Gravel

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

    Heather Poskevich rode a lot of fresh gravel during Iowa Wind and RockIowa 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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  • Salsa Bikes at Kyle's Bikes: Let the Adventure Begin!

    Salsa Bikes at Kyle's BikesWe're pretty excited to be partnering with our friends at Salsa Cycles. The crew at Salsa are into adventure and making epic equipment for adventure cycling. And we're looking forward to helping our riders with this special type of two-wheeled fun. For gravel, camping, touring, or just comfort trail riding, we look forward to showing and selling Salsa bikes. It’s a whole new culture coming to Kyle's!
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  • Trans Iowa v13: Sarah's Report

    by Sarah Cooper, Ultracyclist

    Sarah Cooper ready to race Trans Iowa v13Trans Iowa v13
    Grinnell, Iowa
    April 29–30, 2017

    I had all but given up on blogging since Race Across the West last year, but I’ve ended the blog hiatus to do at least one post on Trans Iowa v13. It’s hard not to want to talk about your experiences at a race like Trans Iowa. It’s unique, it’s brutal, and in any given year you never can say if or when you’ll finish. Now I’m two and two: two finishes and two DNFs. Both finishes were on an even numbered year, so I’m holding out hope for a TIv14.

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  • Products Sarah Cooper Uses

    Find out what Sarah Cooper usesIf you want a product stress tested, give it to Sarah Cooper. She competes in road and gravel ultracycling events of 300 miles to over 900 miles, and puts in the training hours to support that. We are highlighting some products Sarah Cooper uses—products you can be sure will hold up.

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