This past weekend was the second annual Gravel Grovel race and once again it didn't disappoint. After finishing it last year and being completely smashed I couldn't imagine doing that to myself again, either good some others. But being the die heart for a bit of pain and a lot of fun I found myself heading down with teammate Birdman again along with his wife.
After the second time around I still can attest that this is a must do event. It's a 100km ride/race on mostly gravel roads, with some trails, pavement, lots of hills, multiple creek crossings, a closed bridge, and this year a cattle gate that had to be scaled. There even was water and I hear apple cider available at a few rest points along the way.
This year I was on the Breezer mountain bike I was giving to use. Thanks again. My cross bike is not working, and even if it was I most likely would have ridden the mountain bike. Why? Why not. It has plenty of advantages as it's more comfortable, proper gearing, and suspension available at a tap of a button.
Our race started off at a crawl until the first hill when the pressure was put on. Soon we hit he first single track section and those that could ride fast through it did and those that couldn't wouldn't be seen again.
Our event could be best described as a polite hammer fest. Sure we went hard, but we also held up a few times for friends, old men bladders, and Birdman who threated to knock me off my bike if I left him out there after having to stop for water because he dropped a bottle. I don't remember him waiting for me last year after having to stop to fix my bike a few times.
At the end it came down to just five of us and I took home an even bigger rock this year. Now I'm a proud owner of two toasters and two big rocks.
The fun of the event doesn't end there. As soon as you can collect yourself again they had chili, water, and soda available by a fire, which was awesome. But most of us still headed over to the bar in the basement of the Story Inn for brews and burgers. Man that was one delicious burger.
I'm sure they are going to have this even again next year and if the weather is appropriate I highly recommend you doing it. Get a group of buddies and you will not be disappointed.