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archeng59

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Hope this is the correct category to post this.  I bought a gravel bike in March.  Haven't ridden a bike in at least 25 years.  My middle daughter and her hubby ride mountain and gravel bikes.  The gravel road idea sounded appealing so I bought a Fuji Cross Comp.  So far, I have ridden on a paved trail about 10 times trying to get myself accustomed to being on a bike again.  I am gradually increasing distance, too.  The first ride was about 8 miles and kicked my rear.  I rode 26 miles on Saturday, which was a challenge for the last 10 miles as that is the farthest I've gone.  I've ridden 16 miles twice and 12 a few times.  One thing I've noticed is I'm pretty darn slow compared to the others I've encountered.  I'm averaging about 11-12 mph for the whole ride.  Everyone else is flying passed me.  Anyway, I'm chugging away and enjoying myself.  Looking for some gravel roads to try now.  Looking forward to finding out what the rest of you love about gravel grinding.
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Keep chugging along, that's perfect. Think about the first time you climbed back on.
I had not ridden in 30 years, old, fat and content and started riding again a couple years ago. Older but less fat and now much happier.
Don't worry about those zipping past you..I always see something the fast ines miss.
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Rule #1: ride a bike.
Rule #2: have fun.

So you're exactly on the correct path. If I ride 100 miles of gravel at an average speed of 20mph and have a horrible time while you ride 12 miles of gravel at an average speed of 11mph while having a great time...you win. Those are the rules. Don't subvert them. Strive to be unepic.
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archeng59

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Thanks, Brennus.  My daughter keeps telling me the fast people are road riders, not gravel grinders.  How fast are people riding during the races like the Pig Trail Gravel Grinder in Arkansas, or elsewhere?  If 10-12 mph is typical, I'm there and just need to work on increasing distance.  I am enjoying it!
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Here is the flyby of a 110 mile gravel race I recently participated in. If you select all the participants and click the play button you'll see it doesn't take long before riders are well spread out. There are many different paces at every ride.

http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#974180881?c=9vcup3qk&z=B&t=1P3TAd&a=EdIQOjd_ETpTYBA6NoIPOrh7LDrSzBA6xr4OOmCRDjqv0g46ZDALOgwmDzqBPg06JLwOOgbZDTp0kw46O5gLOtp1DTrsUQs6b-0OOrafDDpc0A06SYQPOhLoHjo

Here's the last DK:

http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#599991772?c=9yepwbbj&z=9&t=1NKhI-&a=3CXDI5i5wiME6LAjJ6OwI2HPsCO2t7AjxOLEI70yuiPTDMIjtPe5I3JJuiOVL6QkD8uwI2e8sCPRlLojFUSxI36G2CP8-zUk

Bottom line: find a pace that allows you to enjoy the ride! Don't violate rule #2 without just cause. ;-)

Here is my first ever gravel century...13mph:

https://www.strava.com/activities/397073157

Got hit by a cow during that ride. This is maybe an 'unwritten rule' of gravel riding. Don't get hit by a cow.
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archeng59

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Thanks for the info.  I watched my daughter and son-in-law ride in a MTB race in March when I bought my bike.  Before the race started, I chatted with their team about gravel riding as most of that team does both mountain bikes and gravel.  The discussion included talking about farm dogs and dealing with the more aggressive ones.  Nobody mentioned watching out for cows!

I live in OKC.  My daughter and son-in-law have ridden some gravel rides down in Texas. 
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Archeng59...WELCOME!  I'll echo what everyone else is saying...keep riding, have fun, and don't worry about how you compare with others.  I fairly new to the gravel scene but have absolutely loved the rides I have made. 

When I'm on my road bike it is about pushing the pace.  When I'm on my mountain bike it is about not crashing!  When I'm on my gravel bike...it is about enjoying the ride and taking in the scenery.  I love all three...but each is different.

So...just keep those pedals going round and round and keep smiling!!
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Originally Posted by Brennus
Here is the flyby of a 110 mile gravel race I recently participated in. If you select all the participants and click the play button you'll see it doesn't take long before riders are well spread out. There are many different paces at every ride. http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#974180881?c=9vcup3qk&z=B&t=1P3TAd&a=EdIQOjd_ETpTYBA6NoIPOrh7LDrSzBA6xr4OOmCRDjqv0g46ZDALOgwmDzqBPg06JLwOOgbZDTp0kw46O5gLOtp1DTrsUQs6b-0OOrafDDpc0A06SYQPOhLoHjo Here's the last DK: http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#599991772?c=9yepwbbj&z=9&t=1NKhI-&a=3CXDI5i5wiME6LAjJ6OwI2HPsCO2t7AjxOLEI70yuiPTDMIjtPe5I3JJuiOVL6QkD8uwI2e8sCPRlLojFUSxI36G2CP8-zUk Bottom line: find a pace that allows you to enjoy the ride! Don't violate rule #2 without just cause. ;-) Here is my first ever gravel century...13mph: https://www.strava.com/activities/397073157 Got hit by a cow during that ride. This is maybe an 'unwritten rule' of gravel riding. Don't get hit by a cow.


I guess getting hit by a cow is a whole different story than you hitting a cow. And I thought hitting a deer broadside was bad. Since everybody asked me how was the deer, you know I have to ask you how is the cow? [biggrin]

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