Power Rankings Update: SBT + Gravel Worlds

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We have two races to talk about… SBT GRVL and Gravel Worlds

First, The SBT GRVL Results:

With over 2500 actual riders on course, SBT has become the second largest event on the gravel calendar, surpassed in size only by Unbound. Even so, the “Black” distance only had 681 riders, which is what we use to award points. This puts SBT GRVL in 5th place in terns of weight in the gravel power rankings.

Here are the top 15 men and women at SBT who earned points:

  1. Lauren De Crescenzo
  2. Whitney Allison
  3. Ruth Winder
  4. Sarah Max
  5. Alexis Skarda
  6. Marisa Boaz
  7. Nicole Steinmetz
  8. Leah Emaus
  9. Sarah Hill
  10. Holly Mathews
  11. Caroline Tory
  12. Flavia Oliveira Parks
  13. Paige Onweller
  14. Rose Grant
  15. Jessica Cygan
  1. Keegan Swenson
  2. Freddy Ovett
  3. Payson McElveen
  4. Brennan Wertz
  5. Alex Hoehn
  6. Niki Terpstra
  7. Nathan Spratt
  8. Ethan Villaneda
  9. Dennis van Winden
  10. Nathan Haas
  11. John Borstelmann
  12. Matthew Beers
  13. John Kariuki
  14. Adam Roberge
  15. Russell Finsterwald

Keegan Swenson crushed everybody. He is so dominant right now that some people are surprised he is not on top of the Gravel Power Rankings. There his an excellent reason he is not at the top of the rankings. He only rode two qualifying events this year (Unbound and SBT GRVL). 

The Pure Gravel Power Rankings are not the Life Time Grand Prix rankings. They are not the MTB rankings. They are not the invite-only pro event rankings. They are a populist ranking and answer a specific question… “Who were the fastest racers at the largest gravel events?”

With that out of the way, we see Keegan Swenson, Freddy Ovett, and Payson McElvenn did climb up the rankings considerably, but not enough to dislodge Adam Roberge who has been a fixture on the gravel scene this year, making gravel his top priority, and it shows. 

Here is what the top 20 looked like after SBT GRVL:

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top 20 after sbt grvl


Lauren pulling the group

Now The Gravel Worlds Results:

Despite selling 2500 registrations the results only show 1646 riders on course. This is a larger than expected drop off. Barring bad weather or an unusual circumstance, we expect a 15-20% no-show rate and we are seeing 31% at Gravel worlds. This could be a sign we have some bad data. We will update the rankings if this turns out to be the case. Moving forward with the data we have; we see 464 competitors in the 150-mile field.

Here are the top-15 who earned points at Gravel Worlds.

  1. Lauren De Crescenzo
  2. Paige Onweller
  3. Heather Jackson
  4. Whitney Allison
  5. Hannah Shell
  6. Leah Van der Linden
  7. Maeghan Easler
  8. Katherine Sheridan
  9. Emma Grant
  10. Amber Neben
  11. Marisa Boaz
  12. Kae Takeshita
  13. Riley Swickard
  14. Leah Dixon
  15. Erika Danckers
    1. Adam Roberge
    2. John Borstelmann
    3. Tristan Bangma
    4. Peter Stetina
    5. Innokenty Zavyalov
    6. Nathan Spratt
    7. Tim Mitchell
    8. Sule Thomas Kangangi
    9. Jordan Schleck
    10. Andrea De Silvestris
    11. Cody Cupp
    12. Derek Henscheid
    13. Stephen Schaefer
    14. Jay ShalekBriski
    15. John Kariuki


    LDC Seems unstoppable. We are waiting for another showdown with Sofia Gomez Villafañe. Whitney Allison and Sarah Max have both proven themselves to be consistent performers, showing up and getting results, and that is reflected in the rankings.  

    On the men’s side Adam Roberge is our new Gravel Worlds champion, unseating two-time champion Jon Borstleman in a thrilling finish that had them time trialing 20-seconds apart for the final 10 miles, neither one willing to give up an inch. 

    Adam and John

    Let’s talk about Adam for a second. He had a rough start in gravel, taking all sorts of flak for attacking at an aid station, but he has really put in the work to focus on winning gravel races and win them cleanly as he did at Gravel Worlds. Adam is now:

    • Reigning Tripel Crown of Gravel Champion
    • Pure Gravel Power Ranking Leader
    • Gravel World(s) Champion
    • 12th in the Lifetime Grand Prix 

    Quite a year, and it isn't even over. Chapeau Adam.

    chapeau Roberge



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