Gravel galore: the weird and wonderful from Land Run 100

Free hugs, a gravel recumbent, a couch on course and much more

If you’re looking to get started riding gravel, there may be no better event than the Land Run 100. Riders descend on Stillwater, Oklahoma, from across the globe to ride the region’s red dirt roads.

Unlike 2017, this year's course was dry
Unlike 2017, this year's course was dry

In years past, the course has been a quagmire of red clay that cracked spirits and destroyed drivetrains. Thankfully, this year the rain held off and we were treated to mild temperatures and dry roads.

No matter how long it takes you to finish, everyone gets a hug at Landrun
No matter how long it takes you to finish, everyone gets a hug at Landrun

No matter what happens with the weather and regardless of how long it takes you to complete the course, race director Bobby Wintle is standing by at the finish line to greet everyone from the first to the very last rider with high fives and hugs.

Run what ya brung: one of the best parts of gravel races is the wide variety of bikes on course
Run what ya brung: one of the best parts of gravel races is the wide variety of bikes on course

Unlike road and mountain bike races, the genre doesn’t necessarily dictate the bike. Sure, there are purpose-built gravel bikes that may be faster, but you’re just as likely to see fat bikes, mountain bikes, tandems and even a recumbent on course.

Even the leaders took a brief reprieve from racing
Even the leaders took a brief reprieve from racing

Salsa Cycles dropped a couch, more specifically, a chaise lounge smack dab in the middle of the course. Chase the Chaise celebrates gravel cycling by giving riders a chance to kick back, if only for a second, and have their picture taken before heading back on course. 

Be sure to scroll through the gallery for even more craziness from this year’s Land Run 100.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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