USA Triathlon Announces 2023 Gravel Triathlon Series
by USA Triathlon
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Triathlon today announced the nine local gravel triathlon events that make up the 2023 USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series.
“Gravel triathlon is an exciting way for athletes to test their skills and try a unique race experience, and not surprisingly it has taken off in popularity,” said Victoria Brumfield, USA Triathlon CEO. “It’s such a fun and accessible way to be a part of the multisport lifestyle, and a discipline I am very passionate about. Most weekends, and even some weekdays, you can find me on my gravel bike around Colorado. We are thrilled to again partner with local USA Triathlon race directors across the country to offer the second year of the USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series and help expose more people to gravel.”
Held in conjunction with the second annual USA Triathlon Gravel National Championships to be held June 2 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the 2023 USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series offers endurance sports enthusiasts a new way to experience swim, bike, run multisport racing at gravel events in each region of the United States.
Qualification is not required to participate in the USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series or the USA Triathlon Gravel National Championships. The USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series spans the multisport season from May through October and features events across the U.S., with races in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey and Texas. Race series participants will receive special USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series stickers.
As part of USA Triathlon’s commitment to and support for local racing, each event in the Gravel Triathlon Series receives increased marketing and communications support to drive registration, including promotion on USA Triathlon’s website and social media pages. Gravel Triathlon Race Series Race Directors are also eligible to apply for USA Triathlon’s Gatorade Endurance Race Director Program, which provides Gatorade Endurance formula to select USA Triathlon Sanctioned events.
May 7, 2023: XTERRA New Jersey – Vernon, New Jersey
June 2, 2023: Gravel Triathlon and Duathlon National Championships - Fayetteville, Arkansas
July 22, 2023: The Forge Off-Road Triathlon – Lemont, Illinois
July 23, 2023: Ugly Dog Gravel Tri – Grass Lake, Michigan
Aug. 6, 2023: Stagecoach Gravel Triathlon – Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Aug. 12, 2023: Great Plains Gravel Triathlon – Raymond, Nebraska
Sept. 9, 2023: The Gravel X Triathlon – Granite Bay, California
Sept. 24, 2023: The Dirty Mitten – Middleville, Michigan
Oct. 22, 2023: Brick House Triathlon and Duathlon – Navasota, Texas
XTERRA New Jersey
Organized by Ready Set Go Adventures, XTERRA New Jersey on May 7 takes place at Wawayanda State Park and features a sprint-distance gravel triathlon and Olympic-distance gravel triathlon as well as other multisport disciplines involving gravel, including aquabike (swim-gravel bike) and duathlon (trail run-gravel bike-trail run). For more information and to register, visit the event’s website.
Gravel Triathlon and Gravel Duathlon National Championships
On June 2-3, gravel and mountain-biking haven, Fayetteville, Arkansas, will host the USA Triathlon Gravel and Off-Road National Championships. Both events will be held in conjunction with the Ozark Valley Triathlon. In addition, the event will also host the Off-Road Duathlon National Championships. Both the Off-Road Triathlon and Off-Road Duathlon National Championships will qualify age group athletes for the Cross Triathlon and Cross Duathlon World Championships, hosted by World Triathlon. To learn more about the events and to register, visit the Ozark Valley Triathlon event website. Qualification is not required to participate in the USA Triathlon Gravel and Off-Road National Championships.
The Forge Off-Road Triathlon
The Forge Off-Road Triathlon on July 22 in Lemont, Illinois, takes place at The Forge: Lemont Quarries, with the course weaving through the trails of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area, and I&M Trails, all located adjacent to historic downtown Lemont. The event includes a sprint-distance gravel triathlon and a gravel aquabike race. Registration and more information can be found at the event’s website.
Ugly Dog Gravel Tri
Launched in 2018, the Ugly Dog Gravel Tri on July 23 takes place at Waterloo Recreation Area in Grass Lake, Michigan, and is organized by Tris4Health. With a sprint-distance gravel triathlon, an Olympic-distance gravel triathlon, gravel duathlon, gravel aquabike and relay race options, the Ugly Dog Gravel Tri has options for every athlete on a scenic, wooded course. For more information and to register, visit the event’s website.
Stagecoach Gravel Triathlon
Set at quiet and picturesque Stagecoach Reservoir near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Stagecoach Gravel Triathlon on Aug. 6 is organized by Without Limits Productions and features a bike course on rolling, gravel, country roads. The event includes a sprint-distance gravel triathlon, gravel aquabike and a stand-up paddle-board option for the non-swimmers. To register and for more information, visit the event’s website.
Great Plains Gravel Triathlon
The Great Plains Gravel Triathlon on Aug. 12 in Raymond, Nebraska, is organized by GoodLife Racing, the cycling team of GoodLife Brands, which strives to foster development and connection for competitive riders in Nebraska and surrounding areas. To learn more about the race, visit the event’s website.
Gravel X Triathlon
The Gravel X Triathlon Sept. 9 in Granite Bay, California is organized by TBF Racing, the gravel event is located at Negro Bar State Park and features a sprint-distance gravel triathlon and an Olympic-distance gravel triathlon with a course featuring nearly 85% gravel. For more information, visit the event’s website.
The Dirty Mitten
Organized by Tris4Health, The Dirty Mitten Sept. 24 in Middleville, Michigan, takes place at the YMCA’s Camp Manitou-Lin and Lake Barlow and features sprint, Olympic-distance and half-distance gravel triathlons as well as relays, gravel aquabikes and gravel duathlons at each distance. For more information and to register, visit the event’s website.
Brick House Triathlon and Duathlon
The final race in the series, the Brick House Triathlon on Oct. 22 in Navasota, Texas. The fifth year for the event, the Brick House Triathlon features a gravel course at Magnolia Hill Ranch. The event, organized by Trifit-XT, also has an adventure race with a trail run, bike and kayak/stand-up paddleboard. For more information and to register, visit the event’s website.
To learn more about the 2023 USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series, visit USA Triathlon’s website here.
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon, paratriathlon, and indoor and virtual multisport events in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,000 races and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).