By Neil Shirley
What started out as an underground event six years ago in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Gravel Worlds name was more tongue in cheek than it was trying to establish itself as a championship event. But lo and behold in the six years since its inception, gravel racing has become more than just a Midwest-centric off-shoot of road racing, and the event has lived up to its billing and become known as the unofficial Gravel World Championships, just as Singlespeed Cyclocross Worlds has done. Having a course befitting of such an event means it’s going to be one long day for the winners, and a much longer day for the many riders that are looking for nothing more than to undertake a huge challenge. At 150 miles, and 11,000 feet of climbing, no one could feel that Gravel Worlds over-promised and under-delivered in the challenge department.
THE BIKES OF GRAVEL WORLDS
Look for the complete Gravel Worlds story in an upcoming issue of Road Bike Action. For more information on Gravel Worlds go to www.gravel-worlds.com