SO STRADE BIANCHI IS THE MOST EXCITING RACE ON THE CALENDAR. It gets all kinds of press. No one can figure out if it truly favors a classics rider or a pure climber...
... but, we do know one ting for sure!
There will be drama because...
There are lots of gravel sections.
And Lots of dust of dry and mud if rainy.
... and fans like drama, the like change.
Turns out the racers do, too.
Due to the mixed surfaces - pavement and dirt - and mixed terrain - rollers with a killer climb at the end - a large percentage of the racers fancy their chances for the big V for victory.
But ya know what I think?
I think it's more than the forgone conclusion of who will win, I think the racers are digging the unusual challenges the race presents.
So, forget if you can, all the big bucks the marketing dorks are putting into making you want to buy a gravel bike.
Just unsee all those sexy ads of riders flying to adventure.
Unimagine the freedom to roam from road to gravel to singletrack they are selling so very hard...
... and take consider this...
... my son pinged me last night.
Dad, let's ride gravel tomorrow. We'll drive to the old neighborhood. Hit the dirt roads in Riley Park, then the single track. Next we will work our way over to the old house and see if things have changed much.
He doesn't even own a bike, I bring him a shop demo bike.
So forget all the marketing, all the hype, watch the race if you get a chance, and maybe you'll end up like me...
... grateful for gravel bikes that make riding fun enough my non-riding son will suggest we go for a ride.
We are all sold out on the gravel bikes at the moment, but stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to score a beeeyoutiful BMC URS.
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