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It's Gravel Week on Cyclingnews

Gravel Week on Cyclingnews (Image credit: Joey Schusler (Instagram: @joeyschusler))

It's Gravel Week on Cyclingnews, and that means we're heading off road for a deep dive into what is currently the hottest discipline in cycling.

Ditching the tarmac and heading off the beaten path has been happening pretty much since bicycles were invented but in the past decade, and the past few years especially, gravel cycling has exploded into an industry with hundreds of races and thousands of new products. 

During our Gravel Week, we've been exploring all corners of the discipline, with interviews, in-depth features, advice, Instagram takeovers, and a host of gravel tech. 

Laurens ten Dam kicked off the week for us, writing about how and why he turned his back on the WorldTour peloton and threw himself into gravel, while EF Pro Cycling's Alex Howes shared his top 10 tips for getting into gravel and Amanda Nauman took over our Instagram feed to take us on a ride through Mammoth Lakes in the California mountains. 

On the tech side, we addressed that crucial question – should I buy a gravel bike? – as well as finding the essentials for your gravel ride, and a first ride review of the Trek Checkpoint SL7 bike.

We've explored much more throughout the week, including a look at gravel's 'privateer' programme, which has effectively turned riders into entrepreneurs, and a thorough discussion about the future of gravel and what happens next. 

Also featuring are Lachlan Morton, Dirty Kanza champion Colin Strickland, Alison Tetrick, road pro Peter Sagan, and gravel convert Peter Stetina, plus pro bikes, tech, and guides to everything from kit to fuelling for a long gravel ride. 

The stories

The tech

GRX is designed from the ground up for Gravel adventures. Mix and match components to customise your bike for a wide range of terrains – and ride the way you want! Find out more at: gravel.shimano.com/en/components