• Sasha Preps for Her First Gravel Race, the Ned Gravel–“OOOF that hill!”

    Submitted by Bill Plock on July 26th, 2021

    Sasha Underwood is a very accomplished endurance athlete with a smile that reflects her positive attitude. But gravel racing is new to her. Really the only aspect of bike racing she hasn’t tried. On July 31st she will race the first annual Ned Gravel. We caught up with her to see how her training has gone, how she prepared and what she expects.  Read more

    • This “Peloton” Led by a Moose at the Crooked Gravel in Winter Park

      Submitted by Bill Plock on July 26th, 2021

      Moose can run up to 35mph and trot a comfortable 20mph as witnessed by this video of cyclists at this past weekend’s Crooked Gravel ride in Winter Park. Kris Thompson, founder of 303cycling trailed this moose for quite a while as riders stacked up hoping the moose would trot into the woods.  Read more

      • Gravel, Heating up in Trinidad, PX 160 Doubled Riders from Last Year

        Submitted by Bill Plock on May 27th, 2021

        We had amazing growth and are happy to announce that we doubled the number of entries from last year. We also saw more participants in the160 KM distance than ever before, and a record number of female riders.  Read more

        • First Time Gravel Ride, “I found it almost meditative!”

          Submitted by Bill Plock on May 3rd, 2021

          Meet Maigread, she is relatively new to cycling having joined the WeRide4 cycling team last spring, buying a road bike and hitting it hard racking up almost 2,500 miles in 2020. In 2021, she has already ridden over 2,000 miles. She is not totally new to cycling, she used to be a triathlete and has always kept in shape, but life got in the way for a few years and she recently rediscovered her love of cycling when she moved to Colorado last year. She is still figuring out the nuances of cycling; which clothing, what nutrition, what routes, what sunglasses etc. So to the throw an obstacle or slide a bit or navigate some mud added to the challenge–and to the fun!  Read more

          • New Name for Nederland Gravel Race, “Ned Gravel”

            Submitted by Bill Plock on April 28th, 2021

            Originally named the Dead Man Gravel, organizers have changed the name to reflect a more inviting event and to better highlight the location of Nederland. Read more

            • My Ad-van-ture with “Johnny”, Confessions of a Van-Life Newbie With a Titus Adventure Van

              Submitted by Andy Schmit on April 21st, 2021

              Johnny Cash is arguably the most influential musician to bridge the gap between country music and rock-n-roll. With that said, you may be wondering what “the man in black” is doing in the lead of an article about van-life and endurance sports. On a weekend in April, I had the unique opportunity to take “Johnny” to the red-sand desert of the Colorado Plateau in Fruita, CO for some mountain / gravel biking and camping. It would be my second foray into Van-Life.

              You see, the guys at Titus Adventure Company name all of their vehicles after legends of country music. When I met “Johnny” he was parked next to a candy-apple red van named “Reba” inside the Titus staging garage located off of I-70 and Pecos. Read more

              • Colorado’s Next Big Gravel Race, the ‘Rad Dirt Fest in Maybe Colorado’s Next Big Boom Town–Trinidad?

                Submitted by Bill Plock on April 5th, 2021

                The time capsule of Trinidad and the surrounding Spanish Peaks makes for the perfect back drop for what might become Colorado’s newest bucket list gravel bike and trail run event—Life Time’s ‘Rad Dirt Fest.

                The city of Trinidad, nestled at the base of Colorado’s newest state park, Fishers Peak, located on the North side of Raton Pass, will host this event in early October. Trinidad, one of Colorado’s oldest and most preserved cities still flourishes with about 10,000 people but it feels like it hasn’t changed much since its heyday in the early 1900’s.

                But it has changed–tons. As in tons and tons of coal that used to roll through here after being mined near the roads the ‘Rad Dirt Fest follows. Thousands of miners and their families lived in the Spanish Peaks area northwest of town leaving hundreds of miles of smooth gravel roads to play on a hundred years later. Read more

                • Registration Opens For Gold Rush Bike Rally; Benefits Gold Hill, Ride Old Mining Railroad Routes

                  Submitted by Bill Plock on March 16th, 2021

                  oday Adventure Fit announces the revival of Gold Rush Bike Rally, a gravel bike hootenanny in historic gold mining country west of Boulder, Colorado. The event combines the best elements of a gravel bike adventure, block party, and small town festival and is the sister event to the popular Old Man Winter Bike Rally. Similar to the Old Man Winter Rally, the Gold Rush Bike Rally is all about getting friends together for an adventure on Boulder County’s world-class gravel bike terrain and celebrating at the after party. As a fundraiser for the Town of Gold Hill and the Gold Hill School, the Gold Rush Bike Rally will allow the gravel bike community to give back to Boulder County’s top cycling destination.

                  The race is staged in front of the Gold Hill General Store in Gold Hill, one of Colorado’s oldest and quaintest towns, with dirt roads and a population just over 200 people. Despite its small size, Gold Hill is famous for its amazing gravel riding including the Switzerland Trail, which was a narrow railroad line that transported mining equipment throughout the Front Range of Colorado at the turn of the century, as well as Lickskillet Rd – the steepest road in the state with grades as steep as 22%. Read more

                  • New Gravel Race in Nederland, Early Registration for Women and BIPOC Athletes opens March 16th

                    Submitted by Bill Plock on March 15th, 2021

                    In its first year, Dead Man Gravel is the newest race to join the gravel racing circuit. Scheduled to for July 31, 2021 in Nederland, Colorado, this unique event strives to be both inclusive – as organizers believe everyone should feel welcomed, regardless of experience, race, gender or sexual identity/orientation – and challenging – as very few other races have as much climbing, technical sections, and sustained elevation.

                    To strike a balance between challenging and inclusive, Dead Man Gravel will feature three courses: the 66 mile Tungsten loop, the 41 mile Gold loop, and the 25 mile Silver loop, providing three distinct experiences for riders of all levels.
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                    • 3-day Guided Gravel Adventures in Northern CO?–Includes a Demo Gravel Bike–Try Gravel!

                      Submitted by Bill Plock on February 2nd, 2021

                      Northern Colorado contains some of the purest, rock and roll, mixed terrain experiences you can get in the world, that’s why we call it Gravel Graceland. Professional athletes Whitney and Zack Allison want to show you their favorite go-to routes and hidden gems in Gravel Graceland. The specific goal of this adventure is to be inclusive and an exposure focused-adventure to this region’s mixed terrain riding. Each days route will contain at least 80% dirt to pavement. The routes are challenging, fun, and exploratory, and will range between 39 and 48 miles each day with varying elevation.

                      Three stellar options in Fort Collins, CO: MAY 14-16TH, SEPTEMBER 3-5TH, AND OCTOBER 15-17, 2021. Read more