Mammoth Gravel Classic:
It's spring and it's gravel and it's sunny and well, hell, lets go Mammoth.
The folks over at Cyclova put this ride together every year.
The roll out is always a blast. A large group owning the road as a sheriff or LOE escorts. The LOE stops when we turn away from main street and onto the first of many secondary roads and the race starts. I usually drill it for the first 10 miles because riding fast with 30 or 40 people is just too much fun.
Lots of gravel and sand with the emphasis on sand. Deep sand.
The last 20 miles is on the Gandy Dancer. It's an old railroad line so it's straight as a frozen rope and about as exciting so I put my head down and get it over with as fast as possible. All in all, it's a fine day and a good ride for early spring but I may not repeat it with so many other gravel rides on the calendar. I'd rather ride limestone.