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Riders from all over the world are converging in the small city of Lahti, Finland for the inaugural FNLD GRVL race. The event is part of an ever-growing set of gravel bike races in Europe. The difference here?
This one is led by none other than Amy Charity, founder of SBT GRVL , one of the biggest gravel races in the United States .
“SBT GRVL is a gravel cycling event in Steamboat Springs that is for all abilities, from beginner to world tour pro cyclists. We also include a weekend of activities from rides to expo and more. At its core, it’s a bike race, but at the heart, it’s so much more. We wanted to build an event where entire families would show up for the weekend rather than a single racer looking to cross the finish line and head home, Charity tells VELO in the buildup to the race. (Image: FNLD GRVL) Read more: Keegan Swenson sprints to redemption at Unbound Gravel
“The whole idea started in 2018 after I had just raced Unbound Gravel and on the drive home, I just kept thinking about how I felt riding gravel, especially compared to road racing. I loved the types of people but especially the atmosphere and community.
“I’ve lived in Steamboat Springs (Colorado) for 10 years, and we ride the gravel roads around here from the time […]