Browsing articles from "August, 2019"
Aug
26
2019

Trail Ramblings: More End-Of-Summer Fun.

Last Saturday saw the Heatstroke 100, primarily a road event, but now with a gravel option. I heard great things about the many volunteers and the SAG stops, and that the course was challenging. From what I understand, road riders expect lots of support, and they got it. That’s one difference between road and gravel rides. A hardy breed, gravel riders don’t traditionally expect it, and may be surprised to get support. Having to forage […]

Aug
19
2019

Trail Ramblings: GW, The Morning After.

The congratulations for a job well done were flying thick Sunday morning, both to the race directors and the riders of Gravel Worlds 2019. Monday morning quarter-backing is now in full swing. Also, some who once said “never again!” in the past are now making tentative plans for next year. The finishers of the Privateer and Buccaneer routes had great rides, hitting many of the course highlights without so much of the punishment that can […]

Aug
12
2019

Trail Ramblings: Ahoy Mateys! It’s Time To Set Sail, Or Support A Pirate.

The rolling sea of gravel that surrounds us here in the capital city will soon be taken over by a full fleet of two-wheeled ships bound for glory. Next Saturday, August 17th, is the tenth annual Gravel Worlds, put on by Pirate Cycling League, and now presented with help from an Icelandic bicycle company, Lauf. The event has grown quite a bit over these ten years, shedding some of it’s more piratey ways, and is […]

Aug
6
2019

Trail Ramblings: Want More Bike Destination Options? Create Your Own.

It’s high season for bike packing and festival adventures. This past weekend saw rides to Wilber for their Czech festival, with both hard-surfaced, and in my case, gravel routes. It’s about the same distance as going to Platte river State Park for a bacon ride, between 60 and 80 miles, depending where you start from. This coming Saturday is Czech Heritage Day in Prague, which comes out at about the same distance. If this seems […]