From time to time, Gravelution.com crosses paths with a gravel bike feature, site, or functionality that we want to share with the greater gravel bike community. Today is one of those days. We've asked our friends at DirtyFreehub.com to tell us who they are, and what they do. Without further ado, please meet DirtyFreehub.com:
Let’s keep this super simple: We provide routes. Five, star gravel routes. The dreamy ones with quiet roads, big laughs, and huge views. We aren’t afraid of a good climb. We aren’t above hopping on mountain bike trails. And we love a blasting, scenic downhill on pavement at the end of a ride. That’s just how we roll.
We are Dirty Freehub and we love to share our routes for free on our website.
We have two Co Founders: Kevin and Linda English. Kevin goes by Captain O for Optimism (code for no matter how bad, he’s sure it will all work out!). Linda goes by Gravel Girl because she’s always on a gravel bike.
At Dirty Freehub we figure you need a downloadable map, parking details, when to ride the route, good photos so you can be ever so excited before you even get there, and a host of other info. We even toss in history ... if it’s interesting, like a bunch of people died (Y Madras) https://dirtyfreehub.com/adventure/oregon-x/y-madras/ or there’s a lost gold mine (Bonanza). https://dirtyfreehub.com/adventure/oregon-x/bonanza/. Or if there’s a cool geologic feature like you are climbing the largest fault block mountain in North America (Steens Mountain). https://dirtyfreehub.com/adventure/oregon-x/steens/
We get loads of help on finding routes from ambassador, volunteers who share their own backyard secret rides. We have ambassadors springing up all over like JeffW in Arizona, Reese and George in Colorado, AlainV in Ontario.
So far, we have a zillion routes in Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, Washington and Tasmania (which is insanely beautiful for graveling.) The reality is we have totaled up 92 five star routes, 55 training routes, and four bike packing routes.
So what are our favorites? Oh man, that’s a tough question and nobody can agree. Kevin is all about adventure, pushing the edge, being really far out there. So he loves:
His hometown favorite is Horn of the Metolius https://dirtyfreehub.com/adventure/oregon-x/horn-metolius/ out of Camp Sherman Oregon. Rugged, adventurous, remote and just gorgeous. He also loves the series of rides all around Patagonia, https://dirtyfreehub.com/adventure/oregon-x/horn-metolius/ Arizona which have wide open views.
Linda also likes big views and routes that change a bunch. She loves whatever route she did last week or yesterday. So right now that would be the Summit Ridge https://dirtyfreehub.com/adventure/oregon-x/summit-ridge/ out of Dufur, Oregon. And she loves, loves, loves the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge https://dirtyfreehub.com/adventure/arizona/buenos-aires/ which is south of Tucson, Arizona.
We both will tell you Tasmania Australia is another awesome place. The Jurassic Park feel is incredible. https://dirtyfreehub.com/adventure/arizona/buenos-aires/
We hope you test out some of our routes ... let us know what ya think. If they are in the five star category, we bet they leave you whistling Dixie at the end. Ok, sometimes we are too tired to whistle at the end, but usually there’s a big grin that lasts for days.
So ride great routes ... or as we say, ride dirty and smile.
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