It was a perfect day in Carlsbad, California for the 2nd annual Hunt of the North. Riders gathered early at the CANYON Bicycles USA headquarters in the heart of coastal North County San Diego on Sunday June 9, 2019. The event was not your typical gravel event, and not a race in the traditional sense.
This is how the 2019 Belgian Waffle Ride weekend would begin. With another SoCal breakfast favorite, the burrito. The brainchild of Brandt Furgerson, aka Uncle Tio, the 2nd annual Breakfast Burrito Ride (BBR) would take place on the cloud covered morning of May 3. Hosted by Canyon Bicycles USA, the BBR is a no-drop, all smiles coastal roll to the top of Torrey Pines and back. Just 35 miles in distance, the ride covers perhaps San Diego’s most popular strip of pavement. While not much dirt in sight (that will come on Sunday), the views and vibes through Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach and Del Mar can’t be beat.
The "Holy Grail", the cup that is said to have been used by Christ at the Last Supper, sought after by knights during the Middle Ages, and escaped from countless archeologists and scientists since then. There is an awakening before us, a new era in the sport of cycling. Two disciplines that have existed independently for decades, road and mountain, are disrupted by the emerging force of Gravel. In their search for the perfect tool for this new day, Canyon Bicycles has said to have found that Grail.
When we first moved from Newbury Park to North County San Diego in 2012 I was impressed by the multitude of well designed kits on the road. Swamis, Wolf Pack, Celo, Ranchos... but for me, one series of kits stood apart from the rest. Those would be branded with the name Velo Hangar.
By now you've probably heard of the Grinduro, a unique cycling event in Quincy, California which combines elements of your average gravel grinder with enduro-style mountain bike racing. Sounds amazing right? Well it just so happens that our friends at BadSea Coffee attended the event back in 2016, and ever since dreamt of bringing such awesomeness back home to Southern California. Well.. it happened!