Waxhaw Gravel King
Brad Reed created this gravel route around Waxhaw and set the ride up as one segment. This is about a 2 hour ride with about 50/50 gravel to road. The fastest time will get "The Waxhaw Gravel King / Queen Race Route" Trophy sent to them. The only catch is when you get the message from Strava that your time has been beaten, (No Ties. Whomever has the fastest time first keeps the Trophy.) you must forward or deliver the handmade trophy to the next KOM/QOM. Should be fun to see where this thing goes and hope you play along when riding your gavel bike down this way. Doing this route under two hours should be a push. Doing it in 1:45 min would be killing it. The original KOM is at 1:49 so it is a fast course. Here is a sample from Brad:
If you do not pay for Strava you will need to screenshot your result and send to firstname.lastname@example.org to be eligible for King/Queen and/or any prizes.
In a COVID world, nothing like doing a solo effort on gravel. If you are fast enough, you get a Trophy. If you are not fast enough, you get a great gravel ride locally. Be safe out there and enjoy riding your bike. Visit the Unknown Gravel! website for the official route on RWGPS, current leaderboard, and more information:
This route incorporates all of the known gravel sections near Waxhaw without back tracking too much. You only ride one gravel section twice once going out and once coming back. The gravel is fast at times where you can ride a 28-30M tire. Brad runs 38c at or around 40PSI (187LB). Do you want to be the Waxhaw Gravel King or Queen and win the Trophy? As the winner you will get the trophy from the prior winner and then you are in charge. If you lose it, you will need to send it or drop it off for the next KOM/QOM so that they can then be in charge. Simple rules. Simple concept. Now go ride your bike.
Please obey all traffic laws. These roads are open to traffic and it is your responsibility to ride safely. There are a few busy roads on the route use/cross with caution. No KOM is worth taking risks on a busy road. Have fun.
WARNING: The Gravel King route goes through uncertain roadways including a construction zone, major highways, and two private roads. Travel this course at your own risk.