First up, there is a new Riding Gravel Radio Ranch podcast up. (HERE) We got the two guys behind the re-birth of the OGRE event on the air to ask them what the event is about and their plans for this year's edition. Don and Josh look to turn this into quite the happening event, so if you are looking for 80 or 150 miles of Southern Missouri gravel goodness, this should be on your radar. As Josh and Don said, it is a perfect run up to a Dirty Kanza attempt, since the event falls about a month ahead of DK200 on April 30th.
|The New Ti Standard Rando from Twin Six|
Oh well.... The important thing is that these hubs are coming and will be getting laced up.......finally! Then I can get that green machine out and about. Not that a delay was a big deal. I mean, I was busy riding fat bikes anyway, so no harm, no foul.
And about the titanium Standard Rando, it is up for pre-order now at Twin Six. If it rides anything ike mine does, only a bit better, because it is titanium, well.........look out! Bonus points for Twin Six spec'ing four water bottle mounting points. You want a killer gravel rig? look no further. I would love to have a bike like that, but I have the steel one, and that'll do me fine for the time being. Either way you go, these are great choices for gravel road riding.
|Something new is "brewing".|
What I can say now is very limited, but there are a few hard details that can be spoken of at this time. First of all, the tentative date for this is Labor Day weekend. The distances offered would be 63 and 126-ish miles. (Or 100 and 200K) The idea for some social aspects will be taken into consideration. Adult beverages, food, and music are in the mix, but nothing has been determined at this time. Think "Renegade Gents Race" vibe here. The location would be West of Waterloo/Cedar Falls in a smaller community.
A Facebook mention about this idea drew many favorable comments. So, this is being pursued and I am on board as a "consultant" at this point. When and if things work out, there will be a formal announcement. It is hoped that this could be done later in March or early April.
Other than that, I am formulating some travel plans with my RidingGravel.com partner, Ben, and we may be showing up at a few gravel events this Spring and maybe Summer as well. We have an invitation to stop by at the OGRE event, mentioned above, and we are talking about maybe a couple of other rides where we may show up to......well, let's just wait on that for now. Until the picture gets a little less foggy, I should not say anything more just yet.