360 kilometers is a long way and nine other lessons I learnt on my first long distance gravel ride

I raced The Traka 360 in Girona, Spain - a brutal introduction to long-distance gravel

Tom Couzens smiling while riding The Traka 360 in Girona
(Image credit: The Traka)

Ultra-endurance events have always fascinated me. Whether it’s crossing continents or snaking through hills closer to home, the fact remains that a bike is a vehicle for adventure like no other.

My biggest adventure yet was The Traka 360: a 360 kilometer / 220 mile gravel ride around Girona. The route takes you past coastal coves (which are only accessible by foot or boat) and mile, after mile, after mile of dry and dusty trails.. 

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Tom Couzens
Freelance Writer

Tom Couzens is a racing cyclist currently representing The Ribble Collective on the road and the Montezumas cyclo-cross team off road. His most notable results include winning the Monmouth GP national series race as a junior; finishing sixth in the 2022 British National Cyclo-cross Championships; and he was selected to represent Great Britain at the European Cyclo-cross Championships in 2020/21. Tom draws on his high-level racing experience and knowledge to help Cycling Weekly readers maximise their potential and get as much as possible out of their riding.