This was the third edition of this race and it has quickly become one of the premier gravel races in the United States.
They have created an amazing event and have put a lot of energy into the inclusivity of the race and getting more juniors involved.
We were invited to participate in this event and we were especially excited to bring our amazing Gravel Girls squad to the race.
This was the first large scale gravel race for every rider that attended this year and I truly believe it was transformational for everyone.
For our young ladies they all finished super excited and eager to look ahead at the next goal. This event gave them courage and inspiration for the future. Even more impressive is that all this excitement was generated after riding 60 miles on a very tough course. A huge thank you to coach Chuck Barclay and Co-Founder Daniela Diamente for mentoring these young ladies over the last few months and truly preparing them for the task. This is youth development. Identify a challenging goal, work hard to prepare, then ensure that support is available so the goal can be met.
The young men who attended have been curious about the gravel racing scene and this just confirmed to them how fun it is. They all challenged themselves with the 100 mile course that was extremely challenging. I want to thank Coach Lynn Hudson’s support of this crew and all of his volunteering and mentoring over the years.
I am super proud of everyone who took on this challenge and thank the whole community for the support.
The youth also brought home some hard ware while riding on their antique rim braking cross bikes.
Mia 3rd Place Junior Women 60 mile race
Thomas 1st place Junior Men 100 mile race
Axel 2nd Place Junior Men 100 mile race