Source Endurance on choosing the right gravel tire:
If you want to make it through the event and not have any tire issues or flats, it’s best to go bigger and beefier than needed. The sacrifice is speed and agility. Big tires are heavy and heavy tires aren’t fast. Spare me that “get it up to speed” chatter. Tires are always accelerating due to tangential vectors and centripetal acceleration. If your goal is to race the event and rip legs off on your way to gravel glory then you’ll be striking that balance between lightness, performance, and toughness… Once you have your personal goal, we can move onto the variables that should impact your tire decision.