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 Which Bike?

There are many steeds you may choose to successfully complete this Raid; your key concern is to make sure you have the appropriate gearing to address the significant climbs. You want to be on a bike that is prepared for both asphalt and packed gravel riding.

Both routes include significant amounts of packed gravel and elevation with some paved transition segments. Some tips:

  • Road Bike – Maybe. You will want 25mm or wider tires (28′s are best, rough service types – Specialized Armadillos, Continental Gatorbacks, etc. – are not a bad idea). But what if we decide to throw in some Class VI Pave’ sectors? On a roadie you better be Sagan’s long-lost sibling . Want a better idea?, read on…….
  • Cyclocross OR Gravel-specific Bike– The hot ticket! Out of the crate, just hop on and ride. You may want to opt for “file-tread” tires as they will roll more smoothly than knobbies. Have you been thinking of buying a ‘cross or gravel bike? Well, here’s your excuse!  Got one already? – you’re golden! 
  • Mountain or Fat BikeNOT the best choice! We love MTB’s and fatties and there are all sorts of things you can do to make them roll better. Better is a relative term though; they’re still inherently slow on the road and beasts on climbs. If you’re cool with slow (and can meet or exceed our minimum average pace) then I suppose we are too. It’ll be a long day in the saddle and don’t be whining if you miss the Finish party!

 

Pace?  

While we have a mass start, rolling off as a group, inevitably certain pace groups emerge. We will all get together after the ride.

NOTE: You must have a typical road bike minimum average of 14-16 mph to participate.

 

All in good fun!

This is a personal challenge ride, not a race, and we expect our riders to be courteous ambassadors of the sport, observe the rules of the road and have fun!