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Lance Armstrong recently opined on gravel bikes and gravel racing on his podcast "The Move." His comments were triggered by the fact that a recent stage in the Giro d'Italia featured a beautifully grueling gravel climb (something not seen everyday in road racing). Here is what he said:
"What do I think about riding on the dirt and gravel? I think it's amazing. A sport that should be, and I think it is in some ways trying to reinvent itself, look to what's working. Because here is what is working: Gravel racing, in the United States and abroad, is working. If you want to look at events that are selling out quicker than anything else, it's gravel racing. Gravel Bikes? Selling like hot cakes. People are wanting to get off of main paved congested roads with people on their phones and all that other shit. And they want to get out by themselves without the distraction, and without the risk, so gravel racing is exploding. And I think it's awesome."