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The Leaders of Gravel: Dominique Powers’ Medium Format Portraits

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The Leaders of Gravel: Dominique Powers’ Medium Format Portraits

This series is a look at the women pushing gravel cycling to be better than it already is.  I photograph them to share their stories, their outlooks, their experiences. 

With my hatchback stuffed with cameras and stands, camping gear, more cycling kit than I could wear, and my bike on the back I created this project. I put 3000 miles on my car over a month traveling around the country, connecting with these women in parking lots and trailheads, trekking through woods and up mountains. When I pulled up at the start line of SBT GRVL for my first bike race it was with many of them toeing the line as well.

Through every conversation, I learned more about them and the world of gravel that I’m falling so deeply into.  I shot against a backdrop to single out, raise up, and celebrate these icons of the sport.  Our time shared in this space I created sacred because of its intention.

What is more special than to create a moment, and then capture it?

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The Good Line

The Good Line is a short film about the intersection of gravel cycling and mental health, particularly as it relates to men.

Adidas’ New Gravel Shoes

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Adidas’ New Gravel Shoes

Since acquiring Five Ten a few years ago, Adidas has been ramping up its cycling catalog. We saw the brands first big move with the Velosamba shoes and now with their new, high-cuff gravel shoes. These SPD shoes contain recycled material (50% of upper is recycled content), offer a sock-like snug fit, are lightweight and stiff, and because we always end up on a hike a bike, the sole is made from a durable and grippy material. See more at Adidas.

100 Percent New Altis Gravel Helmet

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100 Percent New Altis Gravel Helmet

100 Percent has been increasing its cycling apparel and accessories catalog over the years and this week the brand announced its newest product: the Altis Gravel Helmet. This helmet was designed to be slim fitting for gravel riding but built to endure the demands of modern mountain biking. While this helmet is packed with details, the most impressive is its pricepoint of $100.

Specs:
-Smartshock® Rotational Protective System (11 point)
-High-Density EPS foam injection and molded with polycarbonate. All sized in specific molds (XS/S, S/M, and L/XL)
-Massive airflow with an impressive 14 ventilation ports
-Expanded coverage while staying lightweight
-Washable, moisture-wicking anti-microbial liner
-Adjustable ratcheting fitment system
-Nexus push release snap-buckle

See more at 100 Percent.

The 2021 Nutmeg Nor’Easter Registration is Live and Lands on October 22-24

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The 2021 Nutmeg Nor’Easter Registration is Live and Lands on October 22-24

If you’re looking for the complete Nutmeg Country experience, then may we suggest the fifth annual Nutmeg Nor’Easter, hosted by RonsBikes.com. This year the event lands on October 22nd – 24th and includes a weekend of riding bikes, sampling the picturesque vernacular, camping, and more! Head on over to RonsBikes.com to see all the details and check out our previous Reportage from this event in the Related articles below.

Babad Do’ag Backroads: A Sonoran Desert Sampler Bike Touring Route

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Babad Do’ag Backroads: A Sonoran Desert Sampler Bike Touring Route

Babad Do’ag, roughly translates to “Frog Mountain” in the O’odham language. This mountain is now commonly referred to as Mt. Lemmon, named after botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon who studied the botany of the mountain in the late 1800s. The imposing profile of the sprawling mountain range that lines the north and east sides of Tucson is impossible to ignore. While the paved road up into the range is the stuff of road biking legend there is a huge spectrum of unpaved roads that circle the mountain as well. While Patagonia, AZ has been an epicenter of gravel cycling in Southern Arizona, I wanted to bring some attention to a route that was more Tucson-focused.

Ripton and Co: Black “Smoke” Colored Jorts Now Shipping

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Ripton and Co: Black “Smoke” Colored Jorts Now Shipping

Ripton and Co, who make those nifty stretch riding jorts have just announced the perfect color for those who like less hair metal and more black metal. These black “smoke” jorts look like a nicely worn denim vest and will continue to fade and patina with heavy use. They’re available in cut (pictured) or hemmed, for men and women, at a retail of $89. Best of all, they’re shipping today. Head over to Ripton to see more and if you’re curious about what Spencer thought of them, check out his review in the archives below…

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Le Fabuleux

Fred sent in this video recap from a Belgian gravel event called Le Fabuleux which took riders from Limburg to the Ardennes over two, 170km days of riding.

Four Gravel Stages in the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve: the 2021 Migration Gravel Race Recap

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Four Gravel Stages in the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve: the 2021 Migration Gravel Race Recap

A week ago, 61 contestants battled it out over 4 stages through the Masai Mara wildlife reserve, during the inaugural Migration Gravel Race in Kenya. While an epic adventure in itself, there’s more to this race than meets the eye. The MGR is one of the prongs of the Amani project, aimed at creating more race opportunities for East African cyclists to measure themselves with the best on an international level.

What better way to do so than to bring in the very best? With the attendance of 2021 Unbound-winner Ian Boswell and runner-up Laurens ten Dam (who claimed the victory at MGR), the bar has been set for future editions. Sule Kangangi, Kenyan pro cyclist and coordinator of Amani’s activities in Kenya, and 2021 Unbound winner Ian Boswell share their thoughts on this unique first edition.

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Wahoo Frontiers: Ian Boswell Unbound Gravel

Wahoo‘s newest Frontiers video features Ian Boswell and his win at Unbound Gravel.

“In December of 2019, Ian Boswell announced his retirement from road cycling and his shift in focus to gravel racing. Ian set his route to all things adventure. Riding is fun. Racing should be fun. But it’s hard to remember that when focusing on wins and watts, podiums, and purses. He transitioned away from the status quo to experience the joy of racing again.  With a pandemic and training solo, Ian is back into racing with the rest of the world.

In this episode of Frontiers, Ian Boswell shares his story of racing gravel post-pandemic, being back with a group of riders, and experiencing both the comradery and competition once more to become the Unbound King of Gravel…”

Ride the Gamut: A Massive Unbound Gravel Gallery

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Ride the Gamut: A Massive Unbound Gravel Gallery

Last weekend the town of Emporia, Kansas hosted the world’s largest gravel race, Unbound Gravel. When the event started in 2006, it only offered the milestone 200-mile route. With the growing popularity of gravel racing and in an attempt to make the race more accessible to all cyclists, Unbound Gravel now offers a total of six racecourses. Participants can now choose between 25, 50, 100, 200, and the big, bad 350-mile course. There’s even a High School event! While the 200 is still the marquee distance for the event, Unbound has something for everyone looking to get dusty out in the Flint Hills.