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Wednesday Gravel

For the past couple of months Wednesday evening has meant gravel Wednesday evening. Earlier this summer I built up a Twin Six/Handsome Cycles Speedy Devil, Singlespeed gravel grinder. It’s been a tremendous change in pace from the typical road training. In my short couple months experience I can conclude that gravel roads have almost zero traffic, tougher climbs and much better scenery than any paved roads, at least in Southern Minnesota.

With the season winding down I decided to change gears again and took the gravel grinder down to the new mountain bike trail in town. The trail is a very basic 1 mile loop with no significant hills and the only obstacles are a few log piles and what seems to be endless twists and turns. It’s definitely not the toughest riding you’ll find but on a rigid steel singlespeed with 700×32 tires it turned out to be quite the challenge. I actually went down 3 times. Twice my front tire washed out on leaf covered turns and the other time I did a complete superman after getting wide on a corner and plowing into a log. No doubt about it, it was a good time.

I find that it’s good to mix up the regular routine and to try different things. I wouldn’t ever want to building a training program around the off road CX ride but it was definitely a challenge and helped me build new skills. And much to my surprise, I snagged an off-road KOM on a SSCX!

Happy trails

 

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Fall Riding

The race season is winding down, the temps are dropping and the days are getting shorter.  Fall is here and it’s time to get out and ride. But wait, you’ve been riding all year?  I don’t mean training or logging miles, I mean actually get out and ride because you enjoy it. Instead of racing Strava segments, attacking climbs and pushing for 10 more seconds in zone 5, try taking a single speed down a gravel road. Feel free to stop on the side of the road and admire the scenery as the few weeks that we call Autumn are going to be gone soon.