Following his podium finish at the opening event of the Belgian Waffle Ride in California, we spoke with Griffin Easter, a professional road and gravel racer and lead rider for the OpiCure Foundation Gravel Team. In his breakdown of the race, Griffin also gave us some of the lessons and tips he’s picked up since swapping tarmac for gravel.
1. Always download the route
It sounds simple and obvious, but some of the best tips are! It’s easy to think that when doing an organized race it’ll be sign posts galore and other riders to follow. But, as Griffin discovered to his detriment, this not always the case. Griffin recalls that for “Big Sugar last year, I was expecting there to be arrows, or to be able to follow the other racers. But then I got a flat tire and had to chase back on. I discovered then, the route wasn’t always clear and when I reached a fork in the road I had to wait for the next group on the road to come along.” Regardless of whether you’re racing for the podium or just to finish, it’s pretty clear that this is not going to help your time!