Sound of Gravel

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Gravellicious routes around Bangalore!

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Sat, 18 Feb 2023

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3-4 hours

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DISTANCE

25-40KM

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MIN. GROUP SIZE

10

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ELEVATION GAIN

100-250M

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MAX ELEVATION

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% UNPAVED

90%

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% SINGLE TRACK

30%

Join our Sound of Gravel ride this weekend and experience what it's like to ride on gravel routes. What do these routes have in common with all our other routes? Well, they are just as deep in the countryside, away from traffic and the bustle of the city. Sometimes more. And they're almost completely off tarmac roads. These gravel routes vary from hard-packed dirt to smooth small-pebbled surfaces (which is actually known as gravel) that are non-technical but engaging, and smooth enough to do on a gravel or hybrid bike, typically bikes with 32mm or more tyres. Sure, you can do them on a mountain bike too. Road bikers-you need a steely pair to manoeuvre on these routes on your 25mm or 28mm slicks!

Gravel:
"small, rounded stones, often mixed with sand." ~ Cambridge dictionary.

"aggregate of more or less rounded rock fragments coarser than sand (i.e., more than 2 mm [0.08 inch] in diameter)."
~ Britannica.

Gravel Riding Explained:
"The ‘gravel’ discipline tends to describe riding a drop-bar bike on unpaved roads and trails, fitting somewhere between road cycling and mountain biking. In this case, the clue isn’t really in the name – gravel riding can encompass all types of terrain, from actual gravel to wooded singletrack and everything in between.
As we’ll come on to, versatility is key when it comes to gravel bikes, and that extends to gravel riding as a whole. From super-chilled social rides to remote and demanding endurance racing, mass-participation events to dirt touring, there’s something in gravel for everyone."
~Bike Radar

Itinerary

  • The location for this ride is in the Gunjur-Chikkatirupathi area
  • We'll start the ride after a ride briefing and instructions to beginners on the do's and don'ts of using the gears and brakes.
  • We'll stop for a picnic breakfast at a scenic location enroute.

What do the difficulty levels mean?

The Level 1 (Beginner) rides are ideal for those who want to get back into cycling after a long time and get a taste of bicycle touring. The Level-2 (Moderate) rides are intended for those who've done a few of our Level-1 rides (20-30 km). The Level-3 (Challenging) rides are suitable for those who've done some Level-2 rides (40-60 km) and want to take it up a notch. Level-4 (Extreme) are rides and tours which have a lot of difficult climbs and/or difficult conditions like in high-altitude regions.

FAQs

What's included in this tour?
  • Curated cycling and travel experience
  • Instructions on using the gears and brakes
  • Transportation of bicycle
  • Logistics planning
  • Ride refreshments (electrolytes/energy tabs)
  • Mechanical support
  • First aid & emergency management
What's not included in this tour?
  • Rental bike (available as an add-on)
  • Breakfast
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation to the starting point and back (carpooling will be facilitated)
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