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Monthly Saturday Gravel Ride

The PBA Gravel rides are generally scheduled on the first Saturday of each month, but the timing, dates, and starting point may vary. This ride will not start at Spring Creek and Coit with the regular road rides. Please check the PBA Website and Facebook for dates and times.

Routes will be selected by the Leaders, and will typically be distributed on Ride With GPS.

Approximate pace will be 11-12mph, which is a rough equivalent effort to 16-17mph on the road. We will stay together but not in a tight formation like on regular roads. There will be frequent regroups at intersections. Gravel rides are typically on a combination of gravel roads, dirt roads, with some paved roads also.


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Leaders:
Tony Ward, Jon Davis, Peg Henderson, Warren Casteel, Joe Rosario
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GRAVEL Basics

Bring your Gravel/Cross/Mountain bike out and join the fun! For those who have never ridden gravel before but are curious here are a few tips:

* GRAVEL is more work than riding paved roads, you will eat more food and drink more water (yes even at 10 mph). For the best experience, it is recommended you regularly ride Tweeners or above for the most enjoyable experience.

* GRAVEL is an Adventure - plan to get dirty, water a tree (there are no facilities on most routes), and have a good time with your friends.

* GRAVEL can be unpredictable - therefore when it comes to tires, the wider the better. The leaders are often on mountain bikes but that is not required. HOWEVER, you don't want to be on 23 mm road tires!!!

* GRAVEL riders are self-sufficient - be sure to bring everything you and your bike needs for a successful ride (food, water, spare tubes, pump, tire levers, etc.)

* GRAVEL is dirty - don't wear your brand new pristine white cycling shoes if you don't want them dirty.  Along those lines, dirt and dust tend to build up on water bottles so camelback is better in this regard.

* GRAVEL can be unpredictable - therefore if it's your first ride and you have concerns about clipping in, platform pedals and sneakers may be a better option than clipping in.

We follow all PBA and Texas Transportation Code rules and laws; stop at all stop signs, signal when turning, calling out road conditions, etc. As the largest road cycling club in the North Texas area, we are stewards of the road and it is our responsibility to be good cyclists – even on gravel roads.

Before each ride there is a mandatory sign in sheet and pre-ride instructions that last approximately 10 minutes, so please arrive with enough time to get your self squared away and participate in the pre-ride instructions.

Click to read the PBA ride rules
Click to read about ride preparation
Click to read about riding in a pace line