Cameron Wurf training ahead of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
After completing the Unbound Gravel event this weekend, Ineos Grenadiers’ Cameron Wurf argued that creeping professionalisation in cycling’s youngest discipline means that actively combining road and gravel will get tougher in the future, not easier.
The 38-year-old Australian finished 80th in the Unbound Gravel 200-mile race , some two hours behind winner Ivar Slik on a rainy, mud-slicked course in the Flint Hills of Emporia, Kansas.
While a notable number of former road pros have switched to gravel full-time with considerable success – Ian Boswell, Peter Stetina, Laurens ten Dam – Wurf argued that, after his experience, it will be increasingly hard for top road racers to "just drop in" for a spot of gravel racing.
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As gravel racing’s popularity skyrockets, the question of where the sport is heading and whether it will or should change in format or character is a regular topic of discussion. As Wurf sees it, the way gravel is becoming more professional makes it increasingly similar to Ironman or triathlon, and the more money that starts to flow around gravel, the more difficult any crossover will be.
Wurf has successfully combined road and Ironman, setting records in races like Copenhagen but says mixing disciplines is not for […]