Do you need to get your gravel legs going, but there’s still snow on the ground in your part of the world? Come down to the Florida Everglades for the second edition of Gravel Miami, happening February 4th, 2023. This area of South Florida has quickly become a gravel destination in its own right, and Gravel Miami is its premier event.
Gravel Miami was held for the first time in 2022, and attracted riders and racers of all levels. Alison Tetrick, aka the Queen of Gravel, Brennan Wertz and Anthony Carter from Scuderia Pinarello, Olympic medalist Mari Holden, and the team from Velocio // Exploro were among the pros out racing for the podium top step.
“The early February event is a pre-season test for those aspiring to compete in the Unbound event and others,” reveals Kevin Abbate of ESPtiming, the team behind Gravel Miami. “Most use it as a vacation to get away from the cold.” Abbate is no stranger to racing, having put together multiple state cycling championships and successfully competing in a few himself.
Not a racer? No need to worry, there are three course distances offered this year: 36, 56, and 107 miles, to accommodate any level or type of rider.
“We never call it a race,” says Abbate. “But an experience. It’s one of the few times riders can see the Everglades up front, and visit a biological wonder of the world.” No matter which course length you choose, you will be riding through an incredible river of grass that is not found anywhere else in the world.
The course for 2023 is all new, adding an area called Frog Pond, and promising more mud and grass sections. You can cruise through it all and enjoy the wild scenery, or you can test your legs against some of the best national – and local – talent, and maybe even earn one of the top three category spots.
If you are ready to race, bring everything you’ve got. Expect to see some of South Florida’s GOATs out on the course (you all know who you are), and lots of top talent from around the country coming down here for Gravel Miami. Confirmed riders include Brazilian/American pro mountain bike and gravel racer, Stefano Barberi, and Unbound veteran Danielle Larson, coming in from Arizona.
You’ll get a newly designed shirt with your registration, along with a ticket for a free beer at the Miami Brewing Company, which is located right next to the ample free parking (including overnight RV parking) near the course. The brewery is also putting together some activities for Friday for the early arrivals for Saturday’s Gravel Miami, and for Sunday as well.
Registration and event information can be found at www.GravelMiami.com.