#2 - The Road to the Gravel Worlds
So, I guess it's fairly well known one of my season targets is the 2019 Gravel Worlds.
So what are the Gravel Worlds?It is a 240km race, almost all on gravel roads, with over 3,000 metres of climbing. Held in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA on the 17th of August it is a one day race.
Why am I doing this?Its the world champs for gravel and I want to be the best gravel racer...in the world!
Does that mean I'll win? no...no it doesn't, I might not even finish let alone win.
Why is this?
- Firstly, I don't know the course and I've never ridden gravel in the US of A.- We are travelling from the NZ winter to the USA summer so riding in the heat may/will be an issue.- The competition. I've never raced gravel in the USA and I've no idea how fast anybody is. Al I do know is that the race record is around 7.5 hours. 240km in 7.5 hours on gravel = bloody fast!- Lack of race training. its winter in NZ and racing has pretty much ground to a halt so the northern hemisphere riders will have more race fitness than yours truly.
What to do....
I'm not big on excuses, in fact I hate them so here's my coping strategies for the race.
A couple of other personal things I'll be doing include;
Using a Top Tube bag on my 3T ExploroAs much as I hate them I want to keep stops to a minimum so I'm taking all my food from the start, water stops will be it for me.
Double Wrapping the BarsUpper body fatigue should/will be kept to a minimum...hopefully.
Before I finish this blog I would like to thank my personal sponsors.
Daikin/Thermal Solutions - for my NZ funding.
Frezzor Supplements - Noel at Frezzor has been very generous and I wouldn't be heading to Gravel Worlds without his support.
Lastly, thanks to Cory and the crew from the Gravel Worlds themselves. Pammie and I are travelling a very long way for this event and they have been more than understanding and generous with their time in helping us with logistics, etc ... The beers after the race are on me!
So winning overall? That is the dream, the reality is maybe I can race for my age group...or maybe I'll just end up riding it out...time will tell.
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