Alison Tetrick might just be the biggest name in gravel cycling – certainly on the women's side. The American, whose grandfather has 17 masters national championships, is a former winner of Dirty Kanza. She stepped into gravel racing at the end of a longstanding road career in which she raced for teams such as Tibco, Astana BePink and Cylance Pro Cycling.
Throughout her career, Tetrick's successes include helping teammate Mara Abbott to women’s Giro d’Italia victory in 2010 and winning a bronze medal at the world championships with her Astana BePink team in the team time trial in 2014. However, two crashes led to severe concussions in 2010 and 2011.
Similar to Peter Stetina, Tetrick's decision to step away from the road came more as a career-pivot than a retirement. Tetrick had planned to step away at the end of 2016, but when asked to stay for a final year, she agreed on the proviso that she could ride Dirty Kanza. She won, with a course record no less, ahead of Amanda Nauman despite fuelling mistakes and a late wrong turn.
Tetrick followed that up with a 3rd in 2018 and 2nd in 2019, and has since committed to a full gravel racing calendar for 2020. This weekend, she will take on the second in the Grasshopper Adventure Series, at Super Sweetwater, which is a particularly road-going gravel race, as showcased by Stetina's decision to use a gravel-adapted Canyon Ultimate lightweight road bike.
Click through the gallery above for a closer look at Alison Tetrick's Specialized S-Works Roubaix
Alison Tetrick's Specialized S-Works Roubaix full bike specifications
- Frameset: Specialized S-Works Roubaix
- Front brake: SRAM Red Etap AXS HRD
- Rear brake: SRAM Red Etap AXS HRD
- Brake/shift levers: SRAM Red Etap AXS HRD
- Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap AXS
- Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap AXS
- Cassette: SRAM RED XG 1290 10-33T
- Chain: SRAM RED 12-speed
- Crankset: SRAM Red AXS with Quarq power meter, 48/35T
- Bottom bracket: SRAM Red
- Wheelset: Roval CLX32
- Tyres: Specialized Roubaix 2Bliss 30/32c
- Pedals: Speedplay Zero
- Bar Tape: Specialized S-Wrap
- Handlebars: Zipp Service Course SL70 alloy
- Stem: Specialized S-Works Future Stem
- Saddle: Specialized Mirror Carbon 3D-printed
- Seatpost: Specialized S-Works Pavé
- Bottle cages: Lezyne CNC Machined AL
- Cycling computer: Lezyne Mega XL
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