GRAVEL

Plural Name: 
GRAVEL

Kathy Pruitt's Gravel Win at Fistful of Dirt

Spinergy GXX

Kathy is a former downhill world champion and a mountain biker. She has recently taken up gravel riding and completed her first successful race this past weekend in Cody, Wyoming taking home 1st place in Women’s for “The Ugly”, a 100-mile course in the Fistful of Dirt gravel race. She talked to us about her trepidatious start with gravel to her recent success achieved on a set of Spinergy GXX wheels that we sent her.

 

How did you first get into gravel racing?

 

Bike Parts – Wheels

Spinergy Gravel Wheels

Last post was about nutrition and what it takes for me to get through my training days as well as Belgian Waffle Ride. Now we are going to move on to the fun stuff which is the actual machine that will get me to the finish of every Power Gauntlet race I have planned for this year as well as the training rides leading up to each race.

FREEDOM TO RIDE

Tandem riders with Spinergy wheels

After a 31 year corporate career, I decided to retire this past August at the age of 58.  Just how does one start off retirement? I chose to kick it off with a twist, an epic road trip in pursuit of cycling races and cycling destinations.

HUNTING FOR GRAVEL

Spinergy Wheels

The gravel scene has seen an increase in popularity in the last couple years, but the definition of gravel riding has yet to be officially defined. If you ask someone to describe gravel riding, you will get a different answer depending on where they are from. If I had to define it myself, I would say gravel riding is about “all-road” riding: a mixture of paved road, dirt—and, yes—gravel. But it’s not just about the surface you are riding on, it’s about adventure, camaraderie, and an overall good time.