EF Pro Cycling’s Alex Howes and elite XTERRA athlete Tess Amer came out on top at the first Ned Gravel race in Nederland, Colorado as the event solidified its position one of the highest, most inclusive, and most challenging gravel races in the United States.
Riding on the 66-mile Tungsten Course through old mining sites at elevations above 9000 feet, Howes and Amer were fastest in a sold-out field of over 700 riders. Howes finished in 3:24:06, while Amer crossed under the finish banner in 3:56:30.
“We could not be happier with our first year event. We were threatened with some severe weather that held off and created perfect conditions,” said Gavin Coombs, creator of Ned Gravel.
Ned Gravel is billed as the most inclusive gravel race in the world, encouraging and welcoming everyone to participate regardless of experience, gender, race or sexual identity on 66, 40 and 20-mile routes. The event prioritizes registration spots for Black, Indigenous and POC athletes as well as women, while offering equal prize money for men and women.
Howes and Amer each collected $350 in prize money at the awards ceremony, which was followed by a Colorado Rocky Mountain High after-party.
Ned Gravel will return to Nederland on 30 July 2022.
Complete Ned Gravel results HERE.
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