Recently, we produced an article about why we (jokingly) don’t like riding Dirt and Gravel roads. Really, we do…
I like riding Dirt and Gravel roads because…
- All of my mates do it.
- It’s like free therapy, but without the need to make an appointment – “I had a bad day at the office.” You didn’t empty the dishwasher.” Who cares!? Go for a ride and forget about that rubbish. Solo rides are pretty sweet too.
- The roads are relatively free of vehicular traffic. Motorists generally don’t like getting the Bentley dirty.
- The racing is awesome – friendly promoters who want you at their events – they may even shake your hand – this is almost unheard of!
- You can finally sleep at night after discovering what lay down that dirt and gravel road you’ve driven / ridden past 1,000 times.
- Even the really good gravel racers talk to you.
- If you puncture a tire (tyre) at a race, its pretty normal for people to stop and offer help.
- The scenery.
- There is more to life than riding bicycles around parking lots.
- Traveling to a race with your mates usually involves funny stories, bad jokes and bad singing. Sometimes people stink out the car (not JOM).
- Cheap Hotels Part 1 – Jamming people into a cheap hotel room to save a few $ is fun – especially when it’s time to work on a bicycle at 9pm the night before a race – because someone’s cheap arse derailleur isn’t shifting properly.
- Cheap Hotels Part 2 – Whoever drew straws for the air mattress usually gets the best sleep.
- Cheap Hotels Part 3 – Whoever wakes up first gets dibs on the bathroom.
- The bikes are cool. Everyone needs a CX bike with 28mm tires, a CX bike with 40mm tires, a CX bike with permanently mounted lights, and of course, a Monster CX bike.
- There is usually beer post race – or ride. And most people we know love good beer.
- The terrain and conditions can be very challenging. This goes far beyond the norm of what you’d see during your average road bicycle ride. Think epic.
- There is always a good story afterwards. We usually write about those here on the website. Embellishing is OK too. Just as long as nobody has video.
- So we have an excuse to consume excessive calories post ride – stuffing your face with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s is totally fine. Everyone knows that dirt and gravel roads take substantially more effort to ride!
- It’s heaps of fun trying to drop your friends after you’ve been sandbagging – especially when you say, “I’m feeling like crap and totally riding easy today”, but soon realize you have awesome legs.
- It’s great for skills development.
- Awesome photo opportunities – mostly of scenery or your friends.
If we forgot anything, please chime in at the comments below!