Groad is the modern-day word for gravel roads, but we believe groad embodies a spirit of nostalgic rebellion from traditional ways.
We took five with Canadian Cyclocross Champion, Maghalie Rochette. Maghalie was 2nd Place at the 2019 Rasputitsa and the artist behind our winner’s trophies. In general, she’s like an overflowing cup of creativity that you just can’t get enough of.
When Carrie Tomczyk asked me when we were going to be in Stone Harbor, I thought she was asking so she and her family could come visit. When I gave her the dates she said, “Good, you can ride the Rasputitsa.” I think I spit out whatever was in my mouth...or I started sliding backwards (we were skinning at the time of this conversation). If I did not begin my litany of reasons not to ride the Rasputitsa, Carrie was already hearing them. Instead, I heard her litany of reasons to ride the Rasputitsa. She said, “Here is why I am doing it.” She went on to tell me that female ridership was very low and declining, hardly any locals did it, and began to describe the passion, determination, commitment and contributions of founder Heidi Myers. For every reason she had to do it, I had three not to.