Before the first NASA astronauts were sent to the Moon in the 1960s, they were sent to Iceland, where the island nation’s volcanic craters and rocky landscapes let them rehearse operating on the lunar surface.
Picture a place so remote and unique that Neil (not Lance) Armstrong would train there for his lunar mission. Now imagine riding a gravel bike on the same surface. The volcanic terrain was truly remarkable, with views so out of this world that words and pictures can barely describe how magnificent it was. However, as beautiful as these roads are, they’re equally as challenging. From miles of sandy roads to 16-30% gravel climbs, one with an inclination so severe that everyone (even the pros) had to dismount to get to the top. There were multiple river crossings, with water coming up your legs so cold you’re reminded why this place is called Iceland.