On our most recent 75-mile (windy and uphill, both ways of course) training ride on the SV100 route, it was obvious that townships throughout the area have been busy spreading miles and miles of “fluffy” off-white gravel for all to enjoy. Equipment suggestion: Check your tires n tubes, and check ‘em twice, as Hero Gravel will be the exception this year. The abundance of gravel reminded me of the first rider tip exclaimed to me by a fellow rider during my first gravel race, the 2015 edition on the historic route. His tip came as We were navigating a tight left-hand turn at the bottom of a downhill where I found myself being sucked into a windrow of gravel that tossed me to the shoulder and brought me to an abrupt stop seconds after racing elbow-to-elbow with a large group of fellow riders: “steer where you are and not where you’re going!”; advice I will never forget. If you are planning to join us and you haven’t registered yet, please take some time to do so in advance, it’ll help with bib distro by our volunteers the night before and morning of the event. Did I just say bib numbers at a free race? But of course, who wouldn’t like some wall art to add to their collection as a reminder of one of the most epic 100-mile gravel races on two wheels. We are looking forward to your arrival. Safe travels.