Four Team IPA Racers took part in this grueling off-road 100 miler – accompanied, naturally, by a crew of a dozen or so from across the south of the US. Congratulations to all who trained hard and took part!
A huge storm system rolling through in the morning meant a 2 1/2 hour delayed start, and the 50 km route for all riders, but boy – with that headwind, it sure felt like the 100!
[Photo credit to Pam LeBlanc and Mike Drost]
Nice work under pretty appalling conditions, Hoss (3 days 1 hr), Sheila TB (3 days 17 hrs) and Sheila Reiter (3 days 19 hrs)!
Good luck to our Team IPA racers on the GranGravel 500 this year. Keep it up, Hoss and the Sheilas!
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Two of the team took a road trip to Emporia, Kansas, to participate in the inaugural La Grind two day stage race. It was hilly, windy, dusty and hot – everything you’d want a gravel event to be!
There’s a lot of empty out there!
The best-stocked hydration stop we’d ever seen – down to someone holding your bike while a second person fills your bottles, and a third person hands you ice cold pickle juice!
The road goes on … forever?
Adding a tube in the middle of nowhere – that flint gravel is sharp.
Gravel season is well under way in Central Texas, and a handful of us made an early start to get down to Leesville, Texas. The first 33 mile lap was fun, but it really got hot out there – over 90 F bouncing off the caliche! Jani went on to do the second 33 mile lap, and reported back that it was brutal. John and I met Mike and Deb under the beer tent, and enjoyed a couple of cold ones.