Fundamentals of Gravel Biking

Learn the fundamentals of gravel riding.

Gravel riding is easy to get into, but road riders who are used to riding pavement might be hesitant about the new challenges that come with rough terrain. Mountain bikers are always playing in the dirt but may want some guidance for entering the drop-bar world. This gravel riding class will provide the necessary knowledge plus some advice and expert tips from some very experienced riders to help you ease into the world of gravel riding with confidence. It will explain the basics of how to set up your bike and gear, how to handle your bike on gravel surfaces, and how to discover what gravel riding is all about.

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Lessons

1

Member Content

2 minutes

Introduction to Gravel

Welcome to the world of gravel riding


2

Member Content

5 minutes

Why Gravel?

Gravel riding is a step into vibrant adventure community. Your first step toward getting off the pavement and into the hills.


3

Member Content

15 minutes

Gear: The Bike and Beyond

From the bike and tools to saddle and fit. The right tires and what safety equipment you need. This is the essential gear to get started and keep going.


4

Member Content

15 minutes

Techniques for Gravel

Fundamentals of fitness, gravel vs road and mountain and how to approach the adventure of gravel.


5

Member Content

10 minutes

Planning Your Gravel Ride

Gravel is all about the adventure. This is where it happens and how you get there! You'll learn what you need to remember before you head out on a ride and how to create your check list.


6

Member Content

10 minutes

Basic Maintenance for Gravel

Learn bike care, tools for home and for the trail, pre-ride maintenance. Learn to take care of your bike the right way.


7

Member Content

15 minutes

Gravel Riding Fundamentals

The fundamentals of cornering, shifting, descending, and overall bike handling for gravel.


8

Member Content

10 minutes

Gravel Mapping and Navigation

Gravel riding is about finding the path less traveled. From digital devices to apps and paper maps, this lesson will get you started on getting lost and found on your gravel bike


9

Member Content

5 minutes

Putting it all Together for Gravel

The inspiration to get you out and on your next cycling adventure.


10

Member Content

2 minutes

Conclusions About Gravel Riding

Go forth and ride!


Meet your Instructor

Joey Schusler is an American professional downhill mountain bike racer residing in Boulder, Colorado.

Schusler started racing the Mountain States Cup in Colorado at the age of 13. By 14 he had risen to be one of the top ranked riders in Colorado. In 2005 he began racing in the USA National Series where he over the next two years he would rise to become one of the top 3 USA juniors. In 2007 he competed in his first UCI World Championships in Ft. William, Scotland. In 2008 he competed in his second UCI World Championships race in Val di Sole, Italy. By 2009 Schusler started out his first season as a full-time professional and UCI Elite rider. Competing as a pro in the USA National Series, Schusler finished in second place in the overall championship. Schusler was also selected to be on the USA World Championship team in Australia in 2009 where he finished 32nd in the world.