Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 06-12-18, 12:33 PM
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I've always wanted to try one of those camps you pass along the way. I've done the ride starting from Mt Washington, there are a couple camps along the way, one is pretty far from any hiking trails, so it seems like there would be a lot of solitude.
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I said a Georgia, Georgia
A song of you
Comes as sweet and clear
As moonlight through the pines

Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in the peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

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So you know those times you're taking cool bike photos....



And suddenly you do some quick mental arithmetic? You know something like, "WTF I'm bone dry as is the ground, how can there be a rainbow at dawn?"



Upside, I got to ride to Lucky Charms...
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Finally got to go on an adventure with my adventure bike. I was on vacation where there was some non paved road surface. I learned many things. Either I suck at riding off road or I brought a knife tire to a gun tire fight. I found the gravel was sliding my wheels all over the place and the really deep gravel was terrifying. Also soft sand was pretty bad, but I wasn't too surprised at that. Anyways, here are some pictures from around the Fanning Springs area of FL.

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@bikecrate

What you experienced is natural.

Some roads and trails terrified me at first. 1 year later I was blasting down those same roads and trails at full speed.

You will get used to it, build skill, learn to control and become a much stronger rider for it.

Congrats on the first adventure ride. Don't ever stop.


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@bikecrate

What you experienced is natural.

Some roads and trails terrified me at first. 1 year later I was blasting down those same roads and trails at full speed.

You will get used to it, build skill, learn to control and become a much stronger rider for it.

Congrats on the first adventure ride. Don't ever stop.


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That's part of the problem. I'm a city boy who isn't really near any roads like this. Practice time is far and few. Don't get me wrong I had a great time. Got to see all kinds of wildlife...deer, wild turkeys, boars.
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That's part of the problem. I'm a city boy who isn't really near any roads like this. Practice time is far and few. Don't get me wrong I had a great time. Got to see all kinds of wildlife...deer, wild turkeys, boars.
Nothing for it but to practice and experiment.

All about finding the right mixture of tire and pressure for the surface, and figuring out the technique to make it happen at speed. And holding your line, turning moreso rather than banking. Some surfaces like dumped pea gravel will always be sketchy--the ideal tire for easy control for that stuff is a 4" MTB knobbie.
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Threw on the knobbies (40c Clement MSOs) and a dirt drop bar(Salsa Cowchipper 40cm) on the CAADX commuter and had to go test it on some local single track. Was able to keep up with some full suspension MTB newbies!
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I hope it's OK to continue sharing my non-gravel rides done on my gravel bike. There are some really nice paved bike paths here and anything approaching "gravel" is a hiking path covered with 1-2" stones.


I road to Yad Kennedy (JFK Memorial) on Father's Day weekend. It's in the south of Jerusalem perched high up on a hill. Only a 20 mile roundtrip but the hills were killer!


'The memorial is on the plateau in the middle of the graph.




I honestly almost turned around before I made it, but I'm glad I didn't. This is on Saturday (Shabbat, day of rest) so I pretty much had the whole place to myself. The image is of a tree stump symbolic of a life cut short. It is ringed by 51 columns representing the 50 states and DC.



This morning I needed to clear my head before I started teleworking so I drove to a nearby park that had a section of bike path. This is in the Arazim Valley Park. In the foreground you can see the abandoned village of Lifta. It was originally settled in the late 1500s. These buildings date back to only the early 1910s or 1920s. In the distance you can see the Chords Bridge which spans the northern entrance to Jerusalem on Highway 1.



About a mile off the bike path and up a fairly steep climb, you arrive at the 9/11 Memorial. A section of steel girder from one of the Twin Towers is behind the clear panel at the base of the monument. The names of all those who died are inscribed on plaques that line the rear wall. My helmet is serving as the only splash of red, white, and blue at the monument.



They don't call it an adventure bike for nothing, right? Rope bridges give me motion sickness.


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Exploring the seasonal roads in and around Sleeping Bear Dunes last week on my Jamis Renegade!

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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
My username is Witterings which is from The Witterings beach in the UK.
The ferry, which has a draw bridge so is really easy to wheel bikes onto, is just inland up the estuary and crosses between Bosham and Itchenor.

We'd been on a 26 mile circuit which is a mix of gravel paths, farm roads (some more made up than others) and the quietest country lanes in the most picturesque of settings ... am very lucky to live here

Couple more pics of the area that the paths take you through posted below ... if anyone fancies joining us let me know That said I absolutely love some of the pics I see that people have posted from the US ... beautiful !!!!!!!!
Thanks for posting these images @Witterings - I’m guessing Chichester Harbour - but where exactly? Any details of your 26m route please?

Some friends from East Sussex have just taken up riding and after seeing your post, I did some research and we met up at Chichester Yacht Club on Wednesday and did the 13m Harbour Circuit. It was beautiful, especially Itchenor and Bosham (had a fab lunch at the pub near the church!). We all loved it and intend to meet again in the same area - hence asking the question where those photos are from!

cheers, Justin

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Thanks for posting these images @Witterings - I’m guessing Chichester Harbour - but where exactly? Any details of your 26m route please?

Some friends from East Sussex have just taken up riding and after seeing your post, I did some research and we met up at Chichester Yacht Club on Wednesday and did the 13m Harbour Circuit. It was beautiful, especially Itchenor and Bosham (had a fab lunch at the pub near the church!). We all loved it and intend to meet again in the same area - hence asking the question where those photos are from!

cheers, Justin
Sounds like you found The Blue Anchor I'll ping you a PM a bit later ... 3 of us going out tomorrow 2.30 for about 25 / 30 miles all around the same area if you fancy joining us .. if can't do then welcome any other time!!

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Sounds like you found The Blue Anchor I'll ping you a PM a bit later ... 3 of us going out tomorrow 2.30 for about 25 / 30 miles all around the same area if you fancy joining us .. if can't do then welcome any other time!!
Ha, yes I think youíre right - Blue Anchor! Thanks for the offer of joining you guys I might take you up on that sometime - busy this weekend sadly though. Looking forward to your pm though - I live in Wiltshire which is beautiful but where you live... wow! Jealous! Cant wait to get down there again! Justin
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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
Threw on the knobbies (40c Clement MSOs) and a dirt drop bar(Salsa Cowchipper 40cm) on the CAADX commuter and had to go test it on some local single track. Was able to keep up with some full suspension MTB newbies!
Scrolling through all the pics, the PNW has a really distinctive look. Lot of places around here that could almost be.
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Nice evening ride out on the Giant Toughroad. Bishops Cannings & Bourton, Wiltshire.



Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire



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what is that a field of?
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what is that a field of?
I am betting (TICKS) with Lyme Disease
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I am betting (TICKS) with Lyme Disease
😂 I think itís wheat or barley or something similar.
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what is that a field of?
Amber waves of grain, right about now.

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Chicago area during a mixed surface ride. It's all hero gravel and flat...but fun!
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Had a few days away from pan-flat prairie land. Got some elevation and a bit of fun gravel too, a 10km gravel road off the main highway out to a fishing lodge in northwestern Ontario.
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