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If we want to give a geographical location to the birth of these bikes we have to fly overseas to the rough roads of Oregon, where some cyclists; tired of the constant quarrels with motorists and the presence only of fast roads, decided to look for alternative routes.
The alternatives were the dusty roads of the highlands of the Columbia River that could be travelled with the increasingly popular mountain bikes, but as we know, in the 80s a pure cyclist did not recognise a real bike in that sense. Hence the idea of equipping one's racing bikes with a tyre more suitable for rough roads.
The result was a strong movement in the United States which led to the birth of competitions such as Trans Iowa or Dirty Kanza in Kansas which also launched the phenomenon overseas.
(credit Celeste Mathias)
The expansion of these bikes has also led them to being adapted for long journeys thanks to the evolution of bikepacking.
Today gravel riding has forcefully entered the world of cycling where more and more cyclists choose to spend days away from traffic and busy roads and instead, out enjoying their natural environment.
In the company of Daniele Schena, aka Stelvioman and some of his friends, we will discover the most beautiful gravel routes in the Stelvio National Park.Discover
Cancano lakes in Gravel: you've never seen them with your racing bike!
In the shadow of the Stelvio, with Peter Stuart of Cyclist.uk.
Through the Val Verva up to Grosio, between extreme slopes and adrenaline-pumping descents
Much more than a temporary phenomenon, it is a lifestyle that allows you to experience cycling from its origins.Discover more
We find out how to prepare our bike for a trip together with Michele Nure Boschetti of Miss Grape.Discover more
A witness of this new sport becoming more and more popular amongst cycling enthusiasts was Andrea Leonardi, founder of the Gravel Bike Siena association.Discover more
Our rental shop is located in Bormio, a stones throw from the best trails of the Stelvio National Park.Via Funivie, 49