Valley of Tears is a new gravel race, and the stars of gravel racing lined up very last weekend in Turkey, Texas, as a prelude to future weekend’s Mid South. Ted King described the 115-mile (185 km) training course: “The Texas panhandle is true Wild West, and the sand offered fairly the obstacle.” The occasion saw quick racing, and the recent superstars of gravel, Keegan Swenson and Sofia Gomez Villafane (over with Jenna Rinehart), put in spectacular performances to earn the men’s and women’s categories.

Between the gals, 3 of the top 5 have been on Rene Herse tires. Jenna Rinehart (Mazda Orange Seal) rode a strong race to complete 2nd, just after shelling out much of the working day in a crack with Sofia and Emily Newsom. Jenna claimed: “Sofia set in an attack with 20-ish miles to go, and I was equipped to get her wheel. We worked collectively to keep absent from Emily and sprinted it out at the finish.”

Jenna’s teammate Marisa Boaz experienced an eventful race in numerous means. Right here is her tale: “It was a pleasurable and complicated class with sand, rough and rocky rail trails, scenic bridges, smooth hero dust, and even a tunnel. I experienced a minimal lousy luck with my electronic shifting not working for a whilst. When that was mounted, I was equipped to capture up to some teams and operate on and off with adult men and my sturdy teammateDanielle Ravnikar. I in the long run rode the final 65+ miles solo, picking off some riders, and hoping to capture other folks.” Marisa finished fourth.

For Danielle, it was her 1st race as a gravel professional. She loved the knowledge: “I worked with tempo traces, bridged gaps, and finished up dropping my group at mile 95 on a shorter climb. I labored with one more woman till mile 103, the place I set in a dig to solo to the complete, 5th in the professional ladies.”

The teamleft to appropriate: Danielle, Marisa, Jennawas arranging to experience on 700C x 48 mm Hatcher Move slick tires, but with rain and mud in the forecast, they had been concerned about the restricted clearances of their bikes. Most of the group switched to 44 mm Snoqualmie Go Stamina tires, despite the fact that some held their 48s on the front.

The men’s field was marked by relentless attacks and rapidly-paced motion. Innokenty (Inno) Zavyalov (previously mentioned in the centre, upcoming to Ted King) noted: “Lots of Rene Herse tires becoming made use of at the Valley of Tears. I pre-rode with both of those the 44s and the 48s. Following riding on the sand and on the rocky gravel, it was a quite apparent selection to run the 48s. I experienced a much much better time driving the sand with them. There ended up a couple of sand pits early on, and I consider the more substantial quantity is what helped me be at the quite entrance of the race at the commence. I was with with Chase Wark for a bit we were in 2nd/3rd guiding Keegan. Coming again from a lengthy sickness, I didnt have the health yet to retain driving at the front of the race. In the finish, I finished 16th. With a stiffer body like the specialised Crux, it appears to be like a no-brainer to set on the 48. When I can really feel a large amount of vibration as a result of the bicycle, to me that implies Im losing my momentum to rolling resistance inefficiencies.”

Brennan Wertz concluded 4th among the the stacked discipline. He noted: “I was equipped to arrive a couple times early and scope out some of the essential sectorssuper-deep sand and some genuinely rocky and lumpy sections. I resolved to operate the 700C x 44 Snoqualmie Pass, so I could float much better by way of the deep sand. I chose the Endurance As well as casing for more insurance policy on the really tough and rocky bit. I ran 32 psi in the front and 34 psi in the rear, and I was very joyful with that set up.”

Ted King completed 11th, also on Snoqualmie Go Endurance Additionally tires. He seconded Brennan’s feeling: “I wouldnt adjust a detail about my tires: Wide for the sand, sturdy for the sharp rocks, they ended up wonderful.”

Congrats to all these racers for their outstanding rides. And thank you for the beneficial comments they give us as we keep on to develop our tires.

Photo credit: Lindsay Harp (Photographs 1, 3, 4, 5, 6), Jim Merithew (Pictures 7, 8), Jon Harp (Photograph 2).