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ridinggravel.com

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9 months ago

Review: Michelin Power Gravel 35mm and 40mm Tires — At The Finish

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Michelin Power Gravel 35mm and 40mm Tires: At The Finish- by Guitar Ted with N.Y. Roll

The Michelin line of gravel tires is fairly new and we were curious as to what this well known brand had cooked up for riders of off-pavement roads and trails. The tires have been used and tested thoroughly, so we have a final word on these treads now. The older posts are linked here for your convenience. Please check those out for technical specs and more on initial set up and use. One more thing- the Power Gravel tires do come in a cyclo cross friendly size which we think would make a great “grass course” tire, in case you were wondering about that. Now on to our final review of the other two Power Gravel tire sizes.

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bikepacking.com

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10 months ago

Jay Petervary on the Silk Road Mountain Race

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At 5:15 pm local time on August 26th, 2018, the inaugural PEdALED Silk Road Mountain Race had a winner. After 1,721 kilometers in 8 days, 8 hours, and 15 minutes, Jay Petervary was the first to arrive at the finish line in Chong Kemin. “This was the hardest race I have done. But that is not why I took part. It’s about pioneering and racing bikes where no one did before. That is the real beauty of this race for me,” stated Jay on the SRMR blog. Jay led the race from the start, but it was never a sure thing. Several other riders, including second place finisher Levente Bagoly, were always pushing on close behind him.

The Silk Road Mountain Race was the first of its kind and followed a route through Kyrgyzstan based closely on our Tian Shan Traverse. Only about a third of the nearly 100 starters made it to the finish, owing to extreme weather, illness, and the sheer difficulty of the terrain. We caught up with Jay to ask him a few questions about his time pedaling across Kyrgyzstan.

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11 months ago

Photo Gallery: The 2018 Antwerp Port Epic

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Back in 2015, in the lead-up to the 90th edition of Schaal Sels, race organisers knew they had to try something different. The Belgian one-day race had grown stale and was in desperate need of a modern facelift. So, in what can only be described as a masterstroke, they added more than 50km of gravel and cobblestone farm roads to the race, turning it into something of a hybrid between Paris-Roubaix, a cyclocross race, and the local road race it had originally been.

In the years that followed, the reinvented Schaal Sels attracted plenty of international attention. And then, in the lead-up to the 2018 event, organisers made another change: they split Schaal Sels in two.

As race organiser Ben Simons explained, the plan was to maintain the local character of the original event (held around the town of Merksem) while letting the race’s new identity flourish.

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cyclingtips.com

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11 months ago

The length of suffering: A gravel rider’s unlikely pursuit record

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Two years ago, Ashton Lambie was a shop mechanic in Lawrence, Kansas, a gravel fiend, the fastest man to ride the 430-mile length of his home state, and a top finisher at Dirty Kanza. On Friday, he became the fastest man in history to ride 4,000 meters around a velodrome.

 

In the semi-final of the Pan American Championships, Lambie took more than three seconds off a world record set in 2011 by Jack Bobridge, and previously by the inimitable Chris Boardman, two men of impeccable track and time trial pedigree. In the final, Lambie again beat Bobridge’s old record, with a 4’09”. Three seconds taken by a gravel grinder.

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11 months ago

Thrills and Spills: CX season starts in Australia

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It was a dry and dusty start to the season of mud and cowbells as one of the world’s most enthusiastic cyclocross newcomers, Australia, closed out its local season by opening up the international one.

The UCI C2-ranked Airport Toyota Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross launched into its second year of international racing with a growing contingent of overseas riders. That contingent included the biggest name yet to race on Australian shores: 2016 junior world champion Jens Dekker.

The Dutch rider, with Australian family connections, may be just 19 and racing in the under 23s but there was no doubt he would be a powerful challenger. In the women’s race, Japanese national champion Miho Imai was in the mix, joining a contingent from the United States plus New Zealand’s unofficial national champion.

For the riders travelling from bigger cyclocross nations, racing CX in Australia is a chance to grab some valuable early-season points in the thinner fields. For locals — both fans and riders — it’s an opportunity to finish off a season that is out of sync with the heavy-hitting nations, with an entree into the bigger world of cyclocross.

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ridinggravel.com

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11 months ago

Lauf True Grit: Checkpoint

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Back in June, I introduced you to the Lauf True Grit gravel bike I’ve been testing (read the Getting Rolling post here). Since then, I’ve logged nearly 1,000 miles on the bike on all sorts of Midwestern gravel, and the experience has given me good perspective on the True Grit’s capabilities. Here’s what I’ve learned.

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve had so many people ask me about the bike I was riding. The True Grit is just that striking, even in a relatively subdued off-white (I call it limestone) tone of the bike we’re testing. In fact, I still catch myself staring deeply at the frame’s lines.

When painted in neon green, orange or any of the other custom colors Lauf offers (for an extra charge), the bike’s visual appeal is off the chart. Long story short: don’t buy this bike if you’re trying to keep a low profile. It’s a conversation piece as much is it is a performance machine.

 

On the road, the True Grit doesn’t disappoint in any situation. That said, it clearly has a preference for going fast, so if you like an upright position, this isn’t the bike for you. The long reach and low stack put you into a great position to hammer, and the stiff carbon fiber frame puts every watt of power you generate directly into the rear wheel.

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11 months ago

Cross is Coming Part 1: A Jaunt Through the Park

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Cross is coming! We’re featuring some of our favorite cyclocross videos this week to get ready for the upcoming season! Up first, product manager Ian Schmitt takes the fun way home with a little rip through the local park aboard the Private Jake.

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ridinggravel.com

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12 months ago

Industry Nine Ultralite 235 CX TRA Wheels: At The Finish

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The weeks have worn on and now we have come to the end of the test for these beautiful Industry Nine Ultralite 235 CX TRA Wheels. While they look great, the question of whether or not they are tough enough for the job or if they present a good value are still on the table for discussion. In this final post, I hope to put those two questions to rest. For our last post on the I-9 wheels here, please hit the link HERE.

 

Ride Performance: I do not have a lot more to add in regard to the Industry Nine Ultralite 235 CX TRA wheels as far as how they worked for me. They were, in a word, flawless. Tubeless performance was very good, I had no issues with noises, creaks, or poor hub engagement. Coasting was revealing as the hubs felt smooth and the friction that causes some wheels to slow up and not coast freely wasn’t an issue with these wheels at all. In terms of weight, the Ultralite 235 rims were great, matching up with Industry Nine’s aluminum machining and manufacturing prowess, the chassis was equally as light. While technically I am over the stated weight limit for these wheels,(Industry Nine recommends 220lbs as tops), they weren’t a problem at all for me. Like I said, they were flawless, even after crossing up a curb hop and after many landings to flat on pavement while launching off grassy side strips along the roads on my commute. So, are they tough enough? Yeah…..I think so.