If you haven’t heard of Gravel Camp you can be excused, because Gravel Camp is a low-key, media-only event (sorry trendsetters). Held annually at an uber cool location for gravel cycling, the event isn’t about spreadsheets, product presentations or other claptrap. Rather, it’s a chance for media and a small number of manufacturers to ride, eat good food, engage in conversation and exchange ideas.
This year, Gravel Camp was hosted out of the Pedalers Fork in Calabasas, California, which is located a little northwest of Los Angeles, right between Thousand Oaks. You may be thinking, huh? Isn’t Los Angeles all traffic and the riding is guaranteed to suck royally? Not so trendsetters, there is some amazing riding out of this area and nearby, which completely blew this guy away. In fact, DZ Nuthouse, run by Dave Zabriskie and Ryan Steers, lead the gravel camp rides and hosts several amazing gravel camps from Calabasas during the year.
Coming a little later, I’ll be posting a ride video out of Pedalers Fork which will demonstrate how good the riding is, in addition to interviews with lads such as Burke Swindlehurst (founder of Crusher in the Tushar), Chris Lyman (co-founder of Gravel Camp / founder of Lyman Agency), Jake Pantone of ENVE Composites and more.
Be sure to check out our interviews of Dave Zabriskie of DZ Nuthouse and Neil Shirley of ENVE Composites. Both lads are former professional cyclists and offer a unique and insightful viewpoint of gravel cycling, where it is headed and more.
Photos from 2019 Gravel Camp – Day 1
Both days of 2019 Gravel Camp were wet and muddy. Southern California doesn’t see a lot of rain, but from January 15 to 17, rain fell non-stop on the ordinarily sunny state.
Important note: Nobody at Gravel Camp rode on trails. We stuck to fire roads that were open to traffic during the wettest of our rides.
Photos from 2019 Gravel Camp – Day 2 & Friday Morning
Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more from 2019 Gravel Camp!