|Anybody using this road for anything next weekend?|
But by and large it was an activity associated with early season road training by "flatlander" cyclists looking for an edge on their competitors in the upcoming criteriums of spring in the Mid-West. Those gravel roads followed the contours of the rich farm land more closely than the blacktops, and the wind...... There was always a good stiff wind to test yourself against out there.
Fast forward to 2012: Now days the "gravel scene" is getting more well known. Oh sure, you've got the core group- the "niche riders" of the cycling world that have latched on to what the pioneers of the sport ground out in the latter part of the "oughts". But even then- gravel grinding? Look, most folks still have never heard of that term.
But that's all changing. When companies in the cycling business start paying attention and start making product specifically aimed at your "genre", then things start picking up steam. However; when the non-cycling media start paying attention, well then- that's a whole 'nuther thing altogether now!
here is the link you can go look at for the story. Funny to see that image of last February's CIRREM there. That day I took the wrong road to get there and was turned back. Oh well....
What do I think? Well, I think most "Men's Journal" readers will think "we're nuts", or probably some other more colorful version of that sentiment. And we'll just keep on keepin' on without them. Maybe some will get interested, get a bicycle, and get turned on. That'd be awesome.
Either way, I'm just gonna keep riding my bicycle and riding it on those dusty ol' roads.