Gravel Camp FAQs

 

What skill level rider will benefit the most from the camp?

 

The camp is geared toward intermediate-level riders.  Riders should have a basic comfort on and familiarity with a gravel bike and should be able to ride 3-4 hours at a time. Riders who have experience on gravel but are looking to hone skills and to dial in nutrition and equipment will benefit most from the camp.

What skills will be covered?

 

One of the benefits to keeping the group small is that we are able to tailor the specific skills we cover to the needs and desires of the group.  Potential skills include:

  • Cornering

  • Descending

  • Climbing

  • Fueling for long rides and events

  • Analyzing race tactics

  • Choosing the right, tires, tire pressure, and gearing

  • Fueling on the bike

  • Planning logistics for long events

What kind of bike / tires should I bring?

 

You should ride the bike that you train and/or race on so that you get comfortable with gravel skills on your own bike.  Due to the sharp nature of Arkansas gravel (think limestone!), and the loose descents, at least 40mm tires with sidewall protection is advised (We use 40mm Maxxis Ramblers with Silk Shield). Tire inserts may also be helpful. Tire plugs and spare tubes are also essential.

What is the nearest airport?

 

Fayetteville (XNA) is the closest airport, and is a 20-minute drive or ~$30 Lyft away from downtown Bentonville.

Where will we be staying?

We have rented a large AirBnB in downtown Bentonville for all out-of-town riders. 

 

What if I have food allergies or other dietary restrictions?

I am happy to accommodate any dietary needs!  When you fill out the clinic survey after you register, simply let me know what your needs are and I will do my best to modify recipes accordingly.

Is it a good idea to extend my stay before or after the camp?

Yes! Bentonville and the surrounding towns provide endless places to ride. There are great cafés and restaurants, a world-class art museum, and more. You won't get bored!

What kind of weather can we expect?

The average high in Bentonville in May is 77 degrees.