Tiffany Cromwell: I need to build endurance to be competitive in gravel races

SBT GRVL 2021, a 144 mile gravel race starting and finishing in Steamboat Springs
Tiffany Cromwell racing the 144 mile SBT GRVL (Image credit: Linda Guerrette)

Tiffany Cromwell had her first taste of full-on gravel racing at the SBT GRVL in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on Sunday in what she said was a ‘brutal’ but ‘fun’ experience. The Canyon-SRAM rider finished eighth place in the 144-mile race (232 kilometres) and said she aims to build strength and endurance to be more competitive in the off-road discipline.

“I need the extra endurance [training],” Cromwell told Cyclingnews. “I came off the back of the Giro d’Italia Donne, where there is endurance, and then the Olympics, but that was really four hours of riding. I would need to do more like five, six and seven hours of riding to build strength and endurance for the longer races.”

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.