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Café du Cycliste Gravel Team 2023
A new year and new season on the horizon for the Café du Cycliste Gravel Team.
The all-female squad will once again test their endurance, spirit and commitment on an international circuit. In 2023, Maria, Annabel, Lydia and the team's newest athlete, Isabelle, will be competing in the biggest gravel races on the planet. During the 2022 season, the team's riders reached the top of the rankings, with individual victories in renowned events like The Traka (Spain) and The Rift (Iceland), racing over distances of 150 to 200km.
The international dimension of the team, made up of women from different nations and racing across a range of cycling disciplines (MTB, road, gravel, cyclo-cross) is at the heart of this project. The 2023 version of the team, more international than ever, will consist of: Isabelle Beckers (Belgium), Annabel Fisher (Switzerland), María Guðmundsdóttir (Iceland), and Lydia Iglesias (Spain).
The 2023 Race Programme
In addition to a qualifying round for the UCI Gravel World Championships in Aachen, Germany, the team will be involved in the Gravel Earth Series, taking to the start of The Traka in Spain once again, The Migration Race, a four-day stage race in Kenya, and The Rift back in Iceland. The team will also compete in the final race of this exciting international series in Catalonia, Spain.
If the ambition to appear at the top of the rankings remains intact, the desire to extend the distances and increase the difficulty also drives the team. The Migration Race, over four-stages in Kenya will undoubtedly mark the high point of the season.
On the sponsorship side Café du Cycliste Gravel team is continuing its collaboration with LAUF, whose Seigla model has proven itself over thousands of trails, tracks and roads. The bikes will be fitted with Hutchinson tyres, made in France, and the team renews its trust in POC for head protection. The training and racing power supply is entrusted to Punch Power.
The team, which has become known for its black and white chequered kit, will race in new designs for 2023 including new gravel shorts and jerseys and jackets from the new Shibori collection by Café du Cycliste, inspired by the Japanese dyeing technique. They will also be racing in the brand's all-new Outlands Gravel shoes, equipped with premium carbon soles for gravel racing and long-distance rides, without compromising on performance.
La Traka, Girona Spain
Europe’s most coveted race and home to incredible gravel tracks.
3Rides Race, Aachen Germany
A UCI Gravel World Championships Qualifier over gravel and cobbles.
The Migration Race, Kenya
A four-day stage race through the wilderness of the Maasai Mara, Kenya
The Rift, Iceland
Between glaciers and volcanoes, a breath-taking race against the elements.
Gravel Earth Series, Cardona Spain
The series final to decide the very best riders of Gravel Earth. (The unofficial world championship.)
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