There is no disputing that gravel cycling is growing, and growing fast. As it expands into the future with bigger races and UCI status, one group is working to document its history—introducing the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame. The group was established to celebrate and recognize those who use their gifts to better the sport and culture of gravel cycling.

Big Sugar-NWA Gravel Race gravel bike race Dirty Kanza, Leadville 100 in Bentonville, AR Oct 24, 2020

The first class of Gravel Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the inaugural banquet in…you guessed it, Emporia Kansas, before Unbound Gravel 2022.

“It is the community of riders that make gravel cycling so special, so we’re excited to present an opportunity for that community to lift up and celebrate the people who have led the way,” said Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame advisory board member LeLan Dains.

Riders compete in UNBOUND GRAVEL. Image Courtesy of Life Time.

If you’re looking to lobby for your favorite gravel grinder, anyone will be able to submit a nomination (as long as you have their permission). The submission timeline will run from January 11 through March 1, 2022.

Big Sugar-NWA Gravel Race gravel bike race Dirty Kanza, Leadville 100 in Bentonville, AR Oct 24, 2020

There are six categories for those considered for nomination. The categories recognize not only the athletes but those who help to better the gravel cycling community at large. The categories include Promoters, Athletes, Innovators, Volunteers, Routeurs, and Storytellers.

gravel bike racing on singletrack at belgian waffle ride san diego

Photo c. Belgian Waffle Ride.

After the submissions are reviewed, an election committee comprised of more than 30 cycling industry media representatives, event organizers, and gravel enthusiasts will decide on inductees.

The founding committee and advisory board of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame are built of longtime gravel enthusiasts, race promotors, and racers that include LeLan Dains, Tobie DePauw, Kristen Legan, Neil Shirley, and Steve Driscoll.

belgian waffle ride womens race start in san diego 2021 event

Photo c. Belgian Waffle Ride.

The inaugural class of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame will be announced on April 4, 2022. The newly inducted will have their chance to celebrate fully at the inaugural banquet in Emporia, Kansas.

So get your nominations ready and visit: www.gravelcyclinghof.com for more information.

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FrankTheTank
FrankTheTank
16 days ago

Aaaaaannnnd…. gravel riding just jumped the shark.