Race Report: 2017 Bootlegger 100, Lenoir, North Carolina – by Libby Skinner

The Bootlegger 100 Race Report, or How the Only Woman Over Fifty Survived this Race. Lenoir, North Carolina April 22, 2017 The Bootlegger 100 was the toughest 108 miles I have ever done in my 30-plus years of cycling. Amazingly beautiful and Zen-like in Pisgah National Forest, but extremely difficult both climbing and descending.   […]

Training Ride: Let’s go ride 161 miles / 259kms solo

The weekend of April 22 and 23, 2017 was a weekend I had planned to attend the 2017 Bootlegger 100 – one of the most difficult gravel races in North America. 108 miles, over 10,000 feet of climbing and some amazing scenery. As I alluded to in my Dirty Kanza 200 training plan, “a loosely formed […]

VIDEO: Episode 4 – Ask the Gravel Cyclist Crew a Question!

Episode Four of “Ask the Gravel Cyclist Crew a Question”, can be seen below. Questions in this episode: How do I get a Gravel Cyclist t-shirt or jersey? In a long race or ride, say something longer than six hours, how do you keep your Garmin or other cycling computer from going dead? I purchased […]

Race Report: 2017 Red River Riot, Muenster, Texas – by Adrienne Taren

From the race organizers: “The original Texas gravel grinder is back, bigger, badder and better than ever! It is a full day of amazing dirt roads, gorgeous scenery, Texas BBQ and great wine… what’s not to love?” Swayed by the promises of Texas barbeque and wine tasting, I made a last-minute decision to ride the […]

Featured Bike: Paul Errington’s Shand Stooshie Gravel Bike

“Shand is a small independent British bicycle company located in Scotland, fabricating hand-built production bikes here in the UK as well as designing and supplying carbon fibre bikes manufactured by our partners.” “Started in 2003 by Steven Shand, Shand originally focussed on one-off made-to-order frames, mostly drop-bar off-road bikes but ‘cross bikes, mountain bikes and […]

Press Release: WTB Introduces Dirt-Centric Byway Road Plus Tire

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA – April 20, 2017 – Last year, WTB introduced Road Plus with the intention of providing riders with a dependable high-volume tire that would allow them to expand road rides beyond their usual paved loops. WTB is now expanding its Road Plus line with the dirt-centric Byway Road Plus TCS tire to encourage […]

Review: WTB Horizon Road Plus 650b Tubeless Ready Tires

“WTB was founded in Marin County, California in 1982, fueled by the need to create durable and reliable mountain bike-specific equipment. Back then mountain biking was a new and burgeoning sport, and mountain bikes weren’t much more than cobbled-together oddities. The original WTB crew was captivated by the experience of riding bikes on dirt trails, and […]

Exclusive Preview: Litespeed’s New Titanium Gravel Bike

“The gravel category continues to be very strong” says Litespeed. The new Litespeed Titanium Gravel bike will now provide customers with expanded tire clearance as well as multiple wheel / tire size options and fender / rack mounts incorporated into the frame and fork.” Advantages of the new Litespeed Titanium Gravel: Increased tire clearance (up […]