The Best Strategies for Gravel Racing with Alex Howes and Kiel Reijnen

Learn the “ins and outs” of gravel racing as we discuss everything you need to know with pro cyclists (now turned gravel racers), Alex Howes and Kiel Reijnen. From gear to weather to developing a good start and finish strategy, we cover it all.

Stage 6: Frontenex > La Rosière Espace San Bernardo (110km) 70th Critérium du Dauphiné 2018 (2.UWT)

Cycling events are starting to appear on the calendar again. But, in many places, they look a bit different than they did before. Gravel has exploded and we are seeing more people racing – including high-level pros – than ever before.  

Gravel events typically are easier to organize and get far more participants than other cycling events. They offer something for both the racer looking for a result, and the rider looking for an adventure. As our guests today point out, at least in North America, any young rider looking to go pro is going to have to race gravel at this point to get noticed. 

So, today we’re going to talk with two Grand Tour level pros who have become gravel racers later in their careers and discuss the “ins and outs” of gravel racing. Our focus is on the strategy and how it’s different from other forms of racing. But we’ll also discuss weather, fueling, the best gear, and…wait for it…sauna hats.  

Joining us today are Alex Howes, the 2019 US national road champion who is also a professional with EF Education-EasyPost, and retired Pro Kiel Reijnen who now races gravel on the Trek Driftless team. Along with our two main guests, we’ll also hear from physiologist and coach Jared Berg. 

So, put your knobby tires on – just not too knobby, and let’s make you fast!  

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