February 21, 2022

85: Gravel Triathlon Series with Vic Brumfield (Episode 85)

In this Episode

In January of 2022 USA Triathlon announced the first Gravel Triathlon Series, an innovative new eight-race series that offers endurance sports enthusiasts a new way to experience swim, bike, run multisport racing at gravel events in each region of the United States.

Gravel riding is an increasingly popular form of cycling that combines elements of road- and mountain biking. Unlike traditional triathlons where participants race their bikes on paved roads or highways, and unlike off-road triathlons where racers ride mountain bikes on technical, single-track mountain bike trails, gravel triathlons take place on unpaved, dirt roads such as Forest Service roads or canal paths that are non-technical. Due to the varied terrain, riders can use a bike designed specifically for gravel riding, but mountain bikes and road bikes are often used for gravel riding, too.

As gravel triathlon and gravel duathlon (run-bike-run) are new disciplines under the multisport umbrella, USA Triathlon has created a new set of rules specifically for gravel events. These rules and recommendations were established through a working group of race directors and other community stakeholders led by Mark Turner, USA Triathlon Commissioner of Officials. The rules can be found online at USATriathlon.org.

The inaugural Gravel Triathlon Series spans the multisport season from May through October and features events across the U.S., with races in New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Idaho, and California.

May 15, 2022 – Jersey Gravel Triathlon – Hewitt, NJ

June 18, 2022 – The Theoi – Donnelly, ID

July 23, 2022 – Ugly Dog Gravel Tri – Chelsea, MI

July 31, 2022 – Stagecoach Gravel Triathlon – Steamboat Springs, CO

September 10, 2022 – The Gravel X Triathlon – Folsom, CA

September 25, 2022 – The Dirty Mitten – Middleville, MI

September 25, 2022 – XTERRA Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, CA

October 23, 2022 – Brick House Triathlon – Navasota, TX

USA Triathlon will also sanction the 2022 Gravel and Off-Road Triathlon and Off-Road Duathlon National Championships on June 3rd and 4th in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a part of the Ozark Valley Triathlon. Both will be Team USA world qualifiers, with the triathlon events consisting of approximately 1.5K swim, 30K bike, and 10K run and the Off-Road Duathlon National Championship course made up of a 5K run, 30K bike, and 10K run.

Sources –

GRAVEL TRI LANDING PAGE (Rules, schedule, overview) –

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/Events/Gravel-Triathlon-Series

National Championships/Ozark Valley Event Page –

https://www.trisignup.com/Race/AR/Fayetteville/OzarkValleyTriathlonpresentedbyDegree

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