Kuat NV 2.0 Hitch Rack review

Review: Kuat NV 2.0 Hitch Rack: The Things We Carry – by Adrienne Taren

How do you write a review about what is arguably a luxury product when it feels like the world is burning? If you’re reading this in the year 2030 (which you probably won’t be. The Kuat people will have innovated electric-rocket-powered-robot-bike-carriers by then. I look forward to taking a nap while being transported to my […]

shimano rx8 gravel shoe review

Shoe Review: Shimano RX8 Gravel Shoe – The Women’s Specific Edition

From Shimano: “The RX8 features a super-stiff and efficient full-length carbon outsole with a Shimano stiffness rating of 10 (out of 11). A precise fit is gained from a heel stabilizer, while minimal TPU lugs, micro toe armor, and an anti-slip pad create walkability and protection that is race-tuned for gravel. The cleat-pedal interface features a […]

2019 gravel worlds race report

Single Speeding at 2019 Gravel Worlds, Lincoln, Nebraska: by Adrienne Taren

Gravel Worlds traces its roots to 2008, back when it was known as the “Good Life Gravel Adventure.” 2019 saw the 10th anniversary of it in its “Worlds” format. For those not in the know, the World Championship designation is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. After all, this event is presented by the Pirate Cycling League. Their very attractive […]

Race Report: Single Speeding at the 2019 Dirty Kanza 200 – by Adrienne Taren

So. Historically I don’t write much about DK. JOM does pretty comprehensive coverage and everybody and their dog writes a DK race report. But this time, a whole buncha people went by me and yelled “write your story!” Either because they mistook me for a smaller Alison Tetrick, or because I probably looked like I […]

2019 elrods cirque race report

Race Report: 2019 Elrod’s Cirque + Mud (Winfield, Kansas) – by Adrienne Taren

I could probably just save myself several years of trouble and preemptively send JOM race reports from Elrod’s Cirque 2020, 2021, and 2022. They will all just say “Bobby Smith planned a race in Winfield, Kansas, and then it [insert extreme weather condition here.] Elrod’s Cirque, however, was one of my favorite adventures last year […]

2019 oklahoma gravel growler

Race Report: 2019 Oklahoma Gravel Growler – by Adrienne Taren (with Guest Commentary by Ben Taren)

From the promoters: “We set out to create the ultimate early season multi-strada event and we ended up with the Oklahoma Gravel Growler. This is a two-day festival celebrating getting outside, trying something fun with cool people and conquering old man winter! We have two courses laid out … short course which is 35’ish miles and the […]

2018 spotted horse ultra gravel race report

Race Report: 2018 Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra – The Wet Edition – by Adrienne Taren

The most appropriate way to start talking about this year’s (and my first) Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra is perhaps by talking about the aftermath. In the retelling and out-loud processing of all the cold, the mud, the rain, the hills, the several sets of plastic grocery bags attached to appendages, the most common question in […]

24 hours of cumming race report

Race Report: 2018 24 Hours of Cumming, Iowa, USA – by Adrienne Taren

To start off, here are the alternate names that I would like Steve Cannon to consider for this event in 2019: 24 Hours of Type 2 Fun. 24 Hours of Type 2 Fun and Let’s Be Real Maybe Some Type 3 Fun. 24 Hours of Hills and all the Hills and just when you thought […]