The Crusher in the Tushar is known for its seemingly never-ending gravel climbs and sweeping views. © Chris See

Another gravel race, the Crusher in the Tushar is known for its seemingly never-ending gravel climbs and sweeping views. © Chris See

So you’re racing gravel. First of all, good for you, re-purposing your ’cross bike in the offseason! Second of all, by now you probably realize that gravel racing isn’t quite as simple as heading to a local ’cross race on the weekend. It requires serious training and careful planning just to get to the finish line, nevermind winning.

Of course, it also requires plenty of gravel-specific gear, and luckily, we jsut saw a whole bunch at Sea Otter, including a new bike from Kona and a new tire from Challenge.

With Paris to Ancaster only a week and a half away, Canadian coach and racer Peter Glassford had some last minute tips on training and race prep to share.

Stay tuned for part 2 on how to check over your bike before heading out for a gravel adventure!