Donnelly Tires Expands 650B Range: In response to the increase of interest from OE manufacturers and riders in the 650B tire size for gravel/adventure riding, Donnelly Tires has announced the release of a couple of interesting 650B tires. The ever popular MSO is going to be one of those tires which will be available soon. Coming in a 650B X 36mm and a whopping 650B X 50mm size, this tire should be an instant hit on gravel. Both models of the MSO 650B will be tubeless ready and retail for $67.00USD. The other tire model making its debut for Donnelly in 650B will be the X’Plor Strada USH. Coming in both 650B X 42 and 650B X 50, the tire tread features a smoother center tread strip which promotes fast rolling and a diamond studded shaped side strip flanking that center on each side for secure cornering grip in looser dirt or on gravel. The 650B X 42 will be offered in wire bead, folding, and tubeless ready variants. The 650B X 50mm tire will hopefully be available tubeless ready, but unfortunately the press release did not specify that it would be. Price for the 650B X 42mm tire in the tubeless ready variant will be $67.00USD and should be arriving in the US soon. Tires purchased through Donnelly’s distributor, www.pronetcycling.com, will also come with a free copy of Nick Legan’s “Gravel Cycling“, which we reviewed here.
A New Event Announcement: unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley– On Sunday, October 14th, 2018 a new event inspired by a couple of the pillars of gravel grinding will take place in Pennsylvania. Dubbed the “unPaved of the Susquehanna River Valley”, the event will take in 120 miles of “raw roads” and treat riders to spectacular fall foliage and 10,000 feet of climbing. This event was conceived by Dave Pryor and was inspired by his attendance of a couple of icons of the gravel cycling scene. “I’ve done massive rides like the Dirty Kanza 200 and Rebecca’s Private Idaho,” said event organizer Dave Pryor. “I finished each event with a full heart from the hospitality of the people of Kansas and Idaho — and tired legs from the amazing terrain of both. Having lived in Pennsylvania for over 20 years, I’ve found those same qualities natural to the Susquehanna River Valley. When the riders reflect on unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley they will have deep feelings of accomplishment and community. It’s going to be a special event.” Riders can look forward to the following from unPaved:
- The start and finish are in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania — a college town filled with warmth, charm, tasty grub and cold brews — at the Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness.
- The route utilizes the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, a 9.5-mile scenic path established on a former rail bed in 2011. This “Gateway to a Gravel Mine” will lead the riders from and to Lewisburg with start and finish festivities at the Miller Center’s brand new 13,000 sq/ft outdoor courtyard.
- Most of the ride goes through the expansive, raw roads of the Bald Eagle State Forest, over relentlessly rolling hills, along running waters and through gorgeous, old woods.
- Riders will also go through Amish Country on roads measured in horsepower, not cell coverage.
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