Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gravel Event and Race Calendar on Riding Gravel

I haven't updated this blog for a VERY long time because we moved all the AntiEpic information over to Riding Gravel. If you haven't been over to Riding Gravel in some time, you should head over because there have been some big changes going on.

AntiEpic 2015 - What's Up?

There will be a 2015 AntiEpic and we will confirm that date soon. We may break out the long ride from the short ride. The long ride will likely stay the same weekend as it has every year. Stay tuned to the Riding Gravel "News and Reviews" section for that. Also, be sure to check back to the ride page here.

So, what's up with Riding Gravel? Here's a list of what's up!

A Merger - The Story Behind It

I created Riding Gravel as a place to host the information, routes, etc. for the gravel events that I put on back in the fall of 2013. The rides became popular and I noticed that there were a lot of questions, comments, and general chatter about getting out and doing "gravel grinders." So, with all of that going on, I decided that it would be a good idea to cook up a small site to bring those together. The forum got more and more popular, people asked for more information, and I quickly felt that more needed to be done, so I added some more details to the site and starting sharing more information that wasn't being done elsewhere.

All of it was coming together while making a effort not to step on the toes of what was doing. Guitar Ted is a friend and I definitely didn't want to cut in on the great resource that he created. He had built a full gravel ride/race/event calendar that was the best place to go for anyone who did these kinds of rides and races. Additionally, he was continuing to provide helpful news and reviews of topics related to gravel and general off pavement riding.

I was up late one night updating the site and all I could think about was going to sleep. I kept thinking to myself, "Why am I staying up late doing this? Why am I putting in all this work, likely scouring the same information that Guitar Ted is, and then checking his to make sure I'm not doubling up? What are readers going to do with going to two sites? What is the future of gravel grinders and all of this stuff? What am I going to do?"

Then it hit me! Maybe Guitar Ted is thinking the same thing. Maybe it doesn't need to be two separate one-man shows. Hmmm... I couldn't wait to wake up the next morning and give him a call.
The morning came and I called him to ask if he wanted to go 50/50, combine efforts, and make one site with all the information. To my surprise, he had similar thoughts and the rest is history.

We officially announced the combination of Gravel Grinder News and Riding Gravel back on December 3 in this post. The response has been humbling. We have some great people in our corner and it's greatly appreciated. We really look forward to the future!

If you want to hear me and Guitar Ted discuss all of this in a podcast, so click here for Episode 1 of the "Riding Gravel Radio Ranch"

Gravel Event Calendar

The Gravel Event Calendar is growing daily and currently includes over 50 events for 2015 from around the country. Are you looking for a ride to do or put on a race yourself? Have a look and let your friends know! Hey race directors, we'll post your event for free, just Submit Your Race HERE.

Riding Gravel Forum 

The Riding Gravel Forum is a great source of information about everything from tires to frames to places to ride and races to race. The discussion continues to get broader and more interesting as more people join in. There are currently, as of today, 591 members and 1715 posts.

Check out the forum here.

News and Reviews

The News and Reviews section is the place that you'll find out about things going on in the world of gravel grinders, gravel rides, and any other mixed or non-paved surface riding. Guitar Ted will provide reviews of products and we may have contributors checking in occasionally as well.

Check out the News and Reviews section here.


As mentioned earlier, we will be doing a regular monthly podcast about gravel/offpavement/whatever terrain topics called the "Riding Gravel Radio Ranch." It will include interviews with guests, recaps of what's up on the website, and discussion about whatever is going on in the world of gravel riding. It's fun to do a different take on a cycling podcast and it should be interesting to see where it goes.

Stay up to date on the podcast, by checking back on the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch podcast homepage here.

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