56mi + sand in 4 hours on 40's = studly! My quads are threatening to cramp just thinking about it.
No, I use different bikes for crits and gravel.
This is why I'm happy I never clicked with bikes; I DO NOT need another habit to tempt my poor impulse control and end up with a 'quiver'.
Skis, fly rods, ice tools, they've been bad enough, but 12-step programs have allowed me to come a long way.
(That Allez sure is pretty though...)
Twistedsquid, how often do you use the extremes on your cassette there in CO? Just asking 'cause some of the local hillers and 'cross folks around here seem to pair a 12-25 with the compact 50-34.
I really should look into 'cross events, as I found MTBing much more engaging than my (several, short-lived each) attempts over the years at road biking.
Thanks to both of you!