This race might have been a bit unfair. Rebecca had just come off a 30+ hour “training race” as she preps for the Iditarod. And she doesn’t race short form. So, my challenge to her was a short gravel race, on trails we’d never ridden, with no real idea of when or where it would finish. Sounds like a good time, no?

But before the race, we went on a three hour practice ride to get used to our new bikes. I was on the Evil Chamois Hagar, and Rebecca was aboard her new Giant Revolt gravel road bike, sporting fresh duds from also-new sponsor Velocio. I grilled her for advice on gravel racing, and she delivered the knowledge. Here’s how it all went down…

Rebecca’s biggest tips for gravel racing:

  • Get your tire pressure right – You want a lot less than on the road, but a little more than mountain bikers use. Experiment to get it right because you need that cushion to take the edge off impacts and provide maximum traction.
  • Draft on the flats, get the hole shot into singletrack – Obviously, this is what won the race for her. Obviously.

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Huge thanks to Rebecca Rusch for being a good sport, and to folks at Lyman Agency, Dirty Kanza and SBT GRVL for helping us film our race!

9 COMMENTS

  1. Fun to watch y’all tearin’ it up on gravel bikes, aka cycling’s latest ‘creation’ to quench both roadies’ & mountain bikers’ thirst ; however, maybe a little more caution around the equestrians, as there’s been a substantial loss of shared trails that were once but are no longer open to bikes, a sad result of ‘bad blood’ between equestrians and cyclists.

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