Get a Grip on Your Gravel: Salsa WoodChippers (#2)

I've been on about 10 rides with these bars and can't see myself going back to traditional cross bars, save for actually racing in cross events (slim?).

Unlike seeing them in person and trying someone's setup, reading about bar setups on a blog is about as useful as reading how to... Read more

Tags: monstercross, gravel, salsa woodchipper, cyclocross, adventure

Ride Report: Franklin County Foothills

Somehow I managed to get off work early and to my house by 2pm. I'd explored in my truck and by satellite imagery some far roads out west and today was the day to ride the loop I christened the Franklin County Foothills. This 37 mile ride packed 2,700+ feet of climbing and on the cross... Read more

Tags: ride report, west county, pavement, gravel, cross bike, franklin county, cross, road ride

Ride Report: 2012 Joe Dirt Gravel Ride

The third Missouri Gravel Grinder event of the yearly winter gravel series took place near St. James, Missouri just south of Meramec Springs State Park. To everyone's surprise, over 70 riders made the trek from all over the state to attend... Read more

Tags: route66bicycles, joe dirt, st. james, gravel road, gravel grinder, ride report

Ride Report: 2012 Berryman Social Ride

Three weeks ago a simple post was placed on the GORC site from Jim Davis who was cross-linking a blog post from Team Virtus. Until that post, I had not heard of this adventure race team. Turns out Bob Jenkins was part of this crew and he had thrown... Read more

Tags: team virtus, Berryman, social ride, hoosier daddys, ride report

2011- The Year in Review

Another busy year for GORC. With 19 official workdays, not to mention some impromptu ones, as well as a lot of unpublicized individual efforts, it's hard to keep track of everything. Here's a summary what went on this year, and I'll try to point out the plans for each of the trails in the... Read more

Tags: gorc, 2011, singletrack, year in review, annual report

Winter Alt Riding: Gravel Grinders

Editors Note: This piece was written before Missouri decided to give us the best winter present ever so far - little precipitation and mild weather. But all good things must end and when they do this little piece will come in handy...

As you know, winter can be tough in the... Read more

Tags: gravel riding, cedar cross, winter riding, dirty kanza, mud, gravel grinder

Ride in Peace, Bob Taylor

Our GORC family lost a cycling brother on Tuesday December 20th.  While Bob Taylor made the most of the past 15 months – continuing to ride even after 2 brain surgeries and chemo treatments, he lost his battle with brain cancer early Tuesday morning.  He lived life to the fullest and was... Read more

Tags: Bob Taylor, tribute

Trail Tools: Spartacus (Revisited)

Spartacus, our rock moving tool developed by one of our own members, last made an appearance on our blog back in 2008 when Ron debuted it with links to the plans.

I am revisiting Spartacus here to centralize the... Read more

Tags: spartacus, heavy lifting, trail tool, chain, custom design, tom erb

SIUE Workday 12-10-11 Pictorial

Wow, a big Thank You! to everyone who showed up at our SIUE workday this past weekend. Forty-nine (49!) people showed up and we completed the new section of trail...yes completed. It was a total of 0.3 miles of trail, while not a lot, it is still something.

Big Thanks to The... Read more

Tags: SIUE, workday, photos, trailbuilding

Rock Hollow Workday: A Few Images

Over 40 volunteers (GORC, Americorp and school students) helped clear the trail corridor and build a sustainable benchcut near the beginning of the trail. This workday will help the contractors who are bidding on this project see what the finished trail should resemble.

Here... Read more

Tags: workday, photos, rock hollow