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Monthly Saturday Gravel Ride

Gravel Ride 6/2 8AM. 32 miles start at Onion Shed
By Tony Ward
Posted on 5/29/2018 1:59 PM
The June gravel ride will roll on Saturday June 2nd at 8am. Please be ready to sign-in and listen the speech by 7:45am

Meeting Point : The Onion Shed in Downtown Farmersville,  154 S Main St; Farmersville TX 75442

Have you ever heard of the NETT (North East Texas Trail)?  Have you ever wanted to ride it but didn't have any friends to go with?  Now is your chance - this month's gravel ride will utilize approximately 6 miles of the NETT and will be coupled with some awesome gravel and dirt roads to reach out midpoint of Celeste, TX (mile 16) where we will enjoy an actual rest stop (bathrooms, cold drinks, breakfast foods and most importantly a/c).  You heard right - no sneaking off behind the bushes!  Also, if we are lucky our friend Warren Casteel will come along and fill us all in on all the improvements planned in the near future for the NETT.

While there is an official rest stops (convenience store), please bring plenty of water to ensure you stay properly hydrated in the heat that has found us.

We will stay together but not in a tight formation like on regular roads. There will be frequent regroups at intersections. Approximate pace will be 11-12mph, which is a rough equivalent effort to 16-17mph on the road.  

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27223004

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 B2 or above for the most enjoyable experience
* GRAVEL is an Adventure - plan to get dirty, water a tree (there are no facilities on the route), and have a good time with your friends
* GRAVEL can be unpredictable - therefore when it comes to tires, the wider the better. I will be on my mountain bike 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.)