2018 SEASON READY TO START
After the successful 2017 first edition, Gravel road Series is ready to roll again with its trademark racing cycle category with special and liaison stages inspired by motorbike Enduro. Race Events is proud to announce the Gravel road Series 2018 calendar that surely will be among the most important event exclusively dedicated to the gravel world. Last season was characterized by prestigious race locations and demanding trails and this year we will continue on this path but first of all we want to thank all the riders who participated, our sponsors and the race locations. The list is long, Martino Fruet and Rebecca Gariboldi winners of the overall classification, Alba, Castellania and Bagno Vignoni for hosting the races, Specialized Italy and PH Apparel, Richey, Limar Helmets, Maxxis, Ciclo Promo Components, Expotent, Alpinestars, DT Swiss, Supernova Bikes, Billet, DSB, Speedy Decal, Spazio0039, Azai Image for believing in the gravel project from the start. To all of them, the 2017 video recap is dedicated.
2018 RACE CALENDAR
• April 29 NOVA EROICA Gravel Road Series – Buonconvento (Si)
• June 03 WORLD EDITION Gravel Road Series – Alba (Cn)
• October 28 VAL D’ORCIA Gravel Road Series – Bagno Vignoni (Si)
Touring and race cycling combined in the same event
Some rumors already spread to the grapevine but now we can officially declare that the first round of the 2018 GRS will be hosted inside the Nova Eroica event that starting from 2018 will have a special grid exclusively dedicated to gravel bikes.
We will have two types of race courses: Long race course: 145 km long, elevation gain 2600 mt, five special stages. On this course you will travel from the Crete Senesi to the Chianti region. There will be an intermediate arrival in Gaiole in Chianti at Piazza Ricasoli with a food stop, the right prize to face the second part of the long course.
Medium race course: 89 km long, elevation gain 1640 mt, three special stages. You will pedal completely immersed in the beautiful Crete Senesi landscape. This race course is advised to the bikers with good physical preparation but never raced with modern gravel bikes on gravel roads.Touring course: 47 km long, elevation gain 710 mt. For those who do not want to race but only ride on the famous roads of the Eroica race.
Being for this round the GRS series a guest of the Nova Eroica, you must enter this event directly on the Nova Eroica website in the entering the event section www.novaeroica.it/iscrizioni
You must follow the Nova Eroica rule book during the race but you will gain points for the GRS overall classification (here the details)
The Langhe region- a land of vineyards where worldwide renowned wines are produced, ancient towns and beautiful landscapes- will host the first edition of the World Edition GRS. A 90 km race course, three special stages with an high technical coefficient to meet the expert rider expectations. These are the GRS World Edition credentials aimed at creating a first class gravel cycling event capable of attracting an international roaster of riders and prize them with the exclusive GRS jersey of the best female and male athlete.
In the next coming days, we will open the entering process and publish the GPS tracks. This is a unique opportunity to visit the Alba region and getting close to the gravel cycling category.
VAL D’ORCIA GRAVEL
Touring Cycling event
For the second consecutive year, the GRS series will stop at Bagno Vignoni for the VAL D’ORCIA Gravel Road Series. This is a touring event and it is open to everyone. A 90 km long race course with an elevation gain of 2600 mt will cover some of the roads of the famous Eroica competition. To make the event more fun to live for the several groups of friends who are going to enter the event, we decided to insert two secret special stages on the race course. These two secret stages will be timed using the Strava App and consequently every rider will decide independently which pace to adopt during the whole event. The time results will be published at the end of the event. On the course, the participants will find food stops where they could taste the food the renowned wines of the Langhe and take a rest. Every rider will get an event package. The aim of this event is to permit to the rider to discover this beautiful region and to involve the public in participating. The Val D’Orcia Gravel will host the ceremony of the general classification prize awarding.
The new website will provide all the race information, news, photos and videos more easily. We improved the visualization of the race classifications making a snap of a finger to search for specific topics. We implemented new field operations for our Press office in order to makereal time updates possible.
The Expo Area will be shaped in a way to attract an elevated number of visitors and located in the most prominent touristic spot of each race location. Inside the area we will position the Race Secretary boot and the Arrival/Departure stage.