I got pretty excited when I first heard about the inaugural Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder, an epic gravel adventure set in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Traversing through Central Oregon’s high desert, the course included places like Sisters, McKenzie, Oakridge, Gilchrist and Bend. The race would merge two of my favorite disciplines - gravel racing and stage racing. Even better, the event registration included camping and food, making the 400 mile point-to-point gravel race arguably more of a bike-vacation.
Gravel races and events have their unique characteristics. Nearly all test riders in distance and climbing. Some events merge elements of bike packing, cyclocross, and even straight up road racing. Most gravel events grow out of the local riding culture and are often dictated by terrain. By any measure, this year’s running of the Hunt of the North in Carlsbad, California was unlike any other gravel grinder you will find.
We covered the Rock Cobbler on a previous post here, with a full write up and (almost) all of our photos from the event. With this post we bring you some bonus coverage with 15 gravel bikes from Rock Cobbler 2019. Sam Ames crafted a challenging course with a bit of everything, even some mud!
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.
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.
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.
Every summer cyclists gather in Big Bear Lake, California for an epic weekend of riding in the village and mountain roads of the surrounding San Bernardino National Forest. This year something special is happening, and you won't want to miss it!
We've created a special event for our friends here in North County and beyond, a hunt that takes gravelers to 5 predetermined locations on dirt throughout the North.
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!
A friend of Gravelstoke, Brian Co, just dropped a great new episode over on The SoCal Cyclist Podcast all about the Belgian Waffle Ride. With insights from several riders, including Adam Mills from Source Endurance, this is an episode you won't want to miss.