This is a good one, maybe even a great one in fall. This route has a lot of great views of the Columbia gorge, Plateau views of Mosier and high mountain views over the valleys of The Dalles. The roads are well paved and wide gravel roads making for an uplifting vibe for a short […]
Winter Creek 2019 route is a 95% car free route through mild gravel and small roads in the Mount Hood area. Splendid view of the mountain top from Trillium lake and flowy woodsy trail on the return.
Amazing gravel ramble into the lower Gifford Pinchot around the Panther Creek area.
Winthrop, Washington is pretty far from Portland Oregon. Located at the base of the North Cascades it’s a proper six hour car drive, but well worth it. There is a massive outdoor culture up there with biking, hiking and more outdoor stuff than you can shake a stick at. We headed up there to scope […]
Bike exploring and gravel riding tips and recommendations before it all goes a bit pete tong. Early on I made mistakes, let’s just say a lot of mistakes. As I became more interested in gravel / trail riding and route creation I learned. I changed equipment and started being more prepared. Exploring in remote unknown […]
Exploring in the winter months is a double edged sword. On one hand the gravel roads and trails are less dusty, less jarring and you don’t get baked from heat so there is less emphasis on water management. But, often you are riding in relatively cold temperatures (36-40 degrees) with raises in elevation, causing dropping […]
Part of my route dev series, a pre cursor to epic rides. A second dip into the same lower foothills / inner area of the Gifford Pincot close to Carson WA. This time refining a few roads and trying some different approaches to the climbs and connecting roads.
Timberline Explore Overview A fresh mix up on the Timberline and West of Government Camp area, mixing up pine covered hard pack trails, dirt, gravel, broken top and even a few miles of smooth road. This ride is in a similar area as Burger Lodge Loop route which was ridden back in 2017 Taking Lower Bridal […]
The North East side of Mt. Hood (Parkdale) has always been a little bit unexplored on the gravel bike for me. I decided to try link up a few things. here is my initial pass which includes the end trip up to Cloud Cap (that you can see in one of my other writeups here) […]
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington is bloody huge, covering 1,400,300 acres (2200 square miles) there’s a lot to be explored. Having been on Rainier and St Helens windy ride and Spirit Lake but never down in the Gifford closer to Oregon the plan was to explore some new roads. Overview Set to be a 100degree […]
Cloud Cap 03A: A taxing dirt road ride that will test your handling skills and fitness, but will reward you with amazing views and arresting landscapes. This is a progress/development route that I decided to post, normally my routes take a while to build but this was too good not to share some of the […]
A pretty chill river route surrounded in an amazing river valley. The river trail starts at the Deschutes River State Park (just east of the city of The Dalles Oregon.) A flat gravel / rock trail on the East side of the river that used to be a rail line back in 1910, but a […]
We rode this in the middle of November 2017. Centered around a road called Fischer Hill, just above Lyle in Washington the objective was to create a high reward mellow route. A little bit familiar with the area, I wanted to connect this upward winding gravel to some other amazing roads in the area and […]
Mellow start with breath taking views from the Rowena Loops, followed by killer landscapes from the Eagle Caves overlooking The Dalles, Columbia and Washington range, then the kicker backed by a solid 4mile 1500ft gravel climb with ribbons of sweet flowing pea gravel gravel decent back to the finish. All in all pretty stellar.
A single day multi surface loop around the Klickitat Washington area. Changing terrain in multiple landscapes lead to gorge views and winding river roads make for a superb yet difficult route with a mellow finish back to the start.
The Dalles Mountain 60 route is a staple in cyclists books. Amazing views and a mixture of road and gravel make for a killer ride. This year (2017) we decided to ride it the day after the March 11th organised / unorganised ride due to conflicts and the chance of a lot better weather the […]
It’s that time. Too chilly or dicey to get caught in 35 degree rain on a 60 or 80mile jaunt. You want to get a workout but also soak up great scenery away from your regular your road bike route
The sweetest mixture. Road, Gravel. Climb. Pick. Drop. Descend. Rip. Berm.Tuck and Speed. All in a 42mile loop with amazing views of Jefferson and Mt Hood
Having ridden around the beautiful area of Mosier and the Dalles, this somewhat familiar stomping ground never fails to amaze me. And this G Con 1 route exemplifies the beauty and adventure held in this area.
Being mainly a road / gravel rider nowadays, but having experience on a mountain and cyclocross bikes, I pulled together several years of experience to produce these tips that will help you with the daunting thought of riding gravel at speed.