The popularity of gravel racing has gained further recognition with the announcement of the Trek UCI Gravel World Series.
The mass participation events, organized in partnership with Belgian sports marketing agency Golazo, will take place on four continents during 2022. The top 25% of each age group will qualify for the UCI Gravel World Championships set to take place in Europe this autumn at a yet unannounced venue.
The new format borrows much from the existing UCI Gran Fondo World Series. However, unlike the Gran Fondo, the 12 upcoming races that form the Gravel World Series will be open to professionals with the UCI stating “the Gravel World Series concept is focusing on both very competitive riders from the Pro Elite rider level to older riders who still want to compete at a high level at a later age, but also to fun riders who like to keep fit and finish the event.”
Riders will compete in four groups across the 12 events: mens 19-59, mens 60+, womens 19-49 and women’s 50+. The “cycling for all” concept sees the UCI allowing participants to compete on "any bike without electrical assistance", meaning races will likely see riders aboard a mix of gravel , cyclocross and mountain bikes.
“I am thrilled that we now have an exciting and rich calendar of gravel events for riders with an adventurous spirit who enjoy cycling on unsealed roads and paths,” says UCI President David Lappartient. “The best among them will earn the right to compete in the inaugural […]