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Pro Bike Check: Michael van den Ham is pursuing gravel on his new Giant Revolt

Pro Bike Check: Michael van den Ham is pursuing gravel on his new Giant Revolt

While taking on more than a dozen gravel and mountain bike races might seem like a busy summer ahead, that’s nothing compared to Michael van…

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While taking on more than a dozen gravel and mountain bike races might seem like a busy summer ahead, that’s nothing compared to Michael van den Ham’s Fall cyclocross schedule, packed with domestic and international race targets. But that’s business as usual for the longtime cyclist. All photos c. James Lissimore What is different is his tighter focus on gravel—pushing limits on the updated Giant Revolt gravel bike before shifting to ‘cross. Despite just finishing the cyclocross season at World Championships in Arkansas, van den Ham is almost immediately pivoting to gravel—a shift that doesn’t just require a change of bike, but a major change in training strategy. Michael’s season started March 12 at MidSouth in Oklahoma (where he finished 18th overall), before heading to Sea Otter and then returning to Canada for Paris to Ancaster, racing almost every weekend through the summer. His schedule includes some mountain bike racing in Canada, and while he loves racing on the trails, he’s also serving as MTB Head Coach with DEVO—the youth arm of the Escape Velocity Cycling Club in Vancouver—for the upcoming year. Then, it’s onto a full cyclocross season. “I’m really excited about gravel racing this season,” van den Ham says . “The new Revolt is noticeably lighter, feels a little snappier without losing stability, has more tire clearance, gives me the option to run a dropper, and has mounts for just about anything I could imagine. It’s going to be just as comfortable racing MidSouth as it will […]

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