Davoust Wins Grinduro on New XtC Advanced 29!

Wednesday 2 October 2019


Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Stephan Davoust won the Grinduro gravel event in Quincy, California, overcoming cold, wet conditions in the Sierra Nevada range of Northern California to earn the victory on the all-new XtC Advanced 29 hardtail mountain bike. Davoust’s teammate Carl Decker just missed the podium with a solid fourth-place finish.

Part competition, part backwoods party, Grinduro combines endurance gravel riding with timed stages similar to an off-road enduro format. The day covers about 65 miles of rugged terrain, over 8,000 feet of climbing, and four timed “special stages” that demand both fitness and off-road handling skills.

For this year’s fifth edition of Grinduro, bike and gear choices were key, as cold, wet weather, including snow, challenged competitors. In addition, a forest fire in the region forced race organizers to re-route the course, adding about 2,000 feet of climbing.

“I rode and worked with my teammates all day,” said Davoust, who earned the overall victory by winning Stage 1, a climbing stage, and Stage 4, a technical downhill stage. “Carl is so smart racing this event and helped me out tremendously in pacing and preparing for each of the four stages.”

Decker rode his Revolt Advanced gravel bike, but Davoust decided to take a different approach and use the recently unveiled XtC Advanced 29 hardtail mountain bike.

“After I raced Grinduro last year, I knew a mountain bike would be the bike to use if I wanted to win, and it just so happened that I was able to build the new 2020 XtC Advanced 29 hardtail just in time for the event,” Davoust said. “It was light enough to climb on, and it gave me a big advantage on the descent. I felt slightly guilty not using a gravel bike as it’s the culture of the event, but at the end of the day everyone was wishing they had brought their hardtails for the singletrack descents.”


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