I recently wrote a story about a couple bikepacking adventures I took in Southern California right before the coronavirus hit us. I wrote about circumnavigating Santa Catalina Island, riding the mountain bike trials of Cuyamaca Rancho Park, and took on the Stagecoach 400 mountain bike race.
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.
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We interviewed San Diego County local, Michael J. Macare on his evolution as a gravel rider and how the gravel scene is taking shape in Spinergy's backyard...
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.
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.