While 2019 was certainly a landmark year for gravel with loads of new bike launches, big event turnouts and pros leaving the tour for the supple life, 2020 is set to be an interesting year for our beloved sport. Events have always been at the heart of gravel, giving riders unique challenges along with the strong community aspects we all love. These so-called grinders" also give brands direction as they inspire new and more capable equipment for the demanding groads ahead. For better or worse, racing tends to highly influence and further fragment the bikes and cultures of each respective cycling discipline, and we expect gravel to follow suit. With that being said, we sifted through them all to bring you our top 12 most influential gravel events of 2020. In Chronological order, these events spread the calendar from March to October 2020. And if youre lucky, you may find one that still has a few spots left to register.
Every year, the LR100 has traditionally kicked off the season with its formidable race in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The gravel world watches as the first leg of the years Chase the Chaise goes down with weather always playing a defining role. New in 2020 is the race being rebranded from the Land Run 100 to The Mid South. But have no fear, this event still packs the same gritty punch in just over 100 demanding miles of its signature red dirt. Watch for a hard fought race to the end, with both the forecast and equipment choices being key factors.
Considered the largest gravel race in the world, the Barry-Roubaix kicks off the midwest race season with over 3,800 fellow rouleurs. The stage is set in Barry County, Michigan, traversing the rolling and scenic gravel roads throughout this Great Lakes region. Now in its 12th hard year, riders will brave the 100 mile Psycho Killer course sponsored by Panaracer. Like the classic its named after, Barry-Roubaix will test riders against rolling gravel roads, pavement, rough two track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice on this years thriller.
Branded as a Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil, the Belgian Waffle Ride may feature more road than dirt, but the 45+ miles of gravel define this epic ride year after year. Hosted by Canyon and The Lost Abbey on May 3rd, 2020, this event has tested World Tour riders and men on Elliptigos alike. Now entering its ninthedition, the BWR will make its mark once again giving us an early indication on the years most formidable hardmen and hardwomen. Look no further than Peter Stetinas breakout performance in 2019 for how this race has changed the landscape, and well be watching closely as he defends his title at the Hell of the North (County) in 2020. For a closer look at the mayhem check out our popular BWR Recap here and gallery here.
Founded in 2006, Dirty Kanza 200 quite possibly tops the list as the most influential gravel race of all time. Forging the way for many events that came after, the Flint Hills of east central Kansas sets the standard for what gravel is and always was. 2020 will be no different, look for big news and a hard fought race at this years show in late May.
The Lost and Found Gravel Grinder makes our list for the impact it has on some of the finest gravel in the country through benefiting the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. An important example that other promoters should watch and follow, as sustainable trails are critical to the future of cycling. The course features a claimed perfect blend of pavement, dirt road, gravel and railroad grade. Riders will take aim at the 106 mile course featuring 80% dirt with 8,100' of elevation gain through the mountains and valleys of the Lost Sierra. Best of all, this year it doesnt overlap the DK200 on your gravel event calendar.
Now under the same ownership as DK200, the Crusher is only getting bigger as it enters its tenth year of elite gravel racing. This uniquely-formatted race begins in historic downtown Beaver, Utah, and finishes at a different location, Eagle Point Resort. But in between those two points is where this race earns its name. Featuring a 60/40 split of gravel to tarmac sectors, riders will explore deep into Utahs Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest, adding up over 10K feet of climbing in just under 70 miles.
Its hard to believe this will be only the second year for SBT GRVL, a seemingly world-class gravel race straight out the gates (you can find our 2019 recap here). Set in the beautiful town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, this is the biggest impact gravel event in a state well known for its groads. The race uniquely set out with a fundamental goal of inclusiveness, that clearly paid off as it truly stands out for us as a fantastic weekend all-around. And if you think it cant get any better, look for some well placed improvements to SBT in 2020 (if you managed to get in).
The Overland is the shortest race on our list, including just 44 miles of dirt road, but dont go easy on your training as this one grinds up 5,700 feet of climbing in that distance. The Overland features seven sectors of Vermont pav (unmaintained public groads), two sag stops, a magnificently scenic route and an awesome party afterwards.Its the ultimate adventure ride in a state thats home to more gravel road than paved. Learn more in a film we recently posted on The Overland here.
Started in 2013, Rebeccas Private Idaho (RPI) is a long-haul gravel grinder and outdoor festival staged in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho over Labor Day Weekend. Participants will ride along breathtaking gravel roads with their host and champion rider, Rebecca Rusch. RPI is a truly epic grind, offering both a 4-day stage race and one day epic grind. It's meant to sap the strength of riders, not only through steep climbs, but in the navigation of miles of unforgiving rock & grit but in a fun way.
The 3rd California event on our list, and perhaps the biggest trend-setter of the bunch, Grinduro is sure to bring a smile. Part gravel road race, part MTB style enduro, wins here arent measured by overall loop times, but rather by four timed segments combined. In 2015 the Grinduro event concept was born and since then was voted Event of the Year by the Design and Innovation Awards committee. In 2019 Grinduro expanded into four countries, with now six countries planned for 2020. Festivities include two days of camping, food, music and more. Worth noting is that this flagship California event will move from Quincy to Mt. Shasta in 2020, with a gravel enduro still remaining in Quincy under the new name, Mountains to Meadows. Learn more about these changes and what to expect in 2020 in a recent article we posted here.
Our second big impact gravel race from the east coast, UnPAved is a stunning adventure through central Pennsylvanias beautiful forest hills and idyllic farm country. If the climbs dont take your breath away (like our friend Stephen Fitzgerald)the fall foliage will.
Although unproven, were betting this new gravel race makes a splash in 2020. On the heels of its inaugural year owning Dirty Kanza, the Life Time company expanded its off-road portfolio to include The Big Sugar. This event will feature an impressive amount of climbing, diverse gravel conditions and the beauty of fall in Northwest Arkansas.
Transmissions are an essential part of hot rod builds. One of the most common swaps involves a Muncie 4-speed. These are easy to adapt to a wide range of hot rods. There are three basic types of Muncies: M20, M21 and M22.
A Muncie differs from a Saginaw transmission in that its reverse lever is in the tail housing, not the side cover. The difference between a Muncie and a Borg-Warner is the Muncies 7-bolt side cover (two less than Borg-Warner units).
Many Muncie main cases, tail housings and side covers have casting date codes. The code consists of two -in. circles divided in half. One is the date marker and the other the status marker. One side of the date marker has a month designator 1-12. The opposite side has up to five dots that indicate the week of the month. The status marker was used at the Muncie, IN plant to keep track of problems and is generally not important to enthusiasts. Hot rod builders are usually not too concerned with codes, but some units are pretty rare.
A serial number is stamped on all Muncie transmission cases. The code has nine symbols that will reveal the GM division, year, model, assembly plant and car the transmission was used in. The first symbol indicates division, the second matches the last digit of he model year and the third tells what assembly plant the car was built in. The last six digits are the last six digits of the cars VIN.
David W. West of Davids 4 Speeds LLC is a specialist who rebuilds Big 3 four-speed transmissions and who can help you identify what youve got. About 95 percent of Wests work involves Muncies. West says all Muncies work on the same basic principle: The input shaft goes to the cluster gear. The cluster is mated to the speed gears. The speed gears are independent of the main shaft.
The magic of the Muncie is in the synchro assemblies. The synchro hub is splined on the main shaft. The slider and the synchro ring grabbing on the cone of the gear allows the slider to engage the engagement teeth on the gears.
West tells people to think of a transmission in terms of levers. The lever is engine power. It creates leverage just like extending the length of a wrench. If you take a one-foot wrench and increase its length by two feet, it will break a tight bolt loose. The principle of a transmission is the same. With the leverage and the gears combined with a lever action, you increase the power an engine makes.
The Muncie M20 is basically a wide-ratio transmission and was intended for normal street driving use. The early ones had a 2.56:1 first gear. The later 1966-1974 units had a 2.52:1 first gear. They are compatible with a GM 3 Series differential. They are for economy and street drivability and just cruising.
The Muncie M21 is a close-ratio unit originally designed to be matched with 4.11:1 or 4.56:1 GM 4 Series differentials. Of course, rodders get a little creative. The M21 was for higher performance cars, which makes it a great box to use in a rod. A close-ratio gearbox keeps shift points closer together, which keeps rpms up. With a close-ratio box a driver can run through the gears and keep the engine in its power band so it performs in street racing or drag racing.
The M22 has higher-nickel-content gears of straight-cut design. It uses much the same gear ratios as the close-ratio M-21, but it can handle much more abuse. An M22 retains less heat due to the straight-cut gear design and the lack of thrust that helical-cut gears create. An M-22 holds up well. The downside is that it tends to make noise. It will rattle at low rpms and whine at higher rpms. The M22 is called the Rock Crusher. Dump the Rock Crusher, hot rodders say. People think all Muncie four-speeds are Rock Crushers, but theyre not.
Nowadays there are custom gear ratios and set ups, including M21 wide-ratio and M22 wide-ratio units. You can pretty much get what you want. Beefed up boxes for hot rods and Resto-Mods are popular, too.
When rebuilding a Muncie four-speed you can take a 65 case and put in later year parts. West bores the cluster pin and puts in a 1-nch pin. Then, he can put in a later synchro assembly and have the modern functionality with old looks.
Synthetic oils shouldnt be used in a Muncie. Synthetics are not synchro friendly. They are so slippery they dont allow synchro rings to grab on to the cone of the gear and synchronize properly. This will lead to grinding the gears. Synthetics also have a different consistency then a natural fluid. The early Muncie cases, especially, tend to be more porous so they dont hold up well with a synthetic. The synthetics leak out of them more easily than natural gear lubes.
GL5 fluid is another choice these days. It is said to be superceding GL4. GL5 has not been around as long enough to know how its going to unfold. West thinks GL5 has sulfur in it thats corrosive to brass. Like a synthetic, it doesnt allow synchro rings to grab the cones of the gears. So, stick to a GL4 for now
One of the main transmission issues is shifter problems. Grit that gets into the grease in the shifter mechanism can cause real problems. People also fail realize how important the shifter geometry is. A shifter handle has a specific bend to it.. Anything that impedes the shifters movement can keep a shifter from going in and going as far as it has to.
Muncie shifters have three selector plates coming out the bottom that have a unique bend and unique length that corresponds with the arm thats attached to the shift shaft. The rods are unique to each application. If you mix and match randomly, the length and shape of the bends will change and affect the shifting geometry. Having the proper geometry is a necessity. Often a hot rodder will say his transmission is grinding in fourth, but geometry is the problem.
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Dunnellon is a city in Marion County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,898 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,951. It is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area.Dunnellon is located at 290300N 822720W / 29.050045N 82.455546W / 29.050045; -82.455546.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19.2km). 7.1 square miles (18.3km) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0km) of it (5.11%) is water.