All participants will don a number, so yes, it will be a competitive event whether you’re racing your fellow riders or racing your own limits. To illustrate that, we've created our "mullet protocol" illustration: business in the front, party in the back.
I think it’s funny how huge gravel riding has gotten; for us in the Upper Valley, gravel has always been big. Many of our roads are high-quality dirt, so we’ve been ahead of the trend in knowing how much fun it is. Riders are rightfully nervous about safety in the cellphone era; we see how distracted drivers are and getting off of main roads to quieter dirt roads brings peace of mind. I’m just psyched that other bike riders, including triathletes, are embracing the discipline.
“We all have tight schedules and put a lot of effort into the route planning to make the most of our time outside on our bike, but I feel that if we just loaded up and made it a goal to check out a new road more often, we’d get more out of that time.”
“2019 will go down in history as the year of Gravel. Pro teams are heading to Kansas to face down the granddaddy of all gravel races as are WorldTour riders targeting it too. So what's the two-time winner and reigning Dirty Kanza champion doing?”
I have learned the benefits of hard work and going outside your comfort zone in order to improve. We can improve at nothing unless we get a little uncomfortable.
Learn how Peter Vollers started out in cycling and went on to create Vermont Overland. In this short interview he talks about old school racing, gravel, VOMAR 2019, self-nav and much much more.
In this post Ansel Dickey lists the best resources to help you find and explore new gravel roads.
Vermont (and many other areas) offers a huge variety of gravel and class 4 roads. I know the roads in my area very well, having explored them almost every day for years, but there are incredible roads all over Vermont that you only find by being in the area on your bike. Here are some tools to give you a jumping off point for discovering the amazing roads Vermont has to offer.
In this short edit, Gavin talks about savoring the last moments of the riding season. Late October in Vermont normally presents frozen trails, and snowy/leafy conditions but with 4 + months of winter right around the corner it’s best to get out and enjoy the Shoulder Season.
“I absolutely love the gravel (and mnt bike) events and vibe. I never really enjoyed road racing all that much, except for collegiate racing where the grass-roots vibe is similar to today's gravel events.”