Whilst being a staple in US culture for many years, officially organised gravel events have been irregular if existing at all in Europe. Now with the almost every manufacturer making a gravel or "groad" bike, we are keen to see more of the gravel sportive events appearing.
Introducing "La Resistance", a new event in the French Alps. From Road.CC:
"La Resistance is a new and unique mountain road and gravel event in the Haute Savoie, conceived to honour the brave men and women of the French Resistance who lost their lives in the Alps at the Battle of the Glieres in 1944. The inaugural running of this high mountain cycling event will take place this September, based in the picturesque village of Talloires on the shores of Lake Annecy.
La Resistance is a 130km ride with 3,200m of climbing that takes riders up to the Plateau des Glieres and tackles 2 tough road mountain climbs, 4 gravel/off road sections and goes past the National Monument to La Resistance and the Necropolis and Museum at Morette where riders are encouraged to stop and reflect. There is also the shorter route option of La Petite at only 90km with 2,200m of elevation, a ride that doesn’t ascend the Plateau but does pause at the Necropolis."
We've got two perfect bikes such an event:
Argon 18 Krypton X Road
Orro Bikes Terra Gravel
- See more at: http://road.cc/content/news/185942-%E2%80%9Cla-resistance%E2%80%9D-alpine-gravel-ride-announced#sthash.KRKdppGX.dpuf