I have a few thoughts about preparation of the gravel sections for bicycles. I rode the gravel loop in 2018 with a road bike – skinny high pressure tires and fairly steep gearing (39 tooth chainring and 26 tooth cog). Even though I managed to ride the loop, the bike wasn’t ideal. I’m ready this year with a gravel/all-road bike, and have been riding a lot of gravel over the past year. Road crews tend to use a blade to remove washboards, and lay down a layer of gravel that is about 3 inches deep from edge to edge. This is great for large trucks and farm machinery. On a bike, I prefer that the road be less “improved”. This has some thin spots and lines that can be followed. Similar to picking a line when skiing. I can deal with washboard. I’m glad for road maintenance, but have a better ride on roads that have some use on them, providing a choice of tracks, and less deep gravel. Always glad to share the road with the primary users, but hope we have some bike-friendly conditions on the gravel day this year. Cheers and see you out on the back roads.