The popularity of gravel has increased in recent years. With Gravel Earth, Klassmark is launching a new concept with global reach in 2023. The series will integrate seven gravel races around the world.
“What we wanted is to choose different kinds of styles of races but all in amazing places,” said Klassmark owner Cristina Freixes. Her aim is “to provide more an experience than a competition.” It will begin in April with the Traka and will end with the Earth Final in October.
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Men, women, and non-binary competitors will earn points at each event. Riders' top two scores will be totalled, as well as their Earth Final score, which will be weighted more heavily than the other series events when determining their overall series ranking. “This classification format rewards the most regular and versatile bikers of the year,” Freixes informed.
The qualifying events are - The Traka – Spain, Migration Gravel Race – Kenya, Nature is Bike – France, Octopus Gravel – Switzerland, The Rift – Iceland and Bergslagen – Sweden.