I use only one bike for everything and it causes some issues – different conditions required different tires. Last winter I wrote about Schwalbe X-One: completely disappointing in Performance version and very nice in Evo. These tires was great, but for CX-usage: on light mud, on wet grass etc. Not on tarmac and gravel, because of noticeable changes in rolling resistance. In the spring I decided to change them to something else, something for dry conditions and gravel. Now, after many kilometers and many rides, I can review Panaracer Gravelking SK’s.
I started beginning of September in Lubin, on this year’s edition of Marathon Around the Lubin (in Polish: Maraton Dookoła Lubina, MDL). Some competitors (runners) started day before – they must run 100 kilometers… I started on Saturday morning with few friends – they decided to ride 75 kilometers distanse, I again ride 110 km. Everyone could choose distance and also choose path during day: we only must visit some checkpoints and get some stamps on received maps.
As year before, it was again very nice time and great riding. A lot of gravel – on forest, on paths, sometimes on sands, and with some tarmac kilometers. Everything was great except weather. Forecasts said: it will be sunny… or it will be rainy day. It was pretty nice in the morning, but after few hours… heavy rain and we all completed race completely soaked. But it still was great. And gravel bike was also great again :)
Very nice, and very, very fast ride on Grodowiec. This race was part of the “Via Dolny Slask” cycle. I’ve also started year ago, but this year was much better – more energy and strength, better drafting and ride only in group. Now: time for regeneration : )
Amazing, awesome, beautiful, wonderful… I don’t know better words for this trip. I decided to try 300 km in one day, and I did it. I planned to ride in about 25 km/h average speed, but made this faster – about 27,7 km/h (net time). Started five in the morning. Weather was good, everything was amazing and I still go back to many moments from this trip. Saw several new cities and towns, a lot of calm places. This trip was also a great learning – about my body, about preparing, about issues and possible problems. First time, but not last. Now I can only plan longer trips :)