Joshua Berry continued his hot streak in the world of gravel racing, riding his Revolt Advanced to the overall win at Rebecca’s Private Idaho, a unique multi-stage gravel racing event in Ketchum that's named after Rebecca Rusch, a champion off-road endurance racer and Idaho native.
The race format includes three days of racing on gravel roads through canyons, over mountains and across scenic high-country basins in Idaho. The first day challenges riders with 50 miles of gravel roads and technical singletrack. Day two has a format that’s similar to off-road enduros, with a 40-mile ride and one timed section on a mostly uphill section that’s about 5 miles long. The big event is on Sunday, a 94-mile long gravel race that draws more than 1,000 competitors.
Berry, riding the recently introduced Revolt Advanced gravel machine and wearing his Giant Rev helmet along with the new Giant Surge Pro shoes, got off to a strong start when he won the first stage on Thursday. He added to his lead on the second stage, and entered Sunday’s big race with the lead in the general classification. Representing the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, Berry ended up finishing second, which gave him the overall win in the stage race.
“There was a solo breakaway in the main race on Sunday,” Berry said. “I was in a big group and they didn’t chase when [Stephen Mull, eventual winner] got away. Eventually there were some attacks and we rode hard to chase. Only one of the guys was in the stage race but all were committed to go for the win. We ended up sprinting for second and thankfully I was able to win the sprint. That solidified my overall win.”
Berry, who also finished third at the “Gravel Worlds” event last week in Nebraska, said his “mostly stock” Revolt Advanced gave him an advantage once again.
“I only changed the tires,” Berry said. “The stock build was perfect for all three days here in Idaho. From road climbs to mountain bike jumps, the Revolt handled everything really well. And my Giant CXR-1 Carbon WheelSystem took many rocks and happily they held up.”
For more details on Josh’s race bike, check out this recent feature on it from cxmagazine.com.