From its humble beginnings in 2014 with 50 riders, to the 6.0 installment on February 9, the Rock Cobbler has become one of the must-do gravel events on the calendar. Originally inspired by some of the first great ‘gravel grinders’ like Dirty Kanza and The Crusher, the Cobbler is certainly a great one with its own unique take.
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.
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.
Grab some popcorn and a cold beer for this one. Here is a wonderfully entertaining interview with Tom Ritchey from the crew at Fahrstil. Tom discussing in length the early days of gravel riding in the Santa Cruz mountains, epic rides through he Sierra Nevada and why the Redwood Forests he grew up around was the perfect birthplace for these bikes years before his first mountain bike was introduced.
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.