Tag Archives | Bikepacking

Born to Grind – Copper Canyons

A Gravel Grinder style endurance biking event like no other, in the majestic lands of the Sierra Tarahumara, home to the world’s greatest endurance running athletes. So much more than just a biking race, Born to Grind is an international cycling adventure and cultural travel experience destined to become a ‘Gravel Grinding Pilgrimage’.

All events take place in the heart of the Copper Canyons in North Central Mexico, a mountain and canyon range that is part of the Sierra Occidental. The lands are better known as las Barrancas del Cobre. The area consists of six main canyons that in parts are deeper and wider than the Grand Canyon in the US. The Copper Canyons are home to the Tarahumara peoples, or as they would refer to themselves ‘Raramuri’ (believed to translate as ‘The Running People’). The lands are a true treasure that because of the remoteness has remained mostly unspoiled and has retained its beauty and local culture.

All Born to Grind courses initiate and finish in the Urique Chihuahua Municipal on remote dirt roads and wide gravel paths with riding views of unmatched beauty. You will ride up to the pines and oaks of the Sierra and then back down again to the tropical desert like climate on the Canyon floor. Several of the more gentler miles take place along the ever flowing and twisting Rio Urique allowing you a chance to recover for the next large climb that awaits. The news is good however, as you reach again the top of the Canyon another true ‘hang on and enjoy the flight’ ride back to Urique awaits for the finish.

Continue Reading 0

Fried Clay 200k and 420K

This is the second edition of the Fried Clay 200k. A self-supported endurance gravel event that takes you through 130ish miles of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Expect a lot of climbing on some of the best gravel roads middle Georgia has to offer. The route combines the popular Red Clay Ramble and Fried Green Tomatoes routes for a unique endurance experience. You will need a GPS or a smart phone with an app such as Gaia to navigate the route properly. There will be no markings on the route at all! If you’ve been thinking about giving this whole gravel racing/bikepacking thing a shot, this is the perfect event. Some riders will choose to race, while others will party pace it. If you chose to camp on the route, there will be marked primitive campsites on the route guide when it is complete. Your registration gets you the GPX route, an in depth route guide, and a dope patch. I will add more details as the event gets closer. This event will take place rain or shine! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

New for this year is the 420k option! This race will start Friday night (3/20) at 8PM! There is no fee for this race, but you will be required to carry a GPS tracker. Only 30 spots are available, and I will have an application once registration is open!

Continue Reading 0

Gravel Grinder News: Salsa Cycles Debuts Updated Cutthroat

Salsa Cycles announced this morning publicly that the Cutthroat model will be a ground-up redesign for the 2020 model year. The Cutthroat is Salsa Cycles carbon drop bar mountain bike which is aimed at bike-packing and long rides in remote territory, ala Tour Divide. It also is a fairly popular model amongst some gravel riders.

Continue Reading 5

by Riding Gravel 2014