Yuri's hidden gravel gems: Tuscany vibes in California's North County

Yuri Hauswald (hesitantly) shares the hidden gems of gravel riding in Atascadero Valley

North County Tuscany
(Image credit: Yuri Hauswald)

There are gravel riding gems everywhere, but they can be hard to find. This is the first installment in a series that aims to help you get inspired and find your next best gravel adventure. 

In this article, off-road pro and gravel veteran Yuri Hauswald (hesitantly) puts the spotlight on California's North County that has a lot more to offer besides wine, breweries, cheese makers and vast farm country.

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Yuri Hauswald

Yuri Hauswald grew up on a farm in rural Petaluma, CA without a tv, which meant he spent plenty of time outdoors roaming the hills looking for adventure when he wasn’t doing his ranch chores. After a successful collegiate career playing lacrosse for UC Berkeley, and armed with a degree in American Literature, Yuri discovered the joys of mountain biking while teaching English at a prep school in Pennsylvania and hasn’t looked back since. A former two-time solo winner of the 24-Hours of Adrenaline and 9th place finisher at the 2006 24-Hour World Championships, Yuri has crisscrossed the country the past 20 years seeking out his next two-wheeled adventure. He turned pro at the tender age of 36 and in 2015, at the age of 45, won the 2015 Unbound 200.