Grinduro Scholarship Winners!

Introducing the #grinduroscholarship contest winners! From videos to songs to cookies, the creative entries were over-the-top entertaining. It was a tough group to choose from, but the winners have been selected, and they’re excited to share their winning entries with you.

We can’t wait for the contest winners to join us for the party at Grinduro, and we hope you will join too. Spots are filling up fast, so register today by visiting

Philip /

The Full Ride Scholarship goes to Philip Shen! Based out of Monterey, Philip is equipped with skills not only on the bike, but in dancing shoes and rollerblades too. He created an epic music video, complete with a montage of cover songs and more costume changes than we could keep track of. Philip said that after a beer or two, he just might be convinced to perform this montage onstage at Grinduro. Turn up the volume, play the video above, and prepare yourself for some good laughs.

Dillen /

Congrats to Dillen Maurer for winning the Partial Scholarship to Grinduro! His winning creative submission was about how a bad crash helped him discover his calling in neuroscience. While studying neuroscience in Ireland, he learned a pub song called Molly Malone, and he rewrote the lyrics with a Grinduro theme and provided the original recording, which you can hear by clicking here.

Grinduro: For the Love of Bicycles - AN ESSAY AND SONG BY DILLEN MAURER

Like all cyclists I have had bad crashes and not so bad crashes. You never want to go down but I have learned that every crash has a sliver lining. There is always something to be gleaned from an unpleasant situation. It could be as basic as learning that you shouldn't have your weight so far forward on a rooted section but it also has the possibility of revealing a life changing epiphany. My worst crash left me broken and battered in the flesh and the mind. Bones heal and scars fade but the brain trauma has left me with lasting neurological problems. However, there is not a chance I would reverse the pain. Those few seconds of poor bike handling helped me find my calling. Constant visits to neurologists has made me obsessed with learning everything I can about the brain. If I had never gotten too friendly with the dirt below my tires I might never have decided to study neuroscience. I can't imagine my life without this inspiration. Finding what makes the human race tick gets me excited like nothing else. Growing up in the age of information made me assume everything that there is to know and understand has already been figured out. The facts of this universe were all written down already. I have never been so wrong. Studying the enigma that is the human mind has put so much magic and mystery into the world we inhabit. All of this simply because I fell off of a bicycle.

It is the study of neuroscience that has given me the opportunity to come to Dublin, Ireland. Being in the emerald isle has accentuated the fact that my head does not respond very well to alcohol since my crash. I know, a cyclocrosser who can't drink beer. Pretty ridiculous, but I still love having fun with my friends and riding bikes. So while I can't join the drinking, it doesn't mean I can't re-purpose an old Irish pub song for the topic of Grinduro. This is a song known by everyone in Ireland called Molly Malone. It is a rather sad song about a young girl who sells fish and dies of a fever but we don't need that kind of sadness while riding bikes. So I used the tune and general structure of the song to make something a bit more appropriate for Grinduro with a twist of my own geeky life.

Rachel /

Rachel Griffith is perhaps one of our most enthusiastic #grinduroscholarship participants. She posted a new Instagram photo each day of the contest, and then took the time to create a series of original paintings. Grinduro is a big goal for Rachel, and it will be great to see her complete the ride in October!

Here’s how Rachel describes her paintings:
“I’m sending my creative act submission to you for consideration. My project consisted of painting an original artwork that can be displayed during the Grinduro art exhibit. The 3 pieces can stay together as a set or be separated individually. The texture variations in the painting represent the varied terrain of the Grinduro course - Rock, Road & Dirt! For the finishing touch, I rolled a bike tire impression over the surface and added splatters because it’s fun to get dirty."

Eric /

Eric Morton recently completed the Tour Divide, and now he’s switching gears to get ready for Grinduro. For his creative entry, he did some clever riding and Strava mapping to leave us a hidden message. Hey Eric, we paid attention, and we picked you!

"I had to break a lot of traffic laws to do this, including riding all over the public baseball field on my mtb, and freaking/weirding out a bunch of people when I crossed through their yards and driveways. Lol. But I did it; I have successfully spelled 'Pick me for Grinduro' by riding all through Moab, UT (during rush hour traffic, might I add) with my Strava running!”

Alex /

Standing at 6’10, Alex claims to be the tallest cyclist in San Francisco. He’ll be hard to miss at Grinduro, especially because he might be riding a 36” wheel bike. We really enjoyed his multi-media submission, check it out here.

Here’s how Alex describes his project:
"We all have our local trails that we know like the back of our hand. To keep them interesting we try new lines, brake a moment later, or hit that feature that’s been scaring us for a while. But the real sense of discovery is riding somewhere totally new. It’s such a rush riding trails I've never seen before - especially in a race. My training grounds for Grinduro will be the trails in the Marin Headlands, and that’s what I showcased in my multimedia project. Still, the mountains call, and I know what I’ll find in Quincy will make the peaks I’m used to feel like molehills. Regardless, the urge to explore a new place and push my own cycling limits is what motivated me to enter the #GrinduroScholarship contest. I’m thrilled to have made it to this point, and am happy to share my work with you now.”