Enve Racing

Gravel Worlds 2019

August 30, 2019 - This year I selected the Gravel Worlds 150 mile distance as my A-race for the season. It's my fifth time racing it. I use this race as a benchmark for my season performance each year as the course is rather consistent and the weather is usually consistent in August. Consistently brutally hot and windy, but still consistent. It's far different from the spring gravel season which can see times wildly fluctuate due to impassible mud.


This year I selected the Gravel Worlds 150 mile distance as my A-race for the season. It's my fifth time racing it. I use this race as a benchmark for my season performance each year as the course is rather consistent and the weather is usually consistent in August. Consistently brutally hot and windy, but still consistent. It's far different from the spring gravel season which can see times wildly fluctuate due to impassible mud. 


The 2019 edition was filled with roller after roller with mostly very fast road conditions. I made a bet with my gear selection that the roads would be fast and that aerodynamics would be more important than weight and comfort. I raced the 3T Exploro with my full complement of ENVE SES Aero handlebars and extensions and ENVE SES 4.5 ARs. It was my first race on those wheels which are typically too much rim for gravel in Oklahoma.


As with every other year, the race went fast from the start with 300 watts for the first hour being only good for maybe 75th wheel. It was clear from the start that I couldn't do this kind of effort for 9 hours, but it's usually worth holding onto a group as long as you can in gravel if you can do it without completely melting down. 150 miles is a long day.


After a long day in the sun I brought it in at 9:16, not quite making my goal of a sub 9 hour race but still satisfied with a 26 minute improvement on my prior year. Very happy with the bike setup and felt like I raced a good race. I went 38th in the 30-39 mens open which has become quite a rough category with the popularity of gravel on the rise!


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