Gravel Grit ‘n Grind shifts into high gear in Swedish Backcountry

After a short summer break, the TREK UCI Gravel World Series is now gearing up for a culminating phase of three consecutive events, serving as last qualifier options for the World Championships. The first one to take place this weekend in Halmstad, Sweden on a beautiful course in the Swedish backcountry.

Structured as a multi-day’s stage race, the event spans three days with a time trial on Friday and two gravel races over the weekend from which the race on Saturday is counting as qualifier event for the UCI Gravel World Championships later in October in Italy.

580 riders have pre-registered coming from 33 different countries amongst which multiple World Champion Marianne Vos, former MTB World Champion Annika Langvad, Tessa Neefjes, Niki Terpstra, Laurens Ten Dam, Nathan Haas, Joris Nieuwenhuis, last year’s winner Jasper Ockeloen and Ivar Slik…

After the 23km time trial in Halmstad on Friday, the event moves to nearby Simlangsdalen for a 130km gravel races in the beautiful Swedish backcountry. Often considered as one of the most beautiful courses in the 2022-series, the track has 1210m of elevation and is held in the middle of the woods and lakes east of Halmstad. The 104km course is the qualifier distance for the older age groups and makes a shortcut halfway. On Sunday, the last stage with start and finish back in Halmstad has an 80km course!

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