The Rift is know to be one of the best and most unique gravel races there is. 200k on rough and rugged gravel roads in a volcanic landscape. It traverses the continental rift between North America and Europe.
The races has gotten attention on the highest level, and many of the best gravel riders in the world are lining up in Hvolsvöllur in Iceland.
The weather can be unpredictable, from sunny European summer heat to sideways rain or even snow. And it all can change in an instant, so all riders must be prepared for the worst.
This will be my first time in Iceland. The weather forecast expects 13˚C and light rain. It doesn't scare me, but it also means it may be a tough day. I hope to be competitive with the strongest, but most of all this is an adventure to remember.
The 200k route offers challenging roads, with lots of sharp lava rocks. The risk of puncture is high.
It's forecasted 13°C and light rain, so it will be a cold day.
85% of the route will be on gravel, and cross four major rivers.
Travel from Oslo to Hvolsvöllur, Iceland.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Lauf Shake out ride
6:40 am: Pro call up
7:00 am: Race start
2:00 pm: Estimated finish
6:30 pm: Award Ceremony at Valhalla Restaurant, Hlíðarvegur 14, Hvolsvöllur
7:00 pm: After-Party into the sunrise with war stories. Swimming pool open.
The race starts in Hvolsvöllur, Iceland.
It is a small town in the south of Iceland about 106 km to the east of Reykjavík, and the entrance to the volcanic landscape around the active Hekla volcano.