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The Rift Gravel Race
Last Post 09/01/2020 11:05 AM by Cosmic Kid. 9 Replies.
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Cosmic Kid

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08/31/2020 03:18 PM
So looks like me & my buddies are heading to Iceland in July (assuming COVID lets us)

We had planned to do it this year, but missed the registration date....everyone else got in off the waitlist for next year, but somehow my applicaiton got lost in the shuffle. I contacted them and they told me they woudl get me in, no worries.

I fully believe it when I see it.

I hope we get to make the trip....the race looks absolutely spectacular!

https://www.therift.bike/
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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08/31/2020 04:00 PM
It used to be on the list but I've come to realize that most of what world has to offer in terms of gravel riding I can find here in British Columbia. The amount of diversity of landscapes never ceases to amaze.

Fernie (Rockies) and Gold Bridge (Coast Ranges) next year? Plus maybe a trip to Kamloops area grasslands.

For this year, the last gasp if I can get back in shape will be joining of an endurance MTB race on my gravel bike end of September. It "should" only be about 10-20% technical, on the remaining 80-90% the gravel bike "should be" superior. In ranch land country.
Dale

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08/31/2020 06:19 PM
NO WAY! CK, a couple of my buddies have done that. Super stoked for you!
Cosmic Kid

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08/31/2020 09:15 PM
Update - registration is official.

My buddy from Marin Bikes did it last year and it looked absolutely spectacular. Refilling bottles directly from the rivers, bacon and Red Bull at rest stops and unbelievable scenery.

Most of the climbing is in the first 70km (~7k total elevation)...whole route is around an active volcano and you have to give them your cell so they can send you an emergency alert in case of volcanic activity!!!

Just hope we get to go. Fingers crossed!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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08/31/2020 09:34 PM
Yes those volcanoes are liable to be perpetually active being located on rift zone.

I believe you can actually scuba dive to underground ones. I better stay away. After we did the lava boat tour on big island the very same boat we were on got hit by that lava bomb a week later and a woman suffered burns on her leg.

It’ll be interesting to see where we’re at next year. I’m solidly banking local although thinking about how to visit my mom for her 80th in December. Our Zucchero concert (Italian blues) just got moved a second time from March to October 2021 and no idea if the Stones will ever make up that missed tour.
longslowdistance

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08/31/2020 09:45 PM
Maybe next year. But this year would be, frankly, dumb.
Would be cool, a sort of bucket list thing.
longslowdistance

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08/31/2020 09:53 PM
PS OC good on ya for planning around elderly parents. Lost one this year during the lockdown and could not attend any of it. I regret, strongly regret, and nothing will ever correct this. Fortunately had family in the neighborhood so my parent did not die alone. And we had a grand reunion for this person last fall and that was special and will do rather nicely.
Now the two remaining (being married) are knocking on the door to eternity. It would be nice if these newly minted great grandparents could hold their new grandbabies. So hoping that we can have a reunion beyond zoom before the inevitable, please get vaccines right and delivered in time, but who knows.
When my time comes, that would work for me.
Orange Crush

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08/31/2020 10:13 PM
Oh they’re alive and kicking around on their e bikes like spring chickens LSD. It just seems like for a big one like that I should make an attempt to be there. Sorry to hear about your experience. These are difficult times.
79pmooney

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09/01/2020 12:35 AM
My mom passed last Friday, last year. I got to fly back to Boston in time for her last hours. Whole family was there. Dad passed 10 years ago. I missed that but went home to see him two months before. So for me this COVID isn't bad timing.

CK, Iceland! I have a fascination about so much of that island. A stop on the traditional northern route to our continent (I've sailed the return, Newfoundland to Ireland.) Iceland has local Orcas; a little like Puget Sound, but Iceland's Orcas are a very different tribe. Different diet completely. Different language. Members of that tribe were captured and take to the aquarium in San Diego where they shared a tank with Puget Sound Orcas. Researchers couldn't understand why they didn't mix! They couldn't even find a common food to feed them. (Scandinavian sharing a prison with bushmen, only 1000 years ago.)
Cosmic Kid

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09/01/2020 11:05 AM
Maybe next year. But this year would be, frankly, dumb.
Would be cool, a sort of bucket list thing.


I'm under no delusions that the race is going to happen, actually.....at best, it is a 50/50 chance.

It was as much a protection play as anything else....I can defer to the next year if I have to, but if I didn't have a slot and the race is cancelled, then the chances of getting a slot in 2022 would be pretty slim, I think.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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