Morning Ride with GripGrab
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Gravel grinding has caught on as a popular alternative to road cycling, and even as its own discipline. At GripGrab we are several employees that truly enjoy the experiences of cruising on the gravel roads of the Kingdom of Denmark. Our mission with GripGrinder is to share our routes and to invite riders with interest in gravel riding along for an introduction to some of our favorite trails.
We don’t have fixed dates for all future GripGrinder rides, but check the bottom of this post to get info about the next ride. It’s important to understand that the GripGrinder is NOT a race. We ride with the aim of exploring and introducing trails and dirt roads so interested riders can get an idea of what an area has to offer. We make all GripGrinder routes shareable via downloadable GPX files.
The route in this blog post, GripGrinder W4, is the result of a social ride with a group of GripGrab employees during a business seminar in January. Several of our international collegues travelled to Copenhagen, and we made sure to schedule a social gravel ride close to the GripGrab HQ.
We meet 07:00 AM in front of the GripGrab HQ in Skovlunde. Our powerful lights, mounted on helmets and cockpits illuminate our faces full of excitement. Let’s go do this!
The GripGrinder W4 is about 35 k on gravel roads and forest roads. The route is not technical and perfect for gravel and cx bikes. It serves as a great introduction to the area around Herstedhøje – A significant and iconic hill in the West Greater Copenhagen area.
Gravel grinding in wintertime has its very own charm. Daylight emerges slowly and even though the dirt roads are wet and soggy, we’re riding with broad smiles. We are prepared for dirt and enjoy the charging through dense mud, with our hands, hips, and shoulders in complete control of the bike. We pass by cattle still morning drowsy and challenge each other on the steep ´Slaggebakke´! It´s a tough one, and most of us need to clip out to avoid a slow crash.
´Hindbærsnitter´ and Jägertea
At ´Østbakkevej´ we stop, as we have arranged a quick criterium race. Around the field – A right turn each time the trail splits. That will make us return to the start. Go!
Peter pushes hard, and the rest of us are strategically drafting. With no breakaways, our small peloton blast by on the dirt road. The race ends with a sprint finish across the cattle grid! Pierre from Sweden takes the win. He also happens to be Swedish CX national champ in the Master’s category. That makes up for a great excuse!
The GripGrab van open its doors for a pop-up café and on location ´soigneur´ Thomas offers ´hindbærsnitter and Jägertea! Pure luxury!
We talk comfort, choice of gloves and shoe covers – and about the pleasure of venturing out in the early hours and pushing through on the gravel. Later today we will be looking at powerpoint presentations, and feel our brains grinding. Better enjoy this moment!
The Jägertea has made our souls warm, and we clip in and accelerate out the dirt road. A left turn after the bridge and the Herstedhøje hills come into sight. Always a great scene that animate for making both local and far-away future projects. It’s difficult not to feel inspired by the surroundings. The best reward in gravel riding is the stimulation of the senses!
Nothing beats a morning ride! Well, maybe a well-deserved cup of coffee and a sweet piece of traditional danish after the bike wash…
If you feel the urge to try out the GripGrinder W4 route, here’s the downloadable GPX file – or locate Peter Ebro or Martin Paldan on STRAVA and find the GripGrinder W4 Official Route activity.
Fotos: Martin Paldan
Join us for the GripGrinder W13
The next GripGrinder will be the GripGrinder W13 at Kalvebod Fælled, Friday, March 30th, starting 09:00 AM.
The ride will be a social gravel ride for all levels – The GripGrinder is NOT a race.
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Link to the GripGrinder W13 event on Facebook
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