Gravel Season Opens March 29th, 2020








Natchaug Epic’s Second Edition Expands to 75 Miles, 19 Sectors 

New England’s Gravel Season Opens March 29 with Connecticut’s ‘Quiet Hell

THOMPSON, CT. (Feb. 25, 2020) – The second edition of the Natchaug Epic, a bicycle odyssey in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner will be held Sunday, March 29. After the inaugural event received considerable praise, organizers have lengthened the course to 75 miles, added six new unpaved sectors, and will include a 5th timed segment. 

Dubbed “The Quiet Hell,” the Natchaug Epic starts and finishes at the Raceway Restaurant in Thompson, CT. The course will be announced on March 22nd, 2020. Electronic timing will be supplied by Raceday Systems. Top finishers will be recognized in five categories: open men, open women, men’s four-rider team, women’s three-rider team and co-ed four rider teams which must include a minimum of one female rider. Individuals may register alone and align with a team as late as March 22nd. There is one rest stop and on-course support provided by Rapha, Southbridge Bicycles and Speed and Sprocket Neutral Service. Food and beverages are served to all entrants afterwards.

Registration is open and space is limited. With 5,000 feet of climbing the event’s founders note that beginners are discouraged and novices are warned.  

“Between the course and high likelihood of crappy weather, this event will challenge the toughest of riders,” noted co-founder Richard Fries. 

Sponsors include KMC Chain, Clif Bar, Rapha, Cannondale, Bianchi, Southbridge Bicycles, Putnam Downtown Cyclery, and the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. A portion of the proceeds will support the Last Green Valley. 

The Natchaug Epic is a part of the KMC CrossFest family of events. Having a history starting with the Providence CrossFest through today’s KMC Classic held in Thompson, Connecticut. 


Contact: Eddie Medina,

Richard Fries, 



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