Late at night on May 30, Dirty Kanza Saturday, Ted King set out from the northeastern corner of Vermont with the goal of riding nonstop to the southeast corner of the state. Over the course of the 22 hours that followed, Ted took on a 499 km journey, 90% gravel roads with a large portion of those as Vermont’s notoriously unmaintained “Class 4”. There was also an “accidental Everest” as he climbed more than 34,000 feet. During the course of this video, you’ll see a steady decline in Ted’s… well, his everything. A challenge like this is unlike anything ever attempted by the King of Gravel, and it’s a place for Ted to learn, to grow, to suffer in ways unlike he knew was possible.
For this project, he chose the Cannondale Carbon Topstone Lefty gravel bike as a partner, which we have already tested for you click for review. This epic ride is part of the #DIYgravel series that Ted King launched due to the numerous corona-related race cancellations. The goal is to drive at least as long as the actual race in the week from the original race date.