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Hey All!Just a quick FYI-Race info emails will go out early next week.Packet pickup/check-in is Friday September 24th, f...
09/14/2021

Hey All!
Just a quick FYI-
Race info emails will go out early next week.
Packet pickup/check-in is Friday September 24th, from 5PM to 7PM at the venue and race morning from 7AM to 9AM.
On-line registration ends this Sunday. We can still get 13+ racers in. You have to register on the waitlist and we will move you up.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Hey All!
Just a quick FYI-
Race info emails will go out early next week.
Packet pickup/check-in is Friday September 24th, from 5PM to 7PM at the venue and race morning from 7AM to 9AM.
On-line registration ends this Sunday. We can still get 13+ racers in. You have to register on the waitlist and we will move you up.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

BEFORE WORKOUTS AND RACES, CONSUME 300-400 CALORIES. COMPLETE YOUR MEAL 3 HOURS BEFORE YOU START EXERCISE.To perform and...
09/13/2021

BEFORE WORKOUTS AND RACES, CONSUME 300-400 CALORIES. COMPLETE YOUR MEAL 3 HOURS BEFORE YOU START EXERCISE.
To perform and feel your best during races or workouts, consume no more than 300-400 calories. Choose easily digested, complex carbohydrates, along with a small amount of protein and a little healthy fat. Avoid fiber, simple sugar, and acidic foods. Finish your meal 3 hours before exercise. Eating within 3 hours can seriously hurt your performance by 1) reducing the conversion of fats to fuels, and 2) accelerating glycogen depletion.

Tip: If your race is early, don't sacrifice sleep to eat! Instead, consume a small amount of supplemental fuel, such as one Hammer Gel, about 5 minutes before starting.
http://bit.ly/2MMmQY9

BEFORE WORKOUTS AND RACES, CONSUME 300-400 CALORIES. COMPLETE YOUR MEAL 3 HOURS BEFORE YOU START EXERCISE.
To perform and feel your best during races or workouts, consume no more than 300-400 calories. Choose easily digested, complex carbohydrates, along with a small amount of protein and a little healthy fat. Avoid fiber, simple sugar, and acidic foods. Finish your meal 3 hours before exercise. Eating within 3 hours can seriously hurt your performance by 1) reducing the conversion of fats to fuels, and 2) accelerating glycogen depletion.

Tip: If your race is early, don't sacrifice sleep to eat! Instead, consume a small amount of supplemental fuel, such as one Hammer Gel, about 5 minutes before starting.
http://bit.ly/2MMmQY9

To the Victor go the Spoils!MDGG is so happy to have Tall Pines Distillary back again this year!If you're in the Salisbu...
09/11/2021

To the Victor go the Spoils!
MDGG is so happy to have Tall Pines Distillary back again this year!
If you're in the Salisbury area don't hesitate to stop in at their shop! You will be in for a treat! I promise!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

To the Victor go the Spoils!
MDGG is so happy to have Tall Pines Distillary back again this year!
If you're in the Salisbury area don't hesitate to stop in at their shop! You will be in for a treat! I promise!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

We've got room for more! 15+ spots are available but you have to get on the waitlist to get in. Don't worry about parkin...
09/09/2021

We've got room for more! 15+ spots are available but you have to get on the waitlist to get in. Don't worry about parking! The Addison VFD has you covered!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

We've got room for more! 15+ spots are available but you have to get on the waitlist to get in. Don't worry about parking! The Addison VFD has you covered!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Mugs are in! Thank you KLVN Coffee Labs! They are thee Official Coffee Sponsor of " The Quick and The Dead " race!All re...
09/07/2021

Mugs are in!
Thank you KLVN Coffee Labs! They are thee Official Coffee Sponsor of " The Quick and The Dead " race!
All registered attendees get a free mug in their Hammer bag.
We have plenty so bring some cash and take an extra one home. $8/Ea.
Who's getting their fourth different color?

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Still want to race?Waitlists are open and moving quickly! You can also transfer from someone who has opted out.Online re...
09/07/2021

Still want to race?
Waitlists are open and moving quickly! You can also transfer from someone who has opted out.
Online registration ends September 20th.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Still want to race?
Waitlists are open and moving quickly! You can also transfer from someone who has opted out.
Online registration ends September 20th.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

REPLENISH ELECTROLYTES WITH A BALANCED FORMULA (NOT JUST SALT!) IN AMOUNTS APPROPRIATE FOR CONDITIONSFACT: Salt (sodium ...
09/07/2021

REPLENISH ELECTROLYTES WITH A BALANCED FORMULA (NOT JUST SALT!) IN AMOUNTS APPROPRIATE FOR CONDITIONS
FACT: Salt (sodium chloride) cannot fulfill your entire requirements for electrolytes. The minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium also must be replenished to ensure the proper functioning of key body systems. In addition, your daily dietary sodium intake, fitness level, acclimatization, and the environmental conditions (heat, humidity, etc.) all affect the number of electrolytes you will need to replenish during exercise.

For a balanced, full-spectrum formula of electrolytes, replenish with Endurolytes. Choose regular Endurolytes, Endurolytes Extreme, or Endurolytes Fizz in doses appropriate for the conditions.
http://bit.ly/2xo2rnq

REPLENISH ELECTROLYTES WITH A BALANCED FORMULA (NOT JUST SALT!) IN AMOUNTS APPROPRIATE FOR CONDITIONS
FACT: Salt (sodium chloride) cannot fulfill your entire requirements for electrolytes. The minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium also must be replenished to ensure the proper functioning of key body systems. In addition, your daily dietary sodium intake, fitness level, acclimatization, and the environmental conditions (heat, humidity, etc.) all affect the number of electrolytes you will need to replenish during exercise.

For a balanced, full-spectrum formula of electrolytes, replenish with Endurolytes. Choose regular Endurolytes, Endurolytes Extreme, or Endurolytes Fizz in doses appropriate for the conditions.
http://bit.ly/2xo2rnq

Annual Labor Day casket/podium repairs!We've had 90+ Q&D participants stand on it the past 3 years! They must have been ...
09/06/2021

Annual Labor Day casket/podium repairs!
We've had 90+ Q&D participants stand on it the past 3 years! They must have been the Quick ones!
On it or in it?

Happy Labor Day Trails!
MDGG

Annual Labor Day casket/podium repairs!
We've had 90+ Q&D participants stand on it the past 3 years! They must have been the Quick ones!
On it or in it?

Happy Labor Day Trails!
MDGG

Hear ye, hear ye!T-shirts are being processed today!Fear not! If you didn't get in on the first free100 we will have the...
09/03/2021

Hear ye, hear ye!

T-shirts are being processed today!
Fear not! If you didn't get in on the first free100 we will have them for you to purchase race day for $15.
FYI-Waitlists are open and moving daily! The Addison VFD said keep em coming!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

How about your own personal handle bar race plate?The Q&D race uses seat post chip numbers by Falcon Race Timing. By doi...
09/02/2021

How about your own personal handle bar race plate?
The Q&D race uses seat post chip numbers by Falcon Race Timing. By doing this we can use names instead of numbers on the race plate. That way everyone will know who you are in the pics taken by our wonderful photographers out on the course!

BTW- Waitlists are open! So far everyone has moved up due to late cancellations.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

We are very excited to announce that Ian Robinson (aka Black Guy Fawkes) will be playing at the Q&D post race festivitie...
08/31/2021
Episode 27: Ian Robinson - Black Guy Fawkes

We are very excited to announce that Ian Robinson (aka Black Guy Fawkes) will be playing at the Q&D post race festivities!
https://parttimerockstar.podbean.com/e/episode-27-ian-robinson-black-guy-fawkes/

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Ian Robinson AKA "Black Guy Fawkes" is a 27 year old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Baltimore Maryland. His song 23% is featured at the end of the episode. And a link for his new T-shirts is listed. We had a well rounded chat about all things music, ...

Just love reposting this one every year!Keystone Lime is back again!They are the real Mount Davis Gravel Grinders! 😆Happ...
08/31/2021

Just love reposting this one every year!
Keystone Lime is back again!
They are the real Mount Davis Gravel Grinders! 😆

Happy Trails!
MDGG

A big huge shout out to the true Mount Davis Gravel Grinders! They are back for their 3rd straight year!
If you don't know where they are located you will!😅
Anyone who has done the race in the past knows exactly where they are!
Thank you Keystone Lime Company!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

A few folks had to cancel out.We have 5 new openings available to race!Happy Trails!MDGG
08/30/2021

A few folks had to cancel out.
We have 5 new openings available to race!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

A few folks had to cancel out.
We have 5 new openings available to race!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

RESTRICT CALORIC INTAKE TO 120-180 CAL/HR DURING EXERCISEFor best performance, DO NOT follow the "calories out, calories...
08/30/2021

RESTRICT CALORIC INTAKE TO 120-180 CAL/HR DURING EXERCISE

For best performance, DO NOT follow the "calories out, calories in" advice given by some "experts." Instead replenish calories in "body cooperative" amounts, allowing your fat stores to make up the difference. For most athletes, 120-180 calories/hour is the ideal range. In very rare instances, larger athletes and hypermetabolic types may need slightly more calories per hour.



Workouts/races of 2 hours or less: choose a fuel with complex carbohydrates, not simple sugars (glucose, sucrose, fructose, etc.). Simple sugars cause energy peaks and crashes and must be mixed in weak concentrations for efficient digestion. Complex carbohydrates absorb at about three times the rate as simple sugars. Plus, you get steady, reliable energy—no peaks and valleys.

Workouts or races of 2-3-hours, or more: Fuel primarily with complex carbohydrates, not simple sugars. Also, 10-15% of your fuel’s calorie content should come from protein, ideally soy, to help satisfy energy requirements and prevent muscle tissue catabolism.

Follow Hammer Nutrition to their website at Caloric Intake to learn more.

RESTRICT CALORIC INTAKE TO 120-180 CAL/HR DURING EXERCISE

For best performance, DO NOT follow the "calories out, calories in" advice given by some "experts." Instead replenish calories in "body cooperative" amounts, allowing your fat stores to make up the difference. For most athletes, 120-180 calories/hour is the ideal range. In very rare instances, larger athletes and hypermetabolic types may need slightly more calories per hour.



Workouts/races of 2 hours or less: choose a fuel with complex carbohydrates, not simple sugars (glucose, sucrose, fructose, etc.). Simple sugars cause energy peaks and crashes and must be mixed in weak concentrations for efficient digestion. Complex carbohydrates absorb at about three times the rate as simple sugars. Plus, you get steady, reliable energy—no peaks and valleys.

Workouts or races of 2-3-hours, or more: Fuel primarily with complex carbohydrates, not simple sugars. Also, 10-15% of your fuel’s calorie content should come from protein, ideally soy, to help satisfy energy requirements and prevent muscle tissue catabolism.

Follow Hammer Nutrition to their website at Caloric Intake to learn more.

Is there anyone out there who doesn't love Snyders chips?We are so happy to have Snyder of Berlin back again in 2021! Th...
08/30/2021

Is there anyone out there who doesn't love Snyders chips?
We are so happy to have Snyder of Berlin back again in 2021! They have been a huge part of The Quick and The Dead race from the start.
They will be providing 350 individually packed bags of assorted chips for your enjoyment.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Is there anyone out there who doesn't love Snyders chips?
We are so happy to have Snyder of Berlin back again in 2021! They have been a huge part of The Quick and The Dead race from the start.
They will be providing 350 individually packed bags of assorted chips for your enjoyment.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Spots are still available to race this year. Looks like we have a few registered racers that cannot make it. If you know...
08/29/2021

Spots are still available to race this year.

Looks like we have a few registered racers that cannot make it. If you know of someone who didn't get in, tell them to to jump on the waitlists. It's a one for one thing. Someone cancels, someone takes their place.

Happy Trails!
Dan

Spots are still available to race this year.

Looks like we have a few registered racers that cannot make it. If you know of someone who didn't get in, tell them to to jump on the waitlists. It's a one for one thing. Someone cancels, someone takes their place.

Happy Trails!
Dan

Hey folks!We sold out in exactly 2 months! The wait lists are now open for those of you still wanting to race!For those ...
08/27/2021

Hey folks!
We sold out in exactly 2 months!
The wait lists are now open for those of you still wanting to race!
For those of you registered and cannot attend please remove your registration from Bikereg. As soon as someone jumps on the waitlist they will take your place and you will get your refund.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Hey folks!
We sold out in exactly 2 months!
The wait lists are now open for those of you still wanting to race!
For those of you registered and cannot attend please remove your registration from Bikereg. As soon as someone jumps on the waitlist they will take your place and you will get your refund.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Don't be on the waitlist!Just sayin!Happy Trails!MDGG
08/26/2021

Don't be on the waitlist!
Just sayin!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Don't be on the waitlist!
Just sayin!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

The boys will be back in town for some Q&D post party hydration!Congratulations of your anniversary fellas!Happy Trails!...
08/26/2021

The boys will be back in town for some Q&D post party hydration!
Congratulations of your anniversary fellas!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

4 years ago, the first batch of beer was brewed - and Laurel Highlands Brewing was born! It's true that time flies when you're having fun!

You can celebrate with us at our friends locations and tipping back an Isolation IPA or other delicious LHB brews available The Titlow Tavern and Grille The Historic Stone House Restaurant & Inn O’Donnell’s Pub Falls City Pub and Restaurant Rizz's Smitty's Bar and Grill

A super fresh batch of Mom Maruca's Pizza Shop IPA is on tap tonight on their patio. Grab a pint and check out the live music with Jerry Onesi and The Allies Band on the Patio this Saturday 8-11:00!

Thank you to everyone for 4 great years!

New to the old Q&D stagecoach in 21!MDGG is very excited to have Chamois Butt'r along for the ride this year!Thank you C...
08/26/2021

New to the old Q&D stagecoach in 21!
MDGG is very excited to have Chamois Butt'r along for the ride this year!
Thank you Chamois Butt'r!
Love the Euro Butt'r!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

New to the old Q&D stagecoach in 21!
MDGG is very excited to have Chamois Butt'r along for the ride this year!
Thank you Chamois Butt'r!
Love the Euro Butt'r!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

To tuck or not to tuck? That is the question (actually we really don't care because we don't have many rules).With one m...
08/25/2021

To tuck or not to tuck? That is the question (actually we really don't care because we don't have many rules).
With one month to go it's all down hill from here!
Only 10 spots left to tuck or not!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Attention Mt. Davis Gravel Grinders!Only 14 entries left to get a chance at the $4K (11 categories-top 3 each) in purse ...
08/24/2021

Attention Mt. Davis Gravel Grinders!
Only 14 entries left to get a chance at the $4K (11 categories-top 3 each) in purse we are putting out this year.
You might even get a chance at the trifecta worth a total of $425 if you are the super Quick female and male to take all three (Age Group, QOM/KOM, and Fastest Overall)!

Happy Trails!
MDGG

FACT: In general, most athletes, under most conditions, will satisfy hydration needs with a fluid intake in the range of...
08/24/2021

FACT: In general, most athletes, under most conditions, will satisfy hydration needs with a fluid intake in the range of 20-25-ounces/hour - roughly the equivalent of a standard size small or large water bottle.

Lighter athletes and/or athletes exercising in cool weather conditions may only require an intake of 16-18 ounces/hour. Larger athletes and/or athletes exercising under very hot and humid conditions are the ones that can consider a fluid intake in the range of 28 ounces/hour, perhaps up to 30 ounces/hour in extreme conditions.

It's important to remember that regular fluid intake over 30-34 ounces hourly significantly increases the potential for serious performance and health problems.

Follow Hammer Nutrition to their website to learn more about http://bit.ly/2PK6kdk

Happy Trails!
MDGG

FACT: In general, most athletes, under most conditions, will satisfy hydration needs with a fluid intake in the range of 20-25-ounces/hour - roughly the equivalent of a standard size small or large water bottle.

Lighter athletes and/or athletes exercising in cool weather conditions may only require an intake of 16-18 ounces/hour. Larger athletes and/or athletes exercising under very hot and humid conditions are the ones that can consider a fluid intake in the range of 28 ounces/hour, perhaps up to 30 ounces/hour in extreme conditions.

It's important to remember that regular fluid intake over 30-34 ounces hourly significantly increases the potential for serious performance and health problems.

Follow Hammer Nutrition to their website to learn more about http://bit.ly/2PK6kdk

Happy Trails!
MDGG

Why not spend the first Saturday of Fall racing the old Q&D? Only 16 spots left to see this view of High Point Lake!Happ...
08/20/2021

Why not spend the first Saturday of Fall racing the old Q&D?
Only 16 spots left to see this view of High Point Lake!
Happy Trails!
MDGG

Why not spend the first Saturday of Fall racing the old Q&D?
Only 16 spots left to see this view of High Point Lake!
Happy Trails!
MDGG

From Michigan, and Arizona they come to race the Dead, and all the way from Wyoming so it is said. From New Orleans to M...
08/17/2021

From Michigan, and Arizona they come to race the Dead, and all the way from Wyoming so it is said. From New Orleans to Maine, are they insane? Pittsburgh, PA makes a lot of sense! Only 19 spots left so get off the fence!

Anyway, I tried.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

From Michigan, and Arizona they come to race the Dead, and all the way from Wyoming so it is said. From New Orleans to Maine, are they insane? Pittsburgh, PA makes a lot of sense! Only 19 spots left so get off the fence!

Anyway, I tried.

Happy Trails!
MDGG

We're excited to announce Hammer Nutrition as a sponsor for this year's event.Hammer Nutrition endurance fuels will be o...
08/17/2021

We're excited to announce Hammer Nutrition as a sponsor for this year's event.
Hammer Nutrition endurance fuels will be on the course at The Quick and The Dead!

Hammer’s been supplying athletes with natural products free of added sugars, artificial colors, flavors, chemicals, and preservatives for over 30 years. Visit their site to learn how to fuel smart, so come race day, you’re ready to perform at your best!
https://www.hammernutrition.com/knowledge/getting-started/

As we get closer to the event start, Hammer will be sending out a few tips to help you prepare for the big day (or days)! If you'd like to train with the product that will be on course, Hammer's USA-based nutrition reps are happy to answer your questions and find the perfect product for your needs.

Take a look at how Hammer Nutrition provides you energy, endurance, and recovery with their fuels, supplements, and recovery products here.

We're excited to announce Hammer Nutrition as a sponsor for this year's event.
Hammer Nutrition endurance fuels will be on the course at The Quick and The Dead!

Hammer’s been supplying athletes with natural products free of added sugars, artificial colors, flavors, chemicals, and preservatives for over 30 years. Visit their site to learn how to fuel smart, so come race day, you’re ready to perform at your best!
https://www.hammernutrition.com/knowledge/getting-started/

As we get closer to the event start, Hammer will be sending out a few tips to help you prepare for the big day (or days)! If you'd like to train with the product that will be on course, Hammer's USA-based nutrition reps are happy to answer your questions and find the perfect product for your needs.

Take a look at how Hammer Nutrition provides you energy, endurance, and recovery with their fuels, supplements, and recovery products here.

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If you build it they will come!

As a kid growing up near the little town of Confluence, nestled in the Laurel Highlands of South Western Pennsylvania. I always took advantage of the wonderful outdoor opportunities that the area gave to me. From biking the local roads and rail trail, hiking, hunting, and rafting, I knew that it was a special place.

As an adult, I have stayed local to the area and still enjoy riding my bicycle from my home near Deep Creek Lake Maryland over to Confluence and the surrounding area. A few years ago, my good friend Fritz Kessler and I were out and about on one of these gravel roads near Confluence getting ready for the upcoming Hilly Billy Roubaix. Fritz said to me, “Dan, this route would make a great race”. You know what? I agreed.

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There has to be more pics right?
I thought I could add pics to my first post
I had a blast at the ride/race on Sat. Thanks Dan for the loaner under the seat bag. some notes that I noticed about the race volunteers were great and I saw the younger generation kids out on the course with their parents awesome course was well marked My crappy Garmin 830 died on me 23 miles in and I had no problem making it to the finish line. rest stop workers did an awesome job keeping everybody safe finish line food was awesome Dan's hard working wife Shawna and all the registration volunteers had everything running smoothly there course was well laid out. some macadam to recover with the legs just when I needed thanks again to everybody that helped at this race some pics to follow
What a race does for a community! I try to make races at least an overnight event. If possible a weekend visit to someplace new or a returning venue for extended adventures. And sometimes family joins in to even up the plus factor of racing. So here’s some of what the extra time in Confluence got us! Again thanks for having a race in such a wonderful section of Pa.
Had a BLAST!!! GREAT RACE AND 5⭐ volunteers and organization! Will come back im 2021!!!
I can't wait for the race tomorrow... is there a Strava Segment created for the KOM/QOM? Asking for a friend named Adam Driscoll ;) :)
Tire recommendations? 35? 40?
Thanks Dan!
Loving our new gators! Thanks for organizing these 😎
As a rank (and older) newbie to gravel racing, maybe you could post some - uhhh 'lesser' - gravel races within a hundred miles of Confluence leading up to your big event?
Would I be silly to attempt this on my Surly Ogre? I'm obviously not looking to win but I don't want to die either.
Y'all might be interested to know that I nearly ran over a black phase Timber Rattler on the climb out of the rail crossing. The critter was juvenile and about ~14"; coiled but didn't do anything as my bottom bracket passed over. After I passed I thought "I nearly ran over a rattlesnake" and kept going. I'm happy that neither of us was hurt. File photo. I did NOT take the time for a selfie.