Road Gravel

Road Gravel

ROHD GRAV-uhl

Noun

A type of surface combining both pavement and gravel

Example usage: 'The road gravel was a bit of a challenge to ride on.'

Most used in: Rural areas with roads composed of both pavement and gravel.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and gravel cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Gravel Grinder, Gravel Riding, Adventure Cycling, All-Road Cycling,

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What is Road Gravel Cycling?

Road gravel cycling is a type of cycling that involves riding on unpaved roads or paths that are covered in gravel. This type of cycling is growing in popularity as it offers cyclists a different type of experience than traditional road cycling. Road gravel cycling has become increasingly popular in the last few years, with over 20 million riders participating in gravel cycling events in 2019 alone.

Road gravel cycling offers a unique experience for riders. The gravel roads provide a more challenging surface than traditional roads, forcing riders to have better control of their bikes and be more aware of the terrain. This can make for a more thrilling ride, as well as provide a great workout. Additionally, the gravel roads often lead to more scenic views than those offered by traditional roads, allowing riders to take in the beauty of nature while they ride.

Road gravel cycling can also be a great way to explore new areas. Due to the nature of the roads, riders often find themselves in less-traveled areas, allowing them to explore off the beaten path. This can be a great way to discover new places and experience different parts of the world.

Road gravel cycling is a great way for cyclists to get out and explore, as well as challenge themselves. With its growing popularity, it's likely that more riders will be taking up this type of cycling in the coming years.

The Origin of the Term 'Road Gravel'

The term 'Road Gravel' first appeared in the cycling world in the early 1980s. The term was coined in the United States, most likely in the Midwest, to refer to the unpaved roads commonly found in the region.

Back then, the term described a type of ride that was different from the traditional road rides of the time. Instead of riding on paved roads, cyclists would venture out on gravel roads, which were often less traveled and had a rougher surface.

These gravel rides were seen as a challenge and a way to experience a different type of cycling. Over the years, the term 'Road Gravel' has become more popular and is now used to describe any type of ride on unpaved roads.

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