|An epic sunset was enjoyed while out scouting the Mammoth Gravel Classic Course last night! Here you can see the famed "Sand Barrens" sand!|
As reported last week, the 100 mile Mammoth Gravel Classic Course is in great shape - and firmer than typical. The frost is out on 99.9% of the course and there is a good amount of moisture present - resulting in a much firmer than normal course - fast!
As stated previously, I only recommend riding the course with 700 x 40 tires or wider on a gravel / cross bike (a 29er MTB works too). You also must have a navigation plan, as this 100 rugged mile course will take you dozens of miles from anywhere, and is a real adventure. You'll go 19 miles at one point, never seeing a road - only fire lanes. GPS navigation is best, or at very least, you'll need a cycling computer and que sheets (to be posted shortly).
As I take a break from prepping the course, I thought I'd throw up a few more pictures for you riders to enjoy, as you prepare for the event...
|At mile 23.5, you'll take a left onto the Bear Track Fire Lane - the beginning of a 19 mile stretch of fire lanes. Here, you'll find unencumbered wilderness and true bicycle adventure!|
|Despite all of the snow and extreme cold this past winter, the course is 99.99% snow free! There are only short stretches of snow remaining like pictured above - almost all of which are easily ridden around.|
|Rugged, beautiful, inspiring... These are a few words that come to mind when in the Sand Barrens. Above is a scene typical of the fire lane section of the 100 mile course.|