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Details have been announced for the Rampart Rumble Gravel Grovel. Check it out here.
This year’s Gold Belt Century will take place on Sunday, June 10. The ride starts and ends in Colorado Springs, and is 75% dirt roads. Distance is 100 miles with ~7000 feet of climbing. More details are available here.
More and more gravel and mixed-surface rides are popping up on the ‘net. If you haven’t already checked out the Gravel Grinder News website, hightail it on over there and see if there’s an event in your neck of the woods. Yours truly is already looking forward to the Dirty Century and the Gold Belt Century this summer.
Many of my formative off-road riding years were spent in a climate of heavy-handed regulation and restrictions. As such, I developed a deep appreciation for all things singletrack, and I consider myself very fortunate that my daily commute includes legal, narrow trails.
Good trails don’t come for free. It can take years of meetings, lobbying, and back-breaking work to get a trail approved and built. But the work doesn’t end when the opening-day ribbon is cut. Applying common sense and following a few simple rules goes a long way towards keeping trails in good shape, and even gaining access to new trails.
Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a just starting out, familiarize yourself with IMBA’s Rules of the Trail. These six rules do a great job of explaining the basic do’s and don’ts of responsible and courteous off-road riding. And if you’re one of the TL;DR crowd, you can just think of it as, “be excellent to each other.”