Nathan Haas blog: Racing homegrown gravel at the UCI Gravel World Series

Nathan Haas Gravel 2022 May Colnago
Nathan Haas tackles the gravel on his Colnago G3-X (Image credit: Laura Fletcher)

I'm used to starting my season in Australia. With Nationals, Tour Down Under and the Bay Crits, every year of my pro career (minus the COVID-19 blip) was launched with a month of racing under the blazing southern sun, with my family and old friends there in person, with the food I grew up on and the accents that sound like mine surrounding me.

So when I saw that the second round of the UCI Gravel World Series was in Australia, really, why break with tradition? This seemed like the perfect excuse to start my real season just like I always had…

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Nathan Haas turned his back on the WorldTour to dive into world of gravel. After a decade at the top echelon of professional road racing, the Australian is answered the off-road call in 2022, teaming up with Colnago to race and ride as a privateer on the burgeoning global gravel scene. He'll be documenting his experiences for Cyclingnews along the way, in his own inimitable style.