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Here’s What Happened at the Ironman Triathlon and Gravel Cycling World Championships

Here’s What Happened at the Ironman Triathlon and Gravel Cycling World Championships

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Fans of endurance sports had plenty of action to follow this past weekend, as Ironman triathlon and gravel cycling held their respective world championship events.

Here’s what went down at the races: Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Gianni Versmeersch Win Inaugural Gravel World Championships

Gravel cycling has steadily gained popularity in North America over the last decade, with races like Kansas’ Unbound Gravel , SBT GRVL in Colorado, and the Belgian Waffle Ride in California attracting thousands of amateur participants and a growing number of professional cyclists. Cycling’s international governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, has taken note of the growth, and this year launched its inaugural world championships for gravel in Veneto, Italy on October 8 and 9.

The UCI world championships had a few key differences from North American races. Most gravel races in North America are mass-start, with all genders, age groups, and categories beginning the race together. The UCI held separate world championship races for elite men, elite women, and age groups. In North America, all riders complete the same distance, regardless of gender or age. The UCI, by contrast, had elite women race 86 miles, while the elite men raced 121 miles. Finally, multiple North American races feature rocky surfaces and even mountain bike-like trails that require riders to use gravel bicycles that have clearance for wide tires . The UCI gravel world championships was held largely […]

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