Nick Legan's GRAVEL CYCLING Is a Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Bikepacking

By Dave Trendler

Gravel cycling and bikepacking are the hottest trends on two wheels. Nick Legan’s debut book, GRAVEL CYCLING: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking, shares everything cyclists need to know to enjoy this glorious return to cycling’s roots. GRAVEL CYCLING is now available in bookstores, bike shops, and online. See selections from the book at
From farm roads to miners’ paths to the high passes of the Rockies and the Alps, gravel cycling and bikepacking set riders free to explore, enjoy, persevere, and discover. In his ground-breaking guide, accomplished gravel cyclist Nick Legan shows how to escape the traffic and find adventure on America’s 1.4 million miles of unpaved roads. Legan brings his experience as a ProTour bike mechanic to this guide, offering detailed data on bike setup, gear selection, and how to build a dream gravel bike. He shares crucial ride-saving tips and smart ways to make sure cyclists enjoy every moment and ride with confidence.
Drawing on interviews with top gravel junkies and his own hard-won knowledge from countless backcountry miles, Legan covers all the gear, bike setup, riding tips, course previews, and outfitting strategies cyclists need to enjoy gravel cycling with confidence. He profiles 18 favorite one-day gravel events from America and Europe and 8 epic multiday bikepacking adventure routes. Legan shares colorful stories of the origins of gravel cycling in North America and its rapid spread to Europe, Asia, and South America. Best of all, this full-color guide is packed with more than 320 gorgeous photographs from beautiful rides that will inspire any rider to seek out dirt and gravel roads nearby.
Over one-third of the roads in the U.S. are unpaved, which means cyclists can enjoy the roads less travelled at the perfect pace to soak up new vistas and valleys, canyons and creeks—or push the pace over an epic day with fast friends. From gear to racing, route planning to camping—the wild ride of a lifetime awaits inGRAVEL CYCLING.
·         GRAVEL CYCLING is the groundbreaking, complete guide to gravel cycling and bikepacking.
·         Profiles 18 of the world’s favorite one-day gravel events and 8 epic multiday bikepacking routes.
·         Legan travelled the world for seven years as a ProTour bike mechanic.
·         Over one-third of America’s roads are unpaved (1.4 million miles).
·         Legan interviews dozens of gravel and bikepacking pioneers for their take on gear, methods, and rides.
·         There are dozens of new, gravel-specific and bikepacking bicycle models available.
GRAVEL CYCLING: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking
Nick Legan
Paperback. Four-color interior with 380 photographs and illustrations throughout.
9 1/2" x 7 1/2", 304 pp., $24.95, 9781937715700
Released October 19th
Nick Legan is the gear editor and road test editor for Adventure Cyclist, the official publication of the 43-year-old Adventure Cycling Association. He was formerly Technical Editor for VeloNews. He served a seven-year stint in the professional cycling mechanic ranks, working for the RadioShack ProTour team at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California, and for the Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto professional cycling teams. He is a graduate of Indiana University with honors and degrees in French and journalism. See more from Nick at
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