Gravel

  • Tips for the Gravel Curious Biker

    We offer tips for gravel curious bikers

    Have you heard of this gravel cycling craze that's growing in popularity? What once seemed fringe—and more than a little crazy—has grown bit by bit to where it is now "a thing." If you haven't jumped in with two feet already, maybe you are at least a little gravel curious?

    Gravel cycling has gotten the attention of bike manufacturers and gear manufacturers. They are making all sorts of gravel-specific products. But what do you actually need to get started? Really, it's just a sturdy bike and a bit of an adventurous spirit.

    We hope these practical tips are enough to get you out on the gravel roads and giving it a try. Continue reading

  • Dawn to Dusk Releases New Gravel and Mountain Bike Products

    Dawn to Dusk announces gravel and mountain biking productsIf you are fed up with losing bottles on your gravel and mountain bike rides, you will be happy to learn that there is a new line of bottle cages from Dawn to Dusk. These cages are engineered to grip your bottles and prevent them from being ejected, and designed to make bottle insertion and retrieval easy. The entire product line from Dawn to Dusk was created to stand up to the rigors of gravel and mountain bike riding.

    Dawn to Dusk is a new company built on the experience of XLAB, maker of hydration and storage solutions for triathletes. Recognizing that the needs of gravel cyclists were both similar and different, they have brought their technology, innovation, and expertise to this market. Their goal is to be "the most comprehensive off-road hydration, nutrition, and repair storage solution on the market, letting athletes explore longer, from Dawn to Dusk." Continue reading

  • Iowa Gravel Classic 2019: Team Cow's Race Report

    Team Cow won the tandem division at Iowa Gravel Classic 2019by Pat & Gabrielle Coughlin, Team Cow

    Iowa Gravel Classic
    100 km Gravel Bike Race
    Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids, Iowa
    Saturday, July 6, 2019

    Gabrielle and I don’t really consider ourselves racers. Sure, we do Gents Race and we did the Loess Hills Enduro last year, but other than an Iowa Games road race more than ten years ago, that is the extent of our “racing” experience. I’d also like to note that this is our first ever “race report” so, just like racing, we really don’t know what the heck we’re doing!  Continue reading

  • Iowa Wind and Rock 2019: Heather Poskevich's Race Report

    Heather Poskevich rode a lot of fresh gravel during Iowa Wind and Rockby Heather Poskevich

    Iowa Wind and Rock
    337 mile Gravel Bike Race
    Winterset, Iowa
    April 20–21, 2019

    #Grateful

    You would think that 340 miles of gravel with 28,000 feet of climb over 31 hours and 16 minutes could not be summed up by one word, but for me it says everything. I’m not great at expressing thoughts on paper, but I’d best do it now because some of the memories I have are slipping away at an exponential rate!

    Let’s talk about the first edition of Iowa Wind and Rock! This is the thoughtful creation of Sarah Cooper, Steve Fuller, and Dennis Grelk. A race created out of a sheer love of gravel for people that share the same love… an event that promised to be an absolutely epic show that would unravel as we pedaled along.

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  • CIRREM 2019: Cole Ledbetter's Report

    By Cole Ledbetter

    CIRREM
    100 km Gravel Bike Race
    Cumming, Iowa
    Saturday, February 23, 2019

    CIRREM by the numbers: 250 signed up, 40-ish started the race, and 17—for some reason or another—decided to push through the interesting day that was to unfold.

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  • Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra 2018: Kyle Platts' Report

    Kyle Platts raced the cold and rainy Spotted Horse Gravel Ultraby Kyle Platts

    Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra: Short Course
    150 Mile Gravel Bike Race
    St. Charles, Iowa
    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Sarah Cooper is certainly making a name for herself as a race director. 2018 is the third year for the Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra, and it ended up being the toughest year yet. The standard race is 200 miles, while you can opt to do the 150 mile “sprint” course.

    I am relatively new to gravel cycling and ultra cycling. In 2017, I rode the 150-mile sprint course on my Specialized Fatboy. For 2018, I decided to go for the 200-mile race on my BMC CrossMachine in ultra gravel trim.

    Unfortunately, a couple of mistakes and some bad luck ended my day early.

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