After a decade in the World Tour, I've struck off on my own, jumping off the smooth tarmac to seek adventures on the less-trafficked route. I've aligned myself with partners who don't just share a space on my jersey, but enjoy collaboration and share my ethos. Going fast counts, training for a goal is rewarding, and racing is competition... but it can never come at the cost of sharing in the enjoyment of epic days on our bikes.
Gravel isn't just a surface, it's a lifestyle. These cycling events value the festival as much as the course. They're run in the "marathon format" of pro and age-groupers all competing together on the same course. That shared experience is powerful. It's no wonder Gravel is booming! These off-road adventures became my greener pasture; a place where I could race and compete, but also enjoy the camaraderie and community of our 2-wheeled tribe. An exciting discipline that values inclusivity, humanity, and an entrepreneurial mindset.