In this episode of the Impossible Route, Jeremiah Bishop and The Vegan Cyclist take on the “Tour de Gravel.” The concept is to recreate the experience of the hardest-ever stage in the Tour de France’s golden era. Stage 10 of the 1926 Tour was a turning point for the event. With a 40% cutoff rate and nicknamed “The Circle of Death,” Is it possible to recreate the experience, finish in the time cut. Not get lost? “This is a journey not just through terrain but one thru time”
The boys ride the new Canyon Endurace which allowed them to fit 36c IRC Boken tires for what was to be a mixed route of pavement and abandoned dirt roads to replicate the 30% gravel and dirt that the riders took in 1926 (the year IRC was founded).