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Old 11-19-19, 06:44 PM
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NYC Metro Area and gravel racing

It is a struggle to find local events.
We had acool nj gravel race last year but in 2019 kinda lame. Why is this we have plenty of humans and trails.
Just curious to hear your opinion.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
It is a struggle to find local events.
We had acool nj gravel race last year but in 2019 kinda lame. Why is this we have plenty of humans and trails.
Just curious to hear your opinion.
What is your definition of local. in NYC Metro you probably will have to travel a couple of hours to find enough gravel to race on. If your range is 3 - 4 hours there are a ton of events on bikereg...
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
It is a struggle to find local events.
We had acool nj gravel race last year but in 2019 kinda lame. Why is this we have plenty of humans and trails.
Just curious to hear your opinion.
A simple Google search had a lot of results. This one seemed pretty good

CX Schedule ? New York State Bicycle Racing Association
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Old 11-21-19, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
A simple Google search had a lot of results. This one seemed pretty good

CX Schedule ? New York State Bicycle Racing Association
That's a nice link. I have not yet trued cx racing but maybe next year.
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I'm 20 miles from NYC and there is almost zero "legal" off-road opportunity. Density function, I guess.
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Admittedly, I would be surprised if there are a lot of gravel races in the New York City metro. That corridor of the country just does not seem like one that is set up for gravel racing.

I would think you would need to get out an hour or so to get enough roads to make racing realistic.

Total guess though.
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Originally Posted by blacknbluebikes View Post
I'm 20 miles from NYC and there is almost zero "legal" off-road opportunity. Density function, I guess.
Since the OP is specific about gravel and dirt road riding, I'll agree with you, that due to the population density, pretty much all the road structure is paved. There are gravel roads up in northern Westchester, Bedford area comes to mind as well as further north and west, but that's 35 or so miles. Lots of legal dirt roads in assorted parks on Long Island, lots of sand as well which makes it less fun for gravel riding and also a bit of a ways out. As mentioned there's the Old Croton Aqueduct trail in Westchester and eventually there will be the extension of the Motor Parkway through Nassau County into Suffolk and I suspect that's not going to get paved.

Slim pickin's indeed, unless you choose to test you handling skills and ride the extensive networks of mt. bike single track in Westchester, Long Island and NJ. Good stuff all within 20 miles, though I'd rather use a mt. bike.
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Just found this site

gravelmap.com

Also this:

https://nycc.org/node/85790

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The Keystone Gravel Grinder is not all that far from NYC...
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The Keystone Gravel Grinder is not all that far from NYC...
yes.
I saw that one PA offering good stuff. But PA is huge stuff 2 hrs away.

2020 biG time gravel
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
yes.
I saw that one PA offering good stuff. But PA is huge stuff 2 hrs away.

2020 biG time gravel
I rode Keystone this year as well as Quick & the Dead, PA Unpaved, Hilly Billy and my favorite the SweetWater Whiskey Rebellion. If you decide to make the trek into PA be ready for some of their famous hills! PA makes climbing the Rockies look very easy...
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I rode Keystone this year as well as Quick & the Dead, PA Unpaved, Hilly Billy and my favorite the SweetWater Whiskey Rebellion. If you decide to make the trek into PA be ready for some of their famous hills! PA makes climbing the Rockies look very easy...
sadly i lacked the appropriate bike this summer the unpaved looked great. Next summer i will be ready.
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Originally Posted by dwmckee View Post
I rode Keystone this year as well as Quick & the Dead, PA Unpaved, Hilly Billy and my favorite the SweetWater Whiskey Rebellion. If you decide to make the trek into PA be ready for some of their famous hills! PA makes climbing the Rockies look very easy...
Give us details as to why the sweetwater is your favorite.
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