Two prominent European gravel races have announced they will once again join the UCI Gravel World Series, bringing the number of confirmed events where riders can qualify to attend the 2023 UCI Gravel World Championships to ten.
Wish One Gravel Millau Grands Causses, so far the only French stage of the UCI Gravel World Series, will make a return on 18 June. Last year’s edition saw former Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra from Team TotalEnergies win the 130 kilometers long gravel race and qualify for the inaugural UCI Gravel World Championships. The mixed surface race includes dirt, gravel, sand, grit and clay with over 2000 meters of vertical ascent in southern mountains of France outside Millau.
Hutchinson Ranxo Gravel in the Catalunya region of Spain will take place on 10 September, giving riders one last opportunity to qualify for the UCI Gravel World Championships on the 30th The 160 kilometers long race includes over 2000 meters of challenging climbs and endless rural agricultural roads that weave through the most remote areas of Noguera and Segarra. Pro Carlos Verona Quintanilla who rides for Movistar won the race last year and went on to finish 26th at the UCI Gravel World Championships.
Participants who finish in the top 25% of their age/gender category at a UCI Gravel World Series event automatically qualify to attend the UCI Gravel World Championships.
Additional 2023 UCI Gravel World Championship qualifying events can be found in the series calendar HERE.
Photos: Ranxo Gravel, Wish One Gravel, Ranxo Gravel