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Tegan is one of the strongest gravel adventure riders, in South Africa (Photo: Supplied)
Tegan is one of the strongest gravel adventure riders, in South Africa (Photo: Supplied)

I first met Tegan on the inaugural two-day Tanqua Kuru Bicycle Race, she came cheerily sailing past me.

That first day was a bit of a beast – 110km on some pretty rough Tankwa Karoo gravel roads. 

It was not something you'd want to tackle on your first gravel bike outing. Not only did Tegan tackle it, she won the women's category and is clearly a gravel rider of notable ability. 

"I'm definitely not a qualified 'gravel biker'. I love my road bike but I LOVE gravel because I love to be out in nature and out of the traffic. Gravel offers the smoothness and speed of road, with the escape-into-nature aspect of mountain biking (without the possibility of crashing into a rock and breaking your head every two minutes)."

Earlier this year Tegan raced the Tanqua Kuru and loved every minute of it. "The Kuru introduced me to the whole gravel culture - less elitist than road and less rugged than MTB. It's artsy , fun, and interesting. An event about the stories and people and lifestyle, more than performance."

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