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Want to be a gravel rider?

Gravel riding is easy to get into, but road riders who are used to riding pavement might be hesitant about the new challenges that come with rough terrain. Mountain bikers are always playing in the dirt but may want some guidance for entering the drop-bar world. 
The gravel bike segment has seen huge growth in the last decade. New gravel bikes are released every year with designs and features intended to make them faster, more comfortable, and more capable off-road. But does that mean you have to buy the latest and greatest gravel rig to enjoy gravel roads? Absolutely not!

Demographic

A 33-35 mm well designed gravel tire will generally be fine on these routes. Of course, a wider or more aggressive tire will make the downhills and soft sections easier. However, the hard pack and paved sections will then be a bit slower. A small heads up - the actual elevation of these routes will often be more than double the Ride With GPS estimate.

Frontenac Gravel Growler Collection

 

Created by: Kingston Velo Club

Location: See below and individual routes


This collection of gravel routes explores the picturesque Canadian shield geography of the Frontenac Arch and bordering lands. The routes go mostly through a mix of old homesteader farm roads and cottage access roads. There are numerous clear lakes, rugged rock formations and verdant swamps along the way. This is deer country and duck country. More than 70% of all of the routes are on unpaved surfaces, and upwards of 90% of most of the routes are on unpaved surfaces.

A 33-35 mm well designed gravel tire will generally be fine on these routes. Of course, a wider or more aggressive tire will make the downhills and soft sections easier. However, the hard pack and paved sections will then be a bit slower. A small heads up - the actual elevation of these routes will often be more than double the Ride With GPS estimate.

If you click on the "Show all on map" button at the bottom of this page, you'll see all the routes in the collection on a single map page. The naming convention and links for each of the routes in the collection are below. Links to each sub-collection of routes are also below.

CFGL= Central Frontenac Gravel Loop (Sub-collection linkCentral Frontenac Gravel Loop)

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