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Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking

April 20, 2017 - Comment

The popularity of riding and racing on unpaved roads has exploded in the last five years. With iconic events selling out in hours and field sizes for races in the thousands, the rural adventure of remote roads has resonated with a wide spectrum of riders and families. Over one-third of the roads in the U.S.

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The popularity of riding and racing on unpaved roads has exploded in the last five years. With iconic events selling out in hours and field sizes for races in the thousands, the rural adventure of remote roads has resonated with a wide spectrum of riders and families. Over one-third of the roads in the U.S. are categorized as unpaved by the U.S. DOT, and cyclists are rapidly finding that the road less taken has fantastic opportunities for escaping traffic and discovering what lies beyond one’s backyard.

In Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking, the author shares his love of riding dirt roads and gravel racing by telling the story of its history, its 21st century incarnation in North America, and its rapid spread to Europe, Asia, and South America. He speaks with founding members of the gravel racing scene and also looks at the cycling industry’s adoption of the category. Most of all, he will inspire others to seek out dirt and gravel roads by offering helpful tips on getting started, gear recommendations, riding tips, and successful outfitting strategies for bike and rider alike.

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