Gravel Camp is an event consisting of a night of camping plus a 50km off-road bike ride in Rubicon, Victoria. It’s put on by Fyxo from Melbourne, and I attended the inaugural offering in March this year. Beaut day for a bike ride. As much as a love a bike ride, my main motivation to take part in Gravel Camp was that it seemed like a good way to get my toes wet in bikepacking. And by “toes wet” I mean I had my bike and I was camping, but I didn’t have to deal with packing part.
It’s happening… again. I’ve signed up to ride the MS150 from Houston to Austin in 2018. Hope y’all will come along for the ride with me 🚴. Details coming soonish (and the bit where I ask for donations coming soonish too (remember it’s a great cause!!)) In related news, the @bluelinebikelab team I was a part of in 2017 were awarded “best team promoting the mission” by The MS Society 👏👏, and the team’s fundraising average increased by $260 per rider for 2017’s event.
Pre-brekkie workout. 26 miles. 1hr 44m. Cold. 👍
Today I went for a ride through some incredible New England scenery in and around Jamaica, Vermont. Perfect riding conditions: sun was out but I was sheltered for the most part by trees, it was a mix of asphalt roads and gravel, and there were rolling hills aplenty. I took for what I expected to be a 24 mile ride with 2000ft of climbing, but, like the previous long ride, turned out a little differently. A small GPS route glitch with Komoot’s use of Open Street Maps took me up a long, leafy, steeeeeep, and private driveway.
Clickbait title aside, the easiest way to turn your mountain bike into a road bike is to add a pair of Oury grips to the inside of your handlebars. 🚴💨💯 #truestory #getaero #braaap #stravalife
Today’s “ride” was interesting to say the least. Kelly was trying for a record distance run so I had a good 1½ hours to ride around the Acadia carriageways. The route was carefully planned (see previous post) and once prepped I was on my way! However the app mapping tool Komoot added a small section of unbikable hiking to bridge two carriageways. No worries: I was making good time and decided to take a couple extra carriageways to bypass the hike 👍.
Had a magnificent day of cycling in Acadia National Park! 23 miles of carriage roads: roads built for horse-drawn carriages, gravel roads with rolling climbs and descents (we did ~1800 feet total climbing) with beautiful views of three pristine lakes. Not a cloud in the sky, temperatures were slightly chillier that perfect riding weather. Which is, of course, perfect riding weather. We’re camping here for three more nights, then on to Auburn, Maine for a week or so. Probably will do some more of these roads before we leave Acadia National Park.
53 miles! Extremely proud of Kelly to go the distance on her first 50+ mile bike ride. On a full suspension mountain bike with 27.5 x 2.25 knobbly tyres no less! 👏👏👏👏👏 I remember when Vince and I did our first 50 mile ride. That seemed hard to me even as a supported ride and on a road bike. Kelly smashed it with fewer than five prior “road rides” under her belt. Most recent and longest to date was 40 miles.
After yesterday’s 40 mile ride on the #mickelsontrail, I decided I would do it again — backwards — and go all the way to #deadwood, just over 50 miles. But in doing it backwards it meant that 27mi of the ride would be uphill. I thought to myself: “I completed 70+ miles of the windiest #MS150 ever, this should be ok…” Wow, it was tougher than I thought. There was a 22-mile constant uphill section that almost did me in.