I participated in my second (of three) of our little local gravel bike ride/race the Morganzo 55: Double Nickles on the Grime last weekend. It’s a beautiful fifty-five mile course all of which (minus the first 1/4 mile or so) is on gravel roads of quality varying from regularly graded to rutted farm two tracks. There were around 15 participants this year who turned out for the ride under partly cloudy skies with temps pushing near 90 deg. F.
I aimed to finish in less than five hours and I pretty much managed that. My GPS read 05:01 but that included a 1.5 mile out-and-back detour due to a bad route finding decision. Oops. As one of the race promoters you’d think I’d know the exact course. Anyway, it was a great ride, with great participants, and I expect we’ll do it again next year.