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 […]

Race Report: 2017 Hellhole Gravel Grind Stage Race, South Carolina by Libby Skinner

Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina September 15-17, 2017 Ginny Norton and I punctuated our 2017 Gravel Year with a big fat exclamation point (!#*%!) racing in the three-day Hellhole Gravel Grind stage races in the swampy, gnarly Francis Marion National Forest outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Ginny Norton was there to win. I was […]

Take the Gravel Less Traveled to Rebecca’s Private Idaho: A photo essay by Wil Matthews

Commissioned by WD-40BIKE “I love my mountain home in Ketchum, Idaho and I want everyone to know the reasons why,” says Rebecca Rusch. “Join me for a gravel-strewn, grit-filled, pedal-cranking love letter from me and my Idaho home to the rest of the world.” And the fifth edition of Rebecca’s Private Idaho event was just […]

Tour of Ara 2017: Bighead’s Big Adventure (Part Three – Final) – By Todd Leedy

Stage Five – Naaim de Vos: Calvinia to Sutherland, 161km “The morning road is, um, not in great condition”   Heading over to Hantam Huis for breakfast in the usual cold morning vest and arm warmers, I noticed the streets surprisingly slightly wet and a heavy mist in the air. No sign of pre-dawn light […]

Race Report: Pony Express Gravel Dash – 75 Miles of Fun by Larry Brenize

Leading into the Pony Express Gravel Dash, I didn’t have much training before the ride. Diagnosed with Shingles in May of 2017 which followed with seven to eight weeks of pain. Then, I had to drop out of the Farmer’s Daughter event, one I had particularly been looking forward to. Adding to the challenge of […]

Race Report: 2017 Rebecca’s Private Idaho – “The Queen’s Stage Race” Part 2

Continuing where I left from Part 1, the third and final stage of the inaugural “Queen’s Stage Race” of Rebecca’s Private Idaho would be the “Big Potato” stage. Namely, 93 miles / 149kms starting in beautiful Ketchum, Idaho at around 6,000 feet of elevation. The course would crest 8,000 feet above sea level twice and […]

Race Report: 2017 Rebecca’s Private Idaho – “The Queen’s Stage Race” Part 1

“Rebecca’s Private Idaho is your ticket to the wild, rugged Idaho that few people know. Ride 100 miles with mountain bike endurance champion Rebecca Rusch on grueling gravel roads, through canyons, over summits, and across high mountain basins. When you’re done, expect a healthy dose of western hospitality and the good feeling that comes from […]

Tour of Ara 2017: Bighead’s Big Adventure (Part Two) – By Todd Leedy

Stage Three – Mbotshwa Buda: Middelpos to Calvinia, 98km “There is something sticking out of your head” During our braai dinner following stage two, we heard the unfortunate news that Tour of Ara organizer Stan Engelbrecht’s beloved Alpina had been diagnosed with a cracked downtube. A fourth completed Tour not in the cards, he was […]