HI there. I'm coming from Seattle to do this ride and fishing for some help on bike setup. Do most ride road bikes? How bad are the dirt roads? I'm thinking CX bike with taller gears and 35mm tires?? Thanks for any help.
Yes, most everyone will be on road bikes. The exception is normally found in the gran fondo. If you are wanting to be competitive you will need to be on a road bike. I'd suggest running as wide of tire as possible and possibly putting some protective tape on key points of your frame to protect your bike from cosmetic damage. The condition of the gravel varies from year to year; some years it can be tricky and others it is hard packed. If you can make time the day before the race, visit the gravel sections to get an idea of what you will be up against. Hope this helps :)
Thanks a ton