The Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association (CABDA) came to San Diego on Jan 16-17. We were pleasantly surprised to see brands from across the country show up for the 2 -day regional trade show. The exhibitor list was quite impressive, and gave us an opportunity to see some of the latest trends in cycling up close. Here we give you some of our favorite products from the show.
Arguably the most exciting new gravel event in recent memory will debut in 2019. Set among the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Routte County, SBT GRVL is poised to make for an impressive race. In case you couldn’t interpret from the name, SBT GRVL will start and end in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Presented by Canyon Bicycles, the event takes place August 17-18, 2019.
If you are in San Diego this week, and looking for an adventure, join us on Friday Nov 23 for a Black Friday Gravel Ride.
With the 2019 Gravel Season coming soon, the Belgian Waffle Ride is one on the list for many riders. This unique event in Southern California brings some top riders locally and around the country for a classic road race with splash of gravel for good measure. 2019 Event registration opens Dec 1, for the 2019 BWR scheduled on May 5. Be sure to read our full recap of the 2018 BWR HERE.
The World Famous Rock Cobbler is a stupidly hard ride bordering on a race. The Pebbler is less stupidly hard but still a true challenge. SamBarn Promotions are passionate and driven to showcase roads, dirt trails, gravel and a VERY challenging route not yet ridden, not yet tamed.
Ascending 14,000 feet in a single ride is massive by any standard. Doing that all on one climb is something else entirely. Add in double-digit gradients along with a five-mile dirt section and all of a sudden Hawaii’s Mauna Kea becomes one of the hardest climbs on the planet.
Looking for a good listen, be sure to check out the latest episode of The Gravel Ride Podcast featuring Neil Shirley. An entertaining discussion where Neil drops some gravel knowledge on how the sport has evolved from an equipment and event perspective.
Check out this recent video featuring Alison Tetrick, who took the victory at DK200 in 2017. She returned to Emporia, KS this year and placed 3rd.
Our very first Lost Abbey X Gravelstoke ride rolled from Bump Coffee at 8AM on Sept 2. Roughly 35 miles of mixed terrain was enjoyed by everyone who turned out for our first #dirtchurch ride. We ended at The Confessional in Cardiff by the Sea, a Lost Abbey tasting room that features delicious beers and good vibes.
Gravelstoke is a proud sponsor of the Inaugural Canyon Nate Harrison Gravel Challenge, a dirt time trial event that ascends the famous Nate Harrison Grade on Palomar Mountain.
It was back in January we began the process of creating our very first kit design with our friends at Eliel Cycling, something that was far more difficult than we anticipated. We wanted a clean look, something with a modern flavor but classic appeal. Originally we wanted to have it ready for our friends by early April for a local mixed-surface event, but the delays in design keep us from that target. The kits wouldn't be ready until late May, and with no event on the calendar to show them at we decided to create our own.
The plan was simple, ride an extended mixed surface riff on a storied route, bringing in the best paved stretches while departing wildly via some sweet gravel and dirt.
Beaver, Utah- The Crusher in the Tushar once again proved anything but predictable in both the weather and riders that would be standing on the podium. By Saturday afternoon, two first-time winners proved to be up to whatever challenge the Tushar Mountains could dish out.
The Tushars are among Utah's tallest mountain ranges, housing several peaks over 12,000 feet in elevation and featuring Utah's highest road at an elevation of 11,500 feet. Straddling Beaver and Piute Counties and nestled in the expansive Fishlake National Forest, The Tushars possess stunning vistas, palpable solitude and nearly unlimited opportunities for unconfined recreation.
It was just a week earlier our friend Neil Shirley post about an upcoming "group ride" in the Santa Clarita Valley. Located just 120 miles north of San Diego, we could't pass up the the opportunity to experience some new dirt and make a few new friends.