Hardest Gravel Cycling Ultra? Watch Alistair Brownlee Tackle ‘Badlands’

Europe’s infamous Badlands gravel challenge is an unsupported cycling tour that crosses 466 miles of wild terrain and gains 52,500 vertical feet. Is triathlon’s golden boy up for it?

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee may be the greatest triathlete of all time. But in his early thirties, the British endurance star started looking for new ways to challenge himself. Gravel cycling — dusty, rough, unpredictable — stood in stark contrast to the comparatively clean and contained tri world.

So, on little more than a lark, Brownlee signed up to ride the Badlands gravel bike challenge.

This short film by Scott Sports documents the lows, highs, and epiphanies of Brownlee’s Badlands journey.

Runtime: 5.5 minutes


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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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