Laurens ten Dam set for first major race since Il Lombardia 2019 with Gravel Locos

Laurens ten Dam
Laurens ten Dam (Image credit: Specialized)

It's been a long time coming but finally, Laurens ten Dam will pin on a race number in major race since hanging up his road bike at the end of 2019, with the 40-year-old making the trip from Holland to Texas, USA for Saturday's Gravel Locos.

The 153-mile event will see the veteran Dutchman line up against Peter Stetina, Colin Strickland and Ted King – although the latter only recently had surgery on a broken collarbone.

"I found a way into the US and now I'm basically about to start my first race since Lombardia 2019," ten Dam told Cyclingnews as he drove cross-country from Illinois to Texas on Wednesday evening. 

"Since my retirement, so I'm excited to pin a number on again. I did a Grasshopper at the start of last year and a bike-packing event, but this is the first major race.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.