Race Report: 2017 Dirty Fury Stage Rush, Jacksboro, Texas – by Adrienne Taren

If you’re familiar with events like Red River Riot, Hell of the North, and Texas Chainring Massacre, then you’re familiar with The Spinistry (whether you know it or not). With the Dirty Fury Stage Rush, they prove that they take their slogan “long, hard & dirty” seriously – this 3-day stage gravel grinder in Jacksboro, […]

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 […]

Race Report: Gravelleur’s Raid, Lawrence, Kansas – by Adrienne Taren

The Gravelleur’s Raid is a 100+ mile self-supported gravel bicycle race and a 50+ mile Gravelleur’s Grinder in Lawrence, Kansas. Let’s start by dispelling the myth that Kansas is flat. Kansas is anti-flat, at least the gravelly parts. What the race website should really say is, “if you enjoy seeing a vertical wall looming in […]

The 7 Stages of DNF: Land Run 100 by Adrienne Taren

The 7 Stages of DNF: Land Run 100 I am among the 80-something percent that DNF’d Land Run 100, 2017 edition. While I have numerous did-not-starts due to injury / illness / life, this was only my second DNF (or as JOM put it when I ran into him afterwards, “had to abandon”, which sounds […]

Women, Gravel and the Middle Georgia Epic: by Adrienne Taren

I started riding gravel about a year ago, by accident. Or more accurately, by necessity. I was out smack in the middle of the USA for work, and no matter what direction I rode my road bike in, I eventually hit gravel. So I got a cross bike (n+1 rule, right?) and the rest is […]