Alistair Brownlee strikes gold on gravel return and says ‘felt so good to be back amongst it’


Alistair Brownlee was on the leading action of a podium as soon as again on Sunday when he took the general success at the three-day Raiders Gravel occasion at Gatehouse of Fleet in the south west of Scotland.

Injury has actually implied the two-time Olympic champ’s just significant triathlon race this season has actually been the PTO European Open in Ibiza in May, where he ended up sixth.

But he went through effective surgical treatment on his ideal ankle in July, stating later on: “It’s likewise a huge relief that we’ve effectively eliminated something that has actually triggered me many problems.”

It’s clear Alistair’s bike legs remain in good shape evaluated on a dominant efficiency on the gravel versus what was mainly a British field in Dumfries and Galloway.

How the race worked out

He remained in control from the start after crossing the line in 1.2346 on the first day, precisely 5 minutes ahead of runner-up Mikey Mottram.

He took another 32 seconds out of him on what was a comparable 2nd day– with Brownlee, Mottram, and Lawrence Carpenter as soon as again escaping extremely early, though this time they were signed up with by Mottram’s Ribble Collective colleague Metheven Bond.

” There were 4 people however I believe Mikey simply kept riding till everybody else had actually gone,” discussed Brownlee. “We had a good fight up the climb in the middle, that was a great deal of enjoyable and after that descent down there was quick and I got a method a bit, however he’s so much quicker than me on the flat rolling things.”

Alistair Brownlee Raiders Gravel Race photo credit Joe Cotterill
[Picture credit: RED: ON/ Joe Cotterill]

Good training for triathlon

That put him in command entering into the last day however he was taking absolutely nothing for approved, including: “I’ve ridden round here enough to understand that anything can take place, you can have 5 minutes with one kilometre to go and it can all vanish in a cloud of smoke.”

But the good news is for him all worked out and he won by 6: 42 over Mottram in the total standings, with Bond at +16: 07 in 3rd.

Speaking later on, Brownlee stated: “It felt so excellent to be back among it racing on the weekend.

” I’ve actually enjoyed it, it’s a remarkable, lovely location and a great format having 3 days of racing. You get some great racing and some great training in.”

It’s not his very first gravel race title– he won his age-group title at the British Gravel Championships in 2021 — and he included: “Over the years I’ve done rather a lot, as much as I can truly, I ‘d like to do more.

” I’m still focusing on triathlon, however I like racing– I like being competitive, I like remaining in the outdoors and checking out brand-new locations so certainly in the next couple of years I can see myself doing a bit more.

” I believe racing on gravel is in fact really various because when you race on the roadway it’s really depending on how great your leading end power is and what sort of kick you’ve got, whereas [on gravel] you can’t kick like that and it’s more about effort over one, 3, 5 minutes which’s more sort of endurance triathlon that I train for.

” I race for in between 4 and 8 hours so the longer the race that sort of long endurance effort benefits me also.”

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