Gravel racing on three continents this weekend

UCI Gravel World Series

This weekend will be a busy one as three events will be held in the TREK UCI Gravel World Series. This Saturday, Swartberg100 with start and finish in Prince Albert, South Africa for a long 170km course split in long gravel and tar sections and especially the tough Swartberg Pass in the final as main difficulty of the day.

On the same day, the Highlands Gravel Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA moved date from June in the past two years to now end of April with slightly updated courses in the Ozark Mountains. 400 riders from 40 different US States and 7 countries are present at the start of either the 53 or 67 miles course.

On Sunday, the second edition of the Limburg Gravel Fondo in Valkenburg sold out rapidly, becoming the quickest sell-out in the series. Registrations closed last December, just weeks after opening. A maximum of 1500 riders from 21 different countries will tackle a spectacular course through Limburg’s landscape, renowned for hosting the annual Amstel Gold Race.

Starting at the Shimano Experience Center, participants will ascend the iconic Cauberg before embarking on two or three 38km local loops including he Keutenberg climb. Former Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet and cyclocross world champion Fem van Empel will be at the start.

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