Rides for the latest off-road discipline
Five Bikes Built for Gravel Racing
No sooner had cyclocross become the darling of the spandex set than gravel racing emerged as another high intensity offshoot of bike racing. But whereas cyclocross is more like an off-road, obstacle-laden crit race, gravel races are the off-road, blue collar equivalent of gran fondos: they’re mostly in the Midwest, they’re largely unsupported, and racers pedal a mountain, cyclocross or (sometimes) a road bike. In the last few years, though, bike makers have introduced gravel-specific models that have the toughness of a mountain bike, the geometry of a road bike and the clearance for big tires.