GHOST OF THE GRAVEL

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Lo­ca­tion Wa­ter Val­ley, Alta. Date June 18

Dis­tances 118 km (race), 118 km (fondo), 70 km (friendly ghost) Cost $60–$70, de­pend­ing on regis­tra­tion date Web­site dead­goat.ca/ ghostofthe­gravel

Un­like many events mar­keted ex­plic­itly as rides, not races, Ghost of the Gravel is a race, com­plete with prize purses and Al­berta Bi­cy­cle As­so­ci­a­tion points. Un­li­censed par­tic­i­pants can ride the 118-km loop through the Al­berta foothills in the fondo cat­e­gory. If 2,100 m of un­du­lat­ing gravel and pave­ment isn’t for you, opt for the 70-km out-and-back friendly ghost ride. You’ll still have to climb to the course’s high­est view­point be­fore turn­ing back, though. The ride is in its third edi­tion, but the idea grew through­out the past 10 years. “Ghost of the Gravel started 10 years ago as a tradition among a group of friends, who would do the loop in one day from Cal­gary,” said Shawn Bun­nin, race or­ga­nizer. “Af­ter many years, the roads and ter­rain were too good not to share with other rid­ers who wouldn’t oth­er­wise get a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the spec­tac­u­lar lesser-known roads of Al­berta, so Ghost of the Gravel was born.”

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