• Find yourself off the beaten track (Steve Thomas)
There's a new discipline in town - and now it has its own national championships.
13 Apr - 12:08 PM 

The Gravel National Championships will be held for the first time at the Amy's Grand Fondo on 16 September 2018, Cycling Australia (CA) and Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) announced today. 

In a move recognising the growth in the relatively new discipline, participants who want to 'take the road less travelled' can compete across all ages from juniors to Masters on a course covering 65 kilometres and 1,500 metres of climbing. 

“We are pleased to support this growing discipline with an inaugural national championship," CA CEO Steve Drake said. "We’ve seen increases in participation in gravel domestically and internationally and a national championship was the natural next step in the growth of gravel racing.”

“It’s exciting to see new formats of cycling continually being introduced that expand the opportunities and experiences for participants," MTBA CEO Shane Coppin said.

"MTBA are very pleased to be involved with this new National Championship initiative and believe it is a great addition to the extremely successful Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo event.

"Many riders continue to enjoy experiences riding on road, dirt, and gravel and this new event should attract high interest from both participants and spectators.”

The #gravelnats will take place on the Saturday of Amy's Gran Fondo weekend to enable participation also in the main event on Sunday. 

For more information, visit and keep an eye on Amy's Gran Fondo website

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