Can you train indoors for a gravel race?

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Gravel is without a doubt the biggest bike trend of the past decade. We’ve seen fiery debates, UCI involvement, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money being thrown around in the last year alone. The trend shows no signs of slowing down as gravel saturates the market as an all-inclusive way to race and ride, for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

One of the beauties of gravel racing is that it doesn’t have to be a race. Thousands of riders show up on their best gravel bikes just to finish the damn thing, even if that means finishing in the dark after 14 hours on the bike.

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Zach is a freelance writer, the head of ZNehr Coaching, and an elite-level rider in road, track, and e-racing. He writes about everything cycling-related, from buyer's guides to product reviews and feature articles to power analyses. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Marian University-Indianapolis, Zach discovered a passion for writing that soon turned into a full-fledged career. In between articles, Zach spends his time working with endurance athletes of all abilities and ages at ZNehr Coaching. After entering the sport at age 17, Zach went on to have a wonderful road racing career that included winning the 2017 Collegiate National Time Trial Championships and a 9th place finish at the 2019 US Pro National Time Trial Championships. Nowadays, Zach spends most of his ride time indoors with NeXT eSport.