From Ancient Roads to Modern Adventure: A Brief History of Gravel Riding

Gravel riding may seem like a new trend, but the roots of this cycling discipline go way back in time. Gravel riding has evolved from a necessity for transportation to a popular sport and adventure activity. In ancient times, gravel roads were the primary mode of transportation for people and goods. These roads were made of compacted soil, gravel, and stones, and were used for centuries. However, as paved roads became the norm, these gravel roads fell into disuse.
In recent years, gravel riding has gained popularity as a way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and to explore the great outdoors. Gravel riding combines the thrill of off-road mountain biking with the speed and endurance of road cycling.
The first organized gravel race was the Dirty Kanza, which started in 2006 in Emporia, Kansas. The event started with only 34 riders and has since grown to become one of the largest and most popular gravel events in the world.
Today, gravel riding is a rapidly growing sport and adventure activity. Gravel events are held around the world, and riders of all levels and abilities can participate. From ancient roads to modern adventure, gravel riding has a long and fascinating history that continues to evolve.