Martin seeking to shrug off bad luck, Van Avermaet chasing Classic win: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 13, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Martin seeking to shrug off bad luck and land success in Ardennes Classics; Van Avermaet trying to land first Classic win of 2018 in Amstel Gold; Strong QuickStep Floors trio announced for Amstel Gold Race; Verschueren out of competition due to malignant brain tumour; New Zealand men tussle for MTB gold, England’s Last takes women’s; Easton adds new gravel and adventure gearing options for EC90 SL crankset; Yeti builds a downhiller’s cross country bike, the SB100; Inaugural Australian Gravel National Championships announced; Boulie safety upgrade revealed; Video: The people of Paris-Roubaix; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever.” Taiwan KOM Challenge, Part 2: The race

Inaugural Australian Gravel National Championships announced

by CyclingTips

Australia will hold its first ever Gravel National Championships on September 16 this year, as part of the Amy’s Gran Fondo weekend.

The Amy’s Gravel Fondo, first introduced in 2017, will now see an upgrade to National Champs status. The course moves from Apollo Bay to a start and finish in Lorne, covering 65km and 1,500m of elevation.  The GravelNats will have categories for all ages from juniors through to all Masters categories, and will be conducted on the Saturday of the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo weekend – allowing participants to take part in both the Championships and the Gran Fondo event.

This new National Championships is the result of a collaboration between Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia, and a demonstration of the burgeoning popularity of gravel riding.

“We are pleased to support this growing discipline with an inaugural national championships,” said Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake. “We’ve seen increases in participation in Gravel domestically and internationally and a national championship was the natural next step in the growth of gravel racing.”

Discipline and technical regulations will be released in the coming weeks.

Click through here for course details and entries.