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Monthly Saturday Gravel Ride

January Gravel (1/4/20). Trinity Levees 8.30AM
By Jonathan Davis
Posted on 1/2/2020 7:02 PM

This month’s gravel ride will be in downtown Dallas on the Trinity River levees, Saturday 1/4 8.30AM. 25 miles

Please arrive by 8.15AM for pre-ride briefing and sign-in.

Meet at the parking lot close to the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge. It has at least 70 parking spaces, and is marked as "Trinity Skyline Trail and Ronald Kirk Bridge Parking". Be careful not to use either of the two parking lots for Trinity Grove.
Parking Spot on Google Maps
 
The route is 25 miles of nearly 100% unpaved trail. As we found in September, Mountain Bikes might offer a slightly more comfortable ride on some of the rougher sections compared to Gravel Bikes.

This time the route takes the East loop first, taking in the Santa Fe trail and trestle bridge. We then head West for a loop up the Elm Fork. There are a few opportunities for water refills, but these are slightly off route near miles 4, 11, or 20.


Route

We’ll meet for lunch afterwards at Herrera’s Cafe, 3311 Sylvan Ave, which is only about a mile from the parking lot.

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. 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, and have a good time with your friends

* GRAVEL can be unpredictable - therefore when it comes to tires, the wider the better.

* 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.)