The Gravel Ride. A cycling podcast

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By: Craig Dalton

The Gravel Ride is a cycling podcast where we discuss the people, places and products that define modern gravel cycling. We will be interviewing athletes, course designers and product designers who are influencing the sport. We will be providing information on where to ride, what to ride and how to stay stoked on gravel riding.

Ribble Cycles - Jamie Burrow, Head of Product
Last Tuesday at 4:30 AM

This week we sit down with former Pro Tour rider and current Ribble Cycles Head of Product, Jamie Burrow. Jamie walks us through the range of Ribble Gravel Bikes across three frame materials and highlight the companies' unique custom bike builder.

Ribble Gravel Range 

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[00:00:00]Craig Dalton: [00:00:00]   Hello and welcome to the gravel ride podcast. I'm your host Craig Dalton.

[00:00:08]This week on the podcast, we have Jamie Burrow. He's a former pro...


Andrew Onermaa: Ozark Gravel Cyclist community
06/01/2021

This week we sit down with Andrew Onermaa, founder of Ozark Gravel Cyclist. Andrew is a passionate gravel cyclist and bikepacker who has channeled energy and love into creating a hub for Arkansas gravel cyclists.

Ozark Gravel Cyclists Web / Instagram

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[00:00:00]Craig Dalton: [00:00:00] [00:00:00] Andrew, welcome to the show.

[00:00:02] Andrew Onermaa: [00:00:02] Hey, thanks for having me, Craig,

[00:00:03] Craig Dalton: [00:00:03] super excited to learn more about your project. It was our gravel cycling, but the more I've...


World Bicycle Relief - Director of Philanthropy Kemi King
05/25/2021

This week we sit down with Kemi King, Director of Philanthropy for World Bicycle Relief. World Bicycle Relief is an international, non-profit organization based in Chicago, IL that specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle distribution programs to aid poverty relief in developing countries around the world. Their programs focus primarily on education, economic development, and health care.

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[00:00:00] Craig Dalton: [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to the gravel ride podcast. I'm your host Craig Dalton.  

[00:00:05] Thi...


Colin Dalton: Father of the host. :).
05/18/2021

This week thanks to vaccinations, I'm able to interview my father without whom I'd likely never have discovered a passion for the sport.   At 84 years old and still riding every Sunday, I hope the conversation keeps you stoked to ride into the future and gives you a little glimpse into my introduction to the sport of cycling. 

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In the Dirt 21: Gravel Guides and moving across country
05/11/2021

This week we wish Randall well on his cross country journey, highlight the Gravel Adventure Field Guide from Trinidad, CO and discuss casual cycling shorts.

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Southeast Gravel Series - Founders Ben Remkema and Boyd Johnson
05/04/2021

This week we welcome the team from the Southeast Gravel Series to the show.   Ben Renkema and Boyd Johnson discuss the journey to creating a 6-event race series in North and South Carolina.  The team share their passion for the Southeast region and the desire to create a competitive, yet inclusive series to serve the area. 

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Southeast Gravel

Craig Dalton: [00:00:00]Hello and welcome to the gravel ride podca...


In the Dirt 20: Cervelo Aspero and how to add suspension gravel bikes
04/27/2021

This week Randall and Craig take a look at the new Cervelo Aspero  and discuss its fit in the spectrum of gravel bikes.  We then dive head first into a discussion of the myriad of ways one achieves suspension on a gravel bike.  

Cervelo Aspero

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In the Dirt 20

Craig Dalton: [00:00:00] [00:00:00]Hello and welcome to in the dirt from the gravel ride podcast. I'm your host Craig Dalton. I'll be joined shortly by my cohost Randall Jacobs. 


Ben Shillington: Guided Bikepacking with TDA Global Cycling
04/20/2021

This week we talk with adventurer, instructor and guide, Ben Shillington about an upcoming 12 day guided bikepacking trip offered by TDA Global Cycling in Quebec, Canada.   

TDA Global Cycling Guided Bikepacking trip

TDA Instagram

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Ben Shillington - TDA Cycling

Craig Dalton: [00:00:00] [00:00:00]Hello and welcome to the gravel ride podcast. I'm your host Craig Dalton. On this week's episode we've got expedition guide adventure consultant and adventure instructor ben shi...


In the Dirt 19: Tire Volume, Vaccinations and Road Trips
04/13/2021

This week on In the Dirt, we tackle tire volume (courtesy of a Rene Herse discussion in The Ridership), Road Tripping, Group Riding, the AZT 750 and vaccinations.   

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GRP In The Dirt Ep. 19

[00:00:00] Craig: [00:00:00] Randall welcome to the show

[00:00:01] Randall: [00:00:01] Always a pleasure to be with you Craig. How are you my friend?

[00:00:04] Craig: [00:00:04] I'm doing good. At this point I think you can almost say Craig wel...


ENVE Custom Road: Neil Shirley
04/06/2021

This week we sit down with Neil Shirley to discuss the new ENVE custom road bike. Yes, that is not a typo, we are talking about a road bike. :).

ENVE Custom Road Website

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Enve Custom Road Interview

Craig Dalton: [00:00:00] [00:00:00]Hello and welcome to the gravel ride podcast. I'm your host Craig Dalton. This week on the show, we have Neil Shirley from envy on to talk about the ENVE custom road. You heard me correct...


In the Dirt 18: Things are starting to move
03/30/2021

This week Randall and Craig discuss the new ENVE Custom Road Project, SPD Power Meter Pedals from Garmin and what vaccinations are going to mean for our own group riding.  

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ENVE Custom Road

Garmin Rally SPD Power Pedal

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Full Transcription:

[00:00:00] Craig Dalton: [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to another episode of in the dirt from the gravel ride podcast i'm your host craig dalton i'll be joined shortly by my co-host randall jacobs.

[00:00:10]Every two we...


Gavin Coombs - Dead Man Gravel
03/23/2021

This week we sit down with Gavin Coombs from Dead Man Gravel. We get into the details of this new July event in Colorado including conversation about the events' efforts towards diversity and the financial investment it takes to get an event off the ground. 

Dead Man Gravel website and Instagram

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Dead Man Gravel - Full episode transcript.

[00:00:00] Craig Dalton: [00:00:00] \Hello and welcome to the gravel ride

[00:00:03] podcast i'm your host craig dalton on this week's episode,

[00:00:07]We...


In the Dirt 17: Essential gear for early morning rides
03/16/2021

This week Randall and Craig discuss the essential gear for early morning and evening rides. Go to gear for every gravel cyclist.

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DT SWISS - Taylor Bushong talks gravel wheels
03/09/2021

This week we talk with Taylor Bushong from DT SWISS about gravel wheels.  We dig into the considerations surrounding rim width and wheel sizes to tease out the considerations when upgrading your wheels.   We also get a glimpse into the company's interesting history.

DT Swiss Website

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DT Swiss

Craig: [00:00:00]  [00:00:00]Hello and welcome to the gravel ride podcast. I'm your host Craig Dalton. 

[00:00:10]This week on the podcast i'm excited to welcome taylor bushong from dt swiss to th...


Ted Huang - mental performance and community
03/02/2021

This week on the podcast, Randall takes the reins and brings two-time Olympian (wind surfing), former Pro cyclist, Pro team founder, and Sport Psychologist Ted Huang for the first in a series of conversations about the meanings and motivations that underlie why we ride.

Ted Huang Website 

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Ted Huang - Episode Transcription 

[00:00:00] Hello and welcome to the gravel ride podcast. I'm Randall Jacobs, and this is the first in a series of episodes that Craig has graciously invited me...


Matt Kadey: Bikepacker, route designer and adventurer
02/23/2021

This week we sit down with Matt Kadey to unpack (pun intended) the world of bike packing and route design. Matt has designed adventures in Columbia, Costa Rica and Canada. We learn about the design of routes, the idea of the Grand Depart and tools we can all use to design adventures. 

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Matthew Kadey Website 

BT700

Columbia Bikepacking Route

Costa Rica Bikepacking Route

 


In the Dirt 16: Origins and Ego
02/16/2021

This week Randall and Craig take a look back at how each of them found 'the bike' and think back to how ego played a role in improving as a cyclist.   Fast forward to today, we reflect on how ego has largely disappeared and our enjoyment of the sport comes more naturally and independent of competition.   

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Patrick Carey - 5 skills every gravel cyclist needs to master
02/09/2021

This week we sit down with Patrick Carey from Speed Science Coaching to look at the 5 skills every gravel cyclist needs to master. Whether you come from road or mtb, gravel demands an adaptation of your existing skillset. Patrick drills into 5 foundation level skills you need to know. 

Speed Science Coaching website and YouTube

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Floating Through Rough Terrain

This is something that riders coming from the road are going to find different right away. From rough surfaces and washboard to big b...


Zachary Lambert - Blackheart Bike Co.
01/26/2021

This week we sit down with Zachary Lambert, founder of Blackheart Bike Co. in Venice, CA. Zach walks us through the brand's namesake titanium frame and his new retail venture Luft launching in March 2021.

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blackheartbikeco.com @blackheartbikeco   luftlosangeles.com @luftlosangeles   growcyclingfoundation.org @growcyclingfoundation   @ornamentalconifer   rideforblacklives.org @rideforblacklives

 


In the Dirt 15: Full Frame bags, Farr Twin-T and flat bar gravel bikes
01/19/2021

This week we look at the options a full-frame bag creates for gravel cyclists as well as a look at the new Farr Twin-T.   Finally, we dive into a discussion of flat-bar gravel bikes and drop-bar mountain bikes to explore the various edges of the sport.

Farr Twin T

Rockgiest bags

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Gregor von Medeazza - The Munga, South Africa's 'Toughest Race in the World'
01/12/2021

Part 2 of my discussion with Gregor von Medeazza and his experiences at The Munga in South Africa.  Gregor showcases his determination and equipment choices on his way to surviving this 1000km gravel event dubbed 'The World's Toughest Race'.  Gregor reveals the backdrop of his motivation, raising awareness for The Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia. 

The Munga

Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia

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Gregor von Medeazza - South Africa's The Munga and Namibia's Desert Dash
01/05/2021

This week we travel across the globe to Africa with Gregor von Medeazza. In Part 1, Gregor tells tales of Namibia's Desert Dash and South Africa's The Munga (self-described as 'The Toughest Race on Earth'. Gregor's story should inspire anyone looking for a gravel adventure.

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In the Dirt 14: The Boom and Bust of 2020 in gravel cycling
12/30/2020

This week we conclude the year with a discussion of the 2020 gravel bike boom and bust looking at some of the challenges faced by the industry (and endured by consumers). We also look at some of the trends in 2020 that will continue to affect what we will be riding in 2021 and beyond.

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Randall's Path Less Pedaled discussion on fact and myths of bike manufacturing

 


UNBOUND GRAVEL 2021 with Kimo Seymour and LeLan Dains
12/22/2020

Kimo Seymour (Life Time) and LeLan Dains (UNBOUND GRAVEL) take a look back at 2020 and forward to the 2021 gravel event season including UNBOUND GRAVEL. We take a close look at the COVID protocols the team has put in place to ensure a safe event.

UNBOUND GRAVEL Instagram 

UNBOUND GRAVEL Covid Safety 

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Episode Transcription:

Craig:

Gentlemen, welcome to the show.

Kimo:

Thanks for having us.

LeLan:

Yeah, thanks for having us, Craig.

...


In the Dirt 13: 2020 - The year of gravel that was and wasn't
12/15/2020

This week Randall and Craig discuss 2020: the year that was and the year that wasn't. While the pandemic canceled most of the gravel cycling events on the calendar, it did open up opportunities for adventure and community.

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Orange Seal - The ins and outs of tire sealant with John Vargus
12/08/2020

This week we learn the ins and outs of gravel bike tire sealant with John Vargus of Orange Seal. John gets into some tips and tricks every cyclist should know and discusses his support of the Orange Seal Off Road Racing Team featuring Payson McElveen and Hannah Finchamp.   

Orange Seal Website

Orange Seal Instagram 

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Orange Seal - The ins and outs of tire sealant with John Vargus

00:00:01 - 00:05:06

And welcome to the...


Nutrition for gravel cycling with Kristen Arnold
11/24/2020

This week we talk nutrition with professional athlete, coach, and nutritionist, Kristen Arnold. We break down how to approach a big event day starting a week out and Kristen shares a few clever tricks on how to limit nutrition mistakes on the bike.

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In The Dirt 12: Announcing The Ridership, a free community and resource for the gravel cyclist
11/17/2020

Announcing The Ridership, a new, free community resource for the gravel and adventure cyclist. After several months of soft launch, we are now inviting all listeners to join our experiment in community building. The goal is to build a global, searchable resource that will help cyclists of all experience levels explore the sport, discover new routes and make connections. 

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UnPAved -- Dave Pryor and COVID safe racing
11/10/2020

This week we sit down with Dave Pryor from the Pennsylvania gravel event, UnPAved to discuss how the 2020 events was executed in a COVID safe fashion. We get into the changes in format that may be here to stay and how other race organizers can learn from his experiences to execute future events. 


In the Dirt 11: An interview with your host Craig Dalton
11/03/2020

This week the tables are turned and your host, Craig Dalton gets interviewed by Randall Jacobs. Craig covers his personal story leading up to the beginnings of the podcast and his journey into gravel cycling.

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Apidura: George Huxford - Bags for every cycling adventure
10/27/2020

This week we check in with George Huxford from Apidura makers of cycling bags for every gravel cycling adventure. We learn the various types of bags from tip to tail of the bicycle and get some practical advice on packing and load distribution.

Episode Sponsor:  PNW Components (15% off with code 'thegravelride')

Apidura online

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Apidura: George Huxford - Bags for every cycling adventure

00:00:05 - 00:05:12

Hello and welcome to The Gravel Ride podcast I'm y...


In the Dirt 10: Nutrition for Gravel Cyclists
10/20/2020

This week we tackle some of the basics around nutrition for gravel cycling setting the stage for deeper research and understanding. Craig checks in from his new residence in Topanga while Randall plans a return to the West Coast from Massachusetts.

The Gravel Ride Podcast Forum 

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Ohio Gravel Grinders: Ray George. Using community tools to build gravel resources
10/13/2020

This week we sit down with Ray George one of the founders of the Ohio Gravel Grinders group. Using grassroots community-building tools, OGG has assembled an ever-growing resource for regional gravel athletes. These regional efforts are an incredibly useful tool and can be replicated by anyone to benefit their local communities.  

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In the Dirt 9: Every Day Carry on your gravel bike
10/06/2020

This week we are tackling what to carry on your gravel bike rides. We discuss the must-haves and the why nots of carrying a little extra gear for those unexpected emergencies. We close with a discussion on living and riding in the moment.


Rene Herse Cycles - Jan Heine takes us on a gravel tire deep dive
09/29/2020

Talking gravel tires this week with Jan Heine of Rene Herse Cycles. Drawing on decades of experience and very specific testing, Jan walk us through all the tire considerations from size to pressure to knob patterns. This episode is a must-listen for any gravel cyclist. 

Episode sponsor:  PNW Components (use code 'thegravelride' for 15% off)

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In The Dirt 8: Gravel Bike Maintenance 101
09/22/2020

This week we tackle gravel bike maintenance 101 with the goal of equipping you with tips for daily, weekly and monthly habits that will keep your gravel bike rolling well in the dirt. We also discuss what to look for in a riding buddy and the value of camaraderie in gravel cycling.   

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Aaron Kerson: PNW Components and the MTB influence in gravel
09/15/2020

This week we speak with PNW Components Co-Founder, Aaron Kerson. We dive into the growing influence of MTB technology and philosophy within the gravel market and the benefits.  Wider handlebars and dropper posts are making their way onto more and more gravel bikes.   What do you think?

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PNW Components Website

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In the Dirt 7: The $1200 and $2200 Gravel Bikes
09/08/2020

This week we tackle the $1200 and $2200 price point gravel bikes via the Cannondale Topstone Sora and Landyachtz AB1. We dive into what can and should be upgraded versus what is better left alone. We then jump into the idea of gravel cycling scratching a particular itch and what to do when that is not possible. 

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Cannondale Topstone Sora 

Landyachtz AB1

 


Jenny Tough: Bikepacking Racer and adventurer
09/01/2020

This week we speak to Jenny Tough; ultra-endurance bikepacking racer and adventurer. Jenny was the 1st woman to complete the 2020 Atlas Mountain Race and the inaugural Silk Road Mountain Race. We unpack some of her many adventures and strategies for thriving when the going gets tough. 

Episode sponsor:  PNW Components.  Use promo code: 'thegravelride' for 15% off. 

Jenny Tough Website

Jenny Tough Instagram

Jenny Tough: Bikepacking Racer and adventurer

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Hello everyone and welcome to the growl ride podcast I'm your...


In the Dirt 6: Aero Gravel, Internal Hubs and Cycling for mental health
08/25/2020

This week we look at Ridley's new gravel rig as a jumping-off point to discuss the new Classified 2-Speed internal rear up and all that goes into the 1x vs. 2x debate.  We then take a look at the importance of cycling for mental health during these challenging times. 

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Ridley Kanzo Fast

Classified 2-Speed Internal Hub