Native Lands Tour: An Osage County Gravel Overnight – and Photo Essay by Adrienne Taren

When Oklahoma gravel gets attention, it’s usually in March when weather-hell suddenly breaks loose directly over Stillwater, like a tornado selective for rear derailleurs and brake pads. Flying quietly under the radar, however, is the Native Lands series of events out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Native Lands Classic in March is the “race” event, while […]

Ride Report: Roadrunner Rocks – Muenster, Texas by Adrienne Taren

From the ride organizer (Spinistry): “Our host is the amazing 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery. A fantastic property with outstanding views and great terrain. The routes are almost exclusively hard packed gravel roads through the scenic Red River Valley. The course is marked and water tables/aid stations placed throughout the route. Camping will be available […]

Ride Report: 2017 Midnight Massacre – Valley View, Texas – by Adrienne Taren

If you consult the Google Machine, you will learn that “Midnight Massacre” may refer to: The Utah prisoner of war massacre in 1945. The trade of Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds during the 1977 New York Mets season. The Midnight Sons, a fictional Marvel Comics supernatural superhero team, being rudely killed off. An obscure […]

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 […]