This last October, I decided to take on a new challenge in cycling of racing over 1000 miles. After finding a post of the Santa Fe Trail Race and its inaugural running, I decided it was perfect. Some quick research of the event showed gravel road, not too much climbing, and even a cooler time of year to ride in! "It should be easy," I thought, though it turned out to be anything but. The following photos and story should be taken as a warning to anyone getting into this facet of riding. Be ready for the unpredictable and be strong enough to push through it.
No photos today. I rode 70 miles, all on paved road, to get to Dodge City, KS where I would rest for a few days. After some shooting knee pain during the ride, I thought some rest would be a good idea. I was no longer racing despite a chance to catch the leader a day before. Once in Dodge City, all I could do was eat IHOP pancakes for two days straight.
54 miles of rain, mud, hills, and wind. This is how I chose to spend my Saturday.
Team photo, guess who is the bike packer!
Endless hills and streams are a nice backdrop for the afternoon.
Cyclo-Cross, Mountain, Plus, and Fat bikes are all a common sight through the mud, gravel, and hills.
Some of the farmland that gives this ride its name.
My dirty WoodSmoke after riding 56 miles. The perfect bike for this years conditions.