Gravel rides of 2021

tam

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A little bike-a-hike day going from gravel to glacier and back... bike portion was around 86km & 1,000m climbing, and midway hiked 4km & 800m (or STFU... straight the f*** up!) to a massive glacier. The road was a stunner, absolutely perfect totally empty gravel ride in an insanely stunning valley. The hike goes straight up to the foot of a glacier... indescribable views and always fun when you can get right up to the glacier. No better place to fill water bottles than directly from~240,000 year old melting ice. Used a frame bag to hold my stuff since I had hiking shoes, but I think next time I do a bike-hike I’ll just ride with flats and a light approach shoe, and the rest can go in a saddle bag and my jersey pockets… didn’t really like the added weight of the frame bag.

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Tom K.

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A little bike-a-hike day going from gravel to glacier and back... bike portion was around 86km & 1,000m climbing, and midway hiked 4km & 800m (or STFU... straight the f*** up!) to a massive glacier. The road was a stunner, absolutely perfect totally empty gravel ride in an insanely stunning valley. The hike goes straight up to the foot of a glacier... indescribable views and always fun when you can get right up to the glacier. No better place to fill water bottles than directly from~240,000 year old melting ice. Used a frame bag to hold my stuff since I had hiking shoes, but I think next time I do a bike-hike I’ll just ride with flats and a light approach shoe, and the rest can go in a saddle bag and my jersey pockets… didn’t really like the added weight of the frame bag.

Stunning! Interested in sharing the general location?
 

firebanex

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Went into Denali National Park today, the tourist season is over and the road is now open to cars from mile 13 to 30 and foot/pedal traffic from 30 to 40. We never get an open road in the fall, it's typically a road ticket lottery that you have to put in for. Anyways, since mile 30 is the bottom of Sable pass and the road was legit closed to all traffic after mile 40 due to that land slide in Polychrome pass you may have heard about.. We grabbed out gravel bikes and went for a chilly ride! Was windy and about 40* but oh so sunny. Totally worth it.
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Rudi Riet

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On Sunday I went out with a bunch of friends and friends-of-friends on a gravel romp through Loudoun and Fauquier Counties in northern Virginia. It was a great day to be out and about on a bike: mostly cloudy skies, a little breeze, and temperatures that weren't the summer swelter that's dominated the area this year.

Two routes were on offer: a 36 mile route and a 48 mile route, both of which had a rest stop in Bluemont at their retro general store (their country ham sliders are a tasty treat).

Rough road is the goal on gravel days, right?

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Like I said: we were a big bunch, over 50 riders showed up.
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We had smiles for miles:
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My friend Marc caught my photogenic side for good measure.
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(And yes, that is a repurposed 26" hardtail MTB I'm riding. It's perfect for gravel and monstercross use.)

But the real draw is that these gravel roads are scenic AF:
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Tom K.

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(And yes, that is a repurposed 26" hardtail MTB I'm riding. It's perfect for gravel and monstercross use.)

Agreed. On "real" gravel rides, I prefer my hardtail with lightly-knobbed 40c tires and a suspension fork. I even stick with mtb bars.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's lighter than my gravel bike! :ogbiggrin:
 
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