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I am not hipster enough for cyclocross.

Don’t get me wrong, I like cyclocross on many levels. I’m not a big fan of the hipster sponsorship around it or the clique riding groups it’s created. HammerCross anyone? Oh, I mean damn everyone in the RTP area? I prefer riding alone as much as in groups. I realize club riders are often stronger but solitude in cycling is something I embraced a long time ago. Solo Artist, WTF ever.

I’m thinking I’ll focus even more on gravel now. Long rides in places I’ve never been before. Off-road randonneuring. Might even do some of it on a mountain bike again, in the mountains. Not through the root laden madness of Lake Crabtree or 286/Rocky Road. Real mountain riding. These are the things that keep me interested in cycling. Not necessarily who I’m riding with but where I’m riding. I suppose I just don’t embrace the social aspect of the sport, never have, and a CX race is almost the most social gathering of cyclists that can occur in the US.

I will still race, but it will now be a true gravel circuit. Lots of travel. No barricade tape, no barriers, unsanctioned. Grass, roots and grassroots riders. My kinda loners. On a mission for the distance using silent grit. I’ve found inner peace in the resolve to admit once and for all I’m a fucking gravel grinder.

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Turned from the sun.

Turned from the sun.

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This why we need organizations and families adopting sections of the trails. I even found a cosmetics bag thrown out of a car. Bring it. Im out here most weekends.

This why we need organizations and families adopting sections of the trails.  I even found a cosmetics bag thrown out of a car.  Bring it.  Im out here most weekends.

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My company adopted this section of the Nuese River Trail, at the corner of Brownfield Dr. I can see why no one wanted this section, near the Rd., no shade.

My company adopted this section of the Nuese River Trail, at the corner of Brownfield Dr.  I can see why no one wanted this section, near the Rd., no shade.

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Not sure if it can get more beautiful out here today.

Not sure if it can get more beautiful out here today.

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Group ride

Group ride

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Zach’s bike is a little small.

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Stable is full. Thinkin' formula N-2+1=MTB

Stable is full.  Thinkin' formula N-2+1=MTB

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New Helmet

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They're here.

They're here.

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