Building off the rapidly growing trend of gravel-related races springing up around the United States, USA Triathlon has unveiled eight multisport gravel events that make up the inaugural 2022 USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series.
Paired with the first USA Triathlon Gravel National Championships to be held on June 3 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the 2022 USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series offers endurance sports enthusiasts a new way to experience swim, bike, run multisport racing at gravel events in each region of the United States.
“Gravel cycling is growing incredibly fast and the multisport community is positioned to take advantage of this trend by providing athletes with new and unique race formats and disciplines like gravel triathlon,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO.
“USA Triathlon is proud to partner with local race directors across the country to create this exciting new series. As the national governing body for triathlon and multisport in the United States, we fully support gravel triathlon and other gravel multisport disciplines, and we look forward to being a part of its continued growth.”
The USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series spans the multisport season from May through October and features events across the US, with races in New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Idaho and California.
‘Race series participants will receive special USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series stickers and awards, as well as recognition on usatriathlon.org and USA Triathlon’s social channels. Qualification is not required to participate in the USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series or the inaugural USA Triathlon Gravel National Championships.’
In the lead-up to and throughout the USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series, USA Triathlon will share beginner-friendly resources to show how athletes can get started in gravel riding. There will also be a focus on gravel equipment, race reports from athletes and spotlights on local race directors, coaches and clubs who have incorporated gravel into their events, coaching services and club activities, respectively.
As gravel triathlon and gravel duathlon (run-bike-run) are new disciplines under the multisport umbrella, USA Triathlon has created a new set of rules specifically for gravel events. These rules and recommendations were established through a working group of race directors and other community stakeholders, with the process led by Mark Turner, USA Triathlon Commissioner of Officials.
2022 USA Triathlon Gravel Series
- May 15, 2022 – Jersey Gravel Triathlon – Hewitt, NJ
- June 18, 2022 – The Theoi – Donnelly, ID
- July 23, 2022 – Ugly Dog Gravel Tri – Chelsea, MI
- July 31, 2022 – Stagecoach Gravel Triathlon – Steamboat Springs, CO
- September 10, 2022 – The Gravel X Triathlon – Folsom, CA
- September 25, 2022 – The Dirty Mitten – Middleville, MI
- September 25, 2022 – XTERRA Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, CA
- October 23, 2022 – Brick House Triathlon – Navasota, TX
In addition to the USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series, the inaugural USA Triathlon Gravel National Championships will be held June 3 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
‘Gravel and mountain-biking haven’, Fayetteville, will also host the Off-Road National Championships on June 4. Both events will be held in conjunction with the Ozark Valley Triathlon.
The event will also host the first Off-Road Duathlon National Championships. Both the Off-Road Triathlon and Off-Road Duathlon National Championships will qualify age group athletes for the Cross Triathlon and Cross Duathlon World Championships, hosted by World Triathlon.