|The Guitar Ted Show|
Last Tuesday I posted a question, "Just Who Are The Gravel Grinders?" It was a popular post and drew a lot of comments. By the way- thank you to all who took the time to file a comment. I appreciated all of your fine input. To those who just read it, thank you to you as well.
A couple of things I wanted to note: As I said in the post, I was not going to give my view on the subject. The main reason is that then the comments become a discussion of whether I am right or wrong instead of drawing opinions without my coloration up front. I think in that light, the post was successful. Second of all- On the latest "Guitar Ted Show" on Mountain Bike Radio this week, there was a big discussion on this same subject towards the end of the show. (Link to that show shown below)
This is a live show, so you get the rough edges and all, but it is good stuff. Anyway- I wanted to make a point that was brought up concerning "what is a gravel grinder"? The thing I got out of the discussion is that- for the most part- gravel road riders are an all-inclusive community, or I should say communities- all across the nation. Low key, no attitude type groups exist all over. It's attractive to folks, and when they see that there are really no specific bikes, clothes, or equipment "necessary" to do this, it gets even better in many folks eyes. So that's the basic thing I think that gets folks jazzed on being "out there", and then the other thing would be just the available solitude and peace of mind of those sorts of roads.
Of course, the main subject of the show is Trans Iowa. Ben Welnak, the host, and I had the honor of having MG and Steve on board- both of whom have been in the event as riders and volunteers- and they are great at giving some insights to the event for you out there, if you are curious, or wondering what riders might be dealing with. The banter goes in all sorts of directions, so I'm sure someone will be disappointed we didn't get more into something we touched on, but it is a show chock full of little nuggets.
Hit the comments if you want to hear more about something or another, because we will be hitting the Trans Iowa subject again in about two weeks. In the meantime, here is the link to the Trans Iowa History site. There you can see who has been in the event, a results page for all the past Trans Iowa's, and a short recap of each event with links to rider reports, my longer reports, and more. Have fun with it!
So with that I will sign off for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to ride their bicycles, wherever you like to do that at.