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Re: Gent-Wevelgem
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:54 »
I’m wondering how a dirt road can be less open to flat tyre than cobbles but well
A well-maintained gravel road with no large stones on the surface is almost as good as asphalt to ride on: Much less vibrations as on cobbles, and one continuous surface.
Cobbles aren't laid next to each other, but with a small (or even large ...) gap in between. On a 500 m stretch of cobbles you will have 2500-5000 of those small gaps, and the tyres will suffer a lot more through this sudden decrease in 'ground pressure' than they will on a gravel road.

If it's a gravel road that's more water-filled potholes than actual road surface, it's a different matter altogether - but as far as I can tell the Ploegsteert sections will be alright-ish.
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