June 9, 2019 Hunt of the North Gravel Grinder Hosted by Canyon Bicycles USA

June 9, 2019 Hunt of the North Gravel Grinder Hosted by Canyon Bicycles USA

Not a race, the Hunt of the North is a true test of a rider’s gravel cycling abilities. Participants will call upon skills of navigation, proficiency on dirt terrain, a readiness to support other riders, and mindfulness of their surroundings as they become “hunteurs” to collect five pieces of uniquely colored gravel, each in a different location.

Photo Gallery: 2019 Great Western Reroute

Photo Gallery: 2019 Great Western Reroute

It was shortly after a friend’s birthday road ride to the top of Palomar Mountain in February of last year that we first had the idea for our own ride of a similar theme. With little time to plan we reached out to our friend Roman for help in crafting a memorable route that would take riders on a gravel adventure in late March of 2018. The concept was simple, yet true to our ways. The Great Western Reroute (GWR) was born.  

Top 14 Gravel Bikes from the 2019 Sea Otter Classic

Top 14 Gravel Bikes from the 2019 Sea Otter Classic

Our very first time to the Sea Otter Classic was quite the spectacle. While this is traditionally a mountain bike event, it has increasingly featured numerous large and small brand gravel bikes from all over the world. We visited numerous booths to bring you our favorite gravel bikes from the show.

SFO to Sea Otter with ENVE

SFO to Sea Otter with ENVE

ENVE arrived in style at Sea Otter this year with their 3rd annual Ride to Sea Otter starting in San Francisco and ending 140 miles later in Carmel.  A few riders were even lucky enough to test the all new SES 3.4 AR road wheels, which officially launched on Thursday at the show.  ENVE created a great video of the ride shown here, enjoy!

Introducing Gravelstoke Merino Wool Socks

Introducing Gravelstoke Merino Wool Socks

We carefully crafted these socks with durability and comfort in mind. Made with extra fine micron Merino Wool from Australia and New Zealand to create the best natural wicking fiber available. These are an all-season socks ideal for cool and warm temperatures alike.

Croatan Buck Fifty Gravel Event Recap

Croatan Buck Fifty Gravel Event Recap

#BestBikeGameEver. That is the hashtag for the Croatan Buck Fifty (CBF) race held in Swansboro, NC. Matt Hawkins and Gordon Wadsworth, the two race directors, set out to make that hashtag more than just a few words though.

Gravelstoke Dev Team Kit Pickup Event

Gravelstoke Dev Team Kit Pickup Event

A few shots by Explore With Chris at our team event this week at The Lost Abbey San Marcos. Eliel Cycling custom Gravelstoke kits were distributed and team sponsors announced. More details coming soon!

First Ride on the Yamaha Wabash Gravel e-Bike

First Ride on the Yamaha Wabash Gravel e-Bike

I have ridden numerous styles of Class 1 and Class 3 pedal assist bicycles over the past few years and have found them to be a lot of fun. So when Yamaha reached out with an opportunity to try out their new gravel adventure bicycle known as Wabash, I was very intrigued. And what an eye opening experience!

Update from the 2019 NAHBS

Update from the 2019 NAHBS

We tune into the Gravel Ride Podcast and listen in on conversations from the 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento, CA. Some interesting news from Steve Potts, Mosaic, Wolf Tooth, McGovern, Panaracer, Olivetti, No. 22 and Civilian.  

Review of Ere Research Tenaci 32mm Tires

Review of Ere Research Tenaci 32mm Tires

Gravel riding in San Diego’s north county offers a combination of urban shard-ladened tarmac connecting hard packed sand and rollers on washed out and rutted mountain bike loops. In these conditions, for traction and stability, I prefer to max out the tire size to 38 mm on my Foundry Overland. But with the Belgian Waffle Ride date quickly approaching, and other adventures like the SBT GRVL, where I will likely run a smaller tire choice, I thought I would test out Ere Research’s 32 mm Tenaci.

Win the Grail - A Gravel Bike Giveaway

Win the Grail - A Gravel Bike Giveaway

A new contest gives participants the opportunity to win a brand new Canyon Grail gravel bike, all for a great cause! Benefiting the trails of San Diego County, for every $5 donated, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a 2019 Canyon Grail CF SL 8.0 SL.

20mm Rear Gravel Travel with the Moots Routt YBB

20mm Rear Gravel Travel with the Moots Routt YBB

New for 2019, Moots introduces the Routt YBB ultra-compliant gravel bike. The bike incorporates the legendary Moots YBB ‘softail’ micro-suspension design, first pioneered on its mountain bikes in the1990’s, and adapts it to create the ultimate gravel bike.

2019 Ruta del Jefe Recap

2019 Ruta del Jefe Recap

Ruta Del Jefe’s name represents ‘El Jefe’, who is a Jaguar that has roamed the region widely recognized as Sky Islands in southern Arizona. The recent appearance of another long-time friend of the region has provided our hosts, The Appleton Whittell Research Ranch, with hope of El Jefe’s return after his disappearance.

Top 5 Gravel Race Bikes of 2019

Top 5 Gravel Race Bikes of 2019

What is the best gravel race bike? I don’t know, man; what is the best beer? Beyond your personal taste preference, where you live and what you like to race largely determines what’s best for you. But Dave asked me to put down The Best Gravel Bikes on digital paper, so here we are.