Author: Marshall Opel

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Dirty Kanza delayed until September 12

Dirty Kanza, perhaps the world's most prestigious gravel event, has been rescheduled to September 12. The race across the Fllint Hills of...

50 delights of riding your bike

It hardly feels like a ‘normal’ start to the season for us cycling fans. Extreme wildfires kicked things off in Australia; the UAE Tour w...

A guide to Mt Lemmon: The scenic route in Tucson, Arizona (pt.2)

Just out of Tucson, rising from the desert, is Mount Lemmon. It's a true island in the sky – a refuge for plants, animals, and adventure ...

A desert dream: The scenic route in Tucson, Arizona (pt.1)

60 miles north of the Mexican border, Tucson’s temperate weather and quality riding is a powerful drawcard for cyclists. From here, you c...

The crash that ended one career and started another

A crash and a concussion in March of 2019 ended Ian Boswell's pro road racing career but gave him a new perspective

Big Sugar: Dirty Kanza owners launch new gravel race in Arkansas

The calendar of big-budget gravel events in the U.S. continues to grow. The latest announcement: Big Sugar-NWA Gravel, a 107-mile (172 km...

Endless Gravel Summer: Inside Grinduro

One of the final stops of our Endless Gravel Summer was Grinduro, the five-year-old event that combines segmented racing with a fun, part...

Bike Check: A full spectrum of gravel-ready bikes at Peacham Fall Fondo

There were mountain bikes, road bikes, old bikes and new bikes and everything in between. The only common denominator were the smiles of ...

A burrito recipe and gear checklist: How to do gravel raceday mornings right

After half a year in our Endless Gravel van, Marshall Opel has perfected his pre-race routine. It's simple, and purposefully so, designed...

Where are they now: A Tyler Hamilton Interview

Tyler Hamilton was a loyal lieutenant within cycling’s most notorious team, an Olympic champion who gave his medal back, and the author o...

A gravel proposal: Let's rethink finish lines

Slumped under the shade of a ponderosa, covered in a mixture of dust and sweat with my left arm hung in a sling, I pulled out my video ca...

Keeping Dirty Kanza fun: Five tips for 200 miles of enjoyable gravel riding

In 2019, CyclingTips is hitting the gravel roads of America in a custom VanDoIt van, taking a deep look at the sport of gravel riding, gr...