Double work on Saturday 13 May for the UCI Gravel World Series. It competes in fact in Germany and Australia
1150 RIDERS IN FIRST 3RIDES GRAVEL RACE IN AACHEN
The first German UCI Gravel race this weekend in Aachen will have a lot of top riders at the start as reigning World Champion Gianni Vermeersch will show his coveted rainbow jersey for the first time this season in a race on a 19km lap which needs to be done 7 times for the younger riders and 4 times for the older age categories.
Other major names are reigning European road champion Lorena Wiebes, former German sprinter André Greipel, reigning European cyclocross champion Michael Vanthourenhout and his teammate Eli Iserbyt, Olympic team Pursuit gold medallist from Tokyo 2021 Mieke Kröger, local hero Marcel Meisen and former Tour de France yellow jersey Jan Bakelants.
They will battle against the gravel specialists Tessa Neefjes, Ivar Slik, Paul Voss, Carolin Schiff, Jade Treffeisen, Piotr Havik, Jasper Ockeloen and Finja Smekal.
The race is spread around the Aachen Chio, a complex for equestrian sport with a first half of the 19km on cobbles and smaller farmer roads followed by a second wood section with some short steep climbs. It will be a fast aggressive course.
SEVEN BIGGEST EVENT IN THE SERIES THIS SEASON
The Australian qualifier event in Nannup, WA was considered as one of the most scenic courses last season and has grown considerably compared to last year as over 1250 riders have signed up for Saturday, making this the biggest UCI Gravel event so far.
11 different nationalities will be present coming from Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, France, Fiji, USA, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, UK next to the home country.
Adam Blazevic will defend his win from last year and will get good competition from a peloton of the best Australian mountain bikers. Also, Nicholas Roche will battle for the win.
Tiffany Cromwell is one of the female favourites.
The course has slightly changed compared to last year but remains challenging as the long 125km distance has 96% of unpaved roads and a challenging 3000m of elevation. The shorter 85km course as qualifier for the older age groups has 2000m of climbing.
Nannup will host the 2026 UCI Gravel World Championships.