Sunday, April 9, 2017

For the Love of Gravel

I'm admittedly naturally drawn to mountain biking over road cycling, but road riding became a lot more interesting once I realized that "road" needn't mean "asphalt".

For a place like Socorro, most modern road bikes suck. 20-25mm wide tires, 90 psi, and aggressive geometries all add up to a harsh ride on less maintained roads, and forget about hitting that gravel or two-track path. Fortunately, parts of the bike industry have caught on, providing 'randonneur' or touring bikes, and more recently gravel bikes.

I've entered this world of 'alternative' road bikes and I'm never looking back. Upright geometries, wider 21-25mm hoops and 700x40c tires at 30-35 psi are awesome for exploring! Faster than you're 29er XC bike, but still rugged enough for the odd bit of single track.

Suddenly there's a whole other world out there to explore. This last weekend's ride is shown below, along with a number of other connecting two-tracks I've explored recently or intend to soon.

Break free of the asphalt chains and go explore!

Monday, April 3, 2017

CC-XC Sponsor: Ryan Leech!

I'm happy to report that we have our first sponsor for the 2017 Cerrillos del Coyote Mountain Bike Race!

Our first industry sponsor is legendary trials rider Ryan Leech, who's providing 10 courses for podium awards! Ryan has an excellent, well thought out set of training courses for essential riding skills, such as wheelies, manuals, track-stands, hopping, rocking, bunny hopping and cornering. Be sure to check out his site!

Race Director Rob has a membership to RLC and it's worth every penny. While you're checking out Ryan's site, don't forget to take a look at his free material, such as his Flat Pedal Challenge and Video Anthology

Thanks for supporting the race, Ryan!