Gravel riding, aka groading, gravel grinding or adventure riding, is an increasingly popular form of cycling that combines elements of road and mountain biking, and consisting mostly of distance riding over unpaved roads. This can include dirt roads, old towpath trails, or gravel roads and non-technical trails. Since cities mostly have paved roads for commuters, gravel riding trails are usually located in rural areas. This tends to afford opportunity to discover some incredibly scenic sites that one can only witness during an adventure off the beaten path.
Old wagon trails, forest roads, canal paths, and more can lead to exploring the unexplored. Gravel riding is known for adding an element of excitement and focus to the cycling experience with its namesake rocky terrain and uneven ground. It takes cycling to the next level and provides riders with exhilarating discoveries. The captivating scenery along the way makes gravel grinding one of the most aesthetically pleasing riding adventures possible.
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Popular Events for Gravel Riding
Gravel riding is the fastest growing segment of cycling right now excluding e-bikes. Events are popping up everywhere attracting groups from 150 riders up to 3,000 for some events. Below is a list of a few bucket list events for 2021 which includes world class events such as the Belgian Waffle Ride and UNBOUND Gravel .
1. THE MID SOUTH (FORMERLY LAND RUN 100)
2. BARRY ROUBAIX
3. BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE (events in 2021)
5. LOST AND FOUND
6. CRUSHER IN THE TUSHAR
7. SBT GRVL
8. VERMONT OVERLAND
9. REBECCA’S PRIVATE IDAHO
11. UNPAVED OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY
12. BIG SUGAR GRAVEL