Off-road adventures on the menu for Stephens, Langley and Newsom
The upcoming weeks are packed with off-road racing for a few of our Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank riders, starting with one of the most popular gravel races on the calendar, the Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) on July 18 in San Marcos, California.
Lauren Stephens and Emma Langley will compete with some of the nation's best in the 130-mile event that features some of the most challenging terrain of the BWS race series. "I'm incredibly excited for the upcoming gravel races," Langley said. "BWR is my first race back after breaking my hand at Unbound Gravel, but I'm completely healed and so glad to be back racing! The course is no joke with some very challenging, technical sections, which we know is going to make for an absolutely epic day, and we're ready for it. It's also exciting to know that we have another chance to line up just two weeks later at Rooted Vermont. I grew up in New England, so I love any chance to go back there. Even better if it's to race my bike!"
Lauren Stephens at the start of Unbound Gravel at the end of May.
From the chaparral ridges of San Diego to the Icelandic continental rift, Stephens will then take on a unique gravel adventure in Iceland called The Rift. The 125-mile off-road bike race will be held July 24, and travel through remote lava fields that circumnavigates one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.
Langley and Stephens will take part in Rooted Vermont next, where they'll be joined by Emily Newsom. The 85-mile route travels through the beautiful Green Mountain area on August 1 in Richmond, Vermont.
If you're in the area, join Newsom, Stephens and Langely at a special Women's Forum, on Saturday, July 31 from 11-12:30 p.m. at Cochran Ski Area. Newsom will be part of a panel discussing "Balancing It All (and still riding a bike." Stephens and Langely will lead a group discussion on "Eye on the Prize: Gaining Competitiveness."
"With an emphasis on women supporting women, a forum on "balancing it all," which I will be presenting at, and what looks to be some beautiful gravel, Rooted Vermont is sizing up to be an event that encompasses the awesome experience of gravel," Newsom said. "Along with the wonderful community vibe, I'm excited to push my legs after what proved to be a difficult Giro d'Italia Donne. I am planning to bring my best!"
Emily Joy Newsom at Unbound Gravel.