The Vegan Cyclist
reminds me of Ross Edgley.
I assume you are starting out on a 5 stage event:
Stage 1 = order new gravel bike
Stage 2 = watch vegan cyclist DK video
Stage 3 = miss entry deadline for DK
Stage 4 = make entry deadline for DK
Stage 5 = ride DK
Stage 1 and 2 have indeed been completed. Stage 2.5 = receive bike is still not done. Stage 2.75 is an 85 mi ride up along the Red River in mid April. After that, I really don't know. The DK = 200mi and that sounds like at least 100mi of too far not fun. However, there is a 100mi version of the DK and I could envision inviting myself to the Joneski AirBnB on the way to that. We'll see.
But anyway, that VC guy is amusing in a Ross Edgley sort of way.
I'm generally done with gravel riding at around 100K. DK200 is cool in a "this is the original and greatest" sort of way, but it's very hard to get into and I think I'd leave the spot for someone who wants it way more than me.
Yea, I can certainly understand that reasoning. I've of course ridden off-road many times but I'm new to the gravel scene and I'll have to see where my threshold is. Sometimes events add in a whole bunch of "challenges" to be bad-ass, unique or whatever, that I find annoying. I just want to be able to get off the asphalt and I really don't need anything "extreme." That said, I often end up doing things that I previously claimed were stupid. We'll see.
You could start a new sport - gravel roller skiing. That would be an important step towards become a Ross Edgely-like legend.
You don't have to add anything to DK. It's tough terrain right out of the box, particularly if it's raining (and it often is). I ran the Heartland 100 on the same roads. Course gravel and lots of undulations.
I have these
. They are what I use when I'm on streets where the surface is usually much worse than bike paths. I could see using them on a very smooth gravel path or similar but I'm not so skilled that I could go "off road." I've seen videos of people using rigs similar to what JJ linked too where they are able to go over some really rough terrain. Those folks have SKILLZZZZZ.