Rooted Vermont: The Gravel Clinic for Femme Leaders

Turns out, building a community and improving your gravel game require the same main ingredient: work.

When Rooted Vermont co-founder Kristin Motley helped start the now-popular gravel summit in the late 2010s, the goal, as she describes it in this dense edit, was to “achieve 50% women on the start line” of the accompanying race.

Fast forward to now, and the group is doing a lot more than that. Fulfilling its initial dream to empower women cyclists at the event quickly led to a much broader scope.

“We had no idea of the power of a women’s clinic weekend,” fellow co-founder Laura King says. “Whether it would be the community that grew throughout the country or the impact it would have beyond our little town.”

Catch up with all the stoke at Rooted Vermont in this clip.

Runtime: 6.5 minutes

Saturday October 02 2021 1st Paris-Roubaix Femmes (1.WWT) One day race: Denain - Roubaix (116.4km) Photo: Eloise Mavian /
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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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