I went for a gravel strava KOM on Santa Rita Creek Road. The KOM was held by ex-pro Neil Shirley and the time to beat was pretty difficult. Like STUPID HARD TO GET. I went full gas for 24 mins and talk you through that effort.
A bit of a rollercoaster of emotions when seeing I didnt get it, to then finding out who Neil Shirley was, but then to see at one point I had a 40s gap on him and he pulled it back plus gapped me by 20s?!?! And I have no excuses, I had a tail wind, good dirt, good legs, so I dont know if I could go any faster.
My bike setup for this cycling video is my full road bike, Canyon SLX9, with no gravel adjustments whatsoever. And it with the dirt being so dry, it was the right choice.
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Strava Kom Hunting On A Gravel Climb - Santa Rita Creek Rd