Also featuring: Gravel crusher and 2022 Gravel Locos champ Marisa Boaz of Waukee
After a win at central Iowa's winter gravel classic, CIRREM, Marisa Boazcontinued her stellar 2022 season with a win at the 150-mile Gravel Locos gravel race in Hico Texas. She went on to win the 100-mile version of the biggest gravel race in the world, held in early June in Emporia, Kansas: Unbound. Podcaster Dave Mable caught up with both Boaz as well as Gravel Locos race director Fabian Serralta to talk about, among other things, what 'The Spirit of Gravel' means to them.
Fabian Serralta, who came to America from Cuba with his family when he was eight, started riding gravel events in 2016 and loved the challenge, camaraderie and acceptance of the sport so much he began hosting his own race only a few years later. His first event, in Hico, Texas, now attracts top pros from around the U.S., as well as around the world and is known for it's scenic (read: challenging) courses, unique awards, and grassroots feel. The race now encompasses two events, the second in Pueblo, Colorado, and both exemplify the grass-roots spirit of gravel. Thank you to Fabian for sharing his story and how he works to continually offer the kind of event that attracted him to the sport in 2016.
Gravel Locos: "The biggest race you've never heard of." Betsy Welch - VeloNews.
Marisa Boaz said "YES!" to bike racing in 2018, and has risen to the top of the sport, on the road and in gravel. She met with Dave Mable twice this past year to talk about her road to the top and her experiences racing around the world in 2022.
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