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Teravail Cannonball 700c X 47mm Tires: At The Finish

Teravail Cannonball 700c X 47mm Tires: At The Finish – by Guitar Ted The Teravail Cannonball tires were the first product from Teravail I ever…

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Posted in Components Forks Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Enve Adventure Fork Announced

The collaboration with several custom frame builders resulted also in a fork with an interesting adjustable geometry, the aforementioned ‘three-pack’ bosses, and internally routed dynamo and brake line routing. Of course, the fork also uses the now ubiquitous 12mm through axle, tapered steer tube, and flat mount brake caliper mounting standard.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

FSA AGX Wheels: At The Finish

How have they been to use? Steady. They are still very true. I have not had to tension them or toss them in the truing stand. That has been as I expected based on my experience with the older MTB branded version. It’s a strong wheel for gravel use.

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Bontrager Adventure Series Clothing – GR2 Shoes: At The Finish

Last time we debuted some new riding kit from Bontrager that is very applicable to gravel or light MTB riding. It is warmer weather gear, so once spring hit in So Cal, we suited up and got riding. This is what we learned.

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Teravail Rutland 700c X 47mm Tires: At The Finish

I really like the 47mm version of the Rutland. It rides on our gravel here really well. It is stable, smooth riding, and when you need a little bite on dirt or finer hardpack, it does have grip.

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Posted in Apparel Gloves Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Elastic Interface, Q36.5 Launch Promising New Glove Tech

This new development for gloves……is a three-dimensional, seamless and elastic palm for cycling gloves.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | Episode #55

ABOUT EPISODE #55 Guitar Ted and Andy are back without a guest for this episode, but with plenty of good discussion. They open the episode…

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Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Announces New RX8 Gravel Shoe Color

Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Announces New RX8 Gravel Shoe Color – by Guitar Ted Last year Shimano introduced a new segment to their vast product…

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | Episode #54 – Jon Thornham of FLO Cycling

ABOUT EPISODE #54 Guitar Ted and Andy are joined by another guest this week. They are joined by Jon Thornham of FLO Cycling. You get…

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Teravail Ehline 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: At The Finish

The Ehline has impressive grip qualities, so if traction is a concern, this tire should have you covered. Gravel is handled well by the Ehline and it does everything else well enough that, in my opinion, it should be highly considered for those of you who use a mountain bike as a gravel bike and as a mountain bike.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

FLO Cycling G700 Wheel Set: Getting Rolling

After a two plus hour ride in heavy cross winds and a bit of head wind and tail wind for good measure, I can say that- Yes- there is something to having a good aerodynamic wheel on gravel.

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Posted in Components Reviews Stems

Cirrus Cycles Kinekt Stem: Getting Rolling

The idea of a suspension stem is not a new one. There are many of you out there that will immediately remember the efforts to ‘suspend the rider’ back in the 1990’s. Well, now some thirty years later and here we are with what looks like something similar. Only it is not, really…

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Posted in Accessories Keepers Lights Reviews

Keepers: Bontrager Ion 200 RT/Flare RT

What I wanted was a smaller light form with as little weight as I could get, and with enough intensity front and rear to be worth using on open roads. I also wanted at least 8 hours of run time on a high level flash.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | Episode #53 – Dave Pryor of unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley

SUBSCRIBE TO THE RIDING GRAVEL RADIO RANCH: APPLE | GOOGLE ABOUT THE EPISODE Guitar Ted and Andy get together for something a little special. In…

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | Episode #51 & #52 – Another 1-2 Punch: DK Name Change, Review Roundup, Press Releases, and More

ABOUT EPISODE #51 The guys get in another episode of the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch. Finally a name for the reviews section too! Listen in…

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Posted in Accessories Bags Bags Bikepacking Quick Review Reviews

Showers Pass Ranger Hip Pack: Quick Review

Getting the Ranger loaded was an exercise in deciding what not to take, because you can take so much stuff! I was finally down to a tool kit, tube, mini-pump, my camera, my iPhone, and a rolled up Endura rain jacket. I hadn’t even touched the capacity of the main compartment.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Teravail Rutland 700c X 47mm Tires: Checkpoint

Out on the gravel, the Rutland showed again why it is a great tire for rough, course gravel. The roll-over abilities this tire exhibits grants the rider more control, more comfort, and less side-to-side vibrations.

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Hutchinson Touareg Tires: Getting Rolling

The Touareg is a true to size, all-around choice for gravel, smooth dirt, or back roads where pavement might be less than ideal, while also showing incredible speed and rolling ability on typical pavement.

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Posted in Apparel Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Shoes Touring

Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Introduces 25th Anniversary SPD Sandals

Just in time for summer’s blazing heat, Shimano has launched a special 25th anniversary version of its beloved SPD sandal.

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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Long Review Reviews

Endura PRO SL Bibshorts: Long Review

“… if all I ever did was fun, adventure based, shorter rides, I would take a pass, most likely, on these Endura shorts. But I will tell you this: If a long ride in hot weather with a lot of gravel is on my radar to tackle, these will be the first shorts out of my drawer to ride in.”

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Gulo equipped GT Grade Carbon Pro
Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Gulo Composites GRX-SL Wheels: Getting Rolling

Folks who know me will tell you I’m a wheel guy. They’re one of my favorite parts of a bike, so to say I’m so stoked to be testing the GRX-SL wheels from Gulo Composites is an understatement.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | Episode #49 & #50 – Double Gravel Fun

ABOUT EPISODE #49 Guitar Ted and Andy give you some answers to listener feedback, chat about some recent gravel goods, and a little challenge for…

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Teravail Ehline 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: Checkpoint

A great all-around tire here with good gravel potential. It does fall off a bit at the extreme end where gravel is loose and deep, but otherwise the Ehline seems to strike the best dirt-to-gravel balance of the three tires looked at here.

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Posted in Apparel Helmets

Updating Your Skid Lid (Featuring Velocis and Starvos)

Helmets though, are seldom upgraded. I mean it’s still up there, right? Sitting on my head, doing it’s thing. It is not ugly and I have not crashed in it (well, not much anyway), and helmets are expensive. It’s not like they wear out anyway. Well, not so fast there Danger Dan…..

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Vittoria Terreno XC 2.1″ Tires: At The Finish

I liked these tires enough that I am probably going to run them out on this bike they are on. They aren’t as aggressively treaded as the other two models are that I am testing and with the varying conditions we see on gravel here, I feel the Terreno XC fits my needs best.

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Teravail Cannonball 700c X 47mm Tires: Checkpoint

Where I was delighted with the Cannonball was on deteriorated gravel. finer gravel, or on dirt that was firm and fast. Here the Cannonball outright flew and was a blast to ride. The small, aggressive file tread bit into the harder dirt and found purchase on finer gravel which made cornering and climbing fun as well.

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Posted in Apparel Arm/Leg/Knee Warmers Bibs/Shorts Footwear/socks Gloves Jackets Jerseys

Spring Clothing Round-Up: GORE

Right as winter was ending and a so far, quite warm spring, was hitting the balmy shores of So Cal, a big bag of mixed items from GORE showed up for review. Once we worked through some sizing issues, we got into the items enough to get a feel for the performance of each one and we can now report.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | Episode #48 – Stormchasin, Tires, Gravel Grinder News, Masters

ABOUT EPISODE #48 Guitar Ted gives some more detailed of his Salsa Stormchaser after a long ride. What’s up with the gravel summits? A little…

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Hutchinson Kraken 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: At The Finish

The Hutchinson Kraken tires would be my choice in a situation where I lived where dirt trails and/or mountains were available to ride, but my bike had to pull gravel road duties as well.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | Episode #46 & #47

ABOUT EPISODE #46 You’re getting a double dose of the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch. In episode #46, the guys discuss the natural inclusivity of gravel…

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Posted in Components Quick Review Reviews Wheels

Robert Axle Project Lightning Thru Axles: Quick Review

The demand for aftermarket thru axles has grown steadily in recent years. Robert Axle Project has been at the forefront of this trend, and it offers a wide range of thru axle solutions in sizes to fit nearly any bicycle.

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

Salsa Cycles Stormchaser: At The Finish

You have to see the value in the purpose of the Stormchaser to get the most out of this bike. Those who just don’t see riding in bad weather, cannot understand single speeding, or those who cannot buy into the unique characteristics of the Stormchaser should steer well clear of this bike.

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Posted in Editorial Gritty Take

Gritty Take: Changes To Come From Recent Unrest and the Pandemic

Every year for the past several years, I have posted a “State of the Gravel Scene” series in January giving my personal opinions on where we’ve been and where we are going in terms of the gravel scene. When I opened up my look at the gravel scene in 2020 and beyond this past January, these were the first words I posted:

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Vittoria Terreno XC 2.1″ Tires: Checkpoint

The profile of this tire, which is a low, peaked one, allows the Terreno XC to ride and conform right over crushed stones, making for a really smooth, controlled ride

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch – Episode #45 – Heavy on the Tires

ABOUT THE EPISODE The guys get on it for another week. You get the usual format – a discussion of some of the recent news…

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Cannondale Debuts ’21 Topstone Carbon Lefty- Carbon Gravel E-Bike

Gravel Grinder News: Cannondale Debuts ’21 Topstone Carbon Lefty- Carbon Gravel E-Bike – by Guitar Ted Just about a year ago, Cannondale upended the gravel…

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Teravail Tires: Rutland, Cannonball, Ehline- Getting Rolling

Teravail has a wide range of gravel and mountain biking tires available, but these three represent some of their better choices for gravel travel, along with the narrower Rutlands already reviewed.

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Hutchinson Kraken 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: Checkpoint

In the intro’s ‘First Impressions’ segment I shared that I thought these tires were very damped feeling. This is to say that the Kraken really feels smooth and helps to cut down on vibrations. That to me is the best quality of this tire yet.

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Bontrager Starvos WaveCel Helmet: Quick Review

If you have a larger head size, as I do, now you have something that will not only fit better, but takes no prisoners in terms of protection, which previous “big-headed’ helmet options often did compromise on. Plus, it doesn’t cost a small fortune to buy into WaveCel with the Starvos. Well done, Bontrager!

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Posted in Components Keepers Long Review Reviews Tires

Continental Terra Trail and Terra Speed Tires: Long Review

It’s amazing how good gravel tires are today, and these new Continental tires are great examples of the progress we’ve made. They’re not much heavier than a road tire, yet are true 40c semi-knobbies that can confidently be ridden in nearly any gravel conditions.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #43 & 44 – The RGRR Double Feature

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT EPISODE #43 Special Double Feature release of the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch. In the first episode, the guys contemplate…

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Gravel Grinder News: Panaracer Introduces The Gravelking SS Tires

Panaracer Gravelking tires have been some of the most popular tires used for gravel riding and racing for several years. The tires have been used to claim several important victories on the gravel racing circuit in the U.S. Panaracer now announces an addition to the Gravelking family of tires with the new Gravelking SS and SS+ models.

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Posted in Accessories Quick Review Reviews Sealants

Orange Seal Tubeless Products: Quick Review

What a mixed bag of results! The sealant is really top shelf stuff. Orange Seal has a high reputation with many riders and deservedly so. I can heartily recommend the sealant.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Vittoria Terreno XC 2.1″ Tires: Getting Rolling

The tires feel light and pliable in the hand. The sidewalls on these are a bit more brown than tan, but the tires look handsome none the less. The resemblance to the Terreno Dry 40mm tires is unmistakable. This bodes well, in my opinion, because those tires are some of my favorites in that size class.

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Teravail Rutland 700c X 42mm Tires- Quick Review

Teravail admits in its marketing that these are not the fastest rolling tires out there, but that they motor on though where those tires might fail. I think that summation of what the Rutland is about tells us all we need to know. The ride performance bears this out, in my opinion.

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Posted in Gravel News Podcast

Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #42 – News & Reviews Updates

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT THE EPISODE Guitar Ted and Andy bring you an episode filled with some more in-depth and “behind the scenes”…

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

Salsa Cycles Stormchaser: Checkpoint

The Stormchaser’s mission is to perform well in the worst of conditions, and I think it has the characteristics to make a name for itself in those situations. But let’s face it- This bike also has to hold up as a gravel bike in normal situations as well. I feel that, besides a couple of quirks in the handling and fit departments, yes, this bike does gravel well.

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Tubeless Set Ups With Grannygear – Topeak

There was no floor pump in existence that was going to seat that tire and it was air compressor time. But, the Tubibooster X came through like a boss.
Award it a silver medal.

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Posted in Gravel News Podcast

Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #41 – Event Updates, Dirty Kanza Name Controversy & News/Reviews

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT THE EPISODE Big news in Iowa with RAGBRAI. Guitar Ted and Andy get to answering a question. The guys…

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Posted in Components Seat Post

Redshift Sports ShockStop Seat Post: At The Finish

MG called the ShockStop seat post a ‘game changer’, and I would agree. It hits all points: Good looking, effective, and easily set up. If you’ve been shying away from riding gravel due to the roughness and vibrations, get the Redshift ShockStop post and match it with a ShockStop stem. You’ll be amazed at what control and comfort that set up will give you. Game changer indeed.

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MG GT Grade Carbon Pro
Posted in Bikepacking Gravel Bikes Keepers Reviews

GT Grade Carbon Pro: At the Finish

I’ve been riding our 2020 Grade Carbon Pro long-term test bike for about eight months now, and it’s time to offer up my final impressions of the bike.

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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Components Jerseys Tires Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Pirelli Tires, I-9, PEdALED

Gravel Grinder News: Pirelli Tires, I-9, PEdALED – by Guitar Ted Although the cycling industry is reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide,…

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #40 – Salsa Stormchaser, Odd Creaking, and More

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT THE EPISODE Guitar Ted sits down Andy from Andy’s Bike Shop to get the second episode in the shop…

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Hutchinson Kraken 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: Getting Rolling

Hutchinson Kraken 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: Getting Rolling – by Guitar Ted The title of this review might cause you to look strangely at your…

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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Reviews Shoes

Bontrager Adventure Series Clothing – GR2 Shoes: Getting Rolling

If you are not a big fan of Lycra or you tend toward more casual options, then technical clothing like this Adventure line from Bontrager falls into the gap between hucking and crits. This approach of a snug fitting short, not loose like a full baggie, and good looking enough to wear around town, when combined with casual looking jerseys or shirts in high tech fabrics…well it reminds me a lot of what was called ‘Touring Clothing’ in days gone by.

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Posted in Editorial Gravel News Training

Coronavirus Protection, With Notes for Gravel Riders

Coronavirus Protection, With Notes for Gravel Riders – by John Ingham Note: This post is concerned with prevention and should not be taken as a…

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #39 – Andy’s Bike Shop

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT THE EPISODE Guitar Ted sits down Andy from Andy’s Bike Shop to kick off the start of shows right…

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Salsa Cycles Stormchaser: Getting Rolling

Salsa Cycles Stormchaser: Getting Rolling – by Guitar Ted Recently we learned of a new bike coming from Salsa Cycles, a single speed gravel bike….

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Tubeless Set Ups With Guitar Ted

Tubeless Set Ups With Guitar Ted – by Guitar Ted This is the post, as promised in Grannygear’s tubeless set up post, which will feature…

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Oreo Roubaix

The Oreo Roubaix Gravel Ride is a supported road and gravel ride featuring three distance rides that all begin and end at the November 14th,…

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Conasauga Crusher 52 Mile Gravel Grind

The 2020 Conasauga Crusher Gravel Grind will be based out of the Ocoee Retreat Center in Ocoee, TN. As far as the course, expect mostly…

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Strade Boro Gravel Fondo

Strade Boro takes place on the dirt roads of Bulloch County Georgia, near the city of Statesboro. Bulloch County is home to hundreds of miles…

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Death March Revival

Wrap up the 2020 cycling season with the ultimate backwoods challenge on Saturday, NOVEMBER 7th at MULBERRY GAP! The route – an 88-mile gravel grinder…

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Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder p/b REI

The Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder is held annually on the last Saturday in October and leverages the 3C Ranch to provide a complete family-friendly experience….

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Born to Grind – Copper Canyons

A Gravel Grinder style endurance biking event like no other, in the majestic lands of the Sierra Tarahumara, home to the world’s greatest endurance running…

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LOWELL CLASSIC GRAVEL ROAD RACE

The Lowell 50 is a classic old world style gravel road race. You’ll race along the banks of the Flat River and through rural Ionia…

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Big Ring Gravel Series: Gordon Loop

Race 1 – Saturday October 17th Race 2 – Sunday October 18th Race 3 – Saturday October 24th Race 4 – Sunday October 25rd Championship…

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Maple Leaf Gravel Grinder

Join us this fall for the annual Maple Leaf Gravel Grind.  The MLGG will offer 16, 35 and 70 mile course options again in 2020 that…

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Gravel & Grog Gravel Grinder

Gravel & Grog Gravel Grinder Grind your way through Kewaunee and Door Counties on the Ahnapee State Trail and drink in the amazing fall colors….

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