Racing the Land Run 100 with Vittoria
Our test bike came outfitted with the new Vittoria Terreno Wet gravel tires (shown here), which have an open alternating-lugged design and full siping that’s designed to deliver high performance in a range of soft terrain. But after a short pre-ride (and consultation with one gravel racing veteran) we swapped over to the Terreno Dry, which has unique center “scales” that are ramped, providing a fast rolling leading edge, while still providing effective braking and cornering. The rationale is that even if the roads get muddy (which of course they did), you’re primarily traveling in a straight line so extra traction and grip isn’t critical, whereas fast rolling is always good come race day. Even though we didn’t finish, it was definitely the right choice. It’s also worth noting that all the new Vittoria Terreno clincher tires are TNT, which basically means they set-up tubeless very easily.