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Clarabella Groad

Join us for the 2018 Clarabella Groad. We had a blast at last year’s fun-raiser and hope you can join us this time around!!

Hosted by Heart of the Lakes, Ray’s Bike Shop, and Revolution Racing, the Clarabella Groad gravel bike adventure will take you through northern Isabella County. Farmland and forest, rolling terrain, and sparkling lakes provide the backdrop for a true Michigan cycling experience.

Check out the 2018 Clarabella routes on Strava!

28.5 mile Herrick Hustle and Stevenson Shakedown

50.7 mile Grass Lake Grit and Brinton Brevet


GRASS LAKE GRIT: A rugged, 50.7 mile course that winds through northern Isabella County. Male and Female racers will be broken into under/over 40 year old classes.

BRINTON BREVET: The same 50.7 mile course as the Grass Lake Grit ridden at 12-15 mph. Challenge your senses and enjoy the fall air with this non-competitive ride.

HERRICK HUSTLE: A rugged, 28.5 mile course that winds through northern Isabella County. Male and Female racers will be broken into under/over 40 year old classes.

STEVENSON SHAKEDOWN: A 28.5 mile non-competitive ride perfect for both those new to gravel bike riding and those who just want to stretch their legs!
Please note, our event will capped at 300 participants. Fat bikes and tandems are welcome! Neutral support for the Clarabella Groad will be provided by Ray’s Bike Shop.


Clarabella Groad’s proceeds benefit our featured charity, Heart of the Lakes. www.heartofthelakes.org

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Yorkshire True Grit

Yorkshire True Grit. “One of the Toughest Adventure Rides in the UK” Cycling Plus.

Don’t underestimate the challenge of Yorkshire True Grit. Test your off-road cycling endurance and spirit of adventure. Choose The Outlaw (60 miles) or The Drive (40 miles) on Saturday 23rd June. Ride The Stampede (20miles) on Sunday 24th June. Enter a Saturday ride and get a special price on the Sunday ride.  The event uses a combination of public and private trails to test if you are tough enough to earn your Yorkshire True Grit finisher’s prize, and the pride of having ‘Yorkshire True Grit’. The trails are suitable for Gravel/Adventure Bikes, XC Mountain Bikes or Cycle-cross bikes. Expect to push yourself and your bike to the max.

Camping is available on Friday and Saturday Night at High Paradise Farm (£5.50/night/person payable as you enter); and again this year there’ll be a bar and band.

Now in it’s third year, Yorkshire True Grit is growing in popularity and places are limited.

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Marty’s D&R&R Bikepacking Weekend!

Start your summer off with some D&R&R! Join Marty’s Reliable Cycle for a bikepacking weekend along country backroads, gravel, and D&R/D&L riverside railtrail. 
63 miles each way (128 total) Hackettstown, NJ to camp at Washington Crossing State Park and back

Registration includes Saturday breakfast fuel at the shop, campsite, guided ride and light mechanical support 

THE ROUTE: We start from Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Hackettstown and head southeast through a mix of backroads and some dirt roads to finish several miles on the D&R Canal Railtrail to camp at Washington Crossing State Park where a rustic group site awaits. The return trip will feature mostly the incredibly scenic D&R Railtrail north to Frenchtown, where we’ll cross over the Delaware River to the D&L Railtrail on the Pennsylvania side and enjoy the riverside views up until Riegelsville. From here we’ll cross back into NJ and follow rolling backroads along the Musconetcong River back to Hackettstown. There are several cafe stops and small stores along the way.

This route features awesome backroads through the rolling and rural parts of Warren, Hunterdon, and Mercer Counties, amazing riverside views, and endless stretches of farm roads and traffic-free countryside – all the elements of a perfect weekend on a bike!

DAY 1 Hackettstown to Washington Crossing State Park 63 miles/3400 ft of climbing
Day 2 Return 65 miles/2100ft 

THE TERRAIN: 60% Paved back roads, moderate climbing with a few grades over 7%. 40% gravel railtrail and dirt roads. Saturday’s route is 63 miles with 3400 ft of climbing and Sunday is 65 miles with 2100 ft.

THE BIKE: A robust gravel road/cyclocross/touring bike will be the most fun! A quick-rolling plus tire/adventure bike would also be a great choice.

THE GEAR: A well-tuned bike capable of carrying everything you need to enjoy two days of riding and a night of camping! The group campsite is “rustic”, meaning pit toilets but no running water.

A rack and set of panniers, or frame/softbags will carry your gear. The short list: 

-Packable tent with rain fly, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (thermarest)

-Small stove for heating water and camp food (optional, mandatory if you love coffee)

-Snacks for riding 60ish miles both days, heatable camp food for dinner and breakfast (we can stop at small stores along the way)

-Backpacking utensils and mess kit

-2 full size water bottles and auxiliary bottle if possible

-Toiletry items, sunscreen, bug spray

-Front headlight (can double as camp flashlight), rear blinky

-Flat kit, several tubes, co2/pump, chain master link, multi tool, zip ties, electrical tape

-Change of clothes and packable shoes for camp/sleeping 

-Fresh riding kit. Merino wool is your friend!

-Rain gear (waterproof booties can be helpful)

-Garmin/phone/device charger. Camping is rustic so we might not have easy access to an outlet

THE RIDE: Our group will roll at an intermediate/social pace averaging about 13mph. This would translate to +/-15mph on road bikes. We will be going a bit slower due to loaded bikes, more rugged terrain, and a desire to enjoy the scenery and stop as necessary at cafes along the way! Although many of our miles will be on railtrail, this is northwest NJ so the backroads follow some steady and a few sharper climbs. No worries, we’ll regroup at the top of those! Riders are welcome to ride a bit faster or slower if following the course on their own, but remember there are no prizes for getting to camp early…

Questions on gear, bike setup, etc.? Marty’s Reliable Cycle can help you out! Attend our informational Bikepacking Seminar Friday June 1st at the Hackettstown shop, stop into any of our stores, or contact megan@martysreliable.com

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To Cosmos and Beyond

Editor’s Note: We welcome in our contributor, John Ingham, again who explores how riding gravel promotes happiness despite the pain and suffering in his latest essay. To Cosmos and Beyond – by John Ingham   The efflux of the soul is happiness, here is happiness, I think it pervades the open air, waiting at all […]

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by Riding Gravel 2014