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Cross dead around here. Gravel kilt it

Old 09-06-21, 05:07 PM
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Cross dead around here. Gravel kilt it

Bummer that cross is dead in mid-Michigan. Gravel has killed it. Gravel rules. Straight lines for the win! And stones flying everywhere! There's not a PEEP about cross. About a dozen gravel hammerheads, though, who do every race on earth. All the road, all the mtbike, all the gravel, all the ultras and epics. ...And not a word about cross. They're all about the versatility of their carbon gravel bikes -- but when i say "hey you're good to go for cross with that!" they're all excuses. It's a whole new world of 650B and 45mm ... what WOULD that be like for cross? they have their low BB and high handlebar. they like to say they're IN their bike not ON it. Fine! Cross is coming! ...Well, it's crickets for them. I even saw one of their top dudes rubbing on EMBRO ... !!!

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Old 09-07-21, 12:26 PM
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First race is Saturday here for a 4- race series local to me.

The other statewide series has like 75% of their events over 3 hours away. I can't do that for a single 4/5 race. Not enough points for 3/4 and 4/5 double up day, and not old enough for masters yet. And don't own a singlespeed. I know some do the zip ties or RD limit screws, but here you need a single speed for that. Also you have to do like 2/3 of the events to get points and 2/3 of the events are 3 hour drives.

So, that'd be my gripe here. But am lucky the 4 race series is all within 30min. I can ride to the one event from the house. But don't as my kids do the free ride thing at the event and couldn't make it there/back.

I always have this performance anxiety because I'm fast on tarmac, slow off road. But always have fun no matter.
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Old 09-17-21, 07:38 AM
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Yeah I don't get the whole gravel thing either. No thanks to flat tires and silicosis and a body made of hamburger if you crash.

We have our first two CX races this Saturday and Sunday, UCI event too.
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Old 09-23-21, 03:37 PM
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Cross in Chicago is about to get going for real this weekend.
Our local series got cancelled (again) due to COVID, but a handful of individual races are still happening. Will be interesting to see what the field sizes are like.

I'm guessing we will see a lot of gravel bikes being used.
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Old 10-01-21, 03:51 AM
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Alive and well here in France. But then again, we're spoiled being not far from Belgium.

How much crossover is everyone seeing between gravel and 'cross? To me it's a no brainer. Honestly, I'm much less terrified of a 'cross course than something like a mass gravel start.
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Old 10-04-21, 02:08 PM
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CX is alive and (mostly) well here in the Portland. Our weeknight series was cancelled (I believe due to Covid), but there are races every weekend until Thanksgiving, most of which are less than 90 minutes away. It does seem like fields are a little smaller than a few years ago.
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