Joshua Berry, a 27-year-old road racing pro from the U.S., has been focusing on gravel racing this year with Giant.
The Idaho native, who is currently attending college in Arizona, has racked up some impressive finishes on gravel roads this year, and last weekend he added another result to that list when he rode the all-new Revolt Advanced to a podium performance at the “Gravel Worlds” race in Nebraska. He finished third, 4:20 behind race winner Colin Strickland’s time of 7:09:54.
The 150-mile Gravel Worlds course is typical of the long and arduous gravel races in the Great Plains of the U.S. This region boasts the legendary events that define this style of racing, including the Dirty Kanza in Kansas, the Land Run 100 in Oklahoma and the Almanzo 100 in Minnesota. The Gravel Worlds course challenges riders with roads covered in pea-sized gravel and rolling hills that add up to more than 10,000 feet of climbing.
A breakaway formed early in this year's Gravel Worlds race, and by the midway point of the race, Berry was in a chase group with the eventual first- and second-place finishers, Strickland and Mat Stephens.
“Matt and Colin were really smart out there,” Berry said. “They had two teammates up the road so I had the pressure on to do some chasing. I made two attacks, which kind of split up the group and eventually we got far enough apart that I was able to just ride with them. At the last feed [at mile 128], I was getting water and they just disappeared. I missed that and it’s hard to accelerate 120 miles in, so I rode in for third. I’m really happy with it, this is my first Gravel Worlds.”
Berry joined forces with Giant earlier this year and has been representing the Giant Factory Off-Road Team as a regional racer in the U.S. He began his foray into gravel racing in 2016 when he won the Belgian Waffle Ride, a mixed surface race near San Diego, California. Earlier this summer he finished second at the Dirty Kanza 200.
“I have a knack for it,” Berry said. “I’m really happy that Giant’s on board, helping me get to more races and get this new bike.”
For a detailed look at Berry's Revolt Advanced bike, check out this story on it from cxmagazine.com.