The spirit of gravel or just the spirit of…

By the numbers alone, I had no business riding Gravista and zero chance of enjoying it. It’s a 67 mile gravel race in Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains with 9,000 feet of climbing — all in five or six climbs of three to eight miles in length, depending on how you count them. I don’t typically seek out climbs, and my size puts me at a disadvantage on them. But the numbers don’t tell the full story of any race and Gravista is no exception.

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