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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!