the Gunks

the Gunks

While crashes and off the bike obligations have limited my 2014 race calendar, it has been a pretty good twelve months for hitting new destinations on the bike, from Appalachia to Girona. And while the Gunks might not be quite as exotic as either of these destinations, with an upstate wedding on the calendar, this past weekend was the perfect opportunity to explore some new roads.

While my advance planning might have been a bit lackluster (leading to some surprise climbs and a depleted supply of water with 20+ miles still to ride), in two short days of riding, the Gunks did not disappoint, with a near perfect mix of climbing, windswept open roads, #roadbikesasmountainbikes and multiple options for mid-ride swims.

All in all the Gunks definitely make the list as worthy of a repeat visit, though next time may involve a bit more off-road riding

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About Matthew Vandivort

Matthew Vandivort is a member of Team Sixcycle-RK&O's road racing team and is one of the squad's cyclocross racers. He is also the proprietor of Photo Rhetoric, a photography company focused in part on the sport of cycling. You may visit Photo Rhetoric at PhotoRhetoric.com