Whether you call it gravel grinding, mixed terrain riding, underbiking or country biking, the fact remains there is a renewed interest in riding unpaved roads. Why is this the case? Is it just people responding to marketing hype? Or is there something deeper at play?

We’ve interviewed gravel race directors, athletes, participants and just regular folks that like to explore on unpaved roads and have heard a few recurring themes. These are the 5 reasons that gravel/all road/mixed terrain riding is popular and here to stay.

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