Underberg Gran Fondo Media Release
10 July 2023
Written By: Tim Whitfield
Yelland keen to try his
hand at Gran Fondo
Underberg - With the 2023 edition of the Underberg Gran Fondo
edging closer, Durban North rider Brent Yelland is eager to give
gravel racing a shot on 30 July.
This year's race will be looking to build on a successful
inaugural event in 2022 and with the event and discipline set to
grow nationally as it follows the increased interest worldwide.
Following on from the success of the launch event in 2022, the
Underberg Gran Fondo has been included in the prestigious Gran
Fondo World Tour Gravel Series this year.
Heading into the 140km off-road shoot-out around Underberg in the
Southern Drakensberg, Yelland is looking forward to giving the
relatively new discipline a real crack.
"I'm not very familiar with the discipline and I've only ever
done one race, that was the Berg100 but I did it on a mountain
bike," Yelland said.
"I've now got myself a gravel bike and I was surprised that it
was a lot more comfortable then I thought.
"I have done four-and-a-half to five hour rides and it was quite
comfortable. I was worried it was going to be very bumpy," the
Varsity College student said.
Given that he is now on holiday, Yelland has used these last few
weeks to get in some good miles as he lines up the Gran Fondo in
just under three weeks time.
"My training hasn't been too specific lately, but I've managed to
get in a few long gravel rides in the Midlands which has been
good for me and a good way to prepare.
"I want to see how Gran Fondo goes and then get a few more races
under my belt, because I think I could make gravel racing a
"It's tess technical than MTB and less tactical than road racing,
so it's a really good mix of the two disciplines.
"In road racing I find that, especially without a team, if you
miss the move then that's the end of your race, whereas with
gravel racing you can still work your way back which makes it
more appealing for individuals," he added.
As the gravel racing discipline catches the imagination of riders
world wide, Yelland believes that it is perfectly suited for
"I think it's becoming so popular because it is safer than riding
on the road and it gives riders the chance to be outside in
nature but without the technical elements of MTB.
"It's also a great way to explore an area. If you go on holiday
you can take your bike with you and head out on long gravel
rides," Yelland mentioned.
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Durban North's Brent
Yelland will take on his first Underberg Gran Fondo at the end of
July as he branches out into the new cycling discipline that has
taken the world by storm.
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