place the items you want dropped at each sag in a plastic bag with your race # attached
This is a four race series which will allow you to drop one event so best 3 out of 4 counts towards series final.
For more info and full details visit the website http://www.cherohalacrossing.net