Originally Posted by Gummee!
Note to Askel: its not a very good long-distance gravel road bike. Too stiff thru the fork/front end. Fan-farging-tastic short-distance/race bike tho.
The only good gravel road bike is a motorcycle. The rest just begin a series of compromises.
Just finished the Royal 162 yesterday. 155 miles of MN gravel. Literally twice as hot, and probably twice as windy as last year. 86F with a steady 15-20mph wind and gusts to 35mph.
The course was about 2 miles shorter than last year. Maybe not everybody liked the "adventure loop". Managed to shave about 30 minutes off my time from last year and maybe, just maybe- not finish dead last (there was a mother/son team on fat bikes that had a good shot at making the cutoff).
The Fargo is definitely slower than the Jake, but I spent far less time this year off the bike, quietly crying to myself and praying for a quick, painless death. I was able to do that while still pedaling on the Fargo.