RADL GRVL Expands Gravel Series to Australia

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ADELAIDE, Australia (Velo) — RADL GRVL continues grow internationally, with the gravel series expanding into Australia on Friday with a high-flying inaugural event in the Adelaide Hills.

Tiffany Cromwell and Valtteri Bottas lended their star quality to the day’s racing that drew some of the top regional riders as well as leading stars from the women’s WorldTour.

Brodie Chapman (Lidl-Trek) won the women’s race, and Tasman Nankervis was fastest in the men’s.

“I was with another group but I dropped my chain. That’s bike racing, and then I was by myself for ages in the wind,” said Chapman, who raced last week in the WorldTour’s Santos Tour Down Under.

“A group came behind with all the strongest girls and we all rode together really well,” she told SBS at the finish line. “You can see the depth of cycling, and these girls are racing the Tour Down Under as well. We could all feel it in the legs, and I am happy to take the win.”

Chapman, one of the leading Australian road pros, was impressed with her first major race on gravel.

“You just suffer the whole time,” she said. “It’s a very different dynamic to road racing. The course designers were great and I’m really stoked about this event, and I really hope it comes back next year.”

Latest stop in growing series

The men's podium RADL GRVL event in Adelaide.
The men’s podium RADL GRVL event in Adelaide. (Photo: TDU/Special to Velo)

The Adelaide stop of the RADL GRVL was a passion project for Cromwell, who grew up in the Adelaide area.

Cromwell said she will be splitting her 2024 racing calendar “50-50” between road and gravel with Canyon-Sram.

“It’s a new event and we’re just happy to bring GRVL to the Santos Tour,” Cromwell said. “We want to keep growing the discipline and you know there is an appetite for it.

“That’s what happened in the US and gravel really took over,” she said. “Hopefully we can create more opportunities with the gravel world championships in 2026 in Western Australia. I think that’s what the people want.”

Bottas also raced in the men’s event in what will be his final gravel competition before returning to his day job as one of the leading pilots on the Formula 1 circuit.

“I really love gravel racing and this is something we wanted to bring here because Tiffany grew up riding in these hills,” Bottas said. “I am going to be busy racing [cars] but I hope to get to the Steamboat event this summer as we have a few weeks’ break.”

Bottas helped bring a RADL GRVL event to Finland, and Bottas said he hopes to see the series expand even more.

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