Ventum: Have you done other gravel races before? How does the BWR course compare?
Ryan: BWR Cedar City was my first long gravel race, and more specifically, first gravel race on a gravel bike. I did the Vermont Overland last year but more as a fun last minute thing since it was close to a MTB race I was doing. That one didn’t go so well as I was hungover from partying the night before haha.
Ventum: What were things that stuck out on your very first GS1 ride?
Ryan: The GS1 is the first (and only) gravel bike I’ve ever ridden, and I loved the way it opens up new routes that I used to do on my NS1 while adding a ton of comfort on the gravel roads. I have it set up almost identical to my road bike but the longer wheelbase adds a ton of stability which is nice especially on sketchy fast dirt roads!
Ventum: What specs/set up did you use on your GS1 in BWR?
Ryan: I ran my regular set up on the GS1 for the BWR. I’ve got a mix of Shimano GRX hoods and Ultegra RX drivetrain to support running a mid-compact 2x road set up (52/36 up front and 1/34 in the back). I paired this with RideFast Racing RLR30 tubeless wheels, and Kenda Flintridge GCT tires, this was maybe a burly setup for the day but I’d rather not risk it with file tread and getting a flat.
Ventum: How did you get into cycling and MTB racing?
Ryan: I got into mountain biking in Alice Springs, Australia, starting out by going on rides with my dad and his friends. From there I found out there was a big cycling community in town and became good friends with the owner of the local bike shop. We also had an outdoor velodrome so I ended up doing some track racing as a junior as well! From there I started racing the national series and then a few junior world cups (back when they were a thing) where I met Keegan Swenson for the first time… Now we’re roommates and training partners which is pretty rad!
Ventum: What advice would you give anyone coming to gravel racing from an MTB background? Tips? Tricks?
Ryan: Coming from the MTB to race gravel… I think the biggest difference is the length of the races. I knew coming into this event that I was going to struggle after ~4 hours, and that’s when the lights started to flicker. If you are going to do 6+hour races then it’s good to get a few hard rides of that length and similar intensity. If I changed one thing in my preparation for racing gravel I would definitely focus on more volume!
Ryan is originally a pro mountain bike professional who is combining his love of dirt with some drop handlebars; and ranking 7th overall at his very first gravel race, BWR Cedar City.
Originally born and raised in Australia, Ryan’s love of all things bikes began with his father. Through his years of international training and racing, Ryan also takes the time to collaborate with BikeMS to raise awareness of his family’s personal relationship with the disease. Most recently, Ryan climbed PAST the Everesting challenge, taking in 31,000ft in the local Wasatch Back to raise awareness and over $7,000 dollars for Bike MS.
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