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As someone that is new to the forum as a "contributing member" but having read the forum for years, I would love to see a Gravel section added. The majority of my riding these days is on dirt and the only racing that I participate in anymore is mtb or gravel. Cheers.
So that's like 6 of us now! That's enough for a dedicated section, right?
 
I still think they should do it, maybe combined with ultra-races like the TCR, TAW etc. I'm far more interested in that stuff than road these days to be honest.

I've done this with an old MTB frame. Rigid fork, 26" wheels with either MTB tyres or big slicks and a bar end shifter for a 1x system. Only issue is the bar end won't get all ten sprockets so I have to run a big ring at the front. Apparently Microshift levers have enough throw to get all the sprockets, but I had the DA one already.
I'm following Tour Divide right now (there is a local rider doing it), and I'm paying more attention to that the Tour de Suisse. Right now, 2 people ahead of record pace.
 
I'm following Tour Divide right now (there is a local rider doing it), and I'm paying more attention to that the Tour de Suisse. Right now, 2 people ahead of record pace.
I had some friends racing the Transatlantic Way so was keeping an eye on that and always keeping an eye on the bigger races. I like the way you can check in over coffee in the morning and evening, akin to reading the papers about the old TdF, and still keep on top of what's happening. It's not instant, in your face, have to know what's going on kind of stuff. Far too much of that about these days.
 
I had some friends racing the Transatlantic Way so was keeping an eye on that and always keeping an eye on the bigger races. I like the way you can check in over coffee in the morning and evening, akin to reading the papers about the old TdF, and still keep on top of what's happening. It's not instant, in your face, have to know what's going on kind of stuff. Far too much of that about these days.
Man, there is a local rider in Tour Divide, and the broom wagon, which signifies people classified as racing, and the people who are just considered touring the route, is 95 miles per day. His current average is 94.4, and he has about 100 miles left. I think he will make it, but it's touch and go.
 
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While more of a bikepacking ride, rather than gravel (there were a lot of gravel roads), I finished Durango to Moab 3 weeks ago...that's the short story. The long story is that I started having throat issues and chest congestion the second day...turns out, I rode the ride with covid...I know, because when we got back home, 4 of the people I rode with got sick and tested positive for covid. I actually felt worse after I got back than I did on the ride (thanks Tylonol PM!). I am just starting to feel well enough to go on longer rides.

If you ever have the chance, I cannot recommend the ride enough. We did the singletrack options every day (I actually bailed halfway into the Whole Enchilada on the last day, and took Sand Flat road into Moab...because by then, I was freaking wasted tired). Still, it was 7 days where we had no cell service and no other people, and fantastic scenery.
 
I would also appreciate a Gravel section under off-road. There are more and more races - both for pro riders as well as for amateurs - that are worth a separate section for discussions.

The European Championship in Oud Heverlee was a great experience and it was very nice to see so many pro-riders attending.

Finally, there is a lot discuss / debate when it comes to equipment. Clearly Gravel equipment such as what tire threads, pressures, widths etc are optimal is more controversial than debating the next US election :eek:;)