Joining Uhl this year were Josh Berry, who finished third last year, Carl Decker and Ryan Steers. All four were racing on their Giant Revolt Advanced gravel machines. With a sold-out field of 700 riders, it would be the most competitive race yet in the 10-year history of the Gravel Worlds, which has grown from a small grassroots local event to become one of the biggest gravel races in the U.S. The route travels from Lincoln through the Bohemian Alps region of Nebraska, which tests riders with its endless rolling hills.
The race started out well for the Giant squad, with all four riders in the front group at mile 50. Unfortunately, a crash took out a number of riders including Berry and Decker.
“Luckily they were both OK, but Josh’s bike was too damaged to continue, and Carl made his way back to the group,” said Uhl. “From mile 80 thorugh 110, the group worked smoothly and we built up a large lead on the disorganized chase behind.”
With about 30 miles to go, two riders attacked the lead group and got a gap.
“I missed the attack by eventual winner John Borstleman and [second-place finisher] Eric Marcotte,” said Uhl. “At that point I was put on the back foot and forced to chase with a group of my fellow exhausted racers. We were not organized and it soon became clear that the leaders were gone, so I decided to focus on trying my best to get third. With 5 miles to go, I attacked out of the group on the second to last hill and managed to hold my gap to the finish for the final podium spot.”
Decker was able to recover from the crash to finish 20th, and Steers came across the finish in 29th.
“My Revolt worked flawlessly for the whole 150-mile race, and the Maxxis Velocita AR tires were the perfect choice for the smooth and fast gravel of Nebraska,” he said.