Iowa Gravel

My first Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational is now behind me. I can assure you this will not be the last. Good friends. Good times. Miles and miles of gravel. Some may ask why gravel? Well, take a look at this little slide show and you just may get an answer to that question.

Special shout out to Guitar Ted. Thank you. For folks who don’t know GT, he’s one of the folks behind the gravel road movement here in the Midwest. Thanks Mark.


The first comment wanted some gravel info so I added a few links to the original post. Readers, I know some of you have very cool local scenes with lots of gravel goodness. Please post information and links as comments.

Here are a few spots that I’ve got on my daily/weekly blog read list.


Guitar Ted. His gravel events are posted on the right with links.

Lincoln Crew

Dirty Kanza

I know there are a lot more links than this. Readers, put your link in the comments. Make this the gravel grinder thread.

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.


 Butcher |

Daniel, great thread.  I just updated the original post with some links. <BR><BR>Readers, post more links here in the comments.

 Daniel |

I couldn’t find any information on the “gravel roads movement” is there some more information you could point me to?


Joel, over time, I do expect most bikes, not just Salsa’s, to go post mount.<BR><BR>That said for 2009, both the Dos and the Mamasita retain the same drop out.  You can likely expect the post mount with “completely” new model in the future.

 joel |

Way off topic here…<BR><BR>Is Salsa going to convert all disc tabs to post mount in the future? I would consdier holding off my next purchase if the Mamasita or Dos will be converted to post mount for 09.<BR><BR>Thanks

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 Anonymous |

Looks like a beautiful, fun trip! Doesn’t look too technical (which I like). If you had to pick one Salsa bike to do it, which one would you pick?  La Cruz?  Mariachi?  Casseroll?

 Butcher |

I’ll post more pics, but right now, the La Cruz is just right.  That’s what MG rode.  Here is a link to his recap.  <BR><BR>

 rick is! |

looks sweet.  that is totally different gravel than what we have up in the northeast.  ours is just packed dirt, almost never lose like that.

 MG |

Those pictures of yours are incredible, Jason.  Your eye for textures and landscape contour is amazing, and the color in your shots is super vivid.<BR><BR>And my La Cruz was the perfect ride for the GTDRI too. But had the ride been any longer, or been including of an overnight requiring we carry additional gear, and that bike you were on would have really come into its own.  <BR><BR>I love gravel grinders though.  Even though they aren’t technical like singletrack, they still stoke my sense of adventure in a very satisfying way, and give me the satisfaction of traveling distances rarely achievable when traveling strictly off-road.<BR><BR>Thanks for coming down and joining the fun, Jason!<BR><BR>Cheers,<BR>MG

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