1: April 6 Ride Report
2019 Introduction to Gravel Series
Toledo Area Bicyclists, Nate Burks
Sat. April 6—Sat. October 5, 2019
Welcome to the 2019 Gravel Series. If you are an experienced gravel rider, read to the end for pre-ride and bonus ride information. If you are new to gravel, this series is designed to take you from short and flat to long and hilly over the course of ten rides. These are "no rider left behind" rides with frequent regrouping.
There are many advantages to riding roads less traveled. Riding gravel is a great way to increase leg strength and endurance. You are guaranteed to see fewer cars. We will encounter roads with varying terrain, hills, the occasional closed road or bridge, and sometimes dogs and livestock. You will never be bored.
What to bring:
- A positive attitude. There will be times when we are suffering. Suffering ain't so bad when in the right mindset.
- Eye protection
- Gravel bike with 30mm+ tires, 29er, or fatbike. Road bikes are not suitable for these roads.
- Bike computer with the current week's route loaded
- Snacks, gels, or other nutrition
- Water, at least two bottles or a hydration pack for longer routes
- Lights: rear blinky required, front suggested for fog and rain
- Tools, flat repair kit
- Headlight and/or helmet light for rides that begin before sun-up or will last after sun down
- Change of clothes for after the ride (in case things get messy)
Find the the routes and dates below. All rides depart at 9am.
If you are an experienced gravel rider or have a high level of fitness and fortitude, there will be a preride departing at 7am for rides in April through August. This will get you ready for the next level, the bonus rides in September and October. The bonus rides are much more difficult, both in distance and terrain. There are steep, long climbs and equally steep descents that will challenge your bike handling abilities. We will encounter all forms of gravel, from the smooth packed stuff from Michigan to the chunky and sometimes loose gravel around Mohican.
Visit the Ride with GPS site for route details.. All pre-rides depart at 7am.
|04/06/2019 Waterville Towpath||18.5 miles||+235 ft|
|04/20/2019 Pacesetter||21.5 miles||+80 ft|
|05/04/2019 7am Pre-Ride Original Gravity 23||22.9 miles||+131 ft|
|05/04/2019 Original Gravity 27||27.8 miles||+195 ft|
|05/18/2019 7am Pre-ride: Wauseon Warmup||19.1 miles||+323 ft|
|05/18/2019 Wauseon Warmup||29.5 miles||+287 ft|
|06/01/2019 7am Pre-ride: OG 22||22.0 miles||+167 ft|
|06/01/2019 Original Gravity 37||36.9 miles||+820 ft|
|06/29/2019 7am Pre-ride Pacesetter||21.5 miles||+80 ft|
|06/29/2019 Pacesetter Blissfield||40.3 miles||+198 ft|
|07/13/2019 7am Pre-ride: Waterloo hills||20.2 miles||+837 ft|
|07/13/2019 Chelsea Waterloo 36||35.9 miles||+1046 ft|
|07/27/2019 7am Pre-ride: Forest View||22.1 miles||+188 ft|
|07/27/2019 Forest View Lanes||48.8 miles||+331 ft|
|08/10/2019 MARR 32 (DJB) (copy)||31.9 miles||+393 ft|
|08/17/2019 7am Pre-ride: Tecumseh||20.1 miles||+326 ft|
|08/17/2019 Tecumseh Brewing||41.0 miles||+1217 ft|
|08/31/2019 7am Pre-ride: Waterloo 2||20.5 miles||+495 ft|
|08/31/2019 Chelsea Waterloo 51||51.2 miles||+1993 ft|
|09/07/2019 Bonus 1: 70MilesAGravel||71.6 miles||+2160 ft|
|09/21/2019 Bonus 2: SLAFALA||80.6 miles||+3500 ft|
|09/28/2019 Bonus 3: Morenci Gravel 100||103.3 miles||+2328 ft|
|10/05/2019 Bonus 4: Loudonville ExGravelGanza||71.0 miles||+6579 ft|